Nowadays, offices will do anything to keep their employees happy. With work from home being the new normal, many employees shudder at the thought of actually having to go into the office. But what if your office contained a pool?
If so, creative agency, Al Dente, may be the perfect place for you. They’ve recently unveiled their stunning interior for their new Paris Headquarters, which boasts a garden, two studios, a living-dining room, and a hidden indoor pool. Born from the collaboration of Patrizio Miceli, the founder, and architect Hadrien Breitenbach, this stunning office is a sight for sore eyes.
A flexible and fluid workspace
Al Dente founder and Rome native, Patrizio Miceli, took over the rue des Petits Hôtels property and renovated it into a versatile creative facility suitable to his team’s work and clients’ needs. Al Dente was founded in 2004 and is situated in Paris and Rome. It works on creative direction, advertising, digital experiences, and more for clients such as Chanel, Fendi, Boucheron, and Serge Lutens.
The new interiors for Al Dente’s 350 square meters Paris offices are a blend of old-school movie influences, modern design historical allusions, and contemporary features. The flexible and fluid workspace, which Miceli describes as a “self-sufficient ecosystem” was designed with lifestyle in mind. Miceli shared, “We wanted to create a place designed around the kitchen, the living room, the dining room, the swimming pool… A space with plural influences that create dialogues between volumes, objects or colors. It offers a certain vision of the Al Dente art of living, enriched by those who live there or are invited to it.”
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The headquarters contains different, yet connected, spaces, described by Breitenbach as “paintings linked together”. He plays with light, perspective, and proportion through the all-white walls and colorful furnishings. The space pays homage to the style of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s with pieces celebrating each era. The furniture, set against a simple backdrop, is what takes you on a journey through history. A curvy Pierre Paulin Pumpkin sofa lies across from a vestige of the previous tenancy, a classic glass fireplace. ‘Pollock’ chairs in emerald green are juxtaposed with Charles and Ray Eames’ ‘EA117’ office chairs that reside poolside in the office space.
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Miceli clearly had a vision for this incredible space. He explain that the place was conceived as a film sequence shot. With each step, it reveals a new facet. When the visitor enters, he is directly immersed in a patio under a glass roof, welcomed by a living room connecting the green marble kitchen of the Alps and a dining room of 60 / 70s style in which sits a custom-made table in green quartzite of Lapland, all framed by sleek semicircular arches. In the background, we discover a tray with multiple functions, both studio daylight shooting, workspace for creative teams, living room, and an exceptional indoor saltwater pool cleverly hidden under the floor. “James Bond effect guaranteed” he jokes. The floor with Parisian lines is adorned with walls of a Venetian pink and is organized around a winter garden whose fully glazed floor creates a dialogue with the ground floor and more particularly the swimming pool. A second studio designed as a black box is used to create still life photography.
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Miceli’s own studio is a small alcove upstairs situated on glazed floors, with a sequence of three arches extended to infinity by a mirror and a bench in canning fabrics of the House Thevenon. The upstairs is also where fruits and herbs make their way into the food produced by the on-site Sicilian chef. The fruits and herbs are grown in-house, in the office’s garden. The garden, designed by landscape architect Julia Chaigneau, maintains the project’s Mediterranean characteristics. Within are fruit trees, jasmine, and aromatics like basil, rosemary, parsley, and mint.
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This space is more than simply an office. It brings Italian emotion and culture right into the heart of Paris. “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.
So, if you’re ready to head back into the office, Al Dente is the place for you. You can be sure that you’ll feel right at home in this luxurious and functional space. Plus, a dip in the saltwater pool and a meal cooked by an onsite chef doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
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