A futuristic loft in the heart of Paris
This secret space, located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, is named after its curves. The Snake, designed for collectors by the architect François Roche fifteen years ago is a gallery to live, but especially an initiatory trip in weightlessness to very strong sensations. This loft with the looks of the future is a place of life that has experience. Prepare for a good time in photos.
Guided by new buyers, we slip into the white folds and labyrinthine snake, a large loft Parisian immaculate. A shock, in the middle of the 10th arrondissement of Paris, hidden in the recesses of a courtyard. The beast took place in 2001 under the glass roof of a former furrier workshop of 350 m2. The volume as the project are striking. Ordered by an amateur couple of art and experiences, the places have always existed but kept confidential. Invisible by its history but also by the immateriality of the white erasing the contours of volumes, the Snake is a legend as silent as intriguing. It can also be called utopia. Like "a passage from dream to real tangible," says his owner, a madness of modern times.
In the big room, François Roche's table, black candlestick "Rock the Kasbah" by Philippe Xerri. On the wall, video of Andreas Fogarasi and photo on Plexiglass "Gant" by Jean-François Dareths. "PS 2012" hi-fi furniture, Ikea, and sculpture Trapped again in still Life by Stéphanie Cherpin, 2010, Cortex Athletico gallery. In the niche, ink Le Coup de Tangier by Jean-Charles Blais, 1989. Front, sofa "Ploum" by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Ligne Roset, armchairs "PS Vago", Ikea, and nesting tables "Eclipse Stua", Silvera. Cushions pebbles, Smarin.
A bright and modern loft in Paris
Fluid volume with soft forms in reference to the "blob architecture" which borrows the inspiration of curves, the place is crossed by a tube that winds on the ground and is lost on the heights. This presence abolishes the concept of pieces, revisits the boundaries of intimacy without recourse to traditional separations. A manifesto of freedom and a human approach befitting the iconoclast François Roche. Provocateur inspired within his agency R & Sie (n), created with his plastician companion Stephanie Lavaux, this extraordinary builder offers a way of living by modeling the affect of its customers for the benefit of a morphological architecture called mood.
In the niche, ink The Coup de Tangier Jean Charles Blais, 1989, cushions pebbles, Smarin. On the left, a view of the room, Poul Poul's lamp by Ingo Maurer.
Sculpture Trapped again in still Life by Stéphanie Cherpin. In the niche, ink The Coup de Tangier Jean Charles Blais, cushions pebbles, Smarin. "PS Vago" armchairs, Ikea, on Francois Roche's two-tray resin table, Philippe Xerri's "Rock the Kasbah" black olive wood candlestick, Claude Lalanne's bronze apple and Peggy Huyn's leather notebook cover Kinh.
Live in the heart of the futuristic loft Snake
Succeeding the sponsors, the current owner talks about his impressions. "Here I am a courier, my mission is part of a desire for safeguarding and enhancement.The whiteness is an erasure, a neutral pH as a way to rest.We are here in a cave, we find the origins The lack of openness is softened by the canvas stretched under the glass roof.The curves multiply the recesses like the roundness of the Romanesque cathedrals, everything ends smoothly without the breaking of the angle.The fragility of the plaster deserves a a certain delicacy for use as in a place of initiation rite.This serpent, like a ribbon unrolled, awakens the senses.It evokes the temptation, the mystery, halfway between intrigue and well-being, with its vertebral staircase without I want to preserve the secrecy that surrounds its walls, I open it with modesty, for concerts, exhibitions, events and especially I live an enchanted everyday, I often work with the Cortex Athletico Gallery. Fiac 2014 Organon by Benoît Mayor and Falke Pisano was presented here. Its founder Thomas Bernard likes to make live contemporary art, it turns the walls into screens for video projections.
Cortex Athletico Gallery: 13, rue des Arquebusiers, 75003. Cortex-athletico.com.
Inside the snake, a space where follow a kitchen and a bathroom, both minimalist. In the bathroom, photo "The Hand of Marcel Duchamp" by Bert Stern, 1967.
In the office, George Nelson's convenient "Steelframe", circa 1960, Pierre Paulin white lacquered "Ursuline" desk, Ligne Roset, and pebble floor cushion, Smarin
The boundaries of the room are delimited by the organic shape of the Snake. In the room, "Master" chairs by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell, white lacquered swivel cabinet, Bath Bazaar, Poul Poul lamp by Ingo Maurer and oval by Smart & Green, sheets, Alexandre Turpault.
In the kitchen, stools "Stool One" by Konstantin Grcic. Vintage carafe.
Storage and shower are protected by semi-opaque plastic curtains.
Boundless walls serve as giant screens for video projections. On the table "Eclipse Stua", vase and coffee cup, Tsé & Tsé, snake plate, Polypode. In the background, sculpture Trapped again in still Life by Stéphanie Cherpin, 2010, gallery Cortex Athletico, created by Thomas Bernard, here watching a video of the artist Andreas Fogarasi.
Archive image of the Snake plan.
The addresses and tips of the owners of the loft
For the know-how of this house, specialized in plaster works.
S.O.E STUC AND STAFF. 204, rue de la Croix Nivert, 75015. Tel. 01 45 57 47 33 and soe-scop.com
For its patterned carpets, especially those of the 1970s.
CODIMAT. 63-65 rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006. Tel. 01 45 44 68 20 and codimatcollection.com
For his art of printing.
IDEM lithography workshop. 49, rue du Montparnasse, 75014. Tel. 01 43 35 35 35 and idemparis.com
For vintage clothing and haute couture accessories selected by Corinne Than-Trong.
RENAISSANCE. 14, rue de Beaune, 75007. Tel. 01 42 60 95 49 and renaissance75007.com
For the good deals that can be made there.
DROUOT HOTEL. 9, rue Drouot, 75009. Tel. 01 48 00 20 20 and drouot.fr