Inside the house of two French architects

Color is not the priority for architects and designers Floriane and Baptiste Dosne. She is drawn to fabric, pattern, texture. He, shape and silhouette. The result of this is a house whose eccentricity lies in a hammered copper surface or an elongated framed mirror rather than a rainbow color palette. But the lack of color doesn’t mean there’s no intrigue. Baptiste waxes poetic about the shadows that cast light on an apparently faded wall for several hours. “Depending on the time of day, it can be super white, super bright, warm or almost gray.”

The founders of the interior and retail design studio NOCOD fled Paris in 2021 in search of a more relaxed creative retreat – without ignoring every aspect of urban life – in which to settle. They found a place in Lille, a short trip outside Paris where much of their professional life still takes place. “I think we were lucky to find this place,” says Floriane. “We fell in love [with it] immediately.” The house used to be a workshop for cinema projectors. The creative duo actually had a preference for the less glamorous aspects: the slatted ceiling, the recycled floor and the stainless steel kitchen. Those small details that they have left unchanged, become for Floriane “a testimony, a story of what lay ahead,” she says. “I think it’s important to have this kind of thing in the house.”

The Dosnes create ephemeral installations for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, and Cartier, and they are currently known for their work on AMIRI stores. Each of these projects has a clear timeline, a point at which they are completed. Their house, they assure me, is the opposite. “We arrived a year ago, so it’s like phase one,” says Baptiste. “In a year, the project will look completely different.” They add items one by one. “It wasn’t like, ‘Oh. We need six chairs for this table.’ It was like, “Oh, I love this one chair. Let’s take it’”, explains Floriane. “But then you can have 20 chairs,” she laughs.

Chairs are not the only thing the creative duo collects. A series of objects sparsely litter their surface, each revealing a penchant for thoughtful design. You’ll find a vintage Braun radio above the fridge (Baptiste has a great reverence for Dieter Rams) and an Eames chair against the wall. Their own creations also find a home in the mix. They have an affinity for auctions (and auction catalogs, which Baptiste says are a great resource for discovery) and an unsurprising love of 1950s California homes.

That said, their house in Lille is surprisingly practical. Their office space is scarce and efficient. They have not touched the professional stainless steel kitchen, original to the home – a choice they do not regret. “Before [living here], we had a beautiful marble kitchen. And believe me, stainless steel is much better for that [real] life,” adds Baptiste. “It really is a family home,” Floriane continues, referring to the toys left out by their two- and seven-year-olds. When I ask how the house makes them feel as it stands, Baptiste says, “peaceful.” But only for a few seconds, because [soon] after having a child on your leg. Continue to discover the story behind the thoughtful curation of their homes.

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