ISSUE 43  |  Color Stories

Lab Boutique Opens Shop in Paris

October 28, 2015 11:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

We first learned about French designer Elodie Laléous and her bed linens and furniture collection a few years back. This year she decided to open up a brick and mortar store of Lab Boutique, a new home goods shop located in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris (in the neighborhood South Pigalle). Laléous moved to Paris in 2005, and after completing her studies at the IFM (Institut Franí§ais de la Mode), she landed a job as a visual merchandiser for Chloé and later moved on to work for A.P.C. “I decided to work for brands that I love and share their values. Their collections are functional, comfortable, and timeless–a philosophy I believe in for my own brand,” Laléous says. Lab boutique offers French bed linens, Kvadrat wool cushions, baby linens made from Liberty of London’s cotton lawn, home goods from Hay, and enamelware by Austrian Riess. Here’s a glimpse of the newly opened Lab Boutique in Paris. 

Photography by Aurélie Deglane via her blog Lili in Wonderland.  

Above: The Lab Boutique storefront is painted a dark navy blue (Laléous’s favorite color). The vintage bike was added as a friendly invitation to come say hello.

Above: “Our bed linens are sewn in France and come in our very own exclusive colors,” says Laléous. Made from 100 percent linen, the bedding is yarn-dyed (won’t wash out) and very soft. The fabric is weaved in Lithuania, and the pieces are sewed in Cambrai (north of Paris). The Linen Duvet (shown in Stone Blue) is offered in several colors, comes in four sizes, and costs €82.50 ($91). The Coussin Kvadrat Damier Corail (a coral check cushion made from Kvadrat fabric mixed with Lab Boutique’s own linen) costs €49,17 ($54.25), the Indigo Pillow Case comes in two sizes and costs €27.14 ($30), the Liberty Babylon Cushion (floral pattern cushion) costs €29.17 ($32), and the Light Pink Linen Quilt costs €132.50 ($146). The Wooden Olive Board is made in Tunisia and the Navy Socks come from Portugal. In the bedroom, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe, a wall was built to separate the space from the living room to make it feel like a real home. 

Above:  The hanging aprons, made by Lab Boutique, are worn by the staff. A bright Hay Lounge Chair and a Liberty Chive Cushion is placed in a living room corner. “When I discovered Hay, I immediately fell in love with their designs–their products are high quality, functional, minimal, and come in great colors. This chair was first designed for the Copenhagen university,” says Laléous. On the table sits one of Elodie’s favorite picture books: A Year of Mornings: 3,191 Miles Apart by American photographers Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes. The floral wallpaper (a Remodelista favorite) is Sandberg’s Raphael Blue. “In France, home textile stores are quite boring, so I wanted to show that decorating with textiles can be very modern, too. The idea of the store is that everything is for sale, not only the textiles, but also the wallpaper,” Laléous adds.

Above: The accessories (a ruler, kaleido trays, notebooks, a wooden spinning top) on the desk are by Hay. The vase is made by Lenneke Wispelwey, a Dutch ceramist. “The String shelving system is functional, takes minimal space, and looks beautiful in any room,” adds Laléous.

Above: On display, the Lab Boutique Linen Bedding Collection (duvet covers, fitted sheets, flat sheets, pillow cases) in different colors. Custom sizing is offered and costs an additional €10 ($11). The bright colors (Indigo, Mustard, Coral) are inspired by the work of Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perrian. Lab Boutique also offers Custom-Dyed Linens in Farrow & Ball Colors (the Black/Navy Duvet Cover comes from their Hague paint color).

Above: The kitchen is made from Ikea shelving and a vintage buffet sourced online from La Petite Brocanteuse. The wooden shelves were custom built. The kitchen cabinets are painted in Down Pipe and the walls are painted in Parma Gray, both colors by Farrow & Ball. “Our walls are very tall at the shop. To make the store more cozy and look like a real flat, we kept a white band at the top of the walls. I really love the two-toned walls, it reminds me of my school. I realized they used to do that a lot in the sixties,” says Laléous.

Above: The Olive Dishes are made in Tunisia, and the Enamelware is by Austrian company Riess.

Above: The enamel sink and the vanity are vintage and found from La Petite Brocanteuse. The shower curtain and hand towel are made from a Japanese cotton/hemp fabric, featuring a selvage edge in red and navy. “Our collection is inspired by fashion and this is a good example of the bridge I make between home textiles and fashion: A selvage edge is used on A.P.C. denims and visible when you roll up the pant leg,” says Laléous. The Morocco-made cement tiles are designed by a small new French company called Bahya, and the wall color is Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball. 

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