Picture Paris in the 1920s: bustling with painters, writers, and musicians. It was during that decade that an industrial building was constructed in the city's 11th arrondissement. But then came the 1980s, and the property became a victim of a renovation that transformed the structure into unsightly offices. Eventually, it was turned over into living spaces, which brings us to an 800-square-foot apartment revitalized by design firm SABO Project. The team began by stripping away layers to expose the beauty and industrial elements that were laying within. "The driving image in our mind was the jewel in a grotto," Alex Delaunay, the firm's principal designer and founder, said.
Once the space was exposed to its bare bones — essentially a concrete box — SABO placed an iron structure in the middle of the home. Clad with perforated aluminum panels, the piece creates a dazzling light effect and conceals a bedroom and bathroom.