Colour, for me as a designer, is so important. Too often here in the west we seem to be adverse to colour or perhaps even afraid of it. Artist and writer David Bachelor explores this at length in his book Chromophobia, proposing a fear of corruption or contamination through colour. This is not the case for Parisian Interior Designer Stephanie Coutas.
This family home in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-seine is split over two levels and measures roughly 400m2. Coutas has crafted an extravagant narrative where the clients own contemporary art and newly acquired pieces meet in pleasant and luxe elegance.
The contemporary artworks provide blocks of deeply saturated primary hues throughout the home; a particular favourite of mine is the velvet gorilla!
Coutas has finely balanced the materiality. Large travertine slabs line the floor with oak paneling, raw or stained adjoining. In other areas dark stained floorboards lay diagonally and meet polished plaster, wallpaper and paint. A sharp matte white ceiling unifies and helps to carry the dialogue of spaces.
The crimson felt on the pool table in the games room combined with the shades of red and maroon on the walls, paneling, artworks and accessories feels reminiscent of Mark Rothko.
This home has a sense of discovery, which is joyous, and the result is sophisticated bordering on chic ‘joie de vivre’.
images Stephanie Coutas