Set in the heart of the Athenes district in the French capital lies Laurent Champeau and Kelli Wilde’s latest project – a striking, light-filled and elegant apartment which the interior design duo have expertly transformed. The final result is a space which is as daring as it is sophisticated and which translates quintessential Parisian design beautifully.
Preserving and restoring original features within the home, Champeau and Wilde kept parts of the interiors, which defined the space as the hallmark of French apartments, such as the original hardwood floors, ceiling cornicing and marble fireplace that rests in the living room. Our personal favourite would have to be the 1950’s grand sliding doors, separating the bedroom from the living room and which is so unique to Parisian interiors.
As Champeau asserts, ‘the idea was to mix styles, like this contemporary fireplace that we designed, juxtaposed with an 18th century cornice. This is particular of Parisian apartments; they can be historic yet modern.’
Innovative and unique, Champeau and Wilde flawlessly completed the nine-month project and perfectly managed to retain a classic and elegant aesthetic whilst introducing a contemporary layout that resonates with a loft-like feeling.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the apartment is in the furnishings, most of which have been scouted at various local flea markets – from works of art, photographs, contemporary designer armchairs, bedside tables and vintage light fittings, the individual pieces bring a sense of charm and comfort to complete an incredibly sophisticated yet inviting space. Well done to Champeau & Wilde on executing a beautiful space.