Bonjour Paris

  • A carefree mix of flea market finds and contemporary furniture anchors the light filled living room which overlooks the terrace. Original ceilings, painted white, amplify available light and play up the newly installed Marie Antoinette floors in grey.
  • Large scale artworks and a blue velvet Boà Sofa designed by Fernando & Humberto Campana are dominant features in the room.
  • Fearless mixing—high gloss cabinetry (Boffi Cuisine) meets rustic flea market island—creates tension and dynamic interest in the functional kitchen. The gnarly stool is from Serendipity.
  • The vintage foosball table strikes a playful pose near the dining room, which is turned out in more flea market finds.
  • The black Jitz table sports a mass of white candles for evening meals.
  • Pulling the bed (Conran Shop) away from the wall offers up additional space for artwork. Dabble Savvy: Opt for a floor lamp beside the bed to free up space on the nightstand.
  • A tub as lovely as this one by Devon & Devon deserves to be the centre of attention. The marble font (most likely originally used in a church) serves as a stylish sink against one wall.

Interior Design by D.Mesure
Photography by Stefan clement

An address along the fashionable Saint Germain des Près? Swoon worthy.

Sadly, years of neglect took their toll on this gracious (5,000 square feet) Parisian apartment. Enter designer Elodie Sire from d.mesure and voilà—a French beauty is revived.

Modern History

Designed by Pitsou Kedem, Raz Melamed & Irene Goldberg

Photographed by Amit Geron

Photography by Amit Geron

 

Set above the harbor, facing the majestic Mediterranean Sea in Old Jaffa, is an ancient structure given new life by the thoughtful architects hired to restore its integrity.

Photography by Amit Geron

A series of glass paneled doors greets the entry and closes to offer privacy (when combined with blackout shades) in the master bedroom. Photography by Amit Geron

 

Though it’s difficult to determine the structure’s exact age, it is clear that it is hundreds of years old. Over time, changes and additions had damaged the original integrity of the dwelling. The central ideal, therefore, was to restore the original characteristics—the stone walls, the segmented ceilings and the arches—to peel back and expose the original state.

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Photography by Amit Geron

 

The building’s shell is composed of a combination of pottery and beach sand. The bisque and terracotta colours create natural warmth in the coved dining room.

Photography by Amit Geron

Photography by Amit Geron

 

The architects created distinct viewpoints in each of the rooms, often providing a glimpse into adjacent spaces. The organic shaped coffee tables and rustic woven rug support a mandate to use natural, raw materials.

Photography by Amit Geron

Photography by Amit Geron

 

The Mediterranean Sea is reflected in a mirror that brings light into the spare living space. The cable strung staircase rises gracefully to the master bedroom above.

“Surprisingly modern, minimalistic construction styles (especially ancient ones) allow us to create new spaces that blend periods together—even intensify them because of the contrast and tension between the ages”.

Photography by Amit Geron

Photography by Amit Geron

 

The galley kitchen efficiently carves utilitarian space into the home and provides those in residence with an expansive view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Photography by Amit Geron

Sleeping quarters are stacked above the living room, where they enjoy full ocean views. Photography by Amit Geron

 

The historical is expressed by preserving the textures and materials of the building’s outer shell and by respecting the engineering accordingly. The modern is expressed by opening spaces and altering the internal flow, and by incorporating natural materials such as stainless steel, iron and wood. Pistou’s project succeeds in both honoring and preserving the historical and romantic values of the structure while creating a contemporary project suited to today’s lifestyle.

From Issue 15 – May 2014 

Colonial Style in Old San Juan

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A passion for improved education keeps Adelisa Gonzalez engaged in local and national politics. But there’s always time for a social life.

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Within minutes of returning from work she’s greeting her dog and throwing open the balcony and patio doors of her comfortable colonial style apartment. Friends drop in for an impromptu visit and, by all appearances, living in Old San Juan is a joyful experience.

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BELOW Adelisa strolls with Arena, an abandoned pup she rescued from the beach (the name means sand in Spanish).

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Living in Old San Juan

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Extending a warm greeting, after a day’s work at the hospital, Dr. Carlos Gonzalez assures me he feels more like a ‘Carli’ than a ‘Dr. Gonzalez’ as he unlocks the door to his Old San Juan apartment. He offers chilled Medalla, the local brew, and talks passionately about his charming apartment, its tiled courtyard and the rare neighbourhood he calls home.

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“When you live in Old San Juan, everyone comes to you,” says Carli. And why wouldn’t they? “It’s a magical place that’s brimming with history and, unlike any other city in Puerto Rico, you can walk everywhere in the Old Town. In fact, on weekends, I rarely use my car.”

When you live in Old San Juan, everyone comes to you.

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