For its 15th anniversary, French magazine AD asked 11 designers to perform a future-oriented study into the habitable habitat. A number of different elements played a role in the study. For example, changes in family structure, more work from home etc. Spaces must be accommodated to their using in a more flexible way. In every space, it was therefore possible to carry out both practical and aesthetic changes.
The result of this study could be admired in an exhibition at the Palais d’Iéna in Paris. This building is in itself a masterpiece of 1939 modern rationalistic architecture.
One of the participating designers was French Industrial designer Patrick Norguet. After having previously worked with a number of different leading publishers and with experience in a range of different sectors such as hotels, catering and retail, he was a suitable participant.
His design was given the name ‘La cuisine-bibliothèque’ (The kitchen-library). Patrick Norguet noticed that kitchens are always fitted out in a traditional manner. He wanted to allocate this space a use other than merely cooking and eating. The kitchen must be a space for hanging around, reading and passing time with friends. We therefore see a library with fireplace, sink, reading chair etc. As regards choice of materials, a lot of work was done with natural materials including a natural Z-Parket floor. The design plays on contrasts both in the materials and in the colours. Patrick chose a composite floor, with oak top coat, finished in the Elis colour. This floor was not only used on the ground but also against the wall. The Elis floor gives a homely feel without drawing too much attention.
In the future too a Z-Parket floor will be the ideal finish to your modern home.