Famed designer’s cabin conceals back-to-basics building tips

November 28, 2020 john 21 30655 12:10

In 1938 architect and designer Charlotte Perriand designed a mountain shelter able to withstand the harsh elements of any mountaintop yet still light enough to be carried by hand. The “Refuge Tonneau” (“barrel shelter”), her piece of nomadic architecture designed with Pierre Jeanneret, consists of just 12 main prefabricated panels light enough to be manually…

Paris microflat gets precise in space use with thrifty ideas

February 21, 2017 john 18 29220 10:52

On a nurse’s salary, Flore Devaux knew buying a home in Paris would be difficult so when she stumbled upon a tiny flat near Montmartre within her price range, she was thrilled by every centimeter of the 18.76 square meters place (201.9 square feet). Armed with a drill kit and plenty of recycled materials, Flore-…

Cubic mentality: 4-story Paris flat fits comfort in 25 sq mt

May 16, 2016 john 0 42542 16:46

Architect Jérôme Vinçon believes that with architecture, like clothing, made-to-measure buys a lot more than ready-to-wear. When his friends Michel Craca and Gaelle Potel bought a tiny apartment (next door to the restaurant in Paris’ Montparnasse where he’s head chef and she’s maitre d’) and asked for his help, he delivered a piece of personal…

Adaptive space-saving bed snaps into ceiling when not needed

May 1, 2016 john 0 29465 10:49

At the beginning of the 20th century William Murphy patented an idea of a “disappearing bed” (among others) and the wall bed, pull down bed or fold-down bed was popularized in America. In Europe, the 21st century equivalent is the ceiling bed. In 2004, Parisian designers Décadrages released their version of the hovering bed with…