above, New York townhouse ~ Cameroon spears, ca. 1920’s, flank Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Elizabeth 1, a Louis XV cowhide covered bench is from Luc Bouveret, Paris
It seems everywhere I look, I’m noticing the brilliant Robert Couturier. On Saturday December 5th, 1st dibs Saturday Shopping featured the thoughtful eye of Robert Couturier, the November 2010 issue of Elle Decor highlighted Couturier in the monthly “12 things he can’t live without” and the October 2010 issue of Elle Decor featured the incredibly stylish Manhattan duplex of hairstylist Frederic Fekkai and his wife Shirin Von Wulffen designed by Couturier. This sparked my interest so I decided to research the elegant and sophisticated Robert Couturier to learn more about his life and his passion for design. He was raised by his grandmother in a glamourous Jean Michel Frank designed Parisian home in the 16th arrondissement and recalls her country homes decorated in an elegant 1920s style by a British gentleman. This early exposure to impeccable design had a lasting impact on how he sees the world and how he approaches architecture and interiors. In a 2006 interview with New York Social Diary (by Sian Ballen and Lesley Hauge), Couturier was asked, “What of letting a room develop over time?” His response, “It doesn’t happen in this country (America) because when people change social position, they change everything and they don’t grow with it. Here, if you make ten million dollars a year, then you have to have a beige house with white walls and contemporary art and then everybody who is at that level has a beige house with white walls and contemporary art and then there is absolutely nothing left of what is spontaneous about people.” I found this to be incredibly profound and on the pulse of what interior design should be about, the personal story ~ to cherish the process of collecting furnishings and art over time. I know the paintings and furniture my husband and I have collected over the past 20 years are what make our house feel like home. The stories and memories are priceless…
The photos are some of my favorite Couturier interiors…I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
below, New York townhouse
below, Paris apartment
below, Atlanta apartment
below, New York apartment of Frederic Fekkai and his wife Shirin Von Wulffen (featured in the October 2010 issue of Elle Decor)
photos from Robert Couturier