Paris Loft (plywood)
Written by Katie on June 16, 2009. Permalink
More plywood? Yes, please. This loft is an excellent example of utilizing plywood as a finishing element. Also, Remodelista posted this kitchen a while back and linked to a video showing how the islands can be rearranged to fit the homeowner’s needs. It’s a great idea for making the most out of a smaller space. To see the video, go here.
Renovated by architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson (who trained in the studio of Jean Nouvelâ€“last yearâ€™s Pritzker Award winner), the old industrial laboratory (check out the buildingâ€™s original freight elevator below) is transformed by adding a heavy textual and uncanny elementâ€“plywood.
Plywood, a moisture-proof, marine-grade, very low formaldehyde-content pine, certified by the European sustainable forest practices agreement, becomes a strong, almost abnormal complement to what would normally be simply a white, industrial space. Itâ€™s hard to see but the plywood kitchen islands are mostly on locking wheels, which creates a flexible space that can mutate from a small cooking area to a larger gathering area. Combined with the other moveable furniture, plywood has stopped looking cheap, and starts looking high-end (or high-grade, maybe?) whether it just sits pretty or on wheels. – LoftLife Magazine
To see more pics, visit LoftLife Magazine.