Paris, 18 ème
Size: 100 sqm
Office & Showroom, visit on demand
Protean and post-architectural, the Uchronia collective has built a universe in its own image. A space that is at once home, office and showroom in the heart of the highly creative eighteenth arrondissement of Paris.
It is on the edge of the square Clignancourt, not far from the flea market of the same name or the Montmartre district and its artists that the Uchronia studio has set up. A real place for experimentation, the place brings together self-published collections, designer pieces and vintage furniture, constantly renewed by a team passionate about vintage and auctions. Original and classic design models find a new identity through their combination and juxtaposition in the space.
The wave, an ode to freedom
Parquet flooring, mouldings and fireplace, typically Parisian, the flat finds a new voice through the young studio. Injected with the Uchronia spirit, the classic Haussmann style is adorned with vivid colours and pop elegance. Waves too. The agency's leitmotif is the sinuous curve linking room to room. The snaking line dresses the space with its organic forms, an invitation to travel and to the freedom dreamed of in Acapulco or the Rio of the 70s. We find it in the living room in the Cannaregio sofa by Gaetano Pesce (circa 1990), the custom carpet and Wave coffee tables, the first furniture collection by Uchronia, or in the bedroom, with the Ondulation chair by decorator Jean Royère.
A recurring element in the history of ornamentation and architecture, the wave takes us through the times and spaces of the flat. In the living room, alongside the ceramics of the artist Emmanuelle Roule (designed for Forest, the restaurant of the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris) or the hand-made Uchronia curtains inspired by Joseph Albers, it questions the boundaries of craftsmanship and contemporary art. Lined with six large French windows facing the park, the apartment the public areas are each linked by curved alcove, whilst the bedroom and small lounge with its Uchronia armchair, also made for the Museum of Modern Art in Paris face the ivy-covered courtyard garden.
The love of materials and craftsmanship
Found at a garage sale in the Perche region, this unique piece was made as part of student work by an unknown designer. Responding to design classics such as Ettore Sottsass's Tahiti lamp or pottery from Vallauris, the combination sums up the spirit of the studio. Ideally placed next to an inherited globe bar, used to receive clients and friends, before sitting down to dinner or presenting his projects on the large round table of repurposed plastic by Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij. The love of reuse is sharing with Uchronia and echoed in the choice of Chubby Chairs found in the library-studio. There, among the art books and work files, there are also prototypes of lighting pieces and raku ceramics which, like the whole flat, recall the affection for materials, sourcing and craftsmanship.