LILOU GRIMBACH-MARQUAND – SCREEN SAVER – and PIASA





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“I love light and I hate to see windows cluttered up by kilos of fabric, however precious it might be! A window is an opening on the exterior – a link to life.”


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It wasn’t until he received the catalogue of the forthcoming Piasa sale last week that A-Gent of Style discovered for the first time Lilou Grumbach-Marquand and fell instantly head over heels for her work. Keen to delve into her work, A-Gent of Style could not find much information (online) about the already ever secretive and private artist. But going through the sale catalogue proved to be a revelation and a treat.

Madame Grumbach-Marquand has been making sublime screens, partitions, blinds, canopies, banners, beds and kimono stands for the last 20 years and has been adored by leading decorators such as Peter Marino, Jacques Grange, Frank de Biaisi but also Diane von Furstenberg for whom she has made a veiled four-poster bed.

PIASA auctioneers are paying tribute to her exceptional talent by offering a score of her remarkable creations on October 25 in Paris, a rare chance to see and own her private creations. The lucky ones who will be in Paris from tomorrow Friday 21 October will be able to see the pieces at the sale exhibition prior to the auction.

Her every designs are unique and made by hand from a luxuriant and fine range of unusual materials – ribbons, braid, tassles, silver or amber balls, gingko leaf, passementerie, fiber, silk, linen, metals, plant fibres, edging of Indian sari. They result in spectacular and refined creations infused with a sense of poetry, and her influences of the far and middle east mingle with European and French sensibilities whilst having subtle echoes of India, Turkey, Africa or Japan. The main thing is that each material guarantees ‘the purest transparency.’ The screen is a time-honoured element of decoration, filtering light and transcending interiors by redesigning their contours. 


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Now living in Paris’s Marais district, Lilou Marquand had the privilege of being Mademoiselle Coco Chanel’s closest collaborator for fifteen years (for several weeks she waited for Mademoiselle Chanel outside the Ritz, wearing a Chanel dress. Chanel finally noticed her and gave her a job). In the proximity of the « grande dame » of couture, known for her refined sense of colour and her flawless eye for details, Lilou Marquand’s own sensibility quickly developed and so did her obsession with lightness and light. Using her apartment as a creative studio, Lilou designs and creates projects for clients the world over. She recently created an enclosed space for Diane Von Fustenberg, which was on display at the Von Fustenberg’s studio in New York.




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You can view the catalogue here.


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INSPIRED INTERIORS: JEREMIAH GOODMAN and the YELLOW ROOM at COLEFAX & FOWLER



 

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There is a very important event not to be missed at the moment in London.
Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler are currently celebrating until December 5, 2016 artist Jeremiah Goodman and hosting his first London show in the iconic Nancy Lancaster’s Yellow Room, Brook Street. This exhibition, beautifully curated by Dean Rhys Morgan, is slightly tinted with emotions as it the last time one will be able to visit this incredible place before the company moves their headquarters by the end of the year to Pimlico Road (the room has already been stripped of all its furniture). Consider it the end of an era. If you haven’t been yet, this is your last chance. 


Photo from Jeremiah's Instagram

Photo from Jeremiah’s Instagram


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Jeremiah, as he is simply known, is the famed watercolour and gouache illustrator revered within the interior design and architectural communities for his rare ability to infuse empty rooms with warmth and personality. He has worked in some of the most exclusive enclaves in the world and has been commissioned by an illustrious clientèle ranging from the world of literature and theatre (Edward Albee, Greta Garbo, Sir John Gielgud), music (Richard Rodgers), fashion (Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Diana Vreeland, Carolina Herrera), art (Cecil Beaton, Pablo Picasso), interior decoration (Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks, Mario Buatta), socialites (the Rothschilds, Betsy Bloomingdale), royalty (The Duchess of Windsor), politics (the Reagans), to name but a few, and more recently influential people such as Bruce Weber and the Reed-Krakoffs.

Back in New York, the unstoppable artist – a true gentleman with whom I have had enjoyable conversations on Instagram – can be found every day at his drawing board in his Upper East side apartment working on private commissions but also on commercial assignments for advertisements, catalogues and artworks. His work is in the permanent collections of both the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.



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Bust in bronze of Jeremiah by Richard Frazier, 1953



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His stylish and studied renderings have been published in some of the most distinguished publications such as Harper’s BazaarHouse & GardenVogue, Vanity Fair magazines, The New York Times and Interior Design magazine whose covers he illustrated every month for 15 years from 1949 until 1964. He received in 1987 the prestigious Hall of Fame Award in recognition for his contribution in the field of Interior Design. Throughout his career, Jeremiah also embarked on numerous furniture design and product design projects such as fabrics and wallpapers.

A-Gent of Style adores the enchanting, moody atmosphere and unique air of mysticism that emanate from Goodman’s plates of artwork. There is a great sense of emotions, drama and ephemera in each of his watercolours but also depth and movement despite the static nature of this medium. One can’t but admire the way he captures light and shadow, and infuse rooms with warmth and personality, consequently giving them vitality and life.



