Before & After: Sarah's Walk-In Closet Turned Workspace

Before & After: Sarah's Walk-In Closet Turned Workspace

Janel Laban
Nov 30, 2010

Sarah Mouchot is the designer behind Bibi Carton, a clever cardboard furniture line. She recently made a move to Melbourne and needed to somehow fit in her furniture business at home. Not surprisingly, she got creative and turned a narrow walk-in closet into a well equipped and colorful mini studio workspace...

Here is Sarah's story behind the project:

I had moved into a bigger and more expensive apartment and couldn't afford a separate studio anymore to make cardboard furniture. I was resigned to work in the living room, when I thought about this walk-in closet we were going to use as a laundry room. 2 hours later, I had purple paint on my nose! I didn't want it to cost too much so I tried to get everything for free/cheap. I had the table/chair/red shelf from my former studio and I found the white bookshelf in the street. I cleaned it and gave it a fresh coat of leftover paint from my HE and SHE furniture. The table had a lot of glue gun marks and paint stains on it so I sanded it to make it smooth, and covered it with a silver sticker cover I found at the dollar store. Although I didn't make the room actually bigger (still 32 square feet, damn!), by maximizing the space as much as I could, it became a cozy but efficient space where I could spend my days off reading, thinking, drawing and creating my cardboard world :)

And some info on Bibi Carton:

Bibi Carton is the name of the company under which I have been making cardboard furniture for the past 10 years. From France and having lived in Vancouver Canada for the past 3 years, I'm currently based in Melbourne where I take orders for furniture and teach my techniques through workshops. Made from recycled cardboard and surprisingly very durable, cardboard furniture responds to a need for greener and more unique home furnishing.

Thanks, Sarah!

Images: Nico Alary

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