Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


Interior spaces, Places & Faces

A Romantic Escape On The Italian Riviera

It is hard to believe that Cabanon was once a derelict cabin situated on the Italian Riviera between Bordighera and San Remo. However until architects Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet of Humbert & Poyet renovated and redesigned it, derelict is exactly what it was – complete with precarious roofing, windows, cladding and paneling.

In this space measuring only 48m2, the architects     selected white so to look natural and replicate many   
of the Italian cabins that dot the coastline.

All the materials used are natural, with a focus on reclaimed marine wood paneling throughout the cabin.

Space has been maximised by taking inspiration from    boat cabin design. In an architectural feat, two bathrooms and a kitchen were designed and included in this limited space. The combination of brass fixtures and Carrara marble in the kitchen adds a touch of discreet luxury.

The staircase itself is designed to maximise efficiency, with every step doubling as a drawer. Similarly, a cupboard hides under the bed.

The cabinetry, sink, and sofa were custom-made and designed by Humbert & Poyet. Antique objects were sourced from second-hand and antique stores in England and France. 

The terrace, measuring only 3m2, is made to look     spacious and airy, complete with piano, sitting area and hammock. A swinging love seat can even be found atop the roof. 

As a romantic escape or artist’s retreat, this renovation ticks all the boxes.

Jessica T

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