Meet the parisian architect Philippe Maidenberg, who has been working on endless hotels in Paris. Maidenberg is no afraid to use colors, videos and new materials. “We are very playful when designing hotels, lobbies, restaurants, and bars,” says.
His options are more likely to be similar to relaxing ambiances. “For my home, I wanted to do something quiet and light, simple and comfortable for a family (even though at the time I was single).”. He admits it is much harder to make decisions for yourself than for a client.
We start by the office, where Maidenberg designed the oak and yellow leather desk, as well as the stool behind it, which was actually made for the musician Archie Shepp.
Incredible detail: the hand moldings are the hands of musicians, directors, and actors that Maidenberg collaborates or has collaborated with: Peter Gabriel, Gilberto Gil, Roger Hodgson, Youssou Ndour, Rickie Lee Jones, Manu Katché, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claude Lelouch, and Ennio Morricone. “It gives a good vibe to work in front of that,” adds Maidenberg.
His place can be found at the Sentier neighborhood, located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. Historically connected to a textile- and garment-manufacturing district, since the late 1990s that it has increasingly become home to many start-up companies and has acquired the nickname “Silicon Sentier.” He acquired the house after the insistence of a broker friend. “Once I arrived, I quickly saw the potential the house had,” says Maidenberg. “I made my offer and signed for it quickly after.” Renovations took a year, and as soon as the house was completed, he bought the office located right next door.
Many of his items are his clients souvenirs. Just as the fireplace, a gift from one of his oldest clients. The original floors were ruined during the renovations, so the new floors are all made of lightly bleached ash parquet.
The terrace separating the house and office measures 320 square feet. “My 2-year-old kids come and knock on my window every day to play, even when clients are around,” says Maidenberg.
Maidenberg designed the dining room table. The table top is made of leather, and the legs are oak. The oak and leather chairs were designed by Sylvain Dubuisson. The tile flooring, made from white and yellow cement tiles, is the type of pattern and material you can find in old lobbies in Paris (but not in those colors).
Maidenberg purchased the Saarinen for Knoll Womb Chair at a vintage sale. The glass doors open to a closet with a desk in the center. The stairwell, likely 150 years old, is the only original part of this house that’s left. The rest? It’s part of a deep renovation.
A deep renovation that did a great difference at his parisian house.
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