Posts Tagged: Jacques Grange

PRETTY IN PINK: INTERIORS & CAROLINA HERRERA SPRING 2016

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Carolina Herrera’s 2016 Spring Collection had me swooning!  Set in the Beaux Arts courtyard of the Frick Collection, the show delighted guests with its pink palette of couture confections.“This is my rose period,” Herrera said during a preview. “Fashion should be optimistic.”

I have never encountered a pink I did not adore…from Chery Blossom to Schiarapelli , the hue always lifts my spirits and makes me want to surround myself with any shade whenever possible in how I dress and how I decorate. Take a peek at my favorite looks from the Spring 2016 Collection along with gorgeous pink interiors from my favorite designers and a few of my own…

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JACQUES GRANGE FOR MARIA AGOSTENELLI

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MARY MCDONALD

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ELIZABETH BAUER

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JOHNATHAN BERGER

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BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN

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ALESSADRA BRANCA

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Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Stanwyck Entry Hall

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Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Pink House Living Room

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CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN

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*Images of the Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 Fashion Show via the New York Times

10 QUESTIONS FOR THE SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOG AWARDS

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Holly Phillips, blogger and designer extraordinaire, announced that she had been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blog Awards (SOWBA) by Sarah Sarna a few days ago. Holly shared her list of 10 nominees of which I am one. Thank you to my travelling/design partner in crime!

A Sisterhood of the World Blog nomination means I now answer Holly’s 10 questions, select 10 new bloggers, and then ask them my own 10 questions. I love interviewing design talents for my Creative Minds series and this is a great way to ask some of my blogger pals the same questions!

1. What is your perfect paint color?

imageBenjamin Moore Fruit Shake- a perfect pink with a touch of coral like the inside of a conch shell. It complements all complexions and it is a great background for art. It also pairs well with just about every finish from black lacquer to gilt to antique mirror.

2. If you could have any job besides the one you have right now, what would it be?imageArtist, dancer or surf bum

3. If you could pick any designer, living or dead, to decorate your house, who would it be?image

Jacques Grange– A complete original and the ultimate design icon.

4. What is your dream trip?

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Surfing Safari around the world

5. Best meal of your life?

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For me the setting and company are just as important as the food to make a meal extraordinary. My fondest dining experience was at Le Gaiac at Le Toiny in St. Barths celebrating our fifth anniversary. We were supposed to be there for our honeymoon and a hurricane hit so we ended up in Bermuda. Going back for an anniversary made the milestone ( and the delayed gratification)  that much more special!

6. Pick an all time favorite movie and an all time favorite book that you think we should all watch and read?

Movie- The glamourous side of Interior Design featuring the best interiors and wardrobe that rarely exist anymore!

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Book-Who wouldn’t want a palace on the Grand Canal and canoodle with all the greatest artists of the 20th century?!?

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7. Best gift you have ever received?

For my baby shower, my college girlfriends each wrote a note to my future daughter wishing her well and relaying their craziest memories of her future mama. I am waiting until her rebellious teenage (or college) years to reveal these embarrassing stories!

8. Favorite wallpaper?

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The exquisite handmade papers by Fromental make me weak in the knees! I adore all of their chinoiserie and 20th century designs. Here Paradiso in Fern shows how a classic chinoiserie pattern can feel contemporary with a bold color palette.

9. If you could rewind twenty years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

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10. Chicest Hotel that you have visited or seen?

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Nestled in a courtyard off Place des Vosges in Le Marais, Le Pavillion de la Reine feels like your own pied a terre in Paris. Inaugurated in 1612 under the name of Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built on Henri IV’s initiative who died before the works were even completed. Once the Place was ready, Le Marais soon became the Mecca of high Society gatherings with the likes of Mme de Sévigné, Racine, La Fontaine and Molière. The hotel, slightly set back from the famous Place, was coined its name in honour of Anne of Austria who once stayed in the wing standing between the hotel and the Place des Vosges.

