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France – Paris

In his projects, the Parisian architect focuses on functional purity, nuances of tone, geometric lines and light, sculpting them into perfectly harmonious interiors.

Régis Botta is one of the rising stars on the architecture and design scene. This former graduate of the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris Belleville founded his agency RB-A in 2011. Since then, he has been shaping his expertise and vision between his residential/commercial projects and his interior furniture collections.

He has reimagined the Véro Dodat patisserie in the eponymous 19th-century gallery, the Mauboussin flagship on rue de la Paix, the Jay & Joy vegan dairy, the Michelin-starred Mavrommatis restaurant and the public spaces in the Emblem tower at La Défense.

His designs focus on functional purity, reworking volumes to create singular atmospheres using light, neutral colours and natural materials. His designer furniture, including a series of light fittings designed in collaboration with Ozone, is equally striking. His designs are retro, graphic and sculptural. Régis Botta is one of those atmospheric architects with a chic sobriety, a sense of nuance, a respect for noble materials and an inspired eye.

Tonal harmony

He can move from a timeless atmosphere (Véro Dodat), with deep blue, polished brass and coloured glass, to an evanescent one (Mauboussin), with smoky white, marble and the vermeil glints of antique mirrors. His reinterpretations of the great French styles play with time and space, drawing inspiration from an Orient-Express-style restaurant carriage and Art Deco furniture, with a mastery of light that is “architectural, scenographic and sensual”.

The same goes for the backlit wine library at Apéro Square, served by a large counter combining the minerality of slate with the warmth of natural oak. And his private projects are not to be outdone. Like this 180 m² duplex apartment in the Marais district. Flat L features a large curtain of stained wood slats, as if sublimating a theatrical stage, dividing the main and ancillary spaces. The warm grey and anthracite tones, combined with the mirrors, marble and luminous grooves in the ceiling, complete the geometric and structured look of this Parisian treasure.

Nathalie Dassa