Posted by switch-smith at 7:09 PM . Monday, May 28, 2012
From an article by Tina Komninou for Yatzer:
Isabelle Stanislas and Leiko Oshima, aka SO-AN is an architecture & interior design studio with a strong identity. In looking at their projects, there is a mutual language of elegance, contemporary living, revival, grandness and black & white contrasts. This signature design is successfully apparent in the transformation of an XVIIIth century Louvre facing building, from an office space, into a glamorous art loving residence.
With a ceiling height of 4.45m, right from the start, this project overwhelms its viewer. The whole interiors were modified to create large open spaces while at the same time retaining the great sensitivity of the building’s history. All the mouldings, wood flooring and detailing have been preserved which aids in the preservation of unique elegance and poise within. One of the most spectacular details is the existing mirrors throughout the residence which have been restored to represent one of the most dominant features. In the living room, the gold plated life size mirrors at opposite ends of the space bring about an overly opulent feeling reminiscent of the Versailles where the skirting, dado rails wood panelling and ceiling motives make you appreciate the old times.
This elegant mix of traditional and contemporary detailing is complimented with a few choice pieces of 20th Century Modernism, including several wire chairs by Harry Bertoia, and a rare and impressive 7-arm wall lamp by Serge Mouille.
Photos by Olivier Löser.