Whoever says sophistication always ends up in Paris. In the 16th arrondissement, you will find Henri Martin 77, a renovated apartment that flaunts a number of authentic elements. Expect a minimalist atmosphere with clean lines and a finish that leaves nothing to be desired. Purity awaits you here in a context of elegant opulence and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
An eye for beauty was central to interior designer Marika Dru's life from a young age. As the daughter of a hotel manager, she quickly came into contact with beautiful environments. Therefore, it is no big surprise that today she makes her living in the creative field. Meanwhile, to guide her clients in the best possible way, she also developed a great listening ear and an understanding of what is best for them. Sometimes less logical choices are equally worth considering, but you need the right person by your side to make you realise this. In her style, she usually opts for monochrome palettes and likes to explore the layering of neutral tones. Natural materials are her preference, as is the refined minimalism that clients have come to expect from her. That way, she also introduces interiors full of timelessness every time that never loses its charm. Yet that does not mean she shuns contrasting materials for this reason, quite the contrary. Oak and stone are some of her favourite choices, along with slightly more pronounced shades such as terracotta and chestnut. She likes to use these as accents, for example in the form of designer furniture.
During the demolition phase, they discovered that the building hid beautiful arches
77 Henri Martin is the result of a complete renovation assignment. The project brought many opportunities. During the demolition phase, she and her team discovered that the building hid beautiful arches.These functioned as the starting point of the conceptual thinking, and you can clearly see so in the final product. Rough travertine is a recurring material in the bathrooms, whose walls were worked with lime. In the living room, on the other hand, she clearly played on softness by mixing multiple fabrics. Loyal to her vision, the designer again incorporated simple lines and a set of controlled volumes. In addition, this time she specifically found inspiration in the tall windows, the fascinating views, and the overall charm of the building. By highlighting the latter in the renovated whole, the design grew into a successful confluence of old and new. Mariku Dru's renovation of this much-loved Parisian apartment confirms her creative vision with self-assured clarity. The ensemble of lines, shapes and shades fully fits the city's allure and undoubtedly convinces many a romantic soul of her ability as a designer. We hope she takes on more projects like this in the future. Photography by Cafeine
Text by Cara Jacobs