Tuesday, April 22, 2008
60 Square Metres of Charm
This tiny 60 square metre three room Paris apartment was reorganized by interior designer and set designer Robert Gervais to maximize the use of its limited space. Gervais organized the rooms around a central vestibule and created a wall that encorporates a library as well as providing privacy between areas. The painted Lorraine pine floor was raised to allow ease of access to the balcony window. An office chair by Jean Prouvé stands in front of a small 18th century table. Overhead are six aluminium epoxy lamps created by Gervais. The sculpture is by Eric Lagarde.
In the small living room, the wall niches provide space-saving storage -- the screened large niche by the 1940s leather chair discreetly hides the radiator. A Berber wool pillow sits on the late 18th century daybed, once used in Napoleon's Egyptian campaign.
A subtle palette of halftone shades on the walls and woodwork give the rooms variety without being distracting. In the bedroom, Flemish pine planks were painted in "fleur de sel," then sanded, and serve as both a headboard and to provide privacy from the adjacent small room used as an office.
The walls of the bathroom are lined with wood, a look inspired by the Art & Crafts movement. The polished marble sink from Laos sits on a glazed tile countertop.
From the Marie Claire Maison website -- a tiny apartment that's big on style.