Architect Vincent Renié designed the chambre de bonne like a ship's cabin. One wall of the mini-apartment houses the kitchen, storage, a second sink for grooming (the shower is opposite) and a workspace, with floor-to-ceiling built-in storage to give it clean lines and keep it from feeling clautrophobic.
Conspicuously absent from the reportage is a mention of the toilet, which is most likely across the hall or on the landing -- which is still surprisingly common in the former maids quarters (or regular unrenovated since the 19th-century quarters) of Parisian buildings, as anyone who has househunted here will undoubtedly know.
See the rest of the apartment here.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com