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French Elegance With A Contemporary Edge

(BAD) Blog About Design: French Elegance With A Contemporary Edge

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

French Elegance With A Contemporary Edge

Designer and Architect Robert Couturier, designed this 9,000 square foot Manhattan penthouse to suite the needs of a couple that craved French interiors. The penthouse, a 1920s gem overlooking Central Park, had not been updated since the 1970s. Courtier stripped the home of its dark wood paneling and gave it energy, with a home that is French, yet does not feel stuck in the past. (ABOVE) In the Study, Louis XVI arm chairs upholstered in silk velvet, gives the space its French feel. What gives this space its contemporary edge is the sofa, coffee table, and standing lamp. If you find yourself a French interior design lover, try contrasting your antique French pieces with modern ones to give your space a more current look. (BELOW) The way in which Courtier planned the Living Room, allows for multiple conversation areas, as well as the ability to move and reconfigure its layout. The sofa, 1970s French Plexiglas arm chairs, and upholstery of the Louis XV duchesse en bateau, give the space its contemporary edge. However, the wall treatment, and Louis XVI mahogany cabinet are uniquely 17th century French.

Create This Look In Your Home:

These pieces are both Traditional and Contemporary French. The 1820s French Empire Mahogany Chest is from Jean-Marc Fray. The 1930s French Chandelier is from Artisan. The 1970s Pierre Folie Fauteuil is from Miguel Saco Gallery. By incorporating these pieces or similar ones in your space, you will achieve the look of "French Elegance with a Contemporary Edge". You can add as little or as much to your space as you want. Don't follow rules, just do.



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