See Why Our Editors Are Raving About This Ultra-Luxe Monaco Apartment

Once upon a time on the Mediterranean seafront in the lavish Larvotto area of Monaco, two apartments became one. In the city-state where living space is limited to one vertiginous square mile and where square footage comes at a premium steeper than on the island of Manhattan, this larger-than-life project was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—and it landed on the desk of two young French architects, Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, like a river of diamonds on a silver platter. Eager to tackle the challenge, the principals of the firm Humbert & Poyet set out to create a space that would reflect both the rich history and the picturesque geographic location of the building. While the now-expanded family home retains very little vestiges from its previous life, the expansive space echoes its '70s roots on the Mediterranean sea.

Inspired by scenes of the Riviera lifestyle taken by the iconic photographer Slim Aarons, the talented interior designers were able to re-create the essence of the original space in a way that paid homage to the building's roots all the while marrying the French and Italian styles that embody the Riviera. The result is a space with measured sobriety punctuated with touches of bright color, printed wallpapers, and unobstructed views of the Mediterranean. Step inside this enclave of luxury, and find out why our jaws dropped when we saw this project.

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