The design-minded couple own jewelry company Medecine Douce (translation: Alternative Medicine): Marie is the founder/creative director and Gilles, whose background is in finance, runs the business. They had done a big remodel on their previous place and were prepared for the dirty work. And so, on touring the warehouse, they imagined the ultimate in urban indoor-outdoor living: “we pictured opening up the roof to create a patio in the center of what we thought of as a big box.” Thanks to architect Guillaume Terver of Le LAD (Laboratoire en Architecture and Design), the idea actually turned out to be a great one. Come see.
Photography by Jean François Gaté, courtesy of Le LAD, unless noted.
“We’re in the heart of Paris and it’s almost silent here,” says Gilles. “One of our neighbors told us there was a primary school here; its courtyard is what got covered by a concrete roof—the space was used for storing the painter Victor Vasarely’s paintings, and later as a warehouse.”
The guest room and the two kids’ rooms are along this corridor, which, Gilles tells us, references the packing crates that once filled the warehouse. “The main design idea was the use of low-tech materials and finding a natural aesthetic,” adds Terver. “We wanted to translate the spirit of Medecine Douce into the design: an atmosphere that’s simple and sophisticated.”
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