The work of maximalist French interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot is easy to spot: luxurious, classically-inspired modern rooms for living in the 21st-century, where strong silhouettes and bold statements are juxtaposed within a soothing envelope of gray and gold mineral tones, stone, ivory and parchment.
For a glamorous flat in London Deniot punctuated coolly elegant rooms with the warmth of burnished gold against alternating limestone and gray walls in rooms filled with French furniture in the style of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries as well as 21st-century pieces that shall become tomorrow’s highly collectible antiques. A modern interpretation of neoclassicism pervades the interiors where classical busts mix with modern sculpture, alabaster urns rest on a custom modern burnished gold console, mirrored obelisks stand before Herve van der Straeten’s interpretation of the French soliel mirror, Louis XV candelabra rest on a modern travertine topped table, modern lighting accentuates fine French furniture, and a classical plaster relief shares wall space with modern art. The whole masterfully orchestrated employing luxurious textiles (many of them custom), bespoke rug designs, and walls rendered as stone by expert craftsmen. These are alpha rooms to be certain, one’s own suite at The Carlyle, with just the right does of glamour and escape one seeks from a London teaming with noise and congestion.
From the May, 2014, issue of Italian AD. Photography by Stephan Julliard.