One particular of the largest challenges consisted of getting rid of all the partitions and reimagining the structure. “Before I acquired it, the apartment experienced been occupied by the very same loved ones for 60 yrs, devoid of any adjustments,” Hugo says. “So I had to do a total renovation. The function lasted 6 months, substantially extra than the layout stage, which was incredibly swift.”
Hugo selected two complementary colours: pink and eco-friendly (from emerald to pale green) as a nod to renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán. “I required to build a daring nevertheless cozy architecture, and to engage in with contrasts by raw and noble elements,” claims Hugo. The lacquered wood and aluminum—often employed in boats and trains—further evoke the idea of touring, although also strengthening the emotion of depth and amplifying the gentle.
“For me, Mexico is a combine of geometric kinds and cozy ambiances that I like to re-produce in the spaces I layout,” says Hugo, who has by no means lived in the state but listened to about it on a daily basis thanks to his mom. “Mexico also has a musicality—I grew up listening to Chavela Vargas’s songs—and the food…I really like spices and smells from the plates cooked by my grandmother.”
Numerous decorative features play tribute to Hugo’s fascination with Mexico. The environmentally friendly sofa (established by Hugo himself) with a velvet Pierre Frey cloth is a reference to the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, when the purple hues in the course of are evocative of artist Diego Rivera’s shade palette. The designs that make up the base of the bed were being also impressed by Aztec geometries. Some of Hugo’s preferred pieces of home furniture involve the espresso table by Hélène de Saint Lager, the pink ceramic lamp by Entler Studio—which reminds the interior designer of his student lifetime in Los Angeles—and the Fuseau planter by Willy Guhl for its sculptural factor.
“I sympathized with the earlier owner, who wished the condominium to be ‘in great hands,’” Hugo says. “So when the operate was accomplished, I took some pictures and sent them to her. She seriously liked how I remodeled the space. This condominium is like a teach that left from Paris and manufactured numerous stops in Mexico.”
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Property decor outlets: Galerie Gram in Saint-Ouen, France
Places for design and style inspiration: Istanbul, Oaxaca, Vienna, and Paris
Dream buys: A cabin in the woods
Preferred detail in the apartment: The porthole in the toilet (a reference to Charlotte Perriand)
Biggest style and design inspirations: My desires
Favorite thing about your neighborhood: The Buttes-Chaumont park
Last factor you had delivered: An ashtray by Tommaso Barbi