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Far from sterile, Alessandro Moriconi has devised a chic Parisian apartment in lieu of your typical waiting room for this doctor’s office hidden within Place Pigalle. As the new home of Doctor Antoni Calmon’s cosmetic clinic, the seasoned artistic director imprints an impression of serenity into the walls of the waiting room leaving clients comfortable and at ease in a space where they are at their most vulnerable.

A Tuscan native who spent his formative years in London, the now Paris-based creative has made cultural collisions a natural conversation starter for all his projects. Here, home and clinic collide with a stunning impact that begs the question—why doesn’t my doctor’s office look like this?

Perhaps it’s because I don’t have a cosmetic surgeon—give me time, I never say never—but really there’s more at play here. Allesandro prides himself on finding the right combinations and pairings and this particular crossover in intimacy has struck a nerve.

 

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Imagined as an apartment with a Milanese touch, terrazzo and woven Murano glass door handles made by hand parallel the craftsmanship of the clinic’s work. Greco-Roman influences contrast with contemporary design in what Alessandro describes as a “ballet of contrasts without confrontation…a reminder of the elegant subtlety of today’s cosmetic surgery standards.” How’s that for conceptual?

Yet beyond being conceptual, it’s remarkably tasteful in the most Parisian way. Walnut panelling on the walls contrasts delicately with the travertine floor. The door to the waiting room leads into an intimate inviting lounge. Inside the travertine is dressed in a carpet with geometric designs that nod to classic forms. A long console sits to the side, displaying books and curio objects. As Alessandro puts it: “textures and rounded volumes invite curious hands while they intrigue the eye. Invited to wait in such a setting, the senses and curiosity are engaged—a way to start the conversation long before coming face to face.”

 

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Treatment rooms and the more professional spaces for the medical team are furnished in soft tones and pared back by necessity. In the doctor’s office, calm elegance facilitates open conversations and frank exchanges.

While I wouldn’t say I was comfortable enough to put my feet up—this Paris clinic is far nicer than my house and although I wouldn’t dare—the domestic interior would certainly soothe my nerves.

 

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