My Caravan Studio by Paul Coudamy


French designer Paul Coudamy has designed an apartment in Paris divided by a lumpy red resin wall.

Called My Caravan Studio, the interior has furniture made from a variety of timbers and laminates that can be reconfigured according to the inhabitant's activities.

A table, six seats, a bench, two dressers and storage boxes can all be stowed under and around the elevated bed, or moved into the middle of the space on casters.

Photos are by Benjamin Boccas.

More about Paul Coudamy on Dezeen:

Clamp desk (December 2009)
Woodwalk, training shoes carved from wood (December 2008)
Cardboard Office (November 2008)

Here's some more information from Coudamy:


My Caravan Studio

The apartment has been conceived as a caravan where space is exploited and rationalized as much as possible in order to enjoy the large amount of space available and also because the client wishes to « set his luggage but keep in mind the traveling ». A customized mobile furniture system enables the configuration of an open space in the center of the habitation interacting with the outside thanks to the setting of three large windows.

The furniture fits to the inhabitant's needs of movement and adaptability within his activities thanks to the fixation of wheels under the pieces. The bed and the kitchen are the two main poles of the apartment. On the one side, an elevated block creates an entrance, where on the other side, a wooden strip covers a large cooking space.

The center of the apartment becomes a field for many different activities: a friendly space to have a coffee, a giant pillow sofa to watch a movie, a table to share a diner with friends, a bed for guests to rest...

The inhabitant sizes the space to his conveniences. The different furniture can be stored under the elevated bed that contains: a dressing, a storage space, a table, six seats and a bench as well as a small and a large dresser.

Organic forms inseminate in a minimalist space created by wooden pieces of furniture of various species that lay on the raw concrete floor. The intimate space of the bathroom is hidden behind a rounded and irregular wall. This setting creates a mysterious red cave interlocked by the kitchen block. The sharp regular furniture contrast with the sensual and organic shapes of the lightning as the ceiling suspends blown glass cocoons diffusing a variant ambient light.

Project: rehabilitation of an interior and furniture design
Design: Paul Coudamy
Date: 01/2010
Surface: 28m²
Project Director: Pierre Brochot
Thanks: Antoine Depeyre, Bastien Gache et Elodie Le Roy

Posted on Thursday February 4th 2010 at 1:51 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • geronimo

    hmmm, the wall looks great, but I think instead of the wood-design some more puristic, clear and kinda “straight” furniture would be better…

  • Shanglo_Sha

    Does it come with it’s own straightjacket?

  • Carole Kein

    It is just so great!!!
    Is it really only 28m2?

  • neuhaus

    I was hoping the red lumpy wall would be soft and padded — that would give some relief to all that hard surfaces.

  • aga

    Somehow it seems to me superugly. Too many ideas in one place.

  • JB

    The wall works!…….I love it, but I am afraid the whole wood thing is just not working at all!

    Much too "busy"…….as Geronimo says, it needs something more simple and clean.

  • Capstick

    I like the red wall, but the “wood work” is for me a mix between a sample catalogue and a “homeless chic” trend.

  • mjuk

    I think the red door and wall is most horrendous thing I've seen on this website. The kitchen looks like someone wasn't paying attention when picking flat-pack boxes out of an Ikea warehouse. And who wants to sleep in a kid's cabin bed (besides kids)? Sorry this is so -ve, just my opinion.

  • jovel

    lumpy red wall i like!.. but the assorted wood pattern from hell is crazy!

  • Obscurity

    Voi la! The last of the “red” series, a series of the reds I have seen in the projects presented lately here. Remember the red used for the interior of the Helsinki Seafarers’ Center? And the red that was sparingly used in a highly abstracted cabinet set? Then comes this red that is very, very French and at the same time somehow strongly associated in my mind with the life in a caravan tent. I am fascinated with all of these reds and wonder what prompted the designers to use red in their respective projects..

  • INawe

    wood laminate nightmare! and the lumpy resin wall screams 1960’s fake caves made out of fiberglass. yuck.

  • chris

    i think more could have been done to make the small area spatially interesting, and less should have been done to fill a very small space with too many ideas. The complexity should have come from seeing how to borrow space from one programme for use by another.

  • Nice and very functional approach for a flat with only 28 m². Leave the material discussion. Doors and so on can be changed. The important thing for this design is the space that is created. And this is well done.

  • murve

    mmmmm. its kinda wrong.. the wall gives the impression that its a rubber like texture and i think contrast the kitchen perfect but in my opinion it makes me want to…….

  • apart from its materialization, the red wall is a brilliant idea to enlarge the bathroom…

  • cacas

    to much red for every day in my cube.