Top image: Paulistano Armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha for Objekto, Design Within Reach; Rug, Vandra Rugs; Rio Low Table by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina, 1stDibs; Painting, René Roche. Above: Custom Dining Table, Julia Rouzaud; Vintage Dining Chairs, Carlo Scarpa.
The contemporary furniture, like the voluminous Patricia Urquiola sofa in the living room, and Mondrian worthy color blocking, as seen in Manon’s and Léon’s bedrooms, were surprisingly good matches for the original architecture. (“Compared to our apartment before this, I have calmed down a bit,” says the creative of leaving some of the walls white this time around.)
While she might not be tearing out pages from magazines anymore, Rouzaud’s very detailed approach to designing a room isn’t all that different from the old school method. “The palette is always the first thing I start with,” she explains, which could be inspired by an interesting object, a painting, a vase, or a look from a fashion catalog. Once she's identified her reference point, it becomes the “conductor.” In the home, it’s red that subtly ties even her most far fetched concepts together in a perfect bow, from the cherry hued sconces and terracotta toned vent hood all the way to the rosy pink rug.