A family of four, with a new baby on the way, lives in this colorful apartment recently completed by Camille Hermand Architectures in the chic 7th district of Paris. The owners gather regularly around the dinner table for family meals and informal dinners with friends. With the arrival of a new baby they wanted to maximize space in their busy family kitchen, by fusing the existing kitchen with the adjoining dining room. Merging the two interiors created an open and spacious kitchen-come-living space, that is both functional and elegant.

To the left, the Zimbabwe black granite work surface runs parallel to the wall of full-length fitted cupboards to the right. The cupboards running under the work surface, which are made-to-measure and hand-painted in mat black emulsion, camouflage the oven and hob. The remaining kitchen appliances are neatly out of sight in the full length cupboards to the right of the room. The walls are entirely painted in pale grey, playing on the symmetry in the room.

Running along the wall over the black granite work surface is cement Azulej tiling. Hanging above are four transparent suspension lights, giving a softening retro undertone to the kitchen. Sitting above the wall tiles is a slim black shelf that runs the length of the wall – ideal for storing little kitchen accessories, spices and ornaments. In the center of the full length cupboards is the breakfast hub, with plenty of space for all the necessary breakfast appliances. The back wall of the hub is covered with colorful and graphic wallpaper by Minakani Lab, contrasting and bringing to life the calming atmosphere of the pale grey walls. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Camille Hermand Architectures]