Decorating a small studio apartment is always tricky as you need to accommodate everything necessary within rather a small space. But decorating a studio in a 17th-century building is even harder as you need to do more renovations. Architect Ariel Claudet changed this apartment that was once home to Eiffel Tower architect Gustave Eiffel to adapt it for modern living and did it successfully.
The whole apartment is only 22 square meters, the interiors are neutral yet feature some unusual detailing: a series of copper pipes on the walls. As well as concealing the home’s electrical cables, the pipes can be used for hanging up ornaments, household items and other items. They can also easily negotiate the property’s uneven surfaces.
The idea is based on the traditional peg rail – a hanging system developed by the Shakers, where simple hooks are attached to lengths of wood. This system allows clothing, tools and lightweight chairs to be hung up when not in use. Copper was chosen as it’s rather cheap to source and looks bold. The arrangement of the copper piping was drawn up on site so that the architect could work around the home’s various quirks.
The apartment is painted white and decorated with a handful of monochromatic artworks made by the architect himself. You may see white tiles in the bathroom and kitchen zone and a comfy pegboard storage piece on the kitchen wall. Bare light bulbs feature at several points along the copper pipes, to illuminate key areas such as mirrors. Have a look at the pics to get inspired by this unique space!