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above, Alex Papachristidis

I made it! Today is my 100th post! When I started “a thoughtful eye” back in September, one of my goals was to write one hundred posts before the end of the calendar year and happily I achieved that goal with a few days to spare! To celebrate, I’m sharing with you my top twenty favorite interiors! Each and every one of these images brings a smile to my face along with a vivid memory of the first time I experienced their beauty.

This is my special gift to you, my loyal readers…thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to join me on this personal journey…I can’t thank you enough…there is so much I have yet to discover and explore about our visual world…I hope you continue to join me, it wouldn’t be the same without you…

below, Antony Todd

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Bunny Williams

below, Charles Spada

below, Darryl Carter

below, Jacques Grange

below, John Saladino

below, Kelly Wearstler

below, Miles Redd

below, Richard Shapiro

below, Robert Couturier

below, Stephen Sills

below, Studio Ko

below, Susan Ferrier

below, Thomas O’Brien

below, Veere Grenney

below, Vicente Wolf

below, Windsor Smith

below, Yves Saint Laurent

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To conclude my week long journey with Robert Couturier, I thought I would post some of my favorites from his 1st dibs Saturday Shopping guide. For those of you unfamiliar with 1st dibs Saturday Shopping, liken it to shopping the worlds finest antiques stores with the most sought after designers around the globe. What would Miles Redd or Bunny Williams choose if they had the entire Paris Flea market at their fingertips? Every week we have the privilege of shopping with the elite and this past Saturday was Robert Couturier! I couldn’t wait to see what he had chosen from Paris Flea Market, Art Deco and Garden! Of the ten categories and 91 pieces he selected, I’m sharing with you my top twelve. What a remarkable adventure this has been for me and what a fun filled way to end the week ~ shopping the world with the one and only Robert Couturier! Thanks for coming along for the ride!

above and below, Italian Travertine Center Table in the Baroque Style, Italy, 1940s-50s, price contact dealer ~ Jonathan Burden LLC

The circular top on a spiral form pedestal on a plinth base. The table is of unpolished travertine. Note: Can be used outside.

below, Two 1970s lamps in gilt wrought iron with new shades, France, price $2,965 ~  1st dibs Paris

below, Suite of Six Pieces By Carlo Bugatti ~ Milord Antiquities

Turin, Italy ~ circa 1900, price $155,000

Rare and important suite of six pieces of furniture by Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) comprising a writing desk, a center table, a settee and three chairs all in walnut and ebonized wood, inlaid with pewter, copper, brass and bone, fitted with hammered copper reliefs and upholstered with vellum. Turin, Italy circa 1902.

Carlo Bugatti was a famous designer active at the turn of the century. His pieces are rare and highly prized. He was the father of Rembrandt Bugatti who was a renowned sculptor, his work is also highly valuable and very rare since he died at 32. Ettore Bugatti, his other son founded the Bugatti Motor Car Company.

Provenance: purchased from the descendants of the original owners – a Romanian family. The pieces were purchased directly from the Carlo Bugatti workshop in 1902. All the pieces bare the export stamp from Bucharest.

below, A Pair of Italian Giltwood Armchairs, Italy, Circa 1760, price $50,150 ~ Mallet

A pair of Genoese carved walnut giltwood fauteuils in the English taste with shaped backs enriched with raised foliate carving and carved ribbon at the centre of the top rail. The scroll arms are fluted and carved with beading and further foliate ornament. The chairs stand on cabriole legs and have a serpentine front rail. Each element is carved with further beading and low relief foliate swags.

below, Two 1960s Coffee Tables with base in gilt and burnished bronze and top surface in mirror by Maison Ramsay, France 1960s ~ 1st dibs Paris

below, Pair Carl Malmsten fauteuils design for Princess Margaretha, Sweden 1919, price $12,000 ~ B4 20th Century Design

Elegant pair of carved birch fauteuils designed by Carl Malmsten for the Swedish Princess Margaretha’s wedding to Prince Axel of Denmark in 1919. This pair produced by Bodafors SMF circa 1930, Art Deco. Newly restored and upholstered.
below, Fine Terra-cotta Flora, France, circa 1840, price $25,000 ~ Barbara Israel Garden Antiques
A fine terra-cotta figure of Flora, partially draped, holding a basket of flowers.
Figure underwent all-over conservation treatment. Old repairs of concrete and plaster were removed and repaired anew. Arms and flower basket were reinforced; reinforcement rod inserted in head and torso. Surface repatinated. Structurally sound and stable. Overall condition good.
below, A good pair of Matthew Boulton wine coolers, England, Circa 1815, price $9,500 ~ Daniel Stein Antiques, Inc.
A pair of old Sheffield Campana form wine coolers with leafy bracket handles by Matthew Boulton with engraved armorial and gadrooned rim. Stamped 1 and 2.
Circa 1815.
below, Art Deco tray and accessories, France 1940, price $1,500 ~ Pascal Boyer Gallery
Silver plated set with Macassar handles
below, Early 19th Century Indian Solid Marble Table, India, price contact dealer ~ Jonathan Burden LLC
The top carved with a leaf-carved edge and pierced dot design. The table supported by a center pedestal on a raised three sided base. The table from a Mughal palace in India. Note: Can go inside or outside
below, Pair of Etruscan Revival Steel Lounge Chairs, United States 1980s, price $4,400 ~ David Bell antiques
Wonderful pair of Etruscan Revival steel lounge chairs – can be used indoors or outdoors, covered in oatmeal colored linen. Chairs are exceptionally well made, with great heft, of solid cast steel with seamless construction and attention to detail. They have acquired a wonderful aged patina from being used outdoors. Strong rectilinear, sculptural form.
below, Carved Marble Bench, England, circa 1900, price $7,500 ~ Barbara Israel Garden Antiques
An exceptional carved marble bench with grapevine motif on the edge of the slab top and birds with outstretched wings on the supports.
photos and resources, 1st dibs.com

