MAISON COLLONGUE

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Jun 2015

Guillaume moved to Paris to study architecture, then started working as a graphic designer and quit attending university, but he promised himself he would carry out at least one architectural project in his life. Maison Collongue is the fulfilment of this promise. A pastel-coloured main door opens on a courtyard where white, pale grey, grass green and the natural grace of anything French rule. Guillaume does not stand on ceremony and takes you to the living room, where a réunion de famille has just started. We walk past a night blue armchair, a series of Damien Hirst works, and a cement and steel kitchen. Guillaume’s project lives among the walls of a silk farm built between the seventeenth and the nineteenth century. Now, it reveals a domestic view where rooms and garden, as well as white and colour, harmonize with a perfect rhythm. The unceasing sound of water gushing from the fountain in the entrance, as it has for centuries, is a constant background. You take off your shoes almost immediately. You walk barefoot on ancient rocks, Swedish carpets, resin, and grass. In your room, you find linen linens, a Jean Prouvé chair, and organic Maison Collongue toiletries – one of Guillaume’s projects. Just the time to wear your swimsuit, and then off to the swimming pool, with a band of crickets and butterflies. When Guillaume comes to you with two glasses of icy rosé and spicy black olives, he will explain that he preferred a spontaneous field of autochthonous plants to a rigorous garden. The classic French breakfast has many merits, both in its substance and in its form. Maison Collongue, the main work by architect Guillaume.

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Words Laura Taccari

Pictures Leone Di Sebastiano

Translation Alessia Andriolo

 

 
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