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“Nuctale” Studio by Paul Coudamy

Nuctale, project by Paul Coudamy in Paris. 2013. ©Benjamin Boccas

“Nuctale,” the contraction of Nuage Fractal, is a tiny 35 m2 space lit by a monumental 5m long light: a disproportional geometrical cloud that provides a unique backdrop to this studio in the Buttes-aux-Cailles. As always, Paul Coudamy produces a maximum effect with minimal space and materials.

Nuctale, project by Paul Coudamy in Paris. 2013. ©Benjamin Boccas

Nuctale, project by Paul Coudamy in Paris. 2013. ©Benjamin Boccas

The light structure comprises 15 sources and 76 frosted acrylic triangles, the relief of the cloud is versatile enough to individualise thanks to a set of 206 hinges and 824 rivets.  An architect-designed construction inspired by sailing navigation, but conceived with the skill of an artisan creating a bespoke design. It perfectly sums up this young atypical agency that designs and manufactures places in one sweep. The furniture and storage have also been designed and produced in digitally cut plywood in order to optimise this small space. A lesson in terms of architecture, where the difficulty of the means is pushed to the limit.

Nuctale, project by Paul Coudamy in Paris. 2013. ©Benjamin Boccas

Nuctale, project by Paul Coudamy in Paris. 2013. ©Benjamin Boccas

Nuctale Studio by Paul Coudamy

The Butte aux Cailles, Paris 13th

35 m2

Ground floor overlooking one of the passageways in the Butte

Sleeping area equipped with a double bed

Possibility of additional bed for a child

Separate bathroom with bath

Equipped kitchen (refrigerator, oven, microwave…)

Multimedia area with Wi-Fi

 Nuctale, project by Paul Coudamy in Paris. 2013. ©Benjamin Boccas

Since 2008, Paul Coudamy has created architecture that has always been visually unbounded whatever the constraints. A talent for optimising the materials (poor or rich: cardboard boxes, chipboard, metal, ceramic…) combined with a demand for tailor-made that paves the way to the agency creating new processes, on a daily basis, for digital design and manual manufacturing mainly in its own workshop. A rare architectural as well as artisanal approach required by the increasing demands of the residential and commercial market in terms of cost and aesthetics. Paul Coudamy thus applies the same scrutiny to his “Fantastic Canopy” produced for the achingly hip Comme des Garçons boutique in Tokyo (a plant invasion made from an accumulation of parquet boards) in 2012 or to the 23m2 Parisian studio Red Nest with mobile furniture all designed by the agency: with each project, his response is as extrovert as it is financially realistic. His heartfelt designs naturally result from this approach where design is the result of manufacturing techniques that he masters perfectly from A to Z. Whether a bookcase, lights, tables, chairs or storage, Paul Coudamy adapts each typology to its architectural and economic environment: from cardboard office furniture for a young advertising agency (Cardboard Office 2008), an excessive chandelier to reinvent the sky for a private house (Nuctale 2013) or a bookcase lining a wall with a ripple effect for an Haussmann style apartment in 2010. Research emblematic of a period that is reinventing its aesthetics in light of realism and that is moving away from digital to better re-appropriate the physical material.

Nuctale, project by Paul Coudamy in Paris. 2013. ©Benjamin Boccas

Photos crédits Benjamin Boccas