Architecture, Interior Design – Studio Jean Verville has created an eclectic refuge near Montreal, drawing from the Memphis style, the iconic and rebellious Italian design movement from the ‘80s. Nested away among the trees, the MEV Cabin stands out for its slanting geometry, raw appearance, and swooping dark volume. Inside, the interiors are defined by extravagant, graphic materials and reflecting surfaces creating a bold and kaleidoscopic environment.
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Passionate about ’80s art and Italian design, the cabin owners wanted a place that reflected their eclectic style. The house was developed with ‘architectural mathematical rigor’ in close collaboration with the clients.
“MEV Cabine realizes a personalized alternative universe.” Explains Jean Verville. “It evokes the wacky universe of the Memphis movement, the antithesis to monotony and the monochromatic architecture and design of his time.”
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The 181 sqm cabin features a black-colored skin with an undulating roof. The exterior confronts the space with a set of curved lines. For the sake of integration into the surrounding nature, this house studio reveals an organic form and a raw appearance, confronting its materials with a set of curved lines in a meticulous implementation.
The gold-plated interiors follow a more linear layout. Playing with the possibilities of visual impact, the textures, colors, and materials exploit light in a kaleidoscopic reflection. “Volumes and surfaces play games of formal opposition, adorning themselves with a panache of elements, patterns, and colors vying for traces of childhood.”
On the south side, the linear layout of the rooms allows a constant view of the landscape. On the north side, two distinct volumes, connected by an entirely glazed entrance, appear like a long blind facade unified by a single roof.
The quintessence of the getaway in nature, the Laurentian forest near Montreal welcomes the house studio on a parcel of its territory that has remained out of reach, providing a place of life and work, both vibrant and free.
Photos of MEV Cabine are by Maxime Brouillet and Maryse Béland, courtesy of Studio Jean Verville.
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