CHRISTIE’S: Two interiors designers, 289 lots, one empty room







Find out what happened when Christie’s challenged myself and Christopher Howe to furnish an empty room in their King Street galleries, using pieces offered in their Interiors sale on 31 January which totalled, including buyer’s premium, GBP 1,753,250.


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London-based interior designer Fabrice Bana specialises in bespoke, antique and vintage furnishings. He blogs about design and decorative arts at A-Gent of Style.

Fabrice uses (from left) Moser glass Adela Melikoff part table-service (£3,000-4,000); Charles X ormulu-mounted mother-of-pearl and micromosaic Palais Royal casket (£4,000-6,000); Victorian parcel-gilt and black japanned breakfast table (£1,500-2,500); Part-pile Veramin Ru-Khorsi (£3,000-5,000); French metal-mounted ebonised bureau (£1,200-1,800); Imperial yellow

Fabrice uses (from left): Moser glass ‘Adela Melikoff’ part table-service (£3,000-4,000); Charles X ormulu-mounted mother-of-pearl and micromosaic ‘Palais Royal’ casket (£4,000-6,000); Victorian parcel-gilt and black japanned breakfast table (£1,500-2,500); Part-pile Veramin Ru-Khorsi (£3,000-5,000); French metal-mounted ebonised bureau (£1,200-1,800); Imperial yellow glaze vase table lamps (£2,000-3,000); Ormolu-mounted Sèvres-style turquoise ground porcelain striking vase clock (£1,000-1,500); Tuschinsky-style handwoven wool carpet (£3,000-5,000); George III mahogany corner armchairs (£2,000-3,000); Chinese export Coromandel six-fold screen (£2,000-3,000)


How would you describe this look?

Fabrice Bana: ‘For this space, I created a maximalist vignette that is quite luxurious, uniting elements from a wide range of cultures and time periods. All together, it’s colourful and joyous, with lots of different textures and materials. I imagined that the person who would be living in this room would be a well-travelled aesthete, with many stories about where they picked up each of these items, and have a good sense of humour.’

How does this look reflect your design philosophy?

FB: ‘You could describe me as an emotional interior designer; there’s something very organic in the way I approach everything I do. Here I started with the Tuschinsky-style handwoven wool carpet from 1920, on the wall, and added elements that drew out its colours.


 ‘I also wanted there to be a great deal of movement in the room, so I added the smaller, square rug on the floor [a 19th-century part-pile Veramin Ru-Khorsi rug], on which I put a round table [a mid-19th-century parcel-gilt and black japanned breakfast table]. That allows you to walk through the space in a circle, so there’s a sense of fluidity.’

What’s your favourite piece in the room?

FB: ‘I would have to say Otto Pilny’s Oriental Beauty Dancing, from 1913, which was done in the Orientalist style. I love the composition and the colours — there’s an amazing orange glow in the background, and there’s a lot of movement. ‘It’s quite textural, too: you can see the embroidery in the dancer’s dress. It’s a big painting, which makes it quite striking. I imagine that every time you looked at this work, the dancer would put a smile on your face.’




Otto Pilny (Swiss, 1866-1938), An Oriental Beauty Dancing. 70½ x 47½ in (179 x 120.6 cm). Estimate £12,000-18,000. This lot is offered in Interiors Including Property from the Collection of Sir David and Lady Tang and Property from Bywell Hall, Northumberland and Property from Howe on 31 January 2018 at Christie’s in London

Otto Pilny (Swiss, 1866-1938), An Oriental Beauty Dancing. 70½ x 47½ in (179 x 120.6 cm). Estimate: £12,000-18,000.


An ormolu-mounted Sèvres-style turquoise-ground porcelain striking vase clock, pendule a cercles tournants, late 19th century. 17¾ in (45.7 cm) high overall. Estimate £1,000-1,500. This lot is offered in Interiors Including Property from the Collection of Sir David and Lady Tang and Property from Bywell Hall, Northumberland and Property from Howe on 31 January 2018 at

An ormolu-mounted Sèvres-style turquoise-ground porcelain striking vase clock, ‘pendule a cercles tournants’, late 19th century. 17¾ in (45.7 cm) high overall. Estimate: £1,000-1,500. 


What’s your advice for someone decorating a blank space?

FB: ‘‘Go with your gut. I often like to start with an antique or bespoke rug and then decorate with colours and textures that complement it. But the end result has to be comfortable — there’s no point living somewhere that looks like a museum, where you can’t touch anything. Above all, a room should reflect who you are and how you live. When I design a space, I always think about who will be living in it. I think a bit of wit, a bit of humour, and having stories to tell are important, too.’
























 

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW with FABRICE BANA on CAMERA at the DESIGN CENTRE CHELSEA HARBOUR for DESIGN WEEK 2018



 

 


I was briefly interviewed by the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour last Monday during Design Week 2018 after my talk with Jean-Louis Deniot to discuss his furniture collaboration Sparkx with Marc de Berny at their showroom (see previous post).

You can watch the short video by clicking here 


 

 



 

 

 

 

 

A-GENT of STYLE in conversation with JEAN-LOUIS DENIOT at LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2018



 




Come and join me on Monday 5 March at 5pm at the Marc de Berny showroom at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre where I will be in conversation with international interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot to talk about his Sparkx collection and interior design, followed by the book signing of his book Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors.
To secure your place: RSVP events@marcdeberny.com






 



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