A bold colour combination

20 September 2015

It was a brave move to pick a black and yellow kitchen for their 47m2 apartment in the centre of Paris, but it suits Florian and Fabien’s lifestyle – and personalities. ‘Our kitchen is a bit eccentric – just like us,’ says Fabien.

Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area Florian and Fabien’s bold open-plan kitchen and dining area
Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign Before: Florian and Fabien’s white L-shaped kitchen before the redesign

Before – cramped and antisocial

Fabien and Florian planned and built their L-shaped METOD kitchen themselves, with a little help from the online IKEA kitchen planner and a friend. ‘We tried out a lot of different combinations to make sure that we chose the best solution,’ says Fabien. ‘There was a bar here when we moved in. We ripped it out and replaced it with a layout that is open and inviting, and has space for a big table, for when our friends come round to eat. We love to cook, and we love to party! We took our time, fitting it over a few weekends. You have to be very organised and methodical, but it’s not too difficult, and nothing went wrong!’

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Spend your together time, together

‘We finish work late – like most Parisians – so we don’t have time to cook complicated meals in the evenings. But because our living area is so open, we can still chat while we make a quick dinner.’

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Plan your cupboard space

Including different-sized cupboards for specific items, like Florian’s for champagne glasses, makes it easier to keep things tidy and store more.

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Night and day light

‘Even in a light-filled space, good under-cabinet lighting will make it easier to prepare food. Our natural light is limited here but these LED lights provide a focused light that’s great for smaller areas.’

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‘I cook a lot, and love inventing new recipes, like they do in TV shows! Most of the time I just make them up, but sometimes I find them on my phone or tablet. The added rail on the wall keeps utensils out of the way but close to hand when I’m experimenting’

Florian

Photography Daniel Farmer Stylist Ashlyn Gibson