All photos: Gaelle LeBoulicaut / LonnyParis-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."