Kitchen of the Week: Making Things Beautiful in Montmartre, Paris

Antoine Ricardou is a perfectionist. As co-founder of Saint-Lazare, a Paris and New York-based creative studio that designs brands, places, and objects, he strives for ultimate beauty in everything he touches, from chic clothing companies like Sézane to well-appointed hotels like Le Moulin to minimalist furniture, like this A.S.L wood workbench. And he’s able to achieve it because of his deep involvement in every aspect of a project. “My job is to be super focused on every single detail that is part of the narrative,” he explains.

This emphasis on aesthetic excellence extends to Antoine’s two-story 1950s Montmartre apartment. His landscape architect wife is equally devoted to a flawless look, but getting their two children on board is more of a challenge. “When it was just the two of us, the house was perfectly organized,” remembers Antoine. “Now, it’s a family home, so it’s always an organic and messy place because we live in it…but I’m teaching the kids about making things beautiful.”

Whether they’re setting the table or cooking a meal, Antoine attempts to nudge his children towards crafting an attractive vignette. “When you come back from the market and you want to prepare lunch, sometimes the ham is packed in plastic, but other times you go to the butcher with the beautiful paper, so I’m teaching them how to make a beautiful scene with everything you bought.”

Fortunately, Antoine’s simple yet meticulously curated kitchen serves as a handsome backdrop for just about any spread. With clean lines and natural materials, it’s a Parisian classic. Let’s take a closer look.

Photography by Benoit Linero.

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Above: With a wall-to-wall Carrara marble counter, the kitchen flows seamlessly into the home office. Antoine chose the Italian stone because it’s durable enough to withstand both cooking and design work. “It’s the marble you find in butchers and bakeries, so it is really easy to clean, and you can cut directly on it,” he notes. “You don’t need a special cutting board.”

For the cabinetry, Antoine opted for clear oak on the lowers and white paint on the uppers. “I like to have a dark color on the bottom and a light color on top,” he says, adding that the natural wood cupboards and matching floors anchor the space.