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In Lyon, a typical Haussmann-era apartment is rejuvenated by an innovative layout that shows respect for the building’s heritage. A distinctive colour palette and Marazzi marble effect stoneware used throughout are the unifying elements  

In this Lyon apartment, interior designer Constance Berthier of architecture firm BC Ateliers proposes a makeover of a classic Haussmann-era apartment, creating a space with a strong identity, tailored to the present-day needs of a young couple, while respectfully retaining the essence of its past. The project introduces a new layout, with an overall design that is virtually an open space: the very natural flow between the rooms creates a dynamic feel that is both rational and surprising, accentuated by clever use of saturated colours and a variety of materials that breaks up the continuity of surfaces.

The entrance, totally redesigned with built-in cupboards, recesses and an alcove with bench designed by the same architect, proposes a linear design that softens toward the kitchen. “I wanted to give this space an architectural dimension, accentuated by the Allmarble Saint Laurent by Marazzi marble effect stoneware and the natural motif of the wallpaper: that was why I chose these vibrant colours. The eye is instantly drawn to the kitchen, then from there along the corridor leading to the living room and on through to the bedroom area” in an ingenious use of perspective in which even furnishing elements – like the oak kitchen units – suggest the direction leading to the next rooms.

“My aim was to mix styles, eras and materials, shying away from a total look that would have left the spaces frozen in time” explains Constance Berthier. Thus, in the living room and bedroom – which is accessed via the bathroom in this unusual layout – the elegant contemporary furnishings, renovated parquet floors (discovered under the carpets) and light colour scheme offer a clear nod to tradition. Nonetheless, the recurring theme throughout the whole apartment is the Allmarble Saint Laurent marble effect stoneware by Marazzi which is used in various finishes for the entrance and bathroom floors, the kitchen countertops, carrying through to the dining area of the living room, plus the charming fireplace surround in the bedroom. The through-body coloured fine porcelain stoneware is part of the large Marble Look collection which, in Natural and Lux finishes, faithfully reproduces the different vein patterns, shade variations and colours of the rarest Italian marbles found in nature.