dream house: marseilles penthouse


Pierre-Jean Verger

For a while now, I’ve been collecting pictures of dream houses. Collectively, they fuel my imagination for the house I hope to have one day.  Most aren’t perfect, but either have a feeling I like, or some elements that I’d cut-and-paste into the design of my someday home. They are a way for me to recognize what I’d like even when I haven’t been conscious of it.

A favorite is this one from Marie Claire Maison (via Remodelista): a penthouse of a former pasta factory, overlooking the port of Marseilles. The lines of the space itself, and its original windows, are beautiful and very modern; it’s unfussy and spare, slightly with lots of rough, elemental touches. Throughout the space, the owners used lots of  “matériaux de recuperation” in the form of repurposed steel and recycled wood.  The place is full of good ideas: painting some of the walls very dark gray (makes me feel like writing on them with chalk…and think about chalkboard paint); floors are polished cement, nice and durable; a rug placed outside defines the patio space…


Pierre-Jean Verger

One of their best ideas: paint the generic white refrigerator glossy black.


Pierre-Jean Verger

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