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above and below, Paris apartment, photos from Robert Couturier

Today’s post features a magnificent Paris apartment designed by the virtuosic Robert Couturier. This interior is a masterclass in color! The living room’s blue lacquered walls play off the midnight blue velvet draperies, gold and cream upholstered sofas and gold gilded frames. While the wall color hints at the historic blue of a dutch delft tile, the overall use of this color somehow feels fresh and contemporary ~ boldly simple with an air of elegance and sophistication. Divine! And if that wasn’t enough to knock your socks off, check out the red lacquered dining room! The high gloss lipstick red breathes new life into the gold framed antique oil painting, upholstered banquette and modern brass and glass dining table. Pure genius! A million thanks to Robert Couturier for inspiring me with his thoughtful eye.

I want to dedicate the last four posts to my sister Karen. Her passion for all things beautiful inspires me to be the best I can be every day. Thank you.

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above, the formal dining room, photo from Robert Couturier

Every weekend, New York designer Robert Couturier and architectural historian Jeffrey Morgan head north to their pastorale neoclassical country home in Litchfield County, Connecticut. The house is a series of pavilions, complete with an octagonal library and a new wing featuring their state of the art kitchen with GE Monogram appliances. Every detail of the new wing is in keeping with the original home ~ cedar shingle roof, limestone and black slate floors, architectural doors, windows and mouldings. The classically laid out garden features terraced boxwood parterres giving the landscape a year round architectural structure. (it must be breathtaking in the winter!) This heavenly home is a place for them to enjoy nature, family, friends and their beloved shih-tzu’s Hercules, Henriette, and Bess.

“Home is my house in the country. My dogs and my boyfriend are there. Things are of no importance, I mean I like to look at them but things come and go; people don’t. Home is a place where you can rest and I don’t think anything in New York is restful.” ~ Robert Couturier from an interview with New York Social Diary

below, the new kitchen, photo from GE Monogram

below, photos from Robert Couturier

below, photos from House and Garden

below, photos from The Magazine Antiques

below, photos from Architectural Digest French Edition

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above, Robert Couturier, photographed for the September 2004 issue of Avenue magazine. The glass chair, one of a pair, was designed by Coulon for the ‘Exhibition des Artes et Téchniques’ in 1937.

Today’s post features the incredibly stylish Soho home of New York based architect and interior designer Robert Couturier. He lives and works in his two-story home, filled with beloved pieces from 1940s’ Paris to 18th century antiques. Below, a zebra sofa by Jacques Adnet coexists with a pair of chrome armchairs from the 1970s and 18th century Chinese bookcases. Brilliant! Mixing periods and styles can be a difficult task but not for Couturier, his Soho home is an effortless reflection of his life and his passions. Notice the exquisite custom hand painted walls by Paulin Paris, the fabulous portrait of Couturier in Paris when he was in his teens, and the stunning pair of late 20th century Flemish-style octagonal mirrors. I’m in love with the fabric hanging behind his portrait! It’s amazing how something so simple can transform a wall into a masterpiece! Enjoy!

below, photos from 1st dibs

below, photos from New York Social Diary

below, notice the difference between the 1st dibs photos (above) and these photos from New York Social Diary (below) ~ the zebra sofa by Jacques Adnet is replaced by this custom bed designed by Couturier with gorgeous fabric hand-embroidered by Jean of Francois Lesage! (also, the art and lamps on the bookcases is different!)

above and below, Louis XVI mahogany dining furniture, a bold Ernest Boiceau rug from the 1940s and a Joseph Hoffman console and mirror

below, an 18th century Japanese rootwood mirror above a Louis XVI mahogany commode and 1960s ‘escargot’ lamp

below, a workspace by Jacques Adnet — the leather desk, chair and lamp are all designed by Adnet and date from the 1950s

below, photos from rooms to inspire the city

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robert couturier

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

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