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Though he appears to live alone, this graphically inclined Parisian commissioned an apartment that deftly houses his many roommates—scores of beloved comics—as well.

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  Mathieu Vinciguerra reads in front of his apartment’s signature storyboard shelves.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    Mathieu Vinciguerra reads in front of his apartment’s signature storyboard shelves.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  H2O Architectes used curvy cutouts in the space’s central column to draw the eye around its corners. A clever recessed cupboard conceals the TV screen. Comics, clearly, are everywhere.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    H2O Architectes used curvy cutouts in the space’s central column to draw the eye around its corners. A clever recessed cupboard conceals the TV screen. Comics, clearly, are everywhere.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  In a 21st-century homage to both the compartmentalization of Hausmann-era interiors and graphic novels, the apartment features dozens of boxy shelves, highlighted by saturated colors. The motif also optimizes the small space as a drawing table folds away to reveal a shoe closet.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    In a 21st-century homage to both the compartmentalization of Hausmann-era interiors and graphic novels, the apartment features dozens of boxy shelves, highlighted by saturated colors. The motif also optimizes the small space as a drawing table folds away to reveal a shoe closet.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  The shoe closet.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    The shoe closet.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  The living room is cozy, but large enough to seat a few friends.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    The living room is cozy, but large enough to seat a few friends.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  The dining room.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    The dining room.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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    Photo by: Céline Clanet

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  The largest appliances are clustered around the apartment’s plumbing core, which abuts the kitchen and bathroom.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    The largest appliances are clustered around the apartment’s plumbing core, which abuts the kitchen and bathroom.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  To create a sense of visual connection, Vinciguerra and Santiard set a colored window between the two rooms. They spent days making sure that the green transparency would meld nicely with the shade of green on the kitchen shelves.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    To create a sense of visual connection, Vinciguerra and Santiard set a colored window between the two rooms. They spent days making sure that the green transparency would meld nicely with the shade of green on the kitchen shelves.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  The bathroom, before renovation.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    The bathroom, before renovation.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  By the bed, the shelving pattern is meant to suit Vinciguerra’s tendency to read several comics and graphic novels at once.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    By the bed, the shelving pattern is meant to suit Vinciguerra’s tendency to read several comics and graphic novels at once.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  A puzzle of MDF and plywood created built-in shelving on almost every wall, which was then intensively finished with laminates and paints.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    A puzzle of MDF and plywood created built-in shelving on almost every wall, which was then intensively finished with laminates and paints.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  The shelving, in progress.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    The shelving, in progress.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  H2O gutted the apartment, doing away with all the unnecessary bits, including moldings.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    H2O gutted the apartment, doing away with all the unnecessary bits, including moldings.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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    Photo by: Céline Clanet

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  Though he appears to live alone, this graphically inclined Parisian commissioned an apartment that deftly houses his many roommates—scores of beloved comics—as well. Photo by Céline Clanet.   Photo by: Céline Clanet

    Though he appears to live alone, this graphically inclined Parisian commissioned an apartment that deftly houses his many roommates—scores of beloved comics—as well. Photo by Céline Clanet. 

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  A simple poster with bold colors adds to the industrial character of this Paris abode. Photo by Céline Clanet.   Photo by: Céline Clanet
    A simple poster with bold colors adds to the industrial character of this Paris abode. Photo by Céline Clanet.
     

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  Utilities, such as the radiators, were recessed from view.  Photo by: Céline Clanet
    Utilities, such as the radiators, were recessed from view.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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