We know that Monday mornings can be a little disheartening (not even coffee makes the full week ahead seem manageable!) which is why we are bringing you this bit of Parisian eye-candy. It’s everything you’d imagine a Rive Droit apartment would be: herringbone parquet, floor to ceiling windows and grand marble details. But designer Guillaume Alan brings a few subtle, yet emotive touches to make this a true Parisian masterpiece. We caught up with him to get some inside details and to if perhaps some of his genius would rub off on us.
This apartment seems very poetic, what is the inspiration behind it?
This apartment is the meeting between the owners’ style and my own, where both parties searched for perfection. We were both very inspired by an Asian aesthetic, bringing some of the visual language into a modern space.
The apartment itself was quite amazing: it has two stories, where the top floor has 360-degree views of the city. The heart of this project was about creating a sanctuary, a peaceful retreat where everything is designed for a calm and relaxing way of life.
At Rue we believe in the power of neutrals; why did you choose to stick to mainly blacks and whites for this project?
I would say it’s more about all degraded shades around a grey palette. It could appear austere but it’s not cold as we added softness with this discreet range of tones, monochrome or shading off. No ostentation.
What is the component of the design that you most focus on?
We had to combine two apartments, reorganizing it to maximize the impact of light throughout the day. But we were also concerned about the balance of materials: It’s a smart alchemy between raw and extremely refined materials, a subtle contrast that represents our firm’s unique perspective.
What was the most unusual material or element that you used in this project?
The dining table is very long and has a monastic feel to it. In fact,the inspiration behind it was calligraphy drawings from Asia – a passion of mine. We actually incorporated the calligraphy by cutting it out of Corian, a synthetic material. Normally reserved for kitchen counters, we gave this material a nobility that is both vibrant and sophisticated though the use of the calligraphy motif, as well as the proportions of the table.
What is your background as an interior designer? Where did you get start?
I was born and grew up in the world of architecture and interior design by virtue of my parent’s profession, and also due to my grandmother who worked as an antique dealer. All discussions, all atmospheres where I grew up obviously helped me and I rapidly felt the need to express myself, to create and share my own harmonies and worlds. I soon took the plunge and opened my own studio in Saint-Germain-des-Près in Paris when I was 24.
What defines Parisian design?
I would resume in 4 words: timeless, serenity, elegance and precision.
For our American readers, is there something you see that is different in European interiors?
I know that in our interiors, we always try to dig deeper. Emilie le Corre and I have been working together since the beginning. She has influenced me and played a fundamental role in the process of obtaining the finest outcome. Together, we share the same vision which is so rare. We try to reflect our sensitivity in order to bring out emotions. This is why our interiors are unique and recognizable.