The architects Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet combine noble materials, contemporary works of art, Art Deco or Memphis-style furniture and references to classicism in a historic duplex in Paris.

In the heart of the Marais, the duo Humbert & Poyet imagines a refined home, where classicism meets modernity, for a family. The decorators Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet have indeed responded with an elegant and subtle apartment to the sponsors, who wanted friendly and functional accommodation adapted to their family's daily life.

Inspired by the history of the building, the architects decided to modify the spatial organization of this 250 square meter duplex by returning to a classic distribution of rooms. The first level is now reserved for living rooms - the living room, the dining room, the kitchen and the library -, while the second hosts the master bedroom and its dressing room, the child's bedroom and the bathroom. Discreet moldings and an imposing fireplace have been added. These nods to classicism, which punctuate the apartment, are also skillfully married to modern and contemporary elements: “We are particularly inspired by the modernist movements, art deco and Memphis, allied with classicism, we find these periods through the choice of furniture, colors and finishes in our work and the design of this apartment. All of this combines to form unique spaces that are statements in themselves, strong and refined. "

The entrance sets the tone. We discover terrazzo in all-over - on the ground, on the walls and the steps of the staircase -, as well as works of art and pieces of furniture of famous designers, in particular a painting by Keith Haring, chairs by Le Corbusier, a console by Jean Prouvé , ceramics by artists Georges Jouve and Olivier Gagnère. Like the hall, all the rooms in the apartment are boldly decorated, with beautiful materials - wood, marble, brass, terrazzo -, pieces of furniture and iconic works of art, furniture by Humbert & Poyet . In the living room, for example, the Grand Théodore blue velvet sofa, the Ava shiny alabaster floor lamp and the Gabrielle coffee table by Humbert & Poyet sit side by side with the sconces and lamps designed by the Italian designer Gino Sarfatti, the Tulip stools created by the Finno-American architect Eero Saarinen, a photograph taken by the sultry American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and a painting imagined by the French plastic artist Bertrand Lavier.

After having proven itself by re-dressing a number of commercial addresses - the Beefbar restaurants in Paris, Mexico City, Monaco, Hong Kong and Malta, The Hoxton hotel and the Maison Weill boutique in Paris - Humbert & Poyet confirms its very good reputation with many residential projects.

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To learn more, visit the Humbert & Poyet site.

Photographs: © Francis Amiand

Léa Pagnier

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