Plywood in Paris loft

Paris loft by architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson

This Paris loft was renovated by architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson who trained in the studio of Jean Nouvel (last year’s Pritzker Award winner). The space is an old industrial laboratory – you can see the building’s original freight elevator below. Most of the finishing was done in plywood – a moisture-proof, marine-grade, very low formaldehyde-content pine plywood certified by a European sustainable forest practices agreement. Plywood’s characteristic fat “wild grain” – a byproduct of the veneering process in which wood is shaved spirally from logs in thin sheets as logs are rolled past the blade – adds a lot of visual interest to an otherwise white industrial space. The plywood kitchen islands are mostly on locking wheels, which allows the space to flexibly mutate from small cooking area to larger gathering space. Via ATCasa. See also this great project by Chartier Corbasson.

Paris loft by architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson

Paris loft by architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson

Paris loft by architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson

Paris loft by architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson

Paris loft by architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson

PS Plywood is something that can really inspire strong reactions – see the comments on the AT post on Chartier Corbasson.

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4 Responses to “Plywood in Paris loft”

  1. youhavebeenheresometime Says:

    this is my dream house. the space looks so inspiring, a place to let your mind drift. i love the white interior, so bright…. and the warm wood kitchen and the plywood stairs so it will age with time.

    tiny, but feels huge…

    thanks for this…

    david john

  2. ii-ne-kore Says:

    sorry, posy-a-comment-o-rama, but this is so timely for me! i am currently doing a little bit on the back of my (tiny) melbourne house to give me a bit more room to eat (basically an expanded nook). and as part of it i am asking my partner to design me a service pod. being an architect, he refuses to indulge me and call it a pod – it is actually really just an oversized cupboard to house washing machine and become a storage dream – but he is going to have it in plywood. anyway, a long story short – this is a beautiful, beauitful plywood dream. the grain, the warmth, delightful. thankyou! i am now forwarding on.

  3. Lindsay Says:

    ii-ne-kore,
    That’s so funny! You can go ahead and secretly call it a pod. I really like plywood too (see next post) and am generally surprised when people don’t like it – did you see the comments on the AT post about that kitchen? Whoa. (Link at bottom of this post.) I guess it’s the association of wild grain plywood with “cheap” construction materials that they can’t get past. Personally I like the look of plywood – all those amazing semi-moire patterns – and I also think it’s a good way of utilizing the smaller trees grown these days in tree farms, instead of old-growth lumber. Are you going to post a photo of your cabinet-pod?

  4. ii-ne-kore Says:

    hi lindsay, oh my – those AT commenters are harsh! the plywood revolution obviously yet to hit some parts…it’s like some comments i once saw on a site about the a hanging/draped cord pendulum-type lighting installation. this is personally one of my favourite ways to do lights – draping the cord to attach the globe-paper shade etc to a hook in the ceiling soem distance from the outlet. but some commenters went nuts, saying it was so old hat, blah blah blah. i guess interiors, they really get peoples emotions going, with instinctual reaction, good and bad! i might just post some pod photos when eventually done(but need to figure a way to link them to japan:)

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