French interior designer Emmanuelle Simon has an aesthetic that is raw yet refined, always imbued with a sense of timeless elegance. Once again, she has created a special interior design gem for a flat in dreamy Paris.
With her aesthetic approach, designer Emmanuelle Simon combines the use of soft and sensual shapes with raw materials and once again captures our attention. Simon's work is often inspired by the art deco style and wabi-sabi philosophy. Furthermore, Emmanuelle Simon likes to give an irregular touch to a very controlled piece of architecture by letting the randomness of the human hand appear. If you look at this Parisienne's previous projects, you will see the presence of arches very often. With her designs, Simon favours light and natural colours. Together with a selection of natural materials and handmade pieces, the artisanal quality and irregularity becomes visible, making each piece unique. Recently, the interior designer created a design, which we would like to share with you, with the utmost attention to detail within the walls of a flat in the French capital. How would you describe your aesthetic approach to this project?
‘Soft, warm, curved, harmoniously flowing with a soothing play of light. The idea of a monastery with different rooms that communicate with each other and yet have their own identity. The rooms are divided by high architectural arches that make you dream of distant travels. The idea is to be able to wander through the space by creating frames that allow you to experience the place in different ways.’
Paris is known for romance and creativity. Did the metropolis play a role in your design?
‘Actually, it did. It is a typical Parisian flat of 145 square metres in a classical building with a courtyard at the end with expressive trees. The latter have a nice height, volume, charm and the necessary amount of cachet. The aim was to find harmony between the chic but modern Parisian style.’ Where did you take your inspiration for this design from?
'started from the existing space and then completely rearranged it, creating generous volumes by opening up the rooms in between. In this way I was able to make the flat more open and flowing, and above all offer larger living rooms.’
What should we imagine about the chosen materials and colour palette?
‘Natural materials, soft and soothing colours, solid wood, plant fibres, lime plaster, porcelain biscuit and an aged mirror.’
What can you tell us about the furniture?
‘Like all our previous projects, for the decoration part we mixed our own creations with older and authentic pieces. Often the decoration is adapted to the place and the structure of the room. Cohesion is always my goal.’
‘Soft, warm, curved, harmoniously flowing with a soothing play of light’
What was the client's main wish?
‘To create spaces where they could all live together, but still have moments of privacy. The aim of the design for the whole flat was to conceal all the technical aspects in a functional way and to integrate a maximum of storage space.’
What makes this project a typical Emmanuelle Simon design?
‘Everything has been thought out down to the smallest detail to create a complete and harmonious project and leave a real feeling of well-being and coming home.’ This design again responds to Emmanuelle Simon's style. Her work is always immensely detailed, sophisticated and excels in its simplicity. She uses space and light to create volumes and emphasise textures, creating beautiful places within a design. Simon's future also holds great promise for us. We enthusiastically look forward to her creations.
If you want to learn more about Emmanuelle Simon, be sure to read our full article in Imagicasa Summer 2021.
Images courtesy of Emmanuelle Simon