Kevin Gray Designs Eco-Friendly, Under Ground House in Aix en Provence

Kevin Gray Designs Eco-Friendly, Underground House in Aix-en-Provence

Design Greetings From Aix!

In July, interior designer Kevin Gray visited a hillside overlooking the Saint-Victoire mountain in Aix-en-Provence, France, where he was charged with overseeing the design of an “eco-friendly, underground house” for his friend’s daughter and her family. Covid has delayed the arrival of some materials, so Kevin Gray Design has yet to finalize the kitchen cabinetry and terrazzo for the kitchen island, and some furniture will later be swapped out with some of Kevin’s signature finds. Kevin worked with FLOS lighting and used the Smithfield light for the Grand Room, and recessed rectangles elsewhere.

Kevin designed the new home with an open courtyard to the land above to provide air and light for the bedrooms and bathrooms below ground, and Kevin will add planters with large local plants.

Kevin and owner: Eco-Friendly, Under Ground House in Aix en Provence
Kevin with his client and friend in the new house’s Grand Room

“With some of the home’s living spaces below ground, the house is light, open and airy and uses eco-friendly materials to conserve natural resources.”

– Interior Designer Kevin Gray

The new home was built on the orchards of the family’s 1972 mid-century ranch-style home complete with terracotta floors, mosaic pottery accent walls, pools, tennis courts and gardens. The house is decorated with signature 1970’s Italian furniture and Murano chandeliers and sconces, which will tie together the new house with the original home.

Eco-Friendly, Underground House in Aix-en-Provence

The featured image portrays interior lights streaming from the new home as the day darkens. 

Eco-Friendly, Under Ground House in Aix en Provence
The open courtyard provides air and light for the below-ground bathrooms and bedrooms. 

Interiors of New House in Aix-en-Provence

Kevin Gray Designs Eco-Friendly, Underground House in Aix-en-Provence
The Grand Room in the new home expands the full width of the house and features FLOS lighting. 

 

kitchen Eco-Friendly, Under Ground House in Aix en Provence
Natural light streams in from both sides of the new home. 

 

Grand Room Eco-Friendly, Under Ground House in Aix en Provence
The interior of the new home provides expansive views.

 

bathroom: Eco-Friendly, Under Ground House in Aix en Provence
The underground bathroom in the new home is crafted from eco-friendly terrazzo.

Original 1972 House 

original 1972 midcentury ranch
The original 1972 home features terracotta floors and a Murano chandelier from the 70s. 

 

The house features Kevin’s signature mix of modern interiors complemented by vintage and antique pieces and unusual finds. 

 

Exteriors

pool at Eco-Friendly, Under Ground House in Aix en Provence by Kevin Gray Design
The original home’s pool area.

 

Gardens of Eco-Friendly, Under Ground House in Aix en Provence
The compound’s terraced gardens.

 

view to Eco-Friendly, Under Ground House in Aix en Provence
Stunning views of the French countryside.

 

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Kevin Gray is an internationally celebrated Lighting and Interior Designer, known for transforming interiors into timeless and unique environments for the most discerning clients in Miami, New York, Washington D.C., and Europe. His interiors showcase signature designs that are understated yet sophisticated, straight-forward, elegant, and functional. Clean lines and simple but well-crafted furnishings, with an attention to texture and the highest quality materials, are Kevin Gray Design staples. Kevin is known for his sensibility of style by mixing the unexpected with unique vintage pieces and fabrics. Clients say that Kevin’s key to his success is his trusted history of collaborations with the best architects, craftsmen, and builders. 
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Kevin Gray

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Kevin Gray is an internationally celebrated interior designer, known for transforming interiors into timeless and unique environments for the most discerning clients in Miami, New York, and Europe. His interiors showcase signature designs that are understated yet sophisticated, straightforward, elegant and functional. Clean lines and well-crafted but straightforward furnishings, with an attention to texture and the highest quality materials, are Kevin Gray Design staples. Clients say that the key to Kevin's success is his collaboration with the best architects, craftsmen, and builders. While beautiful rooms are Kevin’s first consideration, client service, project management, and attention to detail are of the utmost importance.

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Kevin Gray is an internationally celebrated interior designer, known for transforming interiors into timeless and unique environments for the most discerning clients in Miami, New York, and Europe. His interiors showcase signature designs that are understated yet sophisticated, straight-forward, elegant and functional. Clean lines and simple but well-crafted furnishings, with an attention to texture and the highest quality materials are Kevin Gray Design staples. Clients say that the key to Kevin’s success is his collaboration with the best architects, craftsmen, and builders. and, while beautiful rooms are Kevin’s first consideration, client service, project management, and attention to detail are of the utmost importance.