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Metamorphosis of a 40 m2 studio in Paris

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Metamorphosis of a 40 m2 studio in Paris

Sophie Auscher agency / Delphine Warin photos

Direction the heart of Paris, close to the Eiffel Tower, for the successful transformation of a 40 m2 office into a functional and warm studio. The purity, the color, a decor made with taste, brightness and practicality are at the rendezvous of this small Parisian space. Interior designer Sophie Auscher unveils her latest achievement that is both graphic, colorful and warm!

In the 7th arrondissement of Paris, a work place without fuss with a beautiful volume of light has turned into a pleasant studio to live of 40 m2, functional and sober, after the intervention of the interior designer Sophie Auscher.

With a budget of 68 000 euros HT and 12 weeks of work later, this small space welcomes all the necessary comfort for a pied à terre Paris: a pleasant kitchen, a functional bathroom, a warm stay, clever storage and also , abundant natural light. Not to mention a trendy decor, with gray as the guiding thread. Discovery with interior designer Sophie Auscher ...

The idea: transform a beautiful volume of light - an old office of 40 m2 - into a sober and functional studio flat, without effect of fashion and which can again be transformed into an office or showroom; Location: Paris 7th with a view of the Eiffel Tower; Area: 40 m2; Work budget: approximately 68,000 euros excluding tax; Works duration : 3 months or 12 weeks.

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Photo before office work of 40 m2

Sophie Auscher agency / Delphine Warin photos

What was the owner's wish in buying an office to convert into an apartment?

Interior designer Sophie Auscher: The goal was not to freeze the place like a small apartment but to allow one day, perhaps, to transform it again into a workplace (office or showroom). The basis of the project was therefore sober, functional and timeless: as a neutral backdrop but well thought especially in terms of storage space and optimization. On this "base", a decoration was then possible by the contribution of colors and stronger materials (wallpaper type) to make a warm and friendly place.

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What was your bias in terms of layout and decoration?

Interior designer Sophie Auscher: It was necessary to optimize space and square meters so expensive in this district of the 7th arrondissement in Paris and give the illusion of a "vast" surface. After removing unnecessary double doors, I drew between the entrance and the main room libraries and storage. A porthole created on the kitchen door allows to bring natural light into the entrance.

The gray color of the walls and the ceiling of the entrance are like a welcoming box underlined by a surprising XL suspension. She is the guideline of the project: it is a color that I particularly appreciate because it is timeless and chic. It is found everywhere in the apartment as a common thread. I like mixing the masculine (sober lines, gray, black and white) and the feminine (color, wallpaper, oval mirror in the bathroom): the combination of the two allows a balance often successful.

We decided not to use too large a panel of materials to avoid the patchwork effect but the choice of a wall "punch" in wallpaper quickly imposed. In order to calm the game, a gray picture rail balances the crazy side of the wallpaper and allows you to play with the paintings without damaging the wall.

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For the bathroom, it was necessary to take into account the difficulties due to the proportions of the room all in length (width 1m70) but also to the hot water tank and the toilets in the room! I wanted to divide it into 3 areas gathered on one side of the room: shower area, wash basin area and finally WC area. To do this, I imagined tiling walls all height of 3 tones that extend to the ground to further define and enlarge the room. The hot water tank is concealed in height in a cupboard above the vanity top creating a niche painted in midnight blue and ready to receive a large oval mirror and appropriate lighting.

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The kitchen is linear and timeless for furniture and credence. A touch of gaiety is brought by the multicolored frieze made of disparate tiles 10x10cm. The walls are not cluttered with inappropriate tall furniture in a small kitchen, but lighter metal shelves to the eye that echo Knoll's chair, which is also chrome and light. The dishes are therefore apparent and colorful (Rice) and wink at the reproduction of Paul Klee.

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How did you handle the storage part in the studio?

Interior designer Sophie Auscher: Storage is very important in a small space. Everything must be in its place and thought upstream. A small space tidy, it's hell on earth! Every nook and cranny are used; that's why in particular, I planned a console tablet in the entrance which also allows to hide unsightly heating pipes.

In the bathroom, I took advantage of a large mattress beneath the window to draw a shallow bookshelf and place objects / paperbacks. I wanted the storage spaces do not amputate the floor space and do not damage the beautiful volume of the room; they were made to measure by my carpenter. The large wall closet is integrated with the decor by a graphic game with squares with regular volumes. "Jewelry" metal buttons of a voluntarily large diameter bring the final touch to the cupboards.

