Category Archives: Jean-Michel Frank

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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Le Style Frank: The House of Armani Revisited

In 1989 House and Garden magazine featured The House of Armani, Armani’s freshly remodeled and redesigned Milan pied-à-terre by architect and designer Peter Marino, in a four-hundred-year-old palazzo in the historic Brera section, which he moved into in 1982. When asked if he were pleased with the final outcome of the redesign of his rooms […]

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Le Style Frank: The House of Armani

No other interiors project, in my humble opinion, exemplifies le style Frank more than the Milan apartment created by architect and interior designer Peter Marino for Giorgio Armani in the early nineteen-nineties. The same disciplined aesthetic that has guided the fashion designer’s long career is evidenced in the quietly tasteful and luxuriously simple rooms crafted […]

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Thirties Transposition

Posted January 17, 2013. Filed in Jean-Michel Frank, Understated Luxury

Nelson Rockefeller was not your ordinary, staid politician. By the late nineteen thirties he had amassed an enviable art collection of Modern masters – Braque, Picasso, Matisse, Gris, de Chirico, Leger, among many other examples, in addition to a primitive art collection. To house his collection of art and artifacts he called on no other […]

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Frankly Classic

Posted January 15, 2013. Filed in Jean-Michel Frank, Understated Luxury

In my first two posts on the designer Jean-Michel Frank I covered one of his earliest commissions by the Vicomte and Vicomtesse de Noailles for their Paris townhouse in 1926. A decade later U.S. politician and philanthropist Nelson Rockefeller would hire Frank for the decoration of his newly expanded New York apartment on Fifth Avenue. […]

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The Art of the Room Inaugural Post

Posted January 14, 2013. Filed in Cy Twombly, Jean-Michel Frank, Understated Luxury

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Art of the Room: In Search of the Sublime in Design. For quite some time I have wanted to create a blog as a repository of the finest in interior design and decoration. With so many blogging about interior design and decoration today my first challenge was to […]

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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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Perfectly Frank

Posted January 10, 2013. Filed in French Moderne, Jean-Michel Frank, Understated Luxury

Welcome back – to my second post! It is my intention to, eventually, write a daily post. Well … maybe five per week, any way. It has already proven more difficult than I imagined: sourcing and researching material; uploading and downloading images; and organizing categories and writing content that will result in an informative, creative,  […]

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