Today Maison Brajzblat is a nostalgic time capsule. Still, when Henri Prouve and Robert Anxionnat completed the property in 1957, it turned the traditional townhouse model on its head and was at the cutting edge of modernity.
The modernist home sits on a street in Nancy’s well-heeled Parc de Saurupt neighbourhood – famous for its architect-designed Art Nouveau, Modernist and Art Deco villas. Its sober facade belies the surprise and delight awaiting inside Prouve’s 250 sq m structures.
On the first floor is the living room, which opens onto a covered teak terrace with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a dining room and kitchen, separated by a hatch. The built-in furniture was designed bespoke by Anxionnat and is original, from ample cupboards in the hallway to dressing room tables and desks and dining booth in the kitchen.
All the furniture and fixtures inside the three-bedroom Nancy property are original and conceived by Prouvé and Anxionnat for the project, including the striking staircase with its elegant floor-to-ceiling balustrades and large crowning skylight, which directs light across each level.
Maison Brajzblat is for sale via Architecture de Collection for € 675,000 and seeks a sympathetic custodian who will appreciate its historic features. That said, there’s room to update, not least the carpets, bathroom and kitchen. Take a closer look.