Retro-Look – How to combine designer furniture and recycled materials | Colorful interior design

Retro-Look – How to combine designer furniture and recycled materials | Colorful interior design


On this hill overlooking the city of Sète,
in the south of France, you’ll find the home of Éric Bensaïd. Spacious windows grace the entire facade and
suggest that there’s much to be discovered inside. The sandstone framing the extension came from
the very ground on which the IT manager had his house built. “Hi! Bonjour! Good Morning! Welcome in Séte, welcome in my house. Let’s go in.” The entrance leads right into the open-concept
living area. Covering 120 square meters, it functions as
a sitting room, kitchen, dining room and lounge. “This house is a mix of travel stories. When I travel, you have a lot of feelings,
emotions, a lot of sensibilities. I wanted to put all of these feelings all
of this vibes inside, in one house, in one place.” The businessman had the house built to his
specifications four years ago. He’s furnished the living room with design
classics, like this Charles Eames lounge chair from 1956, and modern sofas. From here there’s a clear view of the port
city of Sète and the Mediterranean. “This region we have sun almost all the
year, so a house has to be on the same waves. So I wanted to have in this house a Spanish
spirit.” And because Éric Bensaïd is a fan of the
Spanish island of Ibiza, he decorated the bedrooms on the upper floor giving them a
typical island-style look. Bright colours give the place a real holiday
feel. “The room is one of the places where you
spend a lot of time, and the blue color mixed with the sun make you happy.” The interior design is a mix of styles: retro
accessories, design classics and modern furniture. While purists might not approve, this resident
clearly feels very much at home here! Bensaïd also has a passion for recycled materials….in
the bathroom, old railway ties serve as a countertop. And the old wood planks constituting the dining
room table were once part of an Indonesian fishing vessel. “During one of my travels to Indonesia I
saw at one of the many flea markets a guy who made from fisher boats, pirogues for fishermen,
and they put all the boats and make a table. And I said it’s wonderful for my house.” The house also has a wine cellar with a small
bar. The colour scheme of the retro-look wallpaper
harmonizes with the British colonial style leather armchairs. A table made from recycled wooden pallets
provides the finishing touch. “The table is a part of my life, it’s one
of my pets, because it’s followed me during all my student life. We used to have drinks, we used to have convivial
parties.” He still has parties around that table today….except:
nowadays the wine is a bit more expensive. It’s a home full of memories and atmosphere. “I’ve really appreciated having you here
and now I’m saying goodbye. Let’s meet us together next time. Bye bye!” Èric Bensaid and his house in Séte: a personal
home inspired by very personal experiences.


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