The French fashion designer Marcel Marongiu's Paris apartment is only 645 square feet. We were pretty impressed to see a fairly well-known designer living in such a (relatively) small space. So we were curious to see how he does it. His mother is Swedish and the apartment's reference to Gustavian style is in homage to her. Although the apartment is teetering on the line of being a little too shabby chic for our taste, we did like the bedroom...
The living room. We like the mix of styles--The Henri IV-style cabinet, the 19th century Italian mirror from the Paris flea market and the Indian coffee table, but we just can't get behind the sheet on the sofa. The screen is separating the living area from the bedroom.
The sofa looks a bit better from this angle. The leather pillows were created by Marcel, and we do love the bergère chair.
This was the room that inspired us the most. We know many people who have their bed on the floor, but this is definitely the chicest. The key seems to be the repeating horizontal lines. The arrangement of art work creates the first line across the room. The nightstands create another, then finally you have an additional horizontal created by the bed. The line is also repeated in the pillows and in the blanket at the foot of the bed. It just works.
For the full story (in French), go to Marie Claire Maison. We should note that this is not his only home, Marcel Marongiu also owns a country home in Normandy, which is featured in the book Dressing the Home: The Private Spaces of Top Fashion Designers.