Parisian designer Rodolphe Parente drenched this apartment in southern France in bright and bold colours. Combined with perfectly selected art and design pieces, this created a home with Mediterranean spirit and a chic, contemporary style.
The apartment was designed for a young family with a passion for art, furniture and design. These interests had to be represented in their home. Parente was almost completely given carte blanche for the design. He especially wanted to evoke the sunny location of the house and merge it with a mix of textures and colours. The fact that a lot of colour was used in this apartment is the least we can say. All colours are bright and daring and Parente used colour blocking masterfully. "The Mediterranean spirit with a chic and contemporary lifestyle and a cool attitude. That was my framework," said the designer in a previous interview. Nothing was too crazy. Pink walls combined with yellow and purple chairs, a bright yellow kitchen, red dressing room, green bedroom and beautiful blue marble bathroom. The explosion of different colours is daring, but Parente managed to create a good balance so it is not too overwhelming or busy.
The explosion of different colours is daring, but Parente managed to create a good balance so it is not too overwhelming or busy.
The house has a nice 350 m2 and is filled with sun and natural light all day. Parente only used natural and organic materials. "It was an important part of our research to find new finishes and timeless textures that were linked to the context of the location.” For example, we find 'Osso' travertine floors and cactus fibre carpets. In the kitchen, wooden panels and lava stone benchtops were used. Bamboo, marble, bronze and clay can also be found in the house. "The rich and 'poor' materials are brought together in a perfect story," says Parente. The owners and Parente worked closely with art advisor Sibylle Rochat for the selection of art in the house. "We really like our parallel dialogue and the freedom between works of art and interior design in this project," says Parente. The customers opted for bold furniture together with their friend and furniture dealer Arnaud Christin. Although a lot of art and design pieces were used, the apartment should not feel like a museum. It is still cosy and personal. A real family home where you can live between colour and art.
Images: Claire Israel