Maurice Barrès, Neuilly-sur-seine

A 450m² house for a couple with three teenage boys

Distinguished designer: The house was conceived by Aude Perrault, the wife of the architect of France’s National Library, Dominique Perrault.

Design intent: “The structure was already magnificent,” notes Sarah. “Inside, I wanted to keep things very light, pure and timeless.”

A question of scale: She integrated an open kitchen into the large living area on the ground floor. Given the size of the space, she chose to use extra-long parquet planks in the kitchen, arranging them in a traditional chevron pattern.

Fine lines: Brass rods were arranged in a syncopated fashion on the wall and ceiling in the dining area in order to delimit the space and add visual vitality.