Friday, June 17, 2011

Deco Deluxe

Art Deco styling “seemed to be the best way to achieve a stately, timeless result,” Paris-based architect Jean-Louis Deniot says of his design for a family’s three-story house in New Delhi. In the elegantly sleek master bedroom, clean lines and strong verticals offset the luxe golden fabrics that fill the space.

James Marzo decorated a residence in San Francisco for a client who was determined to blend her museum-quality art collection with salvaged industrial objects of humble provenance. The designer gave the breakfast room a dramatic tuxedo effect, painting the walls black and the trim cream. A Murano-glass chandelier hangs over a circa-1940 French parchment-covered dining table. A colorful collection of Clarice Cliff pottery, circa 1920–40, lends vibrance to the room.

Thomas Britt gutted a client’s 15th-floor apartment in Manhattan to create a polished home in the sky. For the media room, he thought to “keep it simple and classic—the way Jean-Michel Frank would have done it.” The Frankophile designer proceeded to have the whole room, including cabinetry, floor-to-ceiling paneling, and a wall of bookcases, built of finely grained rift oak with a bleached and pickled finish.

Interior designer Charles Allem collaborated with client Colin Cowie, the celebrity party planner, to renovate and transform two New York City apartments into a residence and office. For the decor, Cowie wanted to evoke the feeling of the Deco period not only through furniture but also in terms of mood. Pictured: Rich textures and colors unify the master bedroom.

In the heart of Georgetown, Washington D.C.–based decorator Thomas Pheasant renovated the gatehouse of a 1921 mansion for himself. He designed most of the furnishings, which reflect his style of refinement without preciousness, luxury without ostentation, and boldness without aggression.

In Geoffrey Bradfield’s Art Deco–inspired living room on Park Avenue in Manhattan, he mixed ancient artifacts and modern art, including a second-century Roman head and a Tam Ochiai painting. “I love unapologetic glamour—the world of Hollywood movies from the 1930s—those shimmering mirages of penthouse high life. The aim here was to create the same kind of all-out seduction in miniature.

Candy & Candy’s head designer, Martin Kemp, created a 17,500-square-foot penthouse in La Belle Epoque, a building that overlooks Monte Carlo.

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