2017 = HOUSE & GARDEN FEATURE + NEW WESBITE





2017 was pretty good for A-Gent of Style. Getting the Designer Profile feature in the December issue of House & Garden was the highlight of the year and a wonderful Christmas present for which I am extremely grateful. Launching the website fabricebana.com was also a milestone.

January 2018 has already got a few exciting projects in the pipeline.
The best has yet to come…Let’s trust the magic of beginnings!












DECOREX 2017: A SEMINAR with A-GENT of STYLE and 4 LEADING DESIGNERS



 

 



The 2017 instalment of Decorex is imminent and A-Gent of Style is honoured to be moderating a seminar Taking Your Brand Global on Monday 3-3.45pm in the Lecture theatre with four established and respected figures of the design world – Nina Campbell, Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby, Katharine Pooley and Dara Huang.

UK designers are increasingly working on projects abroad, not just in Europe, but more globally. We will be discussing for instance the challenges of working in different countries, how to adapt to the local environment and how these global projects have helped their brand as well as finding out what their thoughts are on how Brexit will change their success of working globally.

Please come and join us for what will be an interesting and thought-provoking talk.






 

 

 

 

AN EDUCATED EYE: RATEAU for JEANNE LANVIN and other CHEFS d’OEUVRE





 




Tomorrow afternoon in Paris, Christie’s will be auctioning from a private collection some important and striking pieces of the 20th C and 21st C by design maestros such as Rulhmann, Printz, Anthonioz and Jean-Michel Frank. First and foremost is a selection below of collectibles that grabbed A-Gent of Style‘s attention. 






























 














You can view the full catalogue here



But most importantly, there will also be twelve wonderful objets for sale by ones of France’s greatest Art Deco designers, Armand Albert Rateau, created for his friend, the legendary couturier Jeanne Lanvin. 









Rateau and Lanvin met through the couturier Paul Poiret in the early 1920s and she became one of Rateau’s most important clients. These two remarkable, strong and independent figures of the time started a regular collaboration from 1921, when Jeanne Lanvin established her Lanvin Decoration department, headed by Rