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Small Spaces: Woodwave by Paul Coudamy


Paul Coudamy is in charge of maximising the space in a 60m2 apartment in Paris. A pied-à-terre intended for short-term rentals for which the young French architect has designed and produced a bespoke screen and storage system. The airy and enveloping structure comprising 131 pieces of beech separates the kitchen from the living room without confining it, leaving the cantilever dining table bridging the two spaces defined by their use.




The same screen system is duplicated in the bedroom to accommodate the bedside tables and integral lighting. This small space, available to rent for a Parisian escapade, is at the forefront of interior design.


Space is further maximised by integrating cupboards into the walls (including a spare folding bed and a desk). A full-height storage cabinet, again bespoke, with a carved surface provides gentle relief. ”This technique enables a unique material to be created. The grooves measuring several millimetres are revealed in varying degrees according to the play of light and shadows throughout the day. The graphic lines alleviate the mass of furniture bringing strength to the large white surfaces,” outlines the architect and designer, an expert on monumental interventions that he generally executes himself.




Paul Coudamy has continued to invent show-topping architecture whatever the constraints since 2008. His talent for maximizing materials (poor or rich: cardboard, chipboard, metal, porcelain…) combined with the demands of made-to-measure has led the agency to devise new digital design and manual manufacturing processes on a daily basis, usually in his own workshop. A rare artisanal architectural approach, made necessary by the ever-demanding residential and commercial market and its economic and aesthetic requirements. Paul Coudamy used the same focus for his ‘Fantastique canopée’ produced for the achingly hip Comme des Garçons shop in Tokyo (a plant installation made from an accumulation of parquet boards) in 2012 or the 23m2 Parisian Red Nest studio with mobile furniture entirely designed by the agency: each project is met with an extrovert, as well as financially realistic gesture.


The design of the places that he has tackled is therefore a natural consequence of this approach, a result of the range of manufacturing techniques that he has mastered. Whether bookshelves, lights, tables, chairs or cupboards, Paul Coudamy adapts each typology to its architectural and economic environment: cardboard office furniture for a young advertising agency (Cardboard Office 2008), an enormous chandelier reproducing the sky for a private house (Nuctale 2013) or a curved bookcase for a Haussmann-style apartment in 2010. His research is symbolic of a period reinventing its appearance with regard to realism and based on digital to optimally reclaim the physical material.


Photos credits Benjamin Boccas