Architectural Digest France

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The bedroom, light and bright in white and gray—a patina of waxy concrete runs up the headboard wall, including a small dresser tucked into a recess in the wall. Ultra flat radiator and slim reading lamp, everything has been chosen to free up space.© Julie Anciao

Very flat radiator

The owner of the building, a Parisian clerk living on the Right Bank with his wife, has a passion for the intellectuals and artists of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and so he sought and found these two small rooms under a roof overlooking the bell tower of the famous church. He secluded himself there regularly on business, easily spending a day or two there; So he should have everything he needs on site, from the kitchen to the bedroom, including … his own punching bag. The challenge was taken on by architect Marie Derodel, who found all the tricks to squeeze in as much storage space as possible, a large refrigerator, a washing machine, and even a bathtub. In the bedroom, the flat radiator liberates space to the greatest extent.

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Still in the living room, across from the old cabinet, is a Wingback armchair by Tom Dixon flanked by portraits by Valéry Assénat and Nicolas Bruand, a Torse statue, in polished brass, by Deverne (RCM Galerie), set on a truncated pole, a coffee table Marble by Lucia Mercer (Knoll). The wall-mounted radiator, synonymous with space saving, is in harmony with the verticality of the ribbed column.
Far from wanting to break everything, the owner wanted to maintain this sophistication: “Despite the small size of the apartment, I wanted the living room to be a real living room, with a sofa, armchairs … the table, I open it if necessary. And no doubt in seeing My computer is there. It’s in my office, no bigger than a closet. In all, it’s 52 square meters in soft whites, walls and ceilings, and it’s upside down on things, Irish cheesecloth curtains, or a spacious bed or sofa.
© Jerome Galland

Cooler with trompe-l’oeil effect

Designer Nellie Guyot lives in a small apartment in a former 17th-century convent in Saint-Germain-des-Prés that has been remodeled into tenements, weaving between what were once narrow cells and long corridors. Thus, the apartment is staggered, decorated, revealing behind a hidden door a very small desk, behind a mirror a dressing room, at the bottom of a staircase that leads to the kitchen, the bathroom … “Although the apartment is small, I wanted the living room to be a real living room, with a sofa and armchairs… I open the table if necessary. And I can no doubt see my computer there. It’s in my office, no bigger than a closet.”

In all, it’s 52 sqm in soft whites, walls and ceilings, and toss things in, Irish cheesecloth curtains, or a roomy bed or sofa. In the living room, a wall-mounted radiator synonymous with space saving echoes a majestic decorative column.

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