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Seafront apartment inspired by Grace Kelly dazzles in Monaco

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By design duo Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet

Interior view of living and dining area. Walls are white and floors a tan marble. A mix of curvaceous furniture, wood accents, and modern pieces make up the decor scheme. Colorful artwork hangs on the walls.
The apartment is sophisticated, yet playful, and not-too-precious, much like the princess herself.
Photos by Francis Amiand via Yatzer

If you’ve ever wondered what a modern apartment in Monaco worthy of Grace Kelly, once its beloved princess, might look like, this impeccably designed one by duo Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet may come close.

Set within a 1970s building on the glamorous beachfront stretch of Larvotto, the home combines two neighboring units for a total square footage of over 4,000 square feet—including a massive balcony overlooking the glittering Côte d'Azur.

The designers conceived of a space that would be “timeless while exuding discreet luxury,” they told Yatzer. While “discreet” is not quite the term that comes to mind, the duo accomplished this by decorating the sun-filled residence with classic French and Italian furniture as well as with contemporary and bespoke pieces.

Working with plain white walls and marble floors (a blank canvas, essentially), Humbert and Poyet combined a variety of textures, colors, and materials in a sophisticated yet playful and not-too-precious scheme that, in fact, calls to mind the apartment’s namesake and Hollywood legend, Grace Kelly herself.

A foyer wallpapered in a pattern of blue birds swooping among fern leafs against a metallic silver backdrop immediately sets the tone for the rest of the home and leads into a living room arrayed in a leather Flexform sofa, two midcentury modern-style chairs upholstered in purple velvet, two low-profile, polished brass coffee tables, and two light-gray upholstered chairs, all set atop a gray-and-white, graphic rug.

Opposite the living room is a dining area separated by a section of bookshelf that reaches to the ceiling. Artwork is found throughout the apartment, animating the walls and creating a seamless visual identity that extends even to the balcony. There, the building’s burnt orange mosaic facade mingles with the bold outdoor furniture.

Via: Yatzer