How many patterned tiles is too many? Anki Linde and Pierre Saalburg of Paris-based LSL Architects say to each his own limit—and that the couple who own this rambling Paris apartment happen to have a higher threshold than most.

These clients—she’s a film director/writer, he’s co-owner of a satirical newspaper, and they have two kids—approached the remodel of their Rue de la Rochefoucauld quarters with a playful spirit, and the architects responded in kind. “Each space is designed as if it has its own identity and story to tell, sometimes indifferent to each other,” says Linde. And yes, tile plays a starring role, some painted monkeys, too.

Photography by Katrin Vierkant, courtesy of LSL Architects.

The apartment occupies the third floor of a grand th-century Parisian building. Linde and Saalburg divided the layout into three zones: the living area in the center with the parents&#8
Above: The apartment occupies the third floor of a grand 19th-century Parisian building. Linde and Saalburg divided the layout into three zones: the living area in the center with the parents’ and kids’ rooms at opposite ends: “giving all parties the privacy they need.”

Linde describes the space pre-remodel as “refurbished for some banker in a sterile, cheap style,” but it came with preserved “point de hongre” (solid oak parquet) floors, marble fireplaces, and plaster moldings, all of which they repaired. The painting over the living room mantel is by Swedish artist Orjan Wickstrom. The reading light is from Ikea.

The living room opens to a combination dining area and kitchen. &#8
Above: The living room opens to a combination dining area and kitchen. “Even though the owners are very fond of cooking, they wanted the room to feel at first glance like a bar rather than a kitchen,” says Linde, noting that for the central counter Ceramiques Du Beaujolais fabricated 18 tile shapes to LSL’s specs.

The monkey-patterned walls mark the entry to the kids’ quarters.

The sink was custom made by Etains e Lyon, which specializes in classic all-metal sinks and counters. Linde sourced the industrial brushed stainless steel pulls online: they&#8
Above: The sink was custom made by Etains e Lyon, which specializes in classic all-metal sinks and counters. Linde sourced the industrial brushed stainless steel pulls online: they’re Poignée de Tirage Massive from Eurowale.

The mirrored cabinet to the right conceals the fridge and other storage: “it’s the place where things you don’t want to look at go.”

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Above: “We designed a wooden structure that the carpenter prepared onto which the tin was wrapped,” says Linde.
 Ab0ve: A built-inn pantry with a glazed steel door stands on the other side of the kitchen bar. The clients bought the French glass hanging lights at a flea market.
Ab0ve: A built-inn pantry with a glazed steel door stands on the other side of the kitchen bar. The clients bought the French glass hanging lights at a flea market.
The dining table doubles as a work area. It was bought at a Paris flea market and has a top made of blue stone from Liège.
Above: The dining table doubles as a work area. It was bought at a Paris flea market and has a top made of blue stone from Liège.



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