Bateau Lavoir: The Floating Studio
French easiness, that is what springs into one's mind when seeing this thoughtfully designed and elegantly furnished studio apartment located in the famous Parisian bohemian district, the Montmartre. An interview by Sophie Tillinger with the proud owner on how this charming home was born.
Quiet and picturesque in this famous Parisian neighbourhood where most modern art movements were born, the Bateau Lavoir too, is a chef-d’œuvre of its own. Entering it means consciously leaving the common pedestrian world for the exciting realm of marine expeditions. Designed like a cabin on a luxury passenger ship, the studio is conceived of 3 independent levels with the comfort of a charming little home. The interior design combines classical ambiance and daring, innovative ideas. However, this elegantly furnished suite did not always look like that. How so, we asked Gerard Homburger - a true Montmartrois and the studio’s proud owner. Thus, he hereby revealed the secrets of his unique property.
How did the whole story start?
When I found the apartment in the summer of 2009, it was totally different. You wouldn’t even recognize that it’s the same studio it is now. There were three little rooms, connected only via an incredibly small staircase. It wasn’t nice or practical at all. So I started to think about the possibilities how to change the concept and to create a special and livable space out of it.
What did you like about it in the first place?
Well, the location was perfect. Mont Cenis is a pedestrian street with nice big stairs, so it is very quiet. Yet, the MontmartroBus is just one minute far and so is a Vélib station. I have been living in Montmartre for quite a while and the apartment is within walking distance from my home. I also really liked that it’s a private house. The door on the street is the actual entrance of the flat. The apartment itself was not very special at the time, but it showed a lot of potential.
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