A LONDONER IN TANGIER: THE REGIS MILCENT ATELIER





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Not far from the Mohammed V mosque and within walking distance from his apartment, A-Gent of Style made a great and discovery one afternoon in Tangier this summer as he was strolling back home nonchalantly in the Moroccan heat. By pure happenstance, he came across the boutique-cum-atelier of Régis Milcent, the late, famed French decorator, incongruously situated amongst residential modern blocks of flats, convenience stores, ice cream parlours and cafés.



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This eponymous atelier is a magical, and unexpected, treasure trove of wonderfully eclectic objets for the home, a cornucopia of selected, unusual antiques amassed and curated over a lifetime from different corners of the world by Régis Milcent, who died a few years ago (it has proved impossible so far to find any information about the decorator perhaps only because the discreet Milcent built his reputation through word of mouth and not publications), mixing European sensibilities with exotic rarities that only a discerning eye or an aesthete would appreciate. It is very similar, in a way, to the Sybil Colefax and John Fowler store at Brook Street, albeit much smaller and in Tangier, in the sense that each area has been curated as a vignette representing a sitting room, a living room or a study for instance. One-off paintings, furniture and rugs brush shoulders with lamps, dishes, ceramics, vases and many other pieces, all beautiful in their own right, and with an incredible collection of original Pierre Frey fabrics that A-Gent of Style was thrilled to discover for the first time; some of them adorn the furniture and walls in the store.

Régis Milcent is not only a shop but mainly a decorative and upholstery company situated at the back of the store, behind the ‘1001 finds’ on display, now run by two delightful men (A-Gent of Style met them only briefly) who worked for many years for Milcent, where they and their team cater for local businesses but also for some of the established international decorators who holiday or have settled in the Tangerine city. Who could blame them. What else do you need!


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PHILLIPS SEPTEMBER DESIGN AUCTION




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Autumn has slowly seeped in as we say goodbye to yet another successful and inspiring London Design Festival. But not all is doom and gloom. Phillips is spoiling us today at 2pm GMT with its September Design Auction at Howick Place of 20th and 21st C design. Offering iconic and exceptional works from European masters and other contemporary Japanese ceramics, as well as objets from the remarkable collaboration of Lucio Fontana and Roberto Menghi, two of it al’s most prominent postwar creatives, this sale comprising 182 lots and with a pre-sale estimate of £2,300,00 is bound to command huge interest with connoisseurs and collectors.

Some of A-Gent of Style‘s most cherished artists are gathered in this sale boasting highly desirable and museum-quality creations by a myriad of stellar designers and ensembliers including Ruhlmann, Royere, Mouille, Fontana Arte, Printz, Ingrand, Arredoluce, Arbus, Lelii, Rie, Ponti, Chareau, Le Corbusier, Perriand, Jeanneret, Sottsass, Lalanne, Crespi, Pergay, Panton, Hadid and many others. There is also another important sale at 6pm focusing on Nordic Design with exceptional pieces from Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

Here are A-Gent of Style‘s favourite pieces. You can view the full catalogue here.




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THE 2014 LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL





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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or plagued with another bout of tonsillitis!), you will know that the London Design Festival started last week and is now in full swing. Everyone remotely interested in design has caught the bug and the city is abuzz with creativity and excitement from Chelsea to Brompton, Kensington and Notting Hill to Mayfair and Shoreditch, and so many other pockets within the capital as far as Syon Park where Decorex returns after so many years.  
Come and see us at the Redloh House Fabrics Stand 23!

A-Gent of Style will be showing you soon some of his highlights after scouring the myriads of fairs, exhibitions, events, talks and parties (of course). Stay tuned!

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