11/23/07

Postcard from Paris




Topsy Turvy just can't get enough French style.
Where the Axel Vervoordt interior featured on Wednesday was reminiscent of rustic French country style, Jacques Grange's interiors epitomize chic Parisian style.

Refined, witty, intelligent, and classic with a modern interpretation: the surprise element of these rooms is that patterned wall-to-wall carpet which runs throughout the apartment. Grange tweaked the colors of a Madeleine Castaing design, and we think it serves several wonderful purposes. The crisp navy & white provides a masculine edge to what could be very girly, hot pink (living room sofa) and light pink (daughter's bedroom) furnishings. In the master bedroom, it knocks the floral out of the floral stripe wallpaper pattern, and becomes a classic foil for a sophisticated adult retreat. Ooh-la-la.
Photos at top from House & Garden.
Photo of Jacques Grange from the New York Times
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The husband and wife team of decorative artists and sculptors, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, create an assortment of beasts, most of them cast in bronze, such as owls, sheep, and apes; and playful, organic expressions of nature in whimsical jewelry and furniture. Au courant with interior designers of late – the large sheep, which double as furniture.

Pictured above: Francois-Xavier's Moutons de Laine, wool sheep; and Claude's Couverts Iolas flatware, and a bronze collar.

The couple are described as "prized darlings of an exclusive set for decades but until recently below the radar of a wider public." Among their collectors are "the chicest people in the world---many from fashion, like Yves Saint Laurent."
Photos and text from askart.com and style.com
Julie V. lovine, "Animal Instincts", Art & Auction, December, 2006, pp. 49-50


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

"An interior is the natural projection of the soul."
Coco Chanel
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The flatware is beautiful! Works of art almost too wonderful to subjugate to a task as utilitarian as eating.

Madame Bovine said...

Love the sheep! I can just imagine a serious guest sitting astride the sheep while having a very serious conversation about politics. Ha!

Cote de Texas said...

What's amazing about the rug is despite it being very "busy" the rug becomes a neutral in the setting - running through the entire space. Creatively, it's a brilliant choice, but practically - I would have chosen something else! Perhaps use the design as rugs instead of wall to wall. All I can think of is what that rug must look like today - very dirty I would presume. Great post!!!
Joni

Topsy Turvy said...

You're right, Joni, it's gorgeous but not the most practical.
I think it helps that it's an apartment and probably on the upper floor of a building so it isn't as subject to dirty foot traffic, as a house might be.
I always assume people who can afford this level of design have several homes and are often living in each part time. Also they can redecorate every couple of years.
Alas, not my situation.

The Paris Apartment said...

i love the sheep, always wanted a farm myself, course i couldn't sit on them then. this i much more practical!

The Peak of Chic said...

The Grange designed apartment is one of my top ten favorite homes!!

Ulla said...

I've loved them for years! Its amazing to me how few know of their wonderful work!