Transport yourself to the French Mediterranean coastline in the independent city-state of Monaco. Imagine a plush 4,000 plus sq ft home in the Larvotto area of Monaco, where two homes are seamlessly fused into a beautiful space by the firm, Humbert & Poyet. Except this isn’t your imagination, it’s reality! The brief for the home was for it to be a timeless space, which exudes luxury. The building came with its bit of history, straight out of the 1970s, with a ceramic mosaic façade and interiors inspired by Monaco, Palm Beach and Palm Springs. “The family who own the apartment asked us to completely remodel it, to create the perfect layout for a family who frequently entertain at home. They really wanted to express, through their interiors, the idea of the urban Riviera lifestyle”, said Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, Architects at Humbert & Poyet. Taking inspiration from the blend of French and Italian style from the Riviera, Humbert & Poyet used a mix of unique French pieces from the 50s as well as vintage Italian furniture. The sombre design style is accentuated with pops of colour, printed wallpapers inspired by nature and picturesque views over the Mediterranean.
“The fact that it is extremely versatile in various ways: it is incredibly special for its owners – it serves as both a family home and a place to host dinners and parties. It is also special regarding its position – it functions as both a beach house and as a city house”, they explain.The red terrazzo flooring welcomes you into the Art Deco style lobby. Elevators open directly into the apartment to reveal two sconces by Safarti Jeanneret and two chairs that express the Franco-Italian marriage of styles, both at the heart of the apartment. On the layout of the home, the architects say, “You can either go right towards the sleeping areas or left towards the living quarters.
The sleeping area is composed of one master suite with a sea view, two dressing rooms and two bathrooms. Then two kids rooms,a bathroom and one guest room. Next to the sleeping area is the play room/office/family room with yet another great sea view. On the other side of the apartment is the 60- 70sq. m. (~646 sq.ft.) salon. The dining room is part of the living room because the clients didn’t want it to look too bourgeois, and the family kitchen is situated next to it.”
The challenge in the project was to blend 20th century pieces with more modern furniture and bespoke designs. Innovative and contemporary pieces are seen all around the living room lending a natural grace to the space.
Describing the usage of different furniture pieces around the home, the architects elaborate, “The furniture is a mix between mid-century and Italian vintage, and perfectly captures the French Riviera’s spirit: the design is one of measured sobriety, punctuated with touches of bright colour and printed wallpapers influenced by plants.” Inspired by the works of designers like Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, Carlo Scarpa and Jean Prouvé, Humbert & Poyet have some exciting projects under their belt. “We have some very exciting hotel projects in Paris opening in summer 2017. We are so happy to finally have a public hotel space in Paris to be working on”, they sign off.