“When I design a space,” said Anthony Authié, founder of the adventurous Paris-based firm Zyva Studio, “I always try to create a rhythm.” Don’t bother listening for the rational harmonies of Modernism, or even the swirling swells of the post-Memphis moment that continues to fill up the design world’s grids and scrolls. “If the rhythm is monotonous and linear, you can get bored. It is then necessary to create variations,” he said. Authié’s work is closer to the rhythms of the late, great music producer Sophie: bright and brainy, referential but not reverential to previous ideas of what might be successful.
The latest variation on what he calls “trans-design,” or an architecture not limited to the needs of traditional human bodies, is a home for himself and his life partner. The 600-square-foot space, tucked into a Parisian suburb’s industrial sector, is diminutive but loud. Gray terrazzo covers the floors before climbing the walls and open staircase to reach a new second level. “Its repetitive pattern allows me to create noise,” he said, “and contrast with the muted silence of the gray walls in the rest of the space.”
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