Atelier

Paul Coudamy, born 1979 Architecte DPLG Lives and works in Paris Since 2008, Paul Coudamy has created architecture that has always been visually unbounded whatever the constraints. A talent for optimising the materials (poor or rich: cardboard boxes, chipboard, metal, ceramic…) combined with a demand for tailor-made that paves the way to the agency creating new processes, on a daily basis, for digital design and manual manufacturing mainly in its own workshop. A rare architectural as well as artisanal approach required by the increasing demands of the residential and commercial market in terms of cost and aesthetics. Paul Coudamy thus applies the same scrutiny to his “Fantastic Canopy” produced for the achingly hip Comme des Garçons boutique in Tokyo (a plant invasion made from an accumulation of parquet boards) in 2012 or to the 23m2 Parisian studio Red Nest with mobile furniture all designed by the agency: with each project, his response is as extrovert as it is financially realistic. His heartfelt designs naturally result from this approach where design is the result of manufacturing techniques that he masters perfectly from A to Z. Whether a bookcase, lights, tables, chairs or storage, Paul Coudamy adapts each typology to its architectural and economic environment: from cardboard office furniture for a young advertising agency (Cardboard Office 2008), an excessive chandelier to reinvent the sky for a private house (Nuctale 2013) or a bookcase lining a wall with a ripple effect for an Haussmann style apartment in 2010. Research emblematic of a period that is reinventing its aesthetics in light of realism and that is moving away from digital to better re-appropriate the physical material.