Humbert & Poyet

Humbert & Poyet is an architecture firm founded in 2007 by two Architects, Christophe Poyet (from Monaco) and Emil Humbert (from Paris). Over the years, the dynamic duo have designed prominent restaurants such as the Michelin Star restaurant, Beefbar, in Hong Kong and Monaco, and Song Qi, a Chinese fine dining restaurant in Monaco. The duo also design residences and offices around the world.

“We like to put forward the spirit of the place. The noble materials by combining them and combining them with one another. We favor working with artisans and traditional know-how” – Christophe Poyet (translated by Google).

Beefbar, Hong Kong

Humbert & Poyet - Beefbar 1

Humbert & Poyet - Beefbar 2

The layered marble coupled with hidden lighting creates a dynamic yet soft lighting effect, adding an almost celestial glow to the space.

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My favourite elements, carrara marble (or more likely, calacatta marble, since the marble is whiter and the grain more defined) and herringbone flooring, once again make a dynamic pairing. The tufted brown leather banquette injects maturity and an old world feel to the restaurant.

Apartment Marais, Paris

You may have seen my post on this apartment on my Instagram page. This space is smooth as crème caramel. Elegant and sophisticated are words that sprung to mind when I first stumbled upon pictures of the space. 

Humbert & Poyet - Apartment Marais 1

Layers upon layers of earth tones – so harmonious and tranquil. I can almost feel myself getting more relaxed just looking at the place. That baby grand piano makes me imagine soft classical music wafting through the living room as the owners unwind at the end of the day.

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The minimal sand-toned stone fireplace melds perfectly with the natural tones and materials surrounding it.

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A carrara marble tulip table by Eero Saarinen (one of my favourite table designs) accents this lounge area. Splashes of colour add energy and vibrancy to a cozy corner. The mid-century modern style of the tulip table is complemented by the mid-century modern wall sconce.

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The kitchen is a little more modern, with the stainless steel ladder leading to mini library shelving, and the minimal dark grey galley kitchen. A touch of country is incorporated through the the dining table and chairs.

Grace Apartment, Monaco

Humbert & Poyet - Grace Apartment 1

The Sputnik chandelier is an instant eyecatcher. That rich teal colour of the dining chairs is so deep and beautiful, and somewhat mellows out the bright gold of the chandelier.

Humbert & Poyet - Grace Apartment 2

Humbert & Poyet - Grace Apartment 3

Glamour, glamour, glamour with the touch of the unexpected from the cluster of fluorescent light tubes on the righthand-side wall. I would normally find a space like this slightly tacky (maybe it’s the overly shiny marble flooring?) but somehow it works here. Personally, I would prefer to use a matte, sand coloured stone (a huge continuous slab of it) for the floor instead, to balance out the various statement pieces in this room and to ground the space.

Humbert & Poyet - Grace Apartment 4

Absolutely in love with the palm print wallpaper. If that view out the window is real, the wallpaper is a clever way to bring the outside in.

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This graphic wallpaper adds some geometric fun to the bedroom. More fun is injected through the smattering of yellow cushions on the bed.

I could continue to wax lyrical about the designs of Humbert & Poyet but why not have a peruse for yourselves – step right on through