RMGB Transforms this 1940’s Villa in Lambersart Back to Its Former Splendour with Modern Touches

When Guillaume Gibert and Baptiste Rischmann discovered this bourgeois house, the previous owners' renovation had completely altered the harmony of the place

This 1940’s villa is located in Lambersart, near Lille, in a neighbourhood famous for its imposing residences and architect villas. RMGB agency has taken the reins and restored this house to its former splendour. In this elaborate setting, the villa's architectural qualities and vintage pieces are combined in a relaxed atmosphere, with a modern touch. The founding duo of RMGB, Guillaume Gibert and Baptiste Rischmann, retained the original architectural plan and connected the spaces together. Solid wood frames are painted in the same shade as the walls, not to obscure the view, only the openings to the outside retain their original patina. Modern parquet floors are removed, old ones restored. Carpets reappear in rooms as they were when the house was built.

At the entrance, the attention is drawn to the staircase balustrade and glass roof, exceptional works restored by art craftsmen. On the ground floor, the living areas are revealed. The dining room, with its central Rosso Levanto marble table designed by the agency, can be transformed into an office at the owners' convenience. The kitchen, where all the elements have been preserved, has a small dining area in place with the pale pink fabric of the sofa matching Katinka Lampe's painting. In the main living room, the duo has restored the sofa integrated into the alcove. This original element, reminiscent of the work of Robert Mallet-Stevens, set the tone at the rest of the room. The natural linen is also used on the Boomerang lounge chairs by Italian designer Rodolfo Bonetto, with their rounded and relaxed lines.

Guillaume and Baptiste used vintage furniture mainly from the 1960s to the 1980s, rare pieces such as a pair of Bernard Govin armchairs in the small lounge. Upstairs, each of the four bedrooms has its personal bathroom, which evokes the impression of being in a hotel. The master bedroom, with her bow-window and her private sitting area, naturally benefits from the largest bathroom. After extensive research, the old sink, stored in the cellar for several decades, was restored. Alchemy is in the design abound, and earthenware has been custom designed to reproduce the subtle eggshell hue and characteristic crackle of the existing tiles.

Words: Sphere Editorial
Photos: Matthieu Salvaing
Published on June 19, 2024