After graduating from structure faculty, Marine Bonnefoy determined it was time to get her fingers soiled. “My research had been very intellectually oriented and had no hyperlink to precise building,” she recollects. “By the top of them, I hadn’t even been taught what holds a wall up.” To seek out out, she determined to spend a 12 months working for a constructing agency. “I demolished facades with a pneumatic drill, discovered plastering, electrical energy and plumbing, and made concrete. It was incredible!” she says.
That form of pragmatic strategy has actually stood her in good stead. She just lately accomplished a 95 sq metre condominium in Paris’s elegant Palais-Royal and is presently constructing homes from the bottom up in each Marseille and Bordeaux. With every mission, her strategy is similar. “I don’t do something instantly,” she says. “I merely go about my day by day enterprise and it matures in my thoughts. It’s solely after about three weeks that I begin drawing.”
She inherited her love of building from her father, Phillipe, a retired telecommunications technician who oversaw the three-year renovation of the Bonnefoy household residence. “He did every little thing,” she says. “It was him who painted the stairwell balanced in precarious equilibrium on a ladder. And there was not only one coat, however a number of!” He additionally laid the flooring, put in the kitchen and loos, and even made the customized chandelier in the lounge.
The home in query dates from 1867 and is situated in part of the Beaujolais wine area often known as “Little Tuscany” for its rolling hills and golden mild. It was initially constructed for a household of silk producers from close by Lyon and has lots of the similar architectural attributes because the grand flats of that metropolis – beamed ceilings, herringbone parquet flooring, marble fireplaces and a monumental staircase. In 1919, it was offered to a household of wine producers who put in a big vat on the bottom ground, with a hidden trapdoor by which they’d surreptitiously add sugar – a apply forbidden on the time.
Marine recollects her first go to together with her dad and mom within the autumn of 2014. “As quickly as we noticed the stairwell, we instantly fell in love with it,” she says. “Then, we walked into the lounge and noticed the view of the encircling vineyards. I turned to my dad and mom and stated, ‘It’s important to purchase it!’” That stated, the acquisition required a sure leap of religion. It had previously been occupied by an aged girl, who had lived in solely a part of the home. There was no sewage system, no operating water and solely a small coal-burning range for the entire home. It stood within the hall on the second ground, which was adorned with a floral wallpaper, subsequent to an armchair upholstered in a pink leopard print.
For the inside, Marine struck a take care of her dad and mom, who agreed to present her carte blanche for the ornament. She insisted that they preserve completely nothing from their outdated residence. The result’s in tune together with her personal aesthetic. “I don’t like issues which might be too subtle or modern,” she explains. “I choose sobriety, uncooked supplies and an accessible look.” Right here, her intention was to create a “mild, dreamlike environment”, with a palette impressed by the environment. The greyish-blue in the lounge is drawn from a pine forest seen from its home windows. The kitchen, in the meantime, references the native vineyards. Their orderly strains are mimicked on one wall by a geometrical association of bricks that Marine salvaged from an area manufacturing unit.
She determined to make just a few structural modifications, essentially the most important of which was to rework a sequence of former maid’s rooms on the second ground right into a main bedroom for her dad and mom. A lot of the furnishings was sourced from eBay and different web websites. Marine is especially happy with having discovered the set of six Colette Guéden chairs within the kitchen for simply €350 (£310). Different items had been acquired due to their intriguingly uncommon types – the facet desk by the Rotterdam-based Odd Matter Studio and 1940s Hungarian chairs in the lounge are good examples.
Marine additionally combined in a couple of of her personal creations, most notably the sinuously formed Dialogue eating desk. “Its wave-like contour creates a way of proximity and means that you can speak simply with everybody who’s seated at it,” she declares. Amongst her favorite artworks, in the meantime, are three discs coated in tiny colored shards of glass by Vincent Beaurin, whom she found through Instagram. “He’s a genius with color,” enthuses Marine. “Their tones and depth change consistently in accordance with the daylight. You possibly can stare at them for hours.”
Even though her dad and mom had dedicated to giving her free rein, they had been initially barely disconcerted by her selections. “They might say, ‘Not that! It’s to not our style!’” recollects Marine, with a sure sense of amusement. “However, they stored to their phrase with the intention to assist me launch my profession with this mission. Ultimately, they noticed how every little thing got here collectively they usually actually love the outcome. All of the credit score for this home actually goes to them.”