There could be no better follow-up to last week's post on Modernist Glamour than today's home tour, an impossibly glamorous apartment fit (literally) for royalty--in this case, a Middle Eastern princess making her first home in the city. Designer Jean-Louis Deniot renovated the nearly 500 square meter home for the first time since the 19th century building was completed.
In the living room pictured below, a design of concentric arcs and straight lines graces both the ceiling and floor, a favorite trick of the designer also seen in his Chicago project. The shapes are echoed again in a pair of half-moon sofas, modern klismos occasional chairs, and sconces. Deniot balances the dynamic impact of all those circular shapes with an underlying symmetrical layout, which keeps the room from spinning.
The apartment's other spaces are equally self-referential. In the breakfast room, below left, lines of a sputnik-esque crystal light fixture are echoed by the table base, on the backdrop of hand-painted walls that recall quartz. A more subtle approach is taken with a tonal geometric pattern on the walls of the study, which in picks up on the brass desk's faceted form. Even the lines of the coffee table seem to run into the pattern of the carpeting.
This kind of overload in pattern and texture really only works because of the flat's limited color palette of dreamy blue-greens and layered neutrals. If you can imagine the same apartment, but with a varied color scheme in each room, it would be positively overwhelming.
Speaking of overload, the media room pictured below really pushes the envelope--but it works. Although nearly every surface is patterned, most of the ornamentation appears in low-contrast color tones, which is what saves the space. Would you live here? How about if the walls were a solid white or cream instead of the horizontal stripe?
We'll finish with the master suite, because it's just plain beautiful. This is the only other space in the apartment featuring that dreamy blue-green tone from the living room, but it appears here as a richer, deeper version. The custom canopy is undeniably grand, but the bed itself is a rather low, contemporary number, and the bedside tables are petite as well. That kind of contrast keeps things modern, and makes this a room for living in rather than merely looking at.
What do you think--gorgeous and glam, or too much for really living in? -AHI