I also designed the low suspended furniture for more lightness and had fun marrying two very different finishes. The drawers and the low cupboards with handhold concealed by a game of hollow bottom, avoid pull buttons.

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The materials used for the realization of this 1 room apartment of 40 m2 in Paris 7th

Entrance floor and main room: natural oak flooring; Kitchen and bathroom floor: 75x 75cm dark gray tiling at Alma Deco for one unit and avoid unsightly patchwork effect in a small area; Walls: satin paint;

In the main room - Placards in painted medium; 1950s patterned wallpaper, Sanderson, outlined with a dark gray painted rail; Low cabinet designed by the interior designer with plain laminate at Polyrey and fluted effect at Oberflex;

In the kitchen - Custom kitchen in taupe and oak laminate; Credence, Cotto d'Estre Buxy at Surface; Curly tile, Appiani; Chrome fitting, Grohe; Towel dryer, Acova;

In the bathroom - Shower walls: tiles 75x75cm dito floor; Friesland, Vogue range at Alma deco; Custom shower door frosted glass; Washbasin unit: uni laminate at Polyrey and croco effect at Oberflex; Dry towel; Acova; Washbasin: Duravit; Chrome fitting, Grohe.

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The brands / models of the furniture and decorative accessories of the studio of 40 m2

Furniture - Sofa "Madison" at La Maison du Convertible; Vintage Artelano end table (Richard Peduzzi design); Armchair "Diamond Chair" at Knoll; Oak pedestal table at Made.com; Cushions in Dora fabric at Boussac (polka dot fabric) and Zara; Coffee tables, carpet and chair Ikea
Lighting - Luminaire entry in chrome finish that creates nice reflections "Notte" at Prandina; Floor lamps main room Ikea; Table lamp "Day Glow"; Kitchen ceiling lamp "Caboche" at Foscarini; Turquoise pendant bathroom Habitat
Accessories - Entrance Vase "Sanghai" at Pols Potten; Linen curtains Dominique Kieffer edition; Bathroom cup and vase with flea; "Tango" jewelery holder Sophie Auscher design; Rice and Habitat dishes; Deknut entrance mirrors.

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Sketch of the studio of 40 m2 on Paris 7

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Sketch of the studio of 40 m2 on Paris 7

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3 questions to interior designer Sophie Auscher on the layout of a studio

1. How to create a multifunctional room in a practical way without omitting aesthetics?

Interior designer Sophie Auscher: You have to think of both at the same time (practical and aesthetic). Put yourself in the client's shoes and imagine him in his different moments of life (sleep, eat, rest, work). In short, simplify his life by offering easy to maintain materials, choosing a sofa bed that should not remove the cushions for bed position for example! Do not hesitate to mix basic materials with more sophisticated / noble materials: who says small does not say "cheap".

The smaller a space, the more difficult it is to develop. As in any building site, you must respect the specifications without losing sight of the budget! The one of a small studio is often minimal so it is necessary to arrive at "to make beautiful for cheap!". Of course, every square meter must be functional, it's like the cabin of a boat. But functional does not mean ugly or moody!

2. Tips to unveil to develop a small space and therefore, bypass the constraints of a studio development?

Sophie Auscher: Remove as much as possible unnecessary doors and partitions. Open perspectives and study natural light and lighting well. Think of the mirrors: well positioned, we gain perspective and light (the two vertical mirrors of the entrance are a nod to the "bourgeois entrance" console / mirror and reflect the beautiful view of the trees). Make a good choice of furniture: do not skimp on the quality of the bedding for example. Do not hesitate either, as in fashion, to mix "cheap" pieces with iconic furniture. I am quite a fan of AMPM and made.com for example to find nice little furniture.

3. What should you think about first when designing a studio?

Sophie Auscher: As for many construction sites: who is it for (teenagers, couples) and for what purpose (rental, dismount). To the circulation and the fluidity of the space. Everything must be obvious and flow naturally. Be careful of the location of the radiators: poorly placed, they can lose a lot of space and prevent optimum implantation. In this apartment, I placed it under the window to create a large low furniture and in the kitchen, I turned into a dry towel to place it in height and allow a larger work plan. The first impression is the good one. We go right back to the heart of the matter. It is successful when people come back and say "it's beautiful, we feel good", then we know we won!

Portrait of interior designer Sophie Auscher

Sophie Auscher agency / Delphine Warin photos

Contact of interior designer Sophie Auscher, 43, avenue Rapp 75007 Paris, 01 47 05 10 70, sophieauscher.com

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