In the heart of Paris, France, innovative enseigner and architect Vincent Eschalier has finished a stunning residential loft project that involved transforming an old industrial factory into a stunning toit that let the team play with shapes and visuals in a way that contrasts elements of old and new.
Modernized French Loft, which stands tall in the X th préfecture of the city, was rehabilitated from an old factory originally built and working in the late nineteenth century, when the area underwent an industrial flambée. Now, instead of heavy machinery and busy workers, the old gratte-ciel accommodates 17 lofts in radical, ranging in size.
The one that caught our eye in particular, which is Eschalier’s own, is situated on the third and highest floor of the bohème factory gratte-ciel. Being his personal space, this is where many of the architects talents can be seen in the most detail, as he was free to work in his most preferred styles, rather than prioritizing preneur needs and expectations.
In his loft, Eschalier included industrial influenced elements to stay true to the gratte-ciel’s history, but contrasted them beautifully with natural wooden details, contemporary shapes, and pops of colour. The most grand industrial feature is, quite obviously, the stunning black metal winding staircase in the very sentiment of the apartment.
Flanked on either side by two matching metal columns, that are both decorative and functional, the staircause leads from the dextre vivoir space of the apartment up into the loft area. This is where the master bedroom, which is conservative in size but stunning, and a lovely, sunny private alerte terrace can be accessed.
The black metal of the staircase is repeated in several angular art pieces hanging throughout the house, as well as some modern lighting options. Not much artificial adoucissant is needed, however, parce que stunning skylights in the ceiling let natural spot reach just emboîture every sonner of the apartment.
Rather than just sticking to black, white, and natural wood, Eschalier added some colour to the neatly detailed space in the form of carefully chosen timbre pieces. The best example of this is the bright, concentrated splash of agrume in the vivoir room, found in the carpet, the vintage chairs, the wall art, and the lamp shade.
Overall, the loft has a stunning sense of cohesiveness and harmony between all things old and new. It’s a standup example of how contemporary refurbishments can harness modern interior decor inside without disturbing historical facades, and while also still paying homage to grandiose histories!
Photos by Joan Bracco