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a bold new world

A RMGB Transformation

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SET IN…

a 19th century townhouse overlooking the Palace of Versailles lies RMGB studio’s latest interior masterpiece. The project marks a renaissance of sorts for the property’s heir as he leaves Paris with wife and children to return to his childhood home.

 

 

LED…

by architects Guillaume Gibert and Baptiste Rischmann, the first priority was one of meticulous restoration. This meant a stripping back of centuries of adjustments to reveal the home’s original form. Once laid bare – a careful process of fortification and re-creation breathed new life into original details, ranging from plasterwork to a beloved inverted Hungarian point parquet floor.

 

 

THE DECOR…

was rooted in RMBG’s passion for architecture, fine craftsmanship and a bold graphic aesthetic. Out of reverence for the existing architecture, the duo opted for untethered custom case pieces instead of more intrusive built-ins. In the living room a freestanding sideboard references classic architectural motifs with its fluted detailing. Underfoot, the space is grounded by a custom wool rug designed by RMGB while a curved sofa by Christophe Delcort rounds out the sharp edges, as do a pair of plushly upholstered vintage armchairs by Horst Brüning.

 

 

THE TEAM’S…

preference for free standing furnishings in place of built-ins carries through to the kitchen where a bespoke stainless steel cabinet conceals the kitchen’s appliances. In contrast, a free standing Calacatta Viola island is left front and center – equal parts sculptural and utilitarian.

 

 

AN AIRY…

dining room sits newly connected to the kitchen. The space centers around a bespoke lava stone table with lacquered steel base. A verdant Roger Mühl tapestry hangs in dialogue with the garden just outside, while a set of muted green chairs by Willy Rizzo complete the eclectic assemblage with a dose of 70s edge.

 

 

THE MASTER…

bedroom is all bold color and graphic form with a striking blue palette inspired by Françoise Pétrovitch’s 2017 painting, Nocturne. The sinuous headboard was similarly inspired, but by an 1950s work of furniture design by Jean Royère. In the adjoining master bath two arched mirrors seem to reference Versailles iconic hall of mirrors while beneath, slabs of black stone balance the geometry with equal strength.

 

 

IN A…

region so steeped in architectural history, it’s a true thrill to see RMGB’s visionary founders push the needle – paving the way to a bold new world of design.

 

 

Architecture/Design: RMGB

Photography: Matthieu Salvaing

 

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