A Modern Parisian Apartment Boasting Contemporary Clean Lines

This double apartment in Paris expertly combines classic, period features with raw materials, urban art and sharp, radical lines.


A 100 square-metre Parisian apartment and modern home designed by architect Sophie Dries in the Marais neighbourhood, comprising of a double reception room, kitchen, a master bedroom and bathroom as well as two further bedrooms, a second bathroom and a playroom.


Thisspacious apartment in Paris owes its contemporary clean lines and shapes to architect Sophie Dries.

Originally made up of two separate apartments, the space has been completely reconfigured into one flowing space.Obstructive doorways have been removed and replaced by arches to create a better flow between the rooms.

The colourful mosaic above the doorway is by Space Invaders, and was inspired by 1990s video games.

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Two living rooms have been knocked together into one generous double reception area.

In the main living area, a corner sofa sits opposite two coffee tables and a vintage Philippe Starck chair.

The brick coloured rug complements the reddish brown curtains, whilethe bookshelf displays small sculptures and a painting by Giulia Adreani.

The mantelpiece is used as a display for two 19th century ceramics and a pair of plaster candleholders which were designed by Sophie Dries.

Sophie Dries has given the classic architecture of the space a fresh new look, incorporatingsharp and radical lines.

Raw materials like linens, natural wool carpets, and modern ceramic light fixtures add warmth, while urban street art contrasts against the property's period features.

A painting by Banksy is the central piece in this double space.

The furniture is a collection of design classics, with vintage pieces by Hans Wegner, Eero Saarinen and Charlotte Perriand, as well as more recent work from the 1990s by Philippe Starck.

Behind the marble tulip table by Saarinen is a sideboard, which is used as a display for metal sculptures.

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The kitchen is small and dark, and clutter-free, as all appliances are integrated behind cupboard doors.

Terracotta painted walls and ceiling stop the dark grey cabinets feeling cold and dull, and the orange worktop complements the copper kitchen handles.


A custom made bench creates a cosy and informal breakfast nook, framing the classic 'Les Arcs' octagonal table by Charlotte Perriand.

A striking grey lacquered vintage stool by Philippe Starck makes a style statement.

Above the corner seat is a watercolour by Giulia Andreani.

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The master bedroom, is drenched in swathes of blue, with a teal wall and headboard, and a bespoke screen which was hand painted by Francois Mascarello.

The bed is a textural feast, with stonewashed linen and a headboard upholstered in linen, contrasting against shimmery velvet accent cushions.

Bedside tableshave been created from blocks of sculptural concrete.

The portrait is by Giulia Andreani.

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Contrasting textures of concrete, wood and bronze create a modern and minimalist scheme in the master bathroom.


A zingy yellow wall fills this playful space with energy, while vintage pieces tone it down.

Thegrafitti painting is by Jon One.

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Photography: Stephan Julliard

Design: Sophie Dries

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.