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July 14, 2014
Vive la France! Take a desktop tour of the best in contemporary French architecture and interior design with a stroll through the Dwell archives.
modern french country house facade wood

The architects at Arba designed an eco-friendly French country house with four different kinds of wood: northern pine to frame the two-bedroom structure, untreated larch wood for the cladding and window framing, ash for the ground floor, and spruce for the attic.

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Originally appeared in Eco-Friendly A-Frame in the French Countryside
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aumas kitchen island

Stylist Jean-Christophe Aumas’ Parisian apartment is stocked with treasures, including a marble-tiled kitchen island he designed and vintage leather barstools by iconic French designer Charlotte Perriand.

Originally appeared in 7 Carefully Curated Interiors
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The Dimanches relax in their exotic living room.

Storied French botanist Patrick Blanc designed a lush vertical garden for the Dimanche family home in Paris

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Originally appeared in Garden Apartment
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Modern banquette with wooden floors and door

Dutch architect Felix Claus's 1932 rental apartment in Paris was designed as a rich, wood-paneled pied-à-terre by Deco designer Auguste Perret. The architectural gem includes a calf leather–upholstered banquette between the grand salon and the bedroom.

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Originally appeared in Modern High-Design Pied-à-Terre in Paris
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Cerebral architect Matali Crasset renovated a stone farmhouse for a Parisian jewelry designer, retaining old elements and mixing them with new. In the kitchen, a custom composite dining table is paired with bright plastic Ikea chairs; Crasset’s Evolute maple veneer pendant lights for Danese Milano hang above.

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Originally appeared in Matali Crasset Renovates Monory Farmhouse
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The exposed-wood motif continues inside, where plywood walls, as well as Barache and his guests, keep things warm.

Architect Jean-Baptiste Barache of Arba riffed on classical forms for this Zen-like, A-frame retreat in Normandy, France. The humble interior is lined with plywood

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Originally appeared in Modern Wooden A-Frame Retreat in France
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The Parisian flat that American-born architect Michael Herrman shares with his wife, Cécile, and their 2-year-old daughter, Rose, maintains much of its 1790s charm. Hermann opened it up with a Le Corbusier influence (including a remarkable glass-and-steel catwalk), but kept the original beams. The family stis at a Pont table by Ligne Roset; the Carmo sofa is by Anders Nørgaard for BoConcept.

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Originally appeared in A Corbusier-Inspired Parisian Home
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modern french country house facade wood

The architects at Arba designed an eco-friendly French country house with four different kinds of wood: northern pine to frame the two-bedroom structure, untreated larch wood for the cladding and window framing, ash for the ground floor, and spruce for the attic.

Photo by Hervé Abbadie.

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