Interior designer Sarah Lavoine has turned a hidden workshop in Paris’ 16th arrondissement into her new loft-like concept store.
Maison Sarah Lavoine’s new Passy home was formerly a locksmith’s atelier. The 19th-century brick building’s industrial history can be read in its soaring trussed roof and workbenches, which are being put to new use.
‘Craftsmanship is at the heart of the work of Maison Sarah Lavoine, so embracing the history of this space was an obvious move for us,’ says Lavoine.
‘Living spaces’ have been inserted beneath the soaring glass roof in the open-plan studio, including a living room, dining room, bedroom, and a dressing room. Red brick walls have been paired with pale oak floors and bright hits of colour come via Lavoine’s range of sofas, lampshades and furnishings.
Lavoine’s signature blue shade appears on a feature wall behind the black steel staircase – a contemporary riposte to the A-frame trusses overhead.
Meanwhile workstations running the length of the building’s original framework (which is painted a Victorian green) are laden with the studio’s collections, as are new new modular shelving units which dot and subtly zone the space. ‘In the Tube’ hanging lights complete the industrial look.
And as with all the best lofts, there’s plenty of room to have friends stay over. A jewellery store for Pascale Monvoisin and a patisserie have moved into the 1,400 sq m space, with further guests to be announced…