All photos: Gaelle LeBoulicaut / Lonny
Paris-based, Indian-born fashion designer Manish Arora is nothing if not consistent. His fashion week presentations are notable for their lustrous irreverence (as writer Melissa Goldstein put it in Lonny'
s May issue
, "Phrases such as “sugar rush” and “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” are used to describe his runway shows, which reference everything from Art Deco to K-Pop to Burning Man"), and his home does not stray from the playful, saturated vibe of his work.
When Arora set about designing his home in the city's Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood, the predominant consideration was color. “It was difficult to explain to my French architect, Antoine [Pradels], that I wanted orange walls with pink on top; or green, blue, and yellow in one room.” Arora says. “But this is how I live. It’s an extension of my work.”
While most people wouldn't dream of modifying the covetable moldings and carved marble of a classic Parisian prewar apartment, Arora's eye for brights transformed the could-be staid interiors of a whitewashed space into his own private wonderland. Painting a clawfoot tub fluorescent pink, a radiator in a happy teal, and the kitchen safety-cone orange helped to turn otherwise utilitarian features into moments of genuine whimsy—and joy. Arora's take on the space, and life? “Everything for me is happy. Everything."