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above, photo from the New York Times

“That’s the influence of New York — the modernity, the creation, I’m more protective in Paris, more traditional, but I’m more open to being modern in America.” ~ Jacques Grange in an interview with Christopher Mason for the New York Times

The Mark Hotel in NYC was the first business collaboration for long time romantic partners Jacques Grange and Pierre Passebon. In 2006, they were hired by Louise Sunshine, a New York real estate marketing strategist, to redesign the 1927 Manhattan landmark into a modern hotel-apartment hybrid ~ 42 co-op apartments, 118 hotel rooms, lobby, bar and restaurant. Grange described the style of the guest rooms as “Jean Michael Frank, interpreted by me” ~ simple pared-down furniture combined with sophisticated materials and finishes. From the gorgeous leather desks to the sumptuous linens, it reads Paris chic with a twist of American modern. Instead of  “An American in Paris” it’s “A Parisian in America” (sorry I couldn’t resist the Gershwin reference!) In addition to designing the co-ops and guest rooms, the duo commissioned artists Ron Arad, Mattia Bonetti, Vladimir Kagan, Guy de Rougemont, and Eric Schmitt to create one-off pieces for the Mark’s lobby, bar and restaurant. The next time I’m in NYC, I will most definitely be visiting the Mark Hotel! Oh and maybe I’ll just have to order Jacques Grange’s favorite drink, a caipirinha, while sitting at the hotel’s Guy de Rougemont-designed cloud bar!

Tres chic!

below, photos from The Mark Hotel

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above, Wendy Artin, close up of Parasol Pine Panorama, 2008, watercolor on cotton Khadi paper, overall size is 76 x 30 cm

Sometimes life hands you a wonderful coincidence. You don’t question it or try to understand it but just accept it as a special gift. I was fortunate enough to experience a wonderful coincidence in an email exchange with Wendy Artin. Over the weekend, I posted about meeting her at the Gurari Collections group show and she mentioned how pleased she was to be on the same page as Jacques and Pierre. Without knowing their connection, I had posted about Jacques Grange and Pierre Passebon earlier in the week! The wonderful coincidence is that Wendy is one of the highly acclaimed artists at Pierre Passebon’s Galerie du Passage in Paris! In her email to me this morning, she writes about Pierre ~ “his gallery is called Galerie du Passage…it is the most beautiful gallery in the most beautiful covered passage in Paris, the passage Vero-Dodat. It is truly an exquisite place, and I am always thrilled to show there! I have been showing with him since 1996. What an amazing coincidence that we ended up on the same page!” ~ A truly special gift!

The Wendy Artin paintings in today’s post are from her 2009 show at Galerie du Passage, Paris

HADRIEN : 11/18/2009 to 12/23/2009

below, Wendy Artin, Atinous, 2009, watercolor on cotton Khadi paper, 56 x 76 cm

I’m also including some information about Galerie du Passage along with some photos from past exhibitions. Fascinating!

In 1991, Pierre Passebon opened the Galerie du Passage in the one of the most attractive covered arcades in Paris, the Galerie Vero-Dodat, where the neoclassical decor dates back to 1826. At the Galerie du Passage, furniture and objects of the 20th Century are displayed on two floors, arranged in unusual combinations. Pierre Passebon animates his gallery with temporary exhibitions of art and design, where artists of the 20th and 21st century renew their ties with the great tradition of craftwork.

Galerie du Passage, Pierre Passebon20/26 Galerie Véro Dodat, Paris FR, 75001

above, text from vista art and design

Fetish, by Louboutin and Lynch, Monday, August 16th, 2010

Christian Louboutin and David Lynch have locked heads and created a show, Fetish, which opened in Paris at Pierre Passebon’s Galerie du Passage. The exhibition shows five limited edition pairs of shoes by Louboutin alongside five signed photographs of the shoes by Lynch.

above, photo and text from egelnick and webb

Pol Quadens fantômes de meubles – Galerie du Passage, Paris
from 09/10/09 to 10/10/09
Exhibition of exclusive design furniture in Corian© and wood
A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY : from 09/29/2010 to 10/23/2010
A group of school kids surprised Pierre Passebon by showing up at the Galerie du Passage wearing masks made with the Kathy image from the YUL book. They loved the show and loved seeing the actual image on the wall.
above, photo and text from yul brynner: a photographic journey
Private opening at Galerie du Passage in Paris, France
Row 1: Antoine Arnault, Victoria Brynner, Delphine Arnault, Thomas Lenthal, VB, Victoire de Castellane; Row 2: Christian Louboutin, VB, Valentino, Mario Testino, VB, Karl Lagerfeld, VB, Doris Brynner; Row 3: VB, Princess Silvia D’Arenberg, Antoine Arnault, Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, Doris Brynner, Prince Pavlos of Greece
above, photo and text from yul brynner: a photographic journey

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By Pierre Passebon

Flammarion, $75

Review by Judith Nasatir

“Interior design has very few masters, but Jacques Grange is unarguably one. In part, that’s due to the tradition that shaped him: Henri Samuel, Didier Aaron, Madeleine Castaing, the Vicomtesse de Noailles, the Rothschilds and so on. In part it’s due to Grange’s remarkable eye for shape, color, proportion and material. Over the years, his client roster has included Yves Saint Laurent, Princess Caroline of Monaco and Valentino — all, like him, endowed with celebrated aesthetic sensibilities and lives of unquestioned opulence. This most memorable book tours the remarkable interiors Grange has designed for an A-list clientele. Notable for blending periods and styles from divided worlds, his interiors are improbably beautiful.” ~ Judith Nasatir

This is most definitely on my list of design books for the holidays!

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