Explore a raw, Brutalist apartment in Paris

This Brutalist apartment in Paris is home to a French architect, and features concrete walls and ceiling, industrial-inspired interiors and designer furniture thrown in the mix.

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The Property

This raw, Brutalist triplex apartment in Paris is the stylish modern home of interior architect Chadi Abou Jaoude.

Located in Paris's 20ème arrondissement, a cosmopolitan and lively neighbourhood,  the three-storey apartment sits in a typical 80’s building and is spread over 807 square feet (75 square metres), crowned by a 215 square foot roof terrace (20 square metres) – a rare feature for old buildings in Paris.

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Living room

The apartment opens into the living room, which sits on the third floor of the apartment building.

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During the renovation, Abou Jaoude discovered raw concrete ceilings and walls in very good condition. These concrete elements became the highlights in the apartment, adding character and personality. He then created a monochrome colour scheme, chose industrial-inspired accents and threw in some statement designer furniture pieces. 

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He balanced out the grey with raw, light oak flooring and kept to a mostly light colour palette of white, grey and beige, with a few black details through the accessories, lighting fixtures and staircase. 

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Floor-to-ceiling windows make this a light and bright space.

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Abou Jaoude re-configured the layout to create a larger living room, moving the kitchen upstairs next to the roof terrace.

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Get the look: sofa from PIANCA. armchair + ottoman by Antonio Citterio / Vitra, ceiling and wall lighting : weber & ducré, suspended lamp by Achille Castiglioni / Flos

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The furniture and accessories are an eclectic mix of design pieces and flea market finds.

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The corner sofa from Pianca sofa frames the space, while coffee tables were up-cycled from reclaimed pallets. The armchair and ottoman are from Vitra, but there are some IKEA pieces too.

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An old carpenter’s workbench from the beginning of the 20th century serves as a desk in the entrance.

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Bedrooms

Downstairs are two modern bedrooms and a shower room with a separate cloakroom / loo.

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Shower room

The concrete theme continues in the concrete-clad shower room / wet room. Floor space is maximised with a generous shower area and glass screen.

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Bathroom storage is very minimal, encouraging minimal clutter. Black taps suit the industrial scheme.

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Cloakroom

Down here there's a separate cloakroom too, with a sloped ceiling, monochrome scheme and black taps.

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Kitchen

The upper level consists of a veranda which hosts an eat-in kitchen, opening out onto a small terrace surrounded by greenery.

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The solid wood table was designed by Abou Jaoude, accessorised with Eames chairs and Costanzina lighting.

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Get the look: Dining chairs by Eames, this is an IKEA kitchen, top granit nero assoluto zimbabwe, Luce Plan table lamp

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A vintage leather gym pommel horse is used as a dining bench.

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Roof terrace

The small roof terrace is Chadi Abou Jaoude’s favourite space, as he loves to spend time here gardening.

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There's a covered barbecue area, and a patio area perfect for warmer months. Tall fencing provides privacy.

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