8 minutes with Fabrice Bejjani

by TERESA CHOW on Feb 1, 2011 in Interiors
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Fabrice Bejjani launched his own interior architecture agency in Paris seven years ago; his clever space-planning solutions won acclaim and the trust of his clients. His latest design for an apartment in Paris succeeds in creating spatial interaction within a restricted floorplan while offering a unique opportunity for the owners to feel at home. He tells Perspectiveglobal how the design world fascinates him.

How would you describe your approach to design?
My approach is eclectic – essential, direct to the point, straight lines, warm minimalist, welcoming, comfortable, luxurious but young.
What is the key to a successful interior project?
To create movement between spaces, give the impression of living in a bigger place, and the most positive is when the clients feel home after their first night in the apartment.
At the Beaubourg apartment, each functional space is highly specified yet each successfully interacts with the another. How did you achieve it?
In this project, the initial plan of the building was quite difficult to work on as all the walls were structural – space expansion was prohibited. The idea was to create the atmosphere of an urban, modern art gallery were all the spaces would be open. We wanted the same flooring and white walls throughout, with light silver gray walls from time to time to create a discrete visual link between the different spaces.
What project are you most proud of?
I like most of my projects. Every one of them has its own charm and it was a pleasure to work on them all.
What’s inspiring you at the moment?
I just came back from Canada. The colours of nature were just incredible. I would like to work on these colours on my coming project. Travelling enables me to enrich the work I do. For each of my projects, I tend to reinterprets images and atmospheres that have caught my attention during my journey.
Check out the February issue of Perspective for more on Fabrice Bejjani’s design for the Rue Beaubourg apartment in Paris.