Jeremiah’s prolific body of work throughout the decades:

Tony Duquette's living room

Tony Duquette’s living room



Greta Garbo's sitting-room

Greta Garbo’s sitting room





David Hicks's living room

David Hicks’s living room

 

 

Diana Vreeland's 'Garden in Hell' sitting room

Diana Vreeland’s ‘Garden in Hell’ sitting room

 

 

The Board room of the Vie-a-Merez, Florida

The Board Room at the Vie-a-Merez, Florida

 




Little Chalfield, the family home of William Bankier Henderson

Little Chalfield, the family home of William Bankier Henderson

 

 

 





Elsa Perretti's bedroom

Elsa Perretti’s bedroom



 

Edward Robinsons's living room by Frances Ekins

Edward Robinsons’s living room by Frances Ekins

 

 

Edward Albee's loft

Edward Albee’s loft

 

 

Sir John Gielgud's sitting room

Sir John Gielgud’s sitting room

 

 

Tony Duquette's oriental garden

Tony Duquette’s oriental garden

 

 




Leonard Stanley's bedroom

Leonard Stanley’s bedroom

 

Cecil Beaton's garden room

Cecil Beaton’s garden room

 

 

Dorothy and Richard Rogers's living room

Dorothy and Richard Rogers’s living room

 




 

Betsy Bloomingdale's living room

Betsy Bloomingdale’s living room

 

 

The Bedroom of Madame 'X'

The Bedroom of Madame ‘X’

 

 



 

Bruce Weber's living room

Bruce Weber’s living room

 

 

Mr and Mrs Dan Melnick's living room

Mr and Mrs Dan Melnick’s living room

 

 




 

Jeremiah Goodman's Goya-inspired bedroom

Jeremiah Goodman’s Goya-inspired bedroom

 



Cecil Beaton's sun room

Cecil Beaton’s sun room

 

 

French Riviera

French Riviera

 

 

Reed-Krakoff's living room

Reed-Krakoff’s living room

 









Carolina Herrera's sitting room

Carolina Herrera’s sitting room




Baron and Baroness de Rothschild's living room, Chateau de Mouton

Baron and Baroness de Rothschild’s living room, Chateau de Mouton

 

 

Colonel and Lady Jenner's bedroom

Colonel and Lady Jenner’s bedroom



 

 



Jeremyah Goodman's living room

Jeremiah’s living room

Duchess of Windor's country bedroom

Duchess of Windor’s country bedroom

 


 

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Betsy Bloomingdale's living room

Betsy Bloomingdale’s living room

 

 

 

 

 

NYC 's Lincoln Centre

NYC ‘s Lincoln Centre



 

Seattle World's Fair

Seattle World’s Fair, 1961

 

 

Seattle World's Fair, 1961

Seattle World’s Fair, 1961

 

 

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Armani perfume promotion

 

 

Stock Exchange, Melbourne

Stock Exchange, Melbourne

 










 

 

 

 

PAD LONDON 2016



 

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PAD turned 1o this year. The latest instalment of PAD London on Berkeley Square just closed its doors and left many of us, antiques and design lovers, inspired and enraptured once again with this annual rendez-vous of first-class furniture, decorative objets, jewellery, photography, tribal and modern art represented by 65-odd world-class exhibitors.

The variety and stylistic combinations of the vignettes and their ‘eclectibles’ created beautiful relationships and synergies between seemingly disparate notables that read like a roll call of 20th C museum-quality pieces all commanding incredible provenance, rarity, authenticity and integrity.

Here are A-Gent of Style’s highlights of this year’s fair, for your eyes only…

 


– FUMI Gallery –

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– Jacques Lacoste – 

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  • Chahan –

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    – Galerie Dutko –

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    – Clara Scremini Gallery –

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    – David Gill Gallery –

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    – Rose Uniacke –

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    – Galerie Alain Marcelpoil – 

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    – Gallery Matthieu Richard –

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    – Didier Luttenbacher –

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    – Carpenters Workshop Gallery –

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    – De Jonckheere – 

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    – Galerie Jacques Lacoste –

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    – Galerie du Passage Pierre Passebon –

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    – Cabinet Albert Pinto –

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    -Phoenix Ancient Art SA – 

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    – Galerie Kreo –

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    – Galerie Chastel-Marechal –

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    – Magen H –

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    – Sarah Myerscough Gallery –

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    – Hamilton Gallery –

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    – Mazzoleni –

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    – Galerie Dumonteil –

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    – Entreprise Jousse –

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    – Herve Van der Straten –

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– JAMES –

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– Leclaireur –

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– Rose Uniacke –

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  • – The Restaurant by Veere Grenney Associates –

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    – All photographs by A-Gent of Style –




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