Novel storage for 1,500 books.

Clément and Patrick. Photo by Alexander Kusak.

When Clément Gaujal and Patrick Nolan decided to redesign their two-bedroom Brooklyn condo, they met several architects who had issues with their books. “One of them even grimaced as he said, ‘You have so many,’” recalls Clément. Then they met Koray Duman, who not only liked the books but wanted to make them part of the design. The result is a home that’s wrapped in bookshelves that don’t overwhelm because they’re set at an angle. “As a publisher, I absolutely love books, but to have them disappear when you’re sitting in certain spots is very relaxing,” says Patrick.

Angled bookshelves appear as a layered screen from this view. Walls are painted with Farrow & Ball Ammonite. Photo by Alexander Kusak.
Photo by Alexander Kusak.

Finding space for entertaining was also key to this redesign, so Koray eliminated the second bedroom, which served as a TV room, to create a large area for dining. “Our friends thought we were crazy to eliminate a room, but we had two seating areas,” says Clément. “There was this unnecessary duplication.”

Oak floors run on a diagonal to echo the bookshelves. Photo by Alexander Kusak.

Now able to seat up to 12, they entertain often, and while they have an entire wall of cookbooks, meals are often inspired by recent travels in the Middle East. For recipes, current favorites are from Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Feast by Anissa Helou, which Patrick describes as “the most wondrous cookbook ever.”

Photo by Alexander Kusak.
Custom-made red and white floor tiles by Gorbon, a small manufacturer in Istanbul. Photo by Alexander Kusak.

Defining their aesthetic as “aspiring minimalism,” Patrick and Clément like how the new space suits their collections of books, art, whiskey and cooking tools but still has a clean, calm feeling. “The walls are grey but we didn’t shy away from bolder choices,” says Clément. “It’s important to have pops of color to liven the space.”

Photo by Alexander Kusak.
Photo by Alexander Kusak.