Spaces: Sean McEvoy's Penthouse in Paris

. Saturday, April 17, 2010

"A structure of steel and glass, added by interior architect Sean McEvoy to his rooftop apartment on the Right Bank, offers unobstucted views of Paris.... The raised floor is waxed concrete....

The 1,100 square-foot space is rigorously spare. 'Some people would find it hard,' McEvoy admits, 'but I find it very restful.'  It is also free-flowing and refreshingly open.  The cube that contains the bathroom and closets, for instance, doesn't quite reach the ceiling.  The kitchen is defined simply by a 16-foot-long Corian bar, which links the two ends of the apartment.  If need be, they can be separated with the aid of a cleverly concealed sliding door. 'We just wanted the space to explode basically - for it to pour out,' declares McEvoy.  To create continuity, wood flooring with boards of equal width is found both in the main living space (oak) and on the terraces (teak).  Expansive steel-frame windows are left without curtains or blinds. 'For me, the space is like a tent,' he says.  'On a really hot day, we open all the windows.  It's like being in the shade outside.'"

The furnishings are a mix of vintage modernism and McEvoy's own designs.  The raised lounging area includes a pair of Pierre Paulin Lounge Chairs with a Max Bill coffee table.  Behind it is a vintage Joe Colombo floor lamp, and a modular daybed designed by McEvoy.  Jasper Morrison stools flank the countertop, and a Morrison chair sits behind a McEvoy desk, fitted with another Colombo lamp.  The bed was also designed by McEvoy, dressed with a Hermès cashmere throw.

Quoted text by Ian Phillips for Elle Decor.
Photography by Xavier Bejot.


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