Interior architects Hugo Toro and Maxime Liautard—who founded Paris-based design company Toro & Liautard—are accustomed to designing interiors inspired by the history of their surroundings with a contemporary twist. Avoiding minimalism in favor of a unique, often surprising style is a defining indicator of their work. This project is no exception.
Located in the heart of Paris, in the 2nd arrondissement, this nearly 970-square-foot apartment is owned by a theater actor who lives in the French city of Bordeaux full-time and regularly comes to the capital. “With its small pedestrian streets, the Montorgueil neighborhood has a typically Parisian charm,” the young duo says. “The personality of the owner was very interesting and matched the dynamism of the area. This pied-à-terre was created like a loge in a theater, and everything was designed to please her.”
For their first project for this client, Hugo and Maxime rethought the perspectives, explored different materials, and added a sense of drama to the originally very traditional Haussmann-style apartment. The space was filled with many partitioned rooms that had been untouched for the past 90 years. “It was in bad condition, so we had to remodel everything and do heavy structural work,” says the French interior architects.
After a year-and-a-half renovation, the completely reorganized rooms now consist of a big open space with the living room and kitchen, as well as two bedrooms with their own private bathrooms, and a dressing room situated around the reception area. The experiences of enjoying the natural morning light in the master bedroom and the sunset in the south-facing living room guided the project. But most importantly, the owner herself was the main source of inspiration for Hugo and Maxime. “She is passionate and not afraid of breaking the codes,” they say. “She bridges the gap between the traditional aspect of her profession and the rock-and-roll side of her personality.”
As the actor can always be seen wearing something burgundy, the hue was the starting point for the pied-à-terre’s color palette; oranges and browns were used throughout too. “We wanted to create a soft, warm, and embracing atmosphere through the mix of natural materials such as the oak, limewash paints, checkered floor, travertine, and linen,” Hugo and Maxime explain. “That’s the reason why we chose to homogenize the colors while adding some burgundy with the leather of the sofa, the rug, and the fireplace in the living room.”
One of the interior architects’ favorite objects, a mirror-covered swivel piece (that can rotate 360 degrees and conceals the minibar), transforms the space, and helps delineate the living room and kitchen. Made with oak and brass, the bar is considered by the owner to be a small jewel that is used sparingly, but still contributes style.
Designed like a hotel room, the guest bedroom has Moucharabieh closets and a bathroom adorned with a wooden canopy and green onyx from Mexico. Accessible through a hidden door in the living room that leads to a corridor with floor-to-ceiling oak panels, the master suite, which includes a closet and private bathroom, awakens the imagination with walls and ceilings covered in a patina that represents a cloudy sky, and a big retro chandelier that gives the feeling of sleeping under the stars.
This cozy and retro flat is an invitation to discover a visual world that honors the strong and passionate temperament of its owner when the curtain goes up.
⚒ Do It Yourself
Pick one color as the starting point of the whole palette In this Parisian apartment, Hugo and Maxime chose burgundy—a color the owner wears all the time—to ground the rest of the palette. The interior architects then used oranges, browns, yellows, and reds to complement it.
Reupholster iconic furniture to bring more personality Even if you decide to go for pieces created by famous designers such as the LC4 chaise longue, it doesn’t mean you can’t add your personal touch. Here, the iconic chair is covered with a green leather that pops.
Making the most of natural light If you want to enjoy the sun all day long, it is important to understand where your home is facing and to design the different rooms according to that. In this project, the French interior architects reorganized the spaces to have a living room with light coming from the south which makes for beautiful sunsets, while the master bedroom is brighter in the mornings.
🛍 Shop It Out
Meblo Guzzini Bugia table lamp by Giussepe Cormio for Guzzini, $259, etsy.com
Generation Adjustable Floor Lamp by House of Troy, $364, ylighting.com
Lloyd Chair by Crump & Kwash, $1,350, crumpandkwash.com
Colour Dial Table 01 by Rive Roshan, $4,456, pamono.com
LC4 Chaise Longue by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret, produced by Cassina, $4,995, dwr.com
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest