A search for balance between fullness and emptiness. An invitation to return to oneself and to anchor oneself in an architecture that is open to the landscape. In short, a warm minimalism that feeds the heart. This recent project called 'Maison contemporaine' was designed by Marie-Astrid Pelsser for Desiron Lizen.
The interior design agency Desiron Lizen is based in Liège. Founder Marie-Astrid Pelsser and her team take on all interior design challenges: from a simple advice for the choice of a piece of furniture to the design and realisation of a complete private or public project in Belgium or abroad. The studio is a place of discovery and conviviality, home to the great classics of design and the latest products from the best contemporary furniture manufacturers.
A dialogue between white surfaces and roughly sawn oak surfaces.
For her recent project 'Maison contemporaine', Marie-Astrid Pelsser wanted to establish a link with the outside world. The living room consists of a wide concrete bench and light linen accents, which give the room a soft touch. The Mex Cube sofa is so discrete that it almost disappears into the floor. The living room fully embodies the word 'Zénitude', which means great inner calm. For the interior designer, this means that your mind is refreshed and nourished, and that you are reconnected with yourself. This is the reason for the very soft and uncluttered furnishings. The kitchen and hallway form a unity because they share the same material, namely rough salted oak. The dining table is a classic from the French designer Charlotte Perriand. In addition, the concrete staircase gives the residents a natural and dreamy side. Furthermore, the kitchen disappears behind the practical series of smart doors and storage cabinets. The same minimalism prevails in the bedroom and bathroom. In ‘Maison contemporaine’, the materials and textures are matched to each other, creating subtle contrasts. To pursue the link with the natural environment, Pelsser opted for warm materials and spaces that are wide open to the landscape. The volumes and textures also had to have rhythm in order to create a safe environment where you feel good. Disturbing details were thus resolutely avoided. The dialogue between the white surfaces and the roughly sawn oak surfaces became the common thread. Thus, the wood brought density and the chosen materials and colours connected the spaces with each other. To complete this dialogue, this search for balance between fullness and emptiness, between matter and light. According to Marie-Astrid Pelsser, softness and calm are all we need in our homes, and this is what she strives for in each of her projects. Furthermore, it is all about a good balance between materials and textures, she says. Photography by Caroline Dethier