Paris interior design studio After Bach have reimagined an art collector’s apartment in a 17th-century building in the city’s first arrondissement. Overlooking the Place Dauphine, the home’s materials, furniture and art were carefully chosen to echo its quintessentially Parisian location.
After Bach have chosen a “quintessentially Parisian” material palette, including sage-green lacquer, ivory-coloured lime plaster, parquetry flooring, bronze and ivory jute fabrics, and greige stone.
Handmade ceramic stools and side tables by Galerie JAG bring a playful touch to the spaces.
Dauphine Apartment is an authentic representation of its owner, a French art collector with a passion for classical art, architecture and music. Inspiration for its design was drawn from American painter Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment, celebrated since the late 60s for its seamless integration of art and architecture. Other creative forces that came into play during the design process include French painter Balthus and American music composer Keith Jarrett.
Situated by Paris’ Seine river and Quai de l’Horloge, the apartment’s location was something After Bach wanted to hero in the interiors. They have done so through a palette of colours and textures that are “quintessentially Parisian” in their eyes, including sage-green lacquer (a nod to the Seine), ivory-coloured lime plaster, parquetry flooring, bronze and ivory jute fabrics, and greige stone. In addition, their choice of furniture and art demonstrates a delicate balance between understated and playful, resulting in a simple yet charming atmosphere.
The bedroom is After Bach co-director Francesco Balzano’s favourite room in the apartment, with its doors painted in the project’s signature sage green letting in abundant natural light and views of the neighbouring buildings. The ensuite has been approached in the style of traditional Parisian bathrooms, with the added bespoke element of made-to-measure stone basins.