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Look who’s coming to dinner

Joseph’s 40 sqm-19th-arrondissement social hub 40 m² 60 000 €

Project sheet :

Surface area: 40 m² (430 sq. ft.)

Location: Paris, France

Budget: €60k

Architect: Paolo Remogna

The apartment is finally ready for prime time, according to owner Joseph Chalhoub – incidentally Sloft’s very own creative director. So what should we expect from an interior designed by the same man who created the very layout of the magazine you are holding in your hands?

An equally exacting vision that kept us languishing for three issues before we could feature the 40-square-meter apartment, so apt for entertaining that it has even inspired him to take up a new creative hobby – in the form of cooking.

When Joseph decided to buy his first apartment in a quiet 19th-arrondissement street, he first asked his friend and architect, Paolo Remogna, for his expert opinion. The pair was won over by the two huge windows that frame the rounded corner of what was then the bedroom, bathing the space in light, and setting the tone for the entire renovation project.

Paolo and Joseph decided to knock down all the partitions and reorganize the floor plan, swapping the living room and bedroom to prioritize the living space and give it the best view, reducing the sleeping quarters to a minimum. The light oak parquet floor laid in a symmetrical herringbone pattern unifies all spaces and usages, starting at the entrance.

In addition to a sofa and armchairs in the living room, Joseph wanted a dining table for four despite the limited space. To Joseph’s great delight, Paolo designed a dark oak sideboard that runs along two walls and acts as a bookcase, storage unit and bench for entertaining up to six guests around the round black marble table.

Joseph has no regrets about moving from the rather staid 15th arrondissement to the much more dynamic 19th. And when he needs a bit of fresh air and calm, the Buttes-Chaumont park is right around the corner!

“Moodboarding, plans and monitoring of the work were done in tandem with Paolo.”

 

In the living room, Joseph wanted to create two areas: a lounge with sofa and armchairs, and a dining room for at least four people. They then designed an enfilade base unit running under the windows to structure and optimize these two spaces. This elegant piece of furniture houses a bookcase on the living room side and ends as a bench seat on the dining room side. Thanks to this, Joseph can invite six guests around the round black marble table, and he doesn’t miss a beat!

When Joseph moved into the 19th arrondissement, he discovered a neighborhood on the move. The Buttes-Chaumont park around the corner has become his oxygen lung. He has no regrets whatsoever about the 15th arrondissement where he used to live!

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

Joseph was won over by this 1950s building – and its stairwell reminiscent of the Mallet-Stevens style.

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²
L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

Paolo likes his entrances to be “very clean.” Right from this room, the parquet floor pattern sets the tone: throughout the apartment, it guides circulation, unifies spaces and broadens perspectives.

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

Natural materials and exotic elements – like a huge Japanese canvas light fixture and a raffia wall treatment – dress up the bedroom. To preserve the illusion of space, a virtual headboard is created from a 120-centimeter-high raffia wall treatment, while a large white cupboard serves as a dressing room. On the wall, two photos of Lebanon’s Faraya mountains – Joseph’s favorite place on earth.

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

In the bedroom, Joseph has set up his desk area facing the large window. It consists of a set of light wood furniture with a chair by the Bouroullec brothers.

“I like working facing the window, the view clears my mind.”


L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

The stylish shower room had to have a spacious Italian shower. On the floor, large 60 by 60-centimeter terrazzo tiles add color and a touch of cheerfulness.

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

The walls are covered with white 5 by 5-centimeter tiles separated by terracottacolored grouting that echo the floor’s terrazzo aggregates.

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

In the middle of the living room, the chrome-plating of the two USM coffee tables adds a cooler note to the natural-wood surroundings.

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

Joseph steadfastly wanted a green kitchen. It had to be repainted five times before the right shade was found, following failed attempts like “apple green” and the dreaded “Transavia green.”

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

The countertops are in white, green and yellow veined marble from Tibet, perfectly complementing the victorious green shade.

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

Joseph preferred to emphasize the visible part of the kitchen: custom-made fronts, a marble credenza and countertop, and taps and sink in matte black finish. The cabinets, meanwhile, are full-height Ikea.

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

Above the black marble table, Joseph installed a disproportionately large, 40-kilo chandelier, which he brought back from a trip to Lebanon. He had to dismantle each Murano glass slat to fit it in his luggage.

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

The custom-built sideboard does quadruple duty as a storage unit and bench on the kitchen side, and as a bookcase and radiator cover that extends into a banquette. It structures the living area while embracing its curved angle, further highlighted by the black line of the curtain rail above.

L'appartement de Joseph Chalhoub - Nid d’angle aux Buttes-Chaumont dans 40 m²

Joseph is fond of 1980s Italian furniture, such as his Afra and Tobia Scarpa chair set or his Achille Castiglioni table lamp.

Joseph’s neighbourhood favourites
 
For coffee that awakens all of the senses:
LA BRÛLERIE DE BELLEVILLE
14 rue Lally Tollendal, Paris 19th
A welcoming place to have a coffee and refill on fresh beans.
 
For a taste of the Mediterranean:
PALOMA
93, rue Julien Lacroix, 75020 Paris
An incredible bistro-style Mediterranean restaurant.
 
For some well-earned me-time:
CANDLE KIDS COFFEE
107 rue des Couronnes, Paris 20th
A new café overlooking a charming little square. The interior is tastefully decorated, and the coffee and the cookies are delicious.
 
To stock up on fresh flowers:
FRICHE
12 rue Philippe de Girard, Paris 10th
Enjoy superb flowers and a warm welcome by Vincent and his Welsh corgi dog, Dali.
 
For a cultural interlude :
CHAPEL XIV
14, boulevard de la Chapelle, 75018 Paris
Beautiful art gallery with great curation.