I admire and envy people who have no trouble at all living in a minimalist space. The storage (if it even exists—I suspect true minimalists would scoff at the idea) is integrated and unobtrusive and the spaces are oases of calm. Unfortunately, this does not describe my home at all.
My husband is an academic and I'm a designer (not the minimalist kind, unfortunately). So books (and lots of them) and accessories are a fact of life—I've never met a pillow I didn't like. We've tried in vain to cull and limit new entries in both categories to our home. Admittedly, we're just not strong enough to resist the siren call of acquisition.
So for us, storage—the visible kind—is a necessity. There are tons of great wall mounted shelves, bookcases, and other storage solutions available here in the US, but I thought it would be fun to see what's new in storage in my adopted hometown of Paris and maybe get a little bit of inspiration to take back with me to Chicago next year.
Check out the full slide show at Elle Deco.