Project name: Turgot | Location: Paris, France | Completed: 2018 | Area: 160 sq.m. | Architects: DROO
The high ceilings and elegant coving of Turgot have been conserved and enhanced by Michel Da Costa Goncalves and Amrita Mahindroo, the minds behind DROO. DROO is a multi-disciplinary studio offering a fresh approach to architecture, interior design and urban projects. While the studio's reach is far and wide, each project is a culmination of conditions distilled into one statement that takes into account physical and intellectual context.
Turgot takes inspiration from Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi whose work depicts subdued, often dramatic interiors. Like in Hammershøi's paintings, the architects meld the foreground and background through use of singular framed views along an enfilade of rooms.
The project is characterised by a calming colour palette. Natural concrete walls boast a soft off-white hue which works harmoniously with pale tones of birch wood and contrasts with quietly luxurious dark Zimbabwe leathered granite finishes. Texture and shadows are emphasised thanks to the pared-back palette. The already striking ornate panelling and detailing seen on the coving, mirrors and fireplace are elevated to centre stage.
John GreenOak Otis Dining Table£980
MenuBronzed Brass / White Marble JWDA Floor Lamp£1,390
PLEASE WAIT to be SEATEDStained Black Kanso Coffee Table£595
MenuDark Glazed New Norm Low Bowl Set of 4£70
AnglepoiseEdition One Paul Smith Type 75 Mini Desk Lamp £165
Paul SmithBlue / Black Reflex Tapered Fit Jeans £125
As for furniture, DROO uses simple but bold shapes that create a subtle juxtaposition with the classic details around Turgot. The living area is populated by chairs which feature slim steel frames, clean lines and sharp angles.
Natural light floods through traditional Parisian floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuring that the sombre colour palette never drops from tasteful to depressing.