Collaborative design studio ABACO has completed the renovation of a small 42 m2 apartment in the heart of Paris, France. The redesign corresponds to the client’s needs and preferences, generating a colorful, bright interior, with spatial elements that remind of Greek villages and the Aegean sea.
ABACO has developed the project focusing on the clients’ main requests. The couple has asked for a bright interior with optimal natural lighting, that features the color blue and includes a space where they can perform. The Greek apartment is a completely open space to be experienced intensely all day long, in motion, and at 360 degrees. For that specific need of freedom and motion, the flat has been redesigned based on the element of the void. All functions have been pushed and embodied into the boundary walls, freeing the area in the center. There are two curtains, one made of fabric and one made of plastic; a proper curtain, and a symbolic one.
The apartment is conceptually divided into two well-structured parts. The first one is very static and volumetric, built as a long and unique piece of wood furniture. This installation hides the bathroom disguising its door as a wardrobe opening. A sleeping area is elevated on a platform with a yellow-lime curtain ensuring privacy. The kitchen is placed by a white niche, while a blue alcove offers a comfortable, sheltered enclosure for reading near the window.
On the other hand, the second main component of the interior is a plastic dynamic wall leading from the entrance to the living room. All along its surface, different signs and objects are showcased to identify and to detect different situations: coat racks, books, table and floor lamp, stickers, etc. In this sense, the plastic wall is conceived as an abstract supporting element with an identity that can easily be reshaped.