B3 breathes fresh air, curated design and reconstructs a century-old apartment into a space that’s light and inviting, modern but classic.
This refurbishment in the heart of Montmartre required opening up the living room to create a live-in kitchen perfect for hosting friends and family while taking in the breath-taking views across Paris.
The brief was simply to maintain the history and prestige of the building and architecture, enhancing key features such as the working fireplace and hiding technology and screens. Enabling the homeowner to work from home and enjoy relaxing with a film was key to the brief but as entertaining and creating a relaxed space were more important, the design had to carefully consider sofas, occasional seating, bespoke joinery, bar seating and light levels throughout the space and time of day. Historic details previously had been removed so B3 carefully selected decorative cornices and added wall panelling.
The lounge – boasting the best views – has drawn influence from the newly installed white marble fireplace across the space; with a white travertine stone coffee table amongst the sofa and chair seating in the centre of the room. The floor to ceiling curtains increase the ceiling height as well as the introduction of a lower-level seated sofa and panelling only for the lower half of the walls only.
All joinery throughout was designed and built bespoke, and the private reading nook also created is idyllic for gazing upon the City between chapters. A beam was designed in-front of the custom bookcase to discreetly hide the projector screen that when in use draws down in front of the books. The chevron wood floor panelling is a light oak finish which ensures that the palette remains neutral, clean and minimal with the impact being delivered in the décor and kitchen. A floor lamp stands proudly in the corner and is by Gubi.
The kitchen was upgraded with reeded oak-fronted cupboards, a mixture of glass fronts and wooden; it feels very mid-century meets rustic family kitchen. It feels like home; it’s a working kitchen for this restaurant-group owner. There’s bar seating for more casual meals or snacks and a dining table close by for sit down dinners.
The bedroom takes inspiration and touches from both reception rooms; it features cornice detailing, full length drapes, wood flooring and a wall-to-wall headboard extending around both bedside tables and upholstered in the same fabric as the bed. Mid-Century side tables, natural wood shelf and modern ceiling lights.
The bathroom feels a bit more ‘Paris’ with the brass detailing light and mirror, above the white marble surface and natural wood fronted cupboards. The door was moved to allow for a new bathtub and shower and bathroom features mint-coloured Zeligue tiles.
This warm mid-century yet contemporary apartment is a thoughtful space with lots of attention to detail and care for how the occupier wishes to live. B3 have selected all prints and frames and the project was led by Associate Designer Laura Caner who said “The Montmartre Apartment is a cosy space with incredible views. It was important to add the historic details from the building’s architecture and reflect the lifestyle of the owner. We’re delighted with the execution and the end result; all bespoke joinery hiding away cables, screens and projectors keep the space much more quiet and calm”.