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Interiors: the message within

26.09.2017
Interiors: the message within

 

Inside a Parisian apartment, the décor reveals a cryptic message only the owner can read.

 

Franco-Lebanese designer Charles Kalpakian, known for his striking, geometric furniture designs, has created a collection of furniture for an apartment owned by a watch-maker and street art collector.

 

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“The client really wanted something like an écrin [jewellery-box] interior, mixing art deco shapes and beautiful details like those of watch components,” says Kalpakian. 

 

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“As he collects street art, I started to think about graffiti as leaving a message, or a signature on a wall.”

 

 

 

 

Kalpakian continued the theme of messages in his bespoke furniture. The collection is formed of bold shapes, based on the ancient cuneiform script.

 

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The jewel in the apartment’s crown is a 3.6 x 3m bookcase complete with a ladder, which stands in the main room along a black wall. There’s also a brushed brass radiator cover, a puzzle-like door panel, and a minimal staircase.

 

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In playing with various materials and textures – oak, metal, and brass – Kalpakian has created functional pieces with distinct graphic compositions.

 

 

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The beautiful and playful custom-built furniture, art-deco architecture, and street art work in dialogue with each other to convey their message. But what does it say?

 

 

All images: Charles Kalpakian

 

 

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