Dive into this colourful Parisian office space – complete with pool
Creative agency Al Dente unveils the interiors for its new Paris HQ, created in collaboration with interior designer Hadrien Breitenbach and featuring a pool and a Mediterranean-inspired design, with furniture by Pierre Paulin, Charles and Ray Eames, and Gino Sarfatti
- (opens in new tab)
- (opens in new tab)
- (opens in new tab)
- Sign up to our newsletter Newsletter
The new interiors for creative agency Al Dente’s headquarters in Paris feature a mix of old-school movie inspirations, references to modern design history and contemporary elements. The rue des Petits Hôtels building was taken over by Al Dente founder Patrizio Miceli, who transformed it into a multifunctional creative space suited to his team’s work and clients’ requirements. Founded in 2004, Al Dente is based between Paris and Rome, and works with clients such as Chanel, Fendi, Boucheron and Serge Lutens on art direction, advertising, digital experiences, and more.
‘A living space’, created by Miceli in collaboration with interior designer Hadrien Breitenbach, the new HQ features two photo studios, a hidden indoor swimming pool, a lounge and dining room patio, a conservatory, as well as offices (opens in new tab) for the Al Dente teams. The arrangement references domestic interiors, with kitchen and living areas seamlessly planned alongside more functional workspaces.
Areas such as the kitchen, featuring French Alpine green marble, are framed with curved passageways, and the all-white walls are offset by a colourful range of furnishings. The different but connected spaces are described by Breitenbach as ‘paintings linked together’, a concept he has been developing in his work by playing with perspective, light and proportion.
Furniture in the HQ includes custom-made marble pieces, and a mix of influences with designs from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. In the office space, Charles and Ray Eames (opens in new tab)’ ‘EA117’ office chairs are juxtaposed with the designers’ ‘Pollock’ chairs, upholstered in bright green fabric and placed poolside. Pierre Paulin sofas are set next to the fireplace in the living room, while the airy patio features a vintage Italian sofa and mirrored coffee table. Miceli’s own studio is a small alcove featuring a sequence of arches, a mirrored bookcase and a bespoke marble table. Greenery throughout the interior and in the winter garden was curated by landscape designer Julia Chaigneau, who interpreted Al Dente’s Mediterranean origins with fruit trees, jasmine, basil, rosemary, parsley and mint.
‘By transforming this space, we were concerned with presenting a Roman vision in Paris with an approach that is both personal and genuine,’ comments Miceli. ‘More than offices, we wanted to create a living space, [...] a space with plural influences that create dialogues between volumes, objects or even colours. Here, we offer a certain vision of the Al Dente art of living, nurtured by those who live in it or are invited to it.’
aldenteparis.com (opens in new tab)
Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
S94 Design makes the most of its uptown location to blur the lines of art and design
S94 Design brings displays from Kwangho Lee, Donald Judd, Max Lamb and more to its Rafael Viñoly-designed location
By Julie Baumgardner • Published
Oasi Cashmere is taking Zegna back to its roots in the Italian Alps
Oasi Cashmere – an environmentally-conscious, all-embracing cashmere collection – is inspired by the Oasi Zegna nature park in the lush Biella Alps
By Jack Moss • Published
Lynda Benglis’ seductive hall of mirrors and juicy neon eggs in London
American artist Lynda Benglis subverts expectations with new bronze sculptures and otherworldly coloured eggs in a new solo show at Thomas Dane Gallery, London
By Harriet Lloyd-Smith • Published