Only a few souls around, old donkeys grazing and this old farmhouse spread over 600 m2 between olive trees and cypresses… For the owners of the Provençal building, rehabilitated ten years earlier by Alexandre Lafourcade, expert in the restoration of residences old, the first confinement was a click. Between city and nature, these city dwellers see a new future and leave the field open to Diego Delgado-Elias for the interior design. Their brief: many materials and few colors. “A wish that sums up my DNA well,” says the Peruvian architect who founded his agency five years ago in Paris. I wanted to breathe in a contemporary and masculine spirit, without distorting the raw and peasant character of this farmhouse. »
Reinterpreting the rustic spirit
Walls patinated under the effect of Marmorino stucco, kitchen island in travertine blending into Burgundy stone… Beneath an apparent simplicity, the architect left nothing to chance, designing every detail: molded bookcase, headboards, ornaments in braided leather… right up to the lights reinterpreting the rustic spirit of wrought iron candelabras.
A nod to Provence, the cradle of basketry, straw is naturally part of the game, whether it’s the textured raffia lining certain walls or the custom-made pieces of rye and wicker furniture, entrusted to local publishers (Atelier Vime, Editions Midi). Here, no talkative style effects, but the absolute quest for the right furniture. Icons of Italian design, farmhouse tables, Dutch utilitarian furniture from the 1920s… thus interact throughout the rooms. Only twist? “The intervention of the Spanish artist Elvira Solana in the stairwell, concludes Diego Delgado-Elias. The spectacular effect of its huge fresco is there but all in halftone. » Verdict? Ma(s)gistral!