11. Piece of art that you most covet?

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ANYTHING by Helen Frankenthaler…especially this work from the Fort Worth Modern

I nominate the following lovely ladies…

Marisa Marcontonio of Stylebeat

Jennifer Boles of The Peak of Chic

Jeanne Chung of Cozy, Stylish, Chic

Michelle Workman of Furnishing a Fabulous Life

Julia Buckingham of Material Girls

Danielle Rollins

Liza Tobias Sharp of Trellis Home

Denise McGaha

Jennifer Mehitidash of Dec-a-Porter

Sara Eilers of Lucas Eilers

And now for MY questions….

1. If you had a theme song, what would it be?

2. What is your idea of bliss?

3. What was your latest creative breakthrough?

4. What would be your dream vacation?

5. What is your secret vice?

6. What is your favorite design trick?

7. What would people be most surprised to learn about you?

8. What is at the top of your bucket list?

9. If you could own any work of art in the world, what would it be?

10. What is your favorite interior of all time?

Have fun ladies!

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INSPIRATIONAL ICON: JACQUES GRANGE

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It is rare and glorious event to come face to face with an icon one has admired, studied, and been inspired by for years.  My recent trip to Paris was truly the trip of a lifetime….and I actually experienced a few of these “pinch me” moments.

We visited the atelier of Jacques Grange and the legendary designer gave us a personal tour of where he creates his design magic. His client list includes some of the world’s most sophisticated tastemakers: Yves St. Laurent,  Pierre Berge, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Valentino, Alain Ducasse, Karl Lagerfeld, Jacques Chirac, Francois Pinault, Ronald Lauder, Aerin Lauder, and Mathilde Agostinelli.

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In contrast to many of today’s designers, Grange received a strict, classical education. After studying at the Lycee Janson de Sully and L’Ecole Gerson, he went on to L’Ecole Boulle, where he learned the crafts of cabinetmaking, plasterwork, and weaving. At L’Ecole Camondo, he studied the history of architecture, design, and decorative arts. Upon graduation, he worked for the renowned designer Henri Samuel and antiques dealer Didier Aaron. He was greatly influenced by Madeline Castaing from whom he says he learned the “poetry of decorating.” He opened his own design firm in 1970.

Master of the Mix

“Combining good taste and audacity is a subtle art that interior designer Jacques Grange has perfected  for over four decades…From rococo elegance to modern chic, and with Oriental and North African influences blending with Western styles, Grange’s touch is unique.”- excerpt from  Jacques Grange Interiors

Living Room of Jacques Grange

Art plays a major role in his interiors which is why he designs for some of the world’s most serious art collectors. He effortlessly combines antiques from various periods with modern and contemporary art. His living room shown in the 2 images above is a perfect example of his mastery. He combines a contemporary carpet from Iran with a 19th century chaise longue, a 1950s Jean Royere low table, boxy 1925 club chairs, an 18th century desk, and art by Damian Hirst. According to Grange, this work by Hirst “has the quality of all great art: First it shocks you, then you realize it’s great.” 

It is no wonder that Grange received the designation of Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the Minister of French Culture.  His passion and charm are contagious.  In a recent interview with Architectural Digest, Grange is described as “a whirlwind of energy, hopping between continents and clients. ‘I’m lucky I’m not a dancer,’ he says with an engaging laugh, ‘I can work until the day I die.”

Images of his work and from our visit are below…

 
Living Room of Mathilde Agostinelli
with distinctive Madeline Castaing carpet
Dining Room of Mathilde Agostinelli
Yves Saint Laurent below Leger Painting
Library  of  Yves Saint Laurent
Art by Brancusi, Picasso, Cezanne, Leger and Vuillard
Valentino’s Apartment
Art by Prince, Basquiat and DeKooning
The Mark Hotel
Our Gracious Host
Behind the Scenes
Nerfiti & Library
Contemporary art ready for installation
With Steven Shadowitz
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To purchase Jacques Grange’s book, please click here.