Paris is still the city to visit if you want to stay in a fabulously chic and sophisticated boutique hotel. I use as a supreme example, the distinct Hotel Du Petit Moulin, located in the Marais District of Paris on Rue du Poitou.
The Marais District, with a rich history dating back to the 13th Century, is where today one finds The Picasso Museum and the Opéra Bastille , as well as charming boutiques, cafes, restaurants and the latest fashion finds. With all of this in mind, enter stage left the outrageously talented Christian Lacroix, who, as you now from previous blogs on Dezignlicious, has ventured into the wild and wonderful world of interior design.
Lacroix is responsible for the titillating update of the Hotel Du Petit Moulin. It is full throttle Lacroix with bright colors,…THINK RED… mixed patterns and an array of exciting furnishings…and all with an upbeat French insouciante.
I am totally and completely smitten by the ingenuity of Lacroix’s and his take on interior design. I definitely chalk it all up to his place as a top fashion designer of haute couture. He is “dressing” the rooms much like he dressed his runway models…totally devoid of any inhibition and looking to create a haute couture of interiors that is both memorable and distinctive. Yea for Lacroix…I love it!
Interestingly enough, I have always been an admirer of his fashion sense but never saw myself wearing any of his clothing. I have also always enjoyed his inspirations in the furniture world, although in the past, most of his ideas pushed the envelope into beautiful but some what cartoon-like pieces that would be hard pressed to find comfortable accommodations in most homes.
Well for this lady, Lacroix has finally found his interior design groove, so to speak. Actually, his designs for Roche Bobois have always been super attractive to me. There he has mixed the past with the present…always with a French orientation…and added his touch for colorful + exciting fabrics to reinvent the classic French bergere, chaise or fauteuil.
Whatever your taste is in interior design and whether you prefer traditional or contemporary interiors you have got to admit that no one does it like Christian Lacroix. AND wouldn’t you just like to spend at least one night in the Hotel Du Petit Moulin?
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!
With another year drawing to close…yikes, they go fast lately…I always like to reflect on what I have written about and what I have experienced over the past year and share my favorite items and experiences with my readers.
Truth be told, I see so many fabulous pieces that it is hard to compile this “short list” sometimes. However, it does sort of close out one year in the world of design for me and get me ready to see what new and dezignlicious things await me in the year to come.
Over the years, I have learned that the world of art and design is a bottomless pit of “terrifics” and “wonderfuls” and “to die fors” which is probably what keeps this passionate interior designer working and writing.
Nothing captivates me more than an artistic piece of studio furniture. The idea that something kind of has one foot in the world of art and the other in the world of furnishings delights me. If it was up to me, I would opt for form over function any time! Some of the best studio furniture is created by Elizabeth Garouste...as in this delightful Charly Cabinet…and you can see this beauty as well as other pieces designed by her at the Ralph Pucci Showroom here in New York City.
I am totally captivated by the photography of Marilyn Minter. It is so other-worldly and sexual and naughty and stunning all at the same time. I had the good fortune to attend a private talk with the artist at her studio here in the city and I have been a huge fan ever since. This is one of my favorites and it is called “Siren”…and yes, I want it!
Veve makes some of the most beautiful Murano glass pieces and I have often used them in my interior design work. I think their customizable RGB Glass Curtain / Room Divider deserves a standing ovation for exceptional design concept. I simply adore the idea of dividing up a huge modern space with a “peek-a-boo,” colorful Murano glass screen, don’t you? Not to mention how gorgeous the glass looks with any type of light shining through it…simply divine!
I met with the team at J Schatz when I was out in Los Angeles this year and fell in love with everything they do. Their hand crafted wall of ceramic tiles is their signature piece and it can be easily customized into indoor or outdoor projects. The price point for the tiles is also quite reasonable, especially when you think about the great product you are buying. This is just another fantastic idea that takes your design into the beyond ordinary category!
The Terranova Coffee Table is what I like to call a “to die for” piece of furniture. It’s totally unique, ultra thick slab of Statuary Marble is beyond fantastic. KGBL…who I have written about several times…uses all of their materials in a way that truly makes each and everyone of their designs outstanding. This is definitely a table I would love to have in front of my sofa! How about you?
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art/Design presented the Golden Lagoon Table and Champagne Chairs by designer Reinier Bosch at The Salon Art + Design show this year and I was totally blown away by the pieces. I am madly in love with the drippy gold details! The contrast between the sophisticated look of the dining table and the simplicity of the chairs takes it’s design success up a notch for me. Basically, I would kill to own them, even if you couldn’t use the table as a real dining room table!
With the closing out of this year, I wish one and all a life filled with beautiful things that delight the eyes and bring joy and comfort to your life!
Ciao , ciao ’til 2016!
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