In the days when the largest cities of the world are becoming increasingly overcrowded and the living space is getting harder and more expensive to get, the concept of micro homes and tiny-living techniques seem to have come straight from Heaven. Architects Marc Baillargeon and Julie Nabucet have developed a very cool, uncluttered and modern apartment for a student in Paris, one of Europe’s largest alpha cities. Previously a bedroom of an apartment, this 130-square-foot Montparnasse studio represents a victory of creativity and smart interior design over lack of space.
The Parisian micro apartment by Baillargeon and Nabucet is packed with custom-built furniture that enables efficient and pleasant everyday living. Everything has been crafted to allow sleight-of-hand use and reconfiguration of the appliances and furniture.
Indeed, there is a touch of magic to this micro apartment as virtually every piece of furniture smoothly turns into something else or simply disappears – the bed is pulled out like a drawer from beneath the kitchen and the bathroom landing, the coffee table retreats beneath the shelves, and extra linens are hidden under the stairway.
Perhaps the best and truest description of this micro home comes from the creators themselves. In the words of Baillargeon, the architects’ approach to architecture “is that the house is not so much a machine for living, but a tool for living well.”
This is very true, as not an atom of comfort was sacrificed for the sake of lack of space. Using split-level technique for the ultimate storage flexibility, smart design and custom modular furniture, Marc Baillargeon and Julie Nabucet have really taken the possibilities of tiny living onto a whole new level. While this is one of the tinniest interiors of Paris, it is also one of the most comfortable and pleasant ones. It has never really been about the amount of available space, but the level of style and smart usage.
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