Cyrus Ardalan and Jasmine Keivanlo
Famille - Paris

In a 1960s Residence by Roger Anger, the Pristine Setting for a New Name in Architecture

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Cyrus Ardalan and Jasmine Keivanlo

When you enter Cyrus Ardalan and Jasmine Keivanlo’s home, you will find the enveloping warmth of wood everywhere. An elegant refuge you would never suspect is tucked away in this 1960s building in northern Paris designed by Roger Anger. Yet this interior, tangible proof of the young couple’s sensitivity to line and form, is there. Thanks to their respective professions – one an architect, the other a visual merchandiser – they were able to redesign this property in its entirety. Because when they began, “the apartment was in a pitiful state”. The rooms were subdivided in a way that would have put many people off — it was difficult to imagine how it could be, But it wasn’t hard for two creative minds! In particular, Cyrus, one of the new generation of architects, who found in these 50 m2 of dilapidated space an ideal playground as he opened up and redistributed the living spaces. He introduced wood to give it a new dimension. From the bench that runs from the living room to the dining room, via the centrepiece of the living space: the bookcase. The custom-made design incorporates clever storage units to optimise this small area while playing on the contrast with a floor covered in industrial paint originally intended for car parks. A nod to the young man’s passion for cars that gives this flat a certain “restraint” and a “humility” that the duo has complemented in decorating it, summoning up in the process works from leading figures in design. Curvaceous vases by Alvar Aalto and Jean Prouvé’s “Anthony” chair are balanced harmoniously with the prototypes the Parisian has designed. Creating a seductively simple decor where attention to detail is the key to the project!

Salon table Gae Aulenti Cyrus Ardalan
Salon avec canapé cuir Cini Boeri chez Cyrus Ardalan
Lampe Shogun chez Cyrus Ardalan

Cyrus and Jasmine: can you introduce yourselves, please?

Jasmine

I’m of Swedish and Iranian origin and was born in Sweden. I’ve been living in Paris for about 13 years. I work there as Head of Visual Merchandising for a French luxury brand.

Cyrus

I’m of French and Iranian origin; I was born and raised in Paris. I’m a self-employed architect.

Tell us how you learned about “beauty”. How did your tastes develop?

Jasmine

In my job, which I’ve been doing for 12 years, I have to work with beautiful pieces from the world of fashion, design and architecture.

Cyrus
My parents collected a lot of Art Nouveau furniture, and my eye was largely shaped by this major stylistic school and those that followed.

What about designers and artists: whose work has influenced you and your work?

Jasmine
I’m very much influenced by Scandinavian furniture, especially Alvar Aalto. As for my preferences in the art world, I’m a great admirer of the work of the Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian.
Cyrus
For my part, I really developed my passion for architecture and design when I discovered Jean Prouvé’s work when I was quite young. I’ve also always had a great passion for cars, and it seems to me that this field, which concentrates on systems and aesthetics, plays a significant role in my imagination.
Bibliothèque en bois chez Cyrus Ardalan
Salon avec chaise Anthony Jean Prouvé chez Cyrus Ardalan

My parents collected a lot of Art Nouveau furniture, and my eye was largely shaped by this major stylistic school and those that followed.

Chaise en bois chez Cyrus Ardalan
Bibliothèque en bois chez Cyrus Ardalan Cyrus Ardalan et Jasmine Keivanlo

Tell us about the first time you saw this 1960s Parisian apartment.

Cyrus et Jasmine
We found it on Leboncoin. The photos were almost out of focus, which intrigued us. We went to visit because there was a parking space and Cyrus collects and restores old vehicles. When we got there, the place was in a terrible state, and that’s what we were looking for. During the viewing, we realised that the current layout could be completely changed due to the absence of load-bearing walls and the presence of several sets of drains. The residence, built by the architect Roger Anger (who designed the master plan for the town of Auroville in India), also appealed to us immediately. It’s very well-thought-out, and everything has been carefully considered: the quality of the interior space, the orientation, the green spaces between the different buildings.

How did you go about redeveloping the premises?

Cyrus et Jasmine

We demolished everything, the flat was irretrievable, so there was no remorse. Under the layers of tiles, we’ve rediscovered elements of the first layout, but they were too damaged to use. As far as the layout is concerned, there was initially a small corridor, a separate kitchen, a toilet, a bathroom, a bedroom and a living room side by side. In the new arrangement of the space, putting a sleeping area in the former kitchen allowed us to reclaim a larger area for entertaining by merging the former bedroom and the living room. Of course, we also moved the kitchen into the living area.

And how did you make most of these 50 m2 of living space?

Cyrus et Jasmine

We really tried to use the 50 m2 to the utmost, reducing the space dedicated to the bed, creating as much built-in storage as possible and maximising the living area.

Wood is everywhere in your home. How did you work with it, and what did you combine it with?

Cyrus et Jasmine

We decided quite quickly to build storage into the majority of the walls. With this in mind, we turned to custom-made wooden joinery. We worked with a carpenter to treat the wood everywhere to give it a warm colour and make it resistant to stains and wear.

Livres dans la bibliothèque de Cyrus Ardalan
Cuisine en métal chez Cyrus Ardalan
Salle à manger et cuisine chez Cyrus Ardalan

Where does your selection of designer furniture come from?

Cyrus et Jasmine
We’re both very attracted to the 50s, 60s and 70s. We don’t have a favourite designer but try to combine pieces from different periods (Prouvé, Jeanneret, Botta, Gae Aulenti, Nakashima and so on).

What does this interior say about you?

Cyrus et Jasmine
This interior has a certain humility, a restrained feeling, where it’s the details that make up the design but in a way that you hardly notice at first glance.

Can you recommend any of your personal favourite addresses in the 19th arrondissement?

Cyrus et Jasmine
We often go to the Odilon café by the canal. We enjoy the canal there a lot, especially in summer!
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Cyrus et Jasmine

We’ve only discovered it relatively recently, and we’re delighted to be able to contribute to it with this shoot.

Where will you see us next?

Cyrus et Jasmine

This autumn, you’ll be able to find me in Senegal finishing off a bioclimatic house that I designed for a client.

Cuisine et plan de travail en métal Cyrus Ardalan
Coin nuit chez Cyrus Ardalan
Lit Cyrus Ardalan
Dressing Cyrus Ardalan

We really tried to use the 50 m2 to the utmost, reducing the space dedicated to the bed, creating as much built-in storage as possible and maximising the living area.

Couloir chez Cyrus Ardalan
Beau livre chez Cyrus Ardalan
Salle de bain en bois chez Cyrus Ardalan

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