Category Archives: French Eclecticism

Elsa Schiaparelli at 22 Rue de Berri

In 1937 Elsa Schiaparelli moved into 22, rue de Berri in Paris’ 8th arrondissement, the third residence she would collaborate on decorating with Jean-Michel Frank, the father of the modern interior, as well as with the formidable firm Jansen. Less moderne and spare than her previous homes at rue Barbet-de-Jouy and the boulevard Saint-Germain (See […]

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In Search of Lost Time

Yesterday I was in the mood to leave winter behind for somewhere exotic and my journey took to me to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s Russian folly, a reproduction of a dacha, on the their property at Château Gabriel on the coast of Deauville in Normandy, France. (See Russian Reverie). After pouring over articles […]

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Nouveau Classique

When Florence Grinda, Director of Development of European Affairs at Sotheby’s, went looking for a  new Paris pied-a-terre she called upon her longtime friend Pierre Passebon, the famous antiquaire and art collector, who has collaborated on several of his own residences with interior designer Jacques Grange. Passebon found the apartment close to the Esplanade des […]

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Elsa Schiaparelli

Posted January 14, 2013. Filed in French Eclecticism, Jean-Michel Frank, Moderne, Understated Luxury

Elsa Schiaparelli, the infamous fashion designer who embraced Surrealism in her designs, shared a few things in common with interior designer Jean-Michel Frank: both designers collaborated with artists Diego Giacometti and Christian Bérard. When it came time for Schiaparelli  to decorate her Paris hôtel particulier Frank was who she called on. He would go on […]

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