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For Gisbert, the project was a top-to-bottom job. “Only the glass shell remained,” he recalls. “Even the floor plan was completely revised.” So out went the original hallway and three bedrooms to make way for what Gisbert likes to call an “open village”, where only the master and guest bedrooms, and the guest bathroom, can be closed off.
The apartment has more than a few surprises: Violet ceilings appear here and there, a stainless steel ceiling crowns the living room, and perhaps most curious of all—a bespoke dining table, dubbed the Otto, with a beautifully designed underside. “The owner of the house often lies on the carpet listening to music. We didn’t want him looking at a technical construction,” chuckles Gisbert, who, in addition to the Otto, designed much of the other furniture—including the Ambassador chaise longue, the Louis pentagonal table, and the Juniorchair in the living room.
“[The Ambassador is perfect for reading and relaxing] because it narrows at one end, making it possible to select an almost personalised seat depth. The Juniorchair, meanwhile, was made by an armchair maker in Paris and covered with hand-woven fabric by Rruka from Brooklyn.”
The bathroom looks like it could have been fashioned out of a live volcano—the washbasin, a case in point. “It’s made of lava stone from Etna, with a craquelé glaze in dove-eggshell white,” Gisbert notes. The cabinet doors are even more striking, made of dark moor oak that broods against the surrounding lightness. But if there were a prize for the most dramatic, it would go to the bathtub niche that scintillates in South American marble. “We lowered the ceiling there so you can lie down and relax as if in an alcove,” concludes Gisbert.
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