People say that building a new home is stressful, but what can be even harder than the construction process is getting two minds to think alike. In the case of Parisian couple Jean-Christophe and Isabelle, they agreed to disagree when renovating their home after their children moved out, and used innovative design techniques to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Initially, Jean-Christophe wanted a spacious living room, while Isabelle wanted a large kitchen. However, with only 32 meters-square to play with, both couldn’t have what they wanted – at least they didn’t initially think so. Instead, they enlisted the help of interior design specialists Florian Bochard (Atelier FB) and Marie Adam (agence Mad) to help solve the problem. However, it was Isabelle that would come up with the best idea.
Taking inspiration from a kitchen island photo in 3D, she decided the best way to create a welcoming dining space that wouldn’t impinge on the living area was to make it movable.
Isabelle wanted the kitchen countertop to rotate out at a 45-degree angle where it could act as a table for guests, so she tweaked the initial idea with the help of a carpenter, and the space-saving dining table/kitchen counter was born.
The designers took inspiration from a schoolboy pencil case and created a hidden cutlery storage unit within the quartz and walnut bench top. The result of which was a unique and entirely custom kitchen that ticked the boxes for space for guests but didn’t impact the generous proportions of the living room.
Adjacent to this area also sat the new floating staircase borne from French company Arredamenti. This staircase features a window to partition off the kitchen while offering additional light and a touch of minimalism to the space. What’s more, it enables seamless access to the first floor, while featuring a canopy and acting as a striking feature of the home.
While the floor plan of this home is not generous in the slightest, the technical mastery involved in its creation has meant that every part of the property is wisely used, without feeling cramped or cluttered.