A Well Shelved Apartment in Paris

A Well Shelved Apartment in Paris

Jess Watson
Jan 6, 2010

Art director Mathieu Vinciguerra is an avid comic book collector. When he purchased his 635 square foot Parisian apartment in 2007, he knew immediately that storage was going to be an issue. Enlisting the help of H2O Architects, he sought to transform the cramped six door and six roomed flat into "a more open, peaceful, sparkling environment."

We originally featured this apartment in June, but its recent feature in Dwell provided us with much more detail about the planning, execution and intention of the final design and its unconscious nod to the graphic novel .

H2O Architects started the design process by first taking measurements of all of Mathieu's "clutter" to determine the number and sizes of shelves needed. The box concept allows the comic books to be featured without overwhelming the space, much like a diorama. The boxes are even color coded (like chapters in a graphic novel) to house items for work, domestic and ambiguous items.

If you'd like to read more about the overall design and the renovation (including the removal of a few walls and a temporary relocation to grandma's house), be sure to check out the full story at Dwell.

(Image credits: Céline Clanet / Dwell Magazine)

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