Lisa Sanchis is a French graphic designer who mostly works in the realm of publishing. She creates books for children (fabric books in particular) and is also the author of sewing books. As a soon-to-be mom, her latest book is about creating things from fabric to decorate children’s rooms. She and her pediatric surgeon husband Benoît have lived in this 860 sq. ft. duplex in Montreuil – just to the east of Paris, a bit like Brooklyn is to NYC – for two years. They live in the top half under the roof, which, when they’re in bed, makes them feel like children under the cover of a tree house. The apartment used to belong to market gardeners and served as a warehouse before it was transformed into a house hidden from the street. In terms of style, Lisa is crazy about solid oak furniture and how it brings a comfy and welcoming atmosphere to any place. And she is also a fan of Scandinavian design for its graphic simplicity. After discovering designer Gesa Hansen‘s Remix collection, Lisa fell in love immediately and decided that her dining and coffee tables would be the first “non Ikea” furniture she would buy in her life. Furthermore, as a graphic designer with a love of color and pattern, Lisa tried to surround those beloved pieces with happy and colorful objects. Mille mercis, Lisa! –Anne
Image above: Our peaceful bedroom under the roof. The framed illustration is by Australian designers Inaluxe. The 50s grey bedside table was an internet find. I had fun making our headboard in washi tape.
Image above: Entrance of the living room. I created the cuckoo clock for my latest sewing book Déco Ludique pour Chambre d’Enfant, Editions Hachette pratique. The house-shaped cushion is by English designer Donna Wilson (I’m a fan of everything she does). The schoolbag comes from Urban Outfitters and the 50s chair is from a bargain-hunt. I like classifying DVDs and comics by color even if I have to acknowledge it’s not an easy way to find what you’re looking for in a bookcase.
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Image above: Dining room. I partly painted the second-hand chairs in charcoal grey – Railings from Farrow&Ball – so they match with the plates stacked at the side of the dining table from designer Gesa Hansen‘s Remix collection. The framed concert posters of bands The National and Broken Social Scene are from designers Spike Press and Concepcion Studios.
Image above: Bar and kitchen. The table top of the Hansen Family dining table has two cases to either hide or present things. You can also put hot dishes on the slate side. I’m in love with this table cause it has a playful spirit. The multi-color garland comes from La Case de cousin Paul and makes me think about floating candies.
Image above: Living room. Hansen Family coffee table. Cushions are by my friend from Montreuil Juliette Beaupin. The big painting is from my beloved grandfather Jean Joyet. It dates from the 50s and represents women playing volleyball in the Jardin du Luxembourg, a famous public park in Paris. I did the fabric pineapple (why not?).
Image above: Livingroom. The solid oak tree console is from Habitat. The big sepia photograph is by visual artist Anne-Catherine Becker Echivard. She takes amazing pictures staging dead fish. Her work is crazy! The small black and white picture of St. Malo, a walled port in Brittany my husband’s family comes from, is by Mickaël Helleux. The green radio made of wool is from my talented textile designer friend Camille Dupuis. Metal insects displayed in frames are from my grandfather Jean Joyet who was also a sculptor.
Image above: Our future son’s bedroom that used to be my studio. The pink formica storage cupboard is from my in-law’s old flat’s bathroom. They were about to throw it away. I only changed the drawer knobs so they match with the graphic wallpaper on the opposite wall. I found the green armchair at a vintage fair. The mustard cushion is by Juliette Beaupin. The rug is from AM.PM. The framed illustration is by artist Nathalie Choux. She also makes exquisite ceramics! I created the bear and the fox stuffed animals for my sewing book Ma Petite Fabrique de Doudous, Editions Tornade. The Graphic Russian dolls are by Ingela P Arrhenius. The fabric camera is the prototype for my children’s book Clic-Clac, mon Premier Appareil Photo, Editions Tourbillon. The framed black and white pictures of St. Malo are from Mickaël Helleux.
Image above: Our future son’s bedroom. The wallpaper is from Isak. I thought it would be perfect for this tiny wall of my studio when we moved in. I hope my son won’t have anything against this touch of pink! The teddy bear belonged to his father (can now be called “vintage”). The framed illustration represents Tove Jansson’s famous characters (at least in Scandinavia and England): The Moomins. I used to watch the TV series as a kid and hunt everything about them since.
Image above: Front door with turquoise washi tape seen from the living room. The home-shaped cushion is by Donna Wilson. The metal insects displayed in frames are more from my grandfather.