A collection need not create clutter and stress; these five homes turn a hobby into a design signature.
For one resident’s comic book collection, color was key: “We wanted to feature the comics without letting them become visually overwhelming,” says architect Antoine Santiard. “So we developed this box concept, where bits of white space separate all the shelves.” The boxes’ interiors are painted dark colors so when set against the white walls they function like dioramas, or frames in a storyboard. Most contain books, but others contain toys, a vintage Peugeot coffee grinder, a plaster bust of French pop star Claude François. Photo by Céline Clanet.
Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of furniture he’s brought back from his travels. A vintage 1950s credenza discovered in Paris supports three works by Aumas and two Sol LeWitt–inspired cubes used in one of his window displays. The daybed is an eBay purchase reupholstered in fabric from Kvadrat and the dark paint is from Dulux Valentine. Aumas found the photographer’s lamp at a Brussels flea market. Photo by Christian Schaulin.