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February 19, 2016
From the heart of bustling Paris to the remote French Alps, these dwellings get our seal of approval.
Colorful dining room and kitchen in Nicolas Roche's Paris apartment

A far cry from minimalism, the renovated 900-square-foot Paris flat belonging to Nicolas Roche, a scion of the French furniture company Roche Bobois, is decked out with vivid hues and vintage furniture. 

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Originally appeared in This Petite Paris Apartment is a Vintage Furniture–Filled Delight
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Villa Le Trident in the French Riviera renovated by 4a Architekten.

Once the home of modernist architect Barry Dierks, this historic home on the French Riviera was updated with sleek, modern interiors by 4a Architekten.

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Originally appeared in A Renovated Modernist Oasis in the French Riviera That Has Hosted Picasso and Royalty
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modern prefab home in Paris suburb with concrete and red cedar facade

To accommodate a family of four without running afoul of zoning rules, an existing brick house in the Les Lilas suburb of Paris would nearly double in size with only a slight extension of its footprint. “We chopped off the head of the house,” architect Caroline Djuric says, “and created a new top floor made of pine.” 

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Originally appeared in Now That's How You Double Your Square Footage
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A row of vintage cabinets in a Parisian flat.

Located in a 17th-century manufacturing plant in Paris, this 1,000-square-foot loft was converted into a treasure-filled dwelling by designer, author, and insatiable collector Daniel Rozensztroch.

Originally appeared in Tour a 17th-Century Paris Loft Overflowing with Vintage Items
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French country house with a solid wood exterior.

Architect Patrice Bideau designed an energy-efficient home in Sainte-Anne-d'Auray, France. Bideau relied upon bio-sourced materials for the project, using tissue fiber wood, brick, concrete, and raw earth to insure the home remains cool in summer and retains heat in winter. 

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Originally appeared in A Cozy, Well-Sealed Cottage in Northwest France Goes Green
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Modern shipping container architecture

This three-bedroom home in Lille, France, is made up of eight stacked shipping containers. 

Originally appeared in 10 Amazing Examples of Shipping Container Architecture
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Chalet in the French alps

The renovation of this residence, nestled high in the French Alps, is a tribute to the beauty of its natural surroundings. The addition of a cantilevered glass-and-aluminum room integrates nature into the interior and contrasts with the original home’s timber construction, offering a distinct variation between public and private spaces. 

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Originally appeared in A Mountain Hideaway Plants a Green Roof in the French Alps
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Massimiliano Doriana Fuksas designers at home architect apartment Paris Jean Prouve

Near Place des Vosges, designers Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas inhabit a flat that pays homage to modern French design with original Jean Prouvé furniture. 

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Originally appeared in 8 Modern Architects at Home
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Colorful dining room and kitchen in Nicolas Roche's Paris apartment

A far cry from minimalism, the renovated 900-square-foot Paris flat belonging to Nicolas Roche, a scion of the French furniture company Roche Bobois, is decked out with vivid hues and vintage furniture. 

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