Classical Design Trend Alert – 2016
Victoire de Castellane’s fine jewelry collection for Dior is inspired by the magnificent French decorative arts of Versailles. As described in this month’s Veranda the collection speaks to cutting edge modern techniques, all the while gloriously referencing the past. That is exactly what we love to focus on as we explore the decorative arts today. Examples of today’s technology paired with the highest expression of beauty from the past.
Dior’s new Secret Garden Collection photographed in Versailles. Photographers love to use classical backdrops. So much eye candy that compliments whatever is in the space.
The Series, Versailles, is now showing on Ovation – Set in France during the reign of Louis XIV, Versailles is a lavish 10-episode production that tells the riveting story of the “Sun King,” and the building of his opulent palace.
The recently completed makeover of the Beaux-Arts Cartier New York Fifth Avenue flagship store. The four-year renovation project was masterminded by Thierry Despont, the architect responsible for the redesign of the Ritz Paris.
Spaces were seamlessly expanded to incorporate an adjacent townhouse. The original house was the inspiration for everything from the paneling to the chandelieres. A beautiful mansion preserved and improved.
The Maisie Plant Salon – The mansion was owned by Morton F Plant. Pierre Cartier purchased the mansion from Plant, in exchange for $100 and a Cartier pearl necklace for his second wife, Maisie. At the time, the necklace was valued at almost one million dollars. In today’s prices, that would be $16 million. Beneath the portrait sits a sculpture of two panthers. The wild animal has become a symbol for the brand.
The Paris Ritz recent 4 year Renovation by Thierry Despont.
“The art of things chosen well rather than often” Baker, The Stately Homes Collection. An English baronet, Sir Humphry Wakefield is a foremost authority on English antiques and architecture. A consultant to Baker’s Stately Homes program since he founded it in 1980, Wakefield selects extraordinary designs from the palaces and castles of England, Ireland, Scotland and Russia for the craftsmen at Baker to recreate. The pieces are drawn from furniture originally commissioned by royalty and other aristocratic families as early as the 17th century. Every duplication preserves the integrity of the original by following the old-world tradition of furniture making. Through these pieces, the Stately Homes collection shows that true elegance and luxury are timeless, spanning centuries, cultures and lifestyles.”
Port Eliot Sofa
Russian Regency Chair
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