A Corbusier-Inspired Parisian Home

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March 4, 2013
Originally published in The Interiors Issue
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An American architect in Paris experiments with Corbusian perceptions of interior and exterior space.
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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, had been nearly untouched since the 1790s, when it was built. “But I wanted to try and reveal some of its age in a fresh new context,” Herrman said.

    The Parisian flat that American-born architect Michael Herrman shares with his wife, Cécile, and their 2-year-old daughter, Rose, had been nearly untouched since the 1790s, when it was built. “But I wanted to try and reveal some of its age in a fresh new context,” Herrman said.

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  “At Rue Vignon I wanted to distort reality in order to create intriguing visions,” explains architect Michael Herrman, who renovated an 18th-century structure in Paris for himself and his family. He was inspired by an apartment created in the 1930s by Le Corbusier.

    “At Rue Vignon I wanted to distort reality in order to create intriguing visions,” explains architect Michael Herrman, who renovated an 18th-century structure in Paris for himself and his family. He was inspired by an apartment created in the 1930s by Le Corbusier.

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  The home’s interior design, featured in Vogue and widely celebrated, was an unusual foray into residential surrealism by Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret.

    The home’s interior design, featured in Vogue and widely celebrated, was an unusual foray into residential surrealism by Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret.

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  The mirror-top table in the living area is the Vanity table by Stefano Giovannoni for Magis. It’s surrounded by Naoto Fukasawa chairs. “The glass floor emerged as a way to visually interconnect the different spaces. It makes the living room feel twice as tall, and from the inside of the apartment on either floor you can look up and see the sky (very rare in Paris).”

    The mirror-top table in the living area is the Vanity table by Stefano Giovannoni for Magis. It’s surrounded by Naoto Fukasawa chairs. “The glass floor emerged as a way to visually interconnect the different spaces. It makes the living room feel twice as tall, and from the inside of the apartment on either floor you can look up and see the sky (very rare in Paris).”

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  Herrman, his wife, Cécile, and their young daughter, Rose, play on the Pont table by Ligne Roset . The Carmo sofa is by Anders Nørgaard for BoConcept.

    Herrman, his wife, Cécile, and their young daughter, Rose, play on the Pont table by Ligne Roset . The Carmo sofa is by Anders Nørgaard for BoConcept.

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  A laser-cut-steel staircase connects the two floors.

    A laser-cut-steel staircase connects the two floors.

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  One of Herrman’s designs, the Enlightened Table, appears to reflect a lamp’s light, although nothing hangs overhead.

    One of Herrman’s designs, the Enlightened Table, appears to reflect a lamp’s light, although nothing hangs overhead.

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  The dining room and upstairs view from the courtyard.
    The dining room and upstairs view from the courtyard.
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  Charles de Beistegui, a collector living in Paris in the 1930s, commissioned Le Corbusier to design a spectacular penthouse apartment for him on the Champs-Élysées. Though the home no longer exists, save for archival black-and-white shots, Michael Herrman was greatly inspired by it. Seen here, a spiral staircase in the living room of Beistegui's apartment.
    Charles de Beistegui, a collector living in Paris in the 1930s, commissioned Le Corbusier to design a spectacular penthouse apartment for him on the Champs-Élysées. Though the home no longer exists, save for archival black-and-white shots, Michael Herrman was greatly inspired by it. Seen here, a spiral staircase in the living room of Beistegui's apartment.
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  Le Corbusier's outdoor garden with a fireplace and the grass lawn 'carpeting.'
    Le Corbusier's outdoor garden with a fireplace and the grass lawn 'carpeting.'
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  Rue Vignon's floor plan.
    Rue Vignon's floor plan.
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