François Motte, Paris (France)
When he began renovating the kitchen of his Montmartre apartment, François Motte decided against a standard kitchen cabinet. USM fit the bill, setting itself apart in its design, its robustness, and its color. The red confidently draws attention to itself against the blue backdrop. Plates and glasses are placed in the drawers, while utensils are stashed where pens would usually be found. After using the drawers for two months, Motte found that he had outgrown the storage, so he added shelves. Then, two years later, he decided to give his collection of approximately 300 cookbooks a proper home. USM suggested a vertical expansion of the “cupboard,” in the form of three shelves precisely tailored to the shape of the books. Now, his comprehensive culinary library is on beautiful display.