Subtlety is king in the heritage-interior fitout French firm Studio Razavi recently completed in Lyon titled Studio XVII.
The project has centred on introspection and a subdued palette, using subtle touches to enhance the Renaissance-era bones of the building and neighbourhood.
The apartment had fallen into disarray after sitting untouched for 60 years but the new owner requested a remake that would change his lifestyle and philosophy.
“The client’s wish was to create a serene space, a place where one would not feel overwhelmed by decorative information and where as much of the original features could be celebrated,” the studio told Dezeen.
“Arches were a way of opposing – hence celebrating and bringing forth – the strong rectilinear geometry of the existing space,” explained the studio.
“The main space is almost square in proportions, therefore choosing curves was also a great play on perception and overall balance.”
Arches reoccur throughout the home as doorways, niches and cutouts into the pale-grey plastered walls and panels in front of the radiators.
Many of the cutouts are adorned with sea-green coloured MDF.
It matches the cabinetry in the kitchen, which features a splashback with a stepped silhouette.
The only furniture in the living room is a glass table with tomato-red legs, black dining chairs and a grey lounge, and the other rooms in the house are just as sparse.
Original features, like the heavy oak-beam ceiling and a couple of ornate stone fireplaces were preserved and restored.
Images Simone Bossi for Studio Razavi
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