If browsing for houseplants at Leaf feels like shopping inside a Parisian greenhouse, it’s no coincidence.
Architects Hélène Pinaud and Julien Schwartzmann of Heju Studio, who designed the 700-square-foot interiors of the new houseplant shop in the 10th Arrondissement, created “walls” with the aid of translucent polycarbonate panels typically found in greenhouses.
When owner Axelle Duflot first saw the retail space next to the Canal Saint-Martin, it was in need of a major remodel. “At the base, the room was quite dark, very partitioned, the walls and the floor were covered with stones. But the location and the big windows convinced her,” the architects said.
Post-remodel, Leaf has a relaxed atmosphere, with pale pink walls and friendly vines twining over shelves. Duflot, who presides over a diverse collection of specimens (houseplant prices range from €2 to €300), may even offer you a cup of tea.
Leaf is at 46 Rue Albert Thomas (a five-minute walk from the République metro station).
“We wanted to subtly delimit different subspaces,” the architects say. “Axelle needed a hidden area to repot and store her plants at the back of the shop. We created a greenhouse using a cleat structure and a corrugated polycarbonate coating.”
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