Outer border: Green living space in Paris | Interior
LPleasant greenery brings every room to life in Alexafnes’ 1930s house in Issy-les-Mullinaud, a suburb of Paris. “We have nature everywhere,” she said, speaking from her home office where the tendrils of the living wall behind her crawl steadily across the sky. The extension of the dining room on the ground floor is designed to have a strong link with the terrace surrounding the house. The bathroom also has a tropical feel, facing the balcony with hanging ferns and holiday hammocks.
Alexa lives here with her husband Alvin and her eight and ten year old sons, and continues the lush theme in the living room. In the living room, real plants mingle with a framed herbarium. A layer of glass.
This method of preserving tropical leaves thus preserves has a long history as a method of identifying specimens, often for medicinal purposes. “In addition to the scientific heritage, these tropical leaves are also magnificent,” says Alexa, architect and interior designer who runs Atelier Germain. Two years ago, it acquired the French company Jardin Pamplemousse, which has been making herbaria for over 20 years. “They are still made in workshops near Paris, where everything from drying the leaves to cutting the glass to framing is done by hand,” she explains. “But we found that a little modernization of the look could help them get the attention they deserve.”
The silhouette of those giant leaves on the walls of Alexa’s house has a natural impact on her intentionally simplified plans. In the family living room, most of the furniture and surfaces are available in black, white or gray tones, with the exception of a wall painted in Chartreuse. “I like to use neutral colors as a base, then I add colors for the objects and a few dashes to personalize the space,” says Alexa. She also found that a neutral foundation makes things easier to change when you’re bored. “Right away you can make your room look completely new,” she adds.
Alexa and Albin Funès made major changes to their home three years ago, and they added a dining room extension to enter part of a small garden. It might seem counterintuitive to greenery enthusiasts, but the room’s roof lights and sliding glass doors are a more convenient way to enjoy the great outdoors year-round. Means What the family lost in square meters in the space of the garden, they obtained in the available interior space. “It also completely changed the vibe of the adjacent kitchen and living room beyond that,” she says. “From now on, the three spaces are circular, bright and connected to the outside. It’s always good in my book.
Alexa is free to admit that there are tropical gardens and greenhouses, and enjoyed visiting the historic gardens before travel was restricted. His favorites are: La Bambouseraie in the Cévennes Exotic garden With monaco Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami. Close to us Sale of Touille In Paris, we are currently raising the level of plants. “These places are a vivid reminder of the beauty of nature and its impact on us,” she says.
As an architect and interior designer, Alexa always reflects on how features and styles intersect and praises the work of early Modernist designers. Charlotte Perriand .. “Her design has always been about functionality, and her compact kitchen for Le Corbusier’s Citeradius is brilliant. And, of course, I love his LC4 lounge chair.
The furniture in this family home is a high-low mix that works with mainstream items in classic designs such as Sori Yanagi’s classic Vitra butterfly stool. Made.com, House Doctor and Caravan. Second, there are many Atelier Germain items designed in-house or by collaborators, which Alexa brings on a regular basis.
Alexa has created a room that works for the family by increasing the structure and detail of these spaces. “It’s a house full of light and nature,” she adds. “During the blockade, this house definitely made our captivity happier. “