Swollen Wall by Paul Coudamy


French designer Paul Coudamy has created a curvaceous book case lining the walls of Paris apartment.

Called Swollen Wall, the design is divided into a grid with 20x20 cm squares.

The curved shelf edges create bulging profiles along the wall, while boxes extruded out from the grid form cabinets.

More about Paul Coudamy on Dezeen:

My Caravan Studio (February 2010)
Clamp desk (December 2009)
Woodwalk, training shoes carved from wood (December 2008)
Cardboard Office (November 2008)

Photographs are by Benjamin Boccas.

The text below is from Paul Coudamy:

Swollen Wall

The client desires to live along with and enjoy his books and films collection in his recently acquired haussmanian apartment. The bookshelf which articulates the different living spaces of the habitation is inserted along the two main load-bearing walls.

It goes above walls, through the bedroom's dressing and can either create a hall area in the entrance, or spread on the corner walls of the office room which accommodates a guest bedding under the elevated desk platform.

From floor to top, the shelf is directed by a 20x20cm squared grid. This grid is defined by the pocket book format and is flexible enough to enlarge for bigger formats or objects. You can therefore find room for speakers, umbrellas, A4 files, vases, etc. Closed storage blocks are extruded from these cells offering a mini bar, a dressing, devices storage and so on.

The bookshelf is either cut either swollen by virtual spheres thanks to digital manipulations. Its depth variates according to its use but the bookshelf only 'lives' when animated by objects.

The shelf creates some sort of a second swollen wall within the apartment where the bumps contrast with the massive angular closed storage.

By deforming its edges, the dilated wall creates strange perspectives that appears as a mutation in the classic dwelling. Instead of being an addition, this hybrid element dialogues and interacts with the objects it welcomes and the inhabitants.

Project Director : Elody Leroy
Thanks to Antoine Depeyre an Pierre Brochot

Project : fitting of an apartment with bookshelf design
Location : rue Sainte-Beuve, 75006 Paris
Client : Private
Design : Paul Coudamy
Date : 01/2010
Surface : 100m²
Photo courtesy Benjamin Boccas

Posted on Tuesday February 23rd 2010 at 11:01 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • modular

    Not my cup of tea, yet that guy with the mask will allow me to have “outstanding” nightmares for the next couple of nights. Thank you for that.

  • nicey

    nothing wrong with taking someone elses idea, and improving it, adding to it.

    but in this case the original is better all round


  • jack the ripper

    the mask is very symbolic .
    reminds me of the Venice carnival and the comedia del arte ..

    a way to protect oneself.

    like it .

  • stuff and non

    This is just silly. The moldings on the cornice are gorgeous, however!

  • Kristopher Adams

    I think this idea has been rinsed for all it’s worth now hasn’t it?

    Personally, in light of the room setting and feel of the room this doesn’t work well to even ‘contrast’ with it.

    It seems to me like this project may have had quite a few creative restrictions in place? Materials? Personal requirements from the client etc that may have ultimately restricted the fruition of new ideas.

  • gray

    This is new? Original? I don’t think so. Try again Paul Coudamy.

  • clayton

    i agree with nicey. if you’re going to copy, do it better!

    this may not be the purest form of the concept, but just another example that this is not a fresh idea – http://design-milk.com/digitally-fabricated-bookshelf-by-dbd-studio/

  • idealist

    looks ill-proportioned… and the sizes and positioning of the rectilinear volumes are odd at best… and what is the point of the masked figure in mismatched clothing?

  • Capstick

    Good Point Nicey: reminds me exactly the same apartment.

  • bob

    embarassing. getting that guy in the gimpmask in the photos. mediocre design and poser model.

    F from me.

  • Love the dude in the mask.

  • ALEX

    encore un echec du design Parisien…tout dans le masque mais rien dans la tete car ce projet existe depuis longtemps et bien mieux réalisé….

  • in a single word amezing

  • memo

    viva el santo mask, great work !!!

  • nothing special to me.. just a bunch of book shelves..

  • nocturnal

    The shelves makes the space crowded, more like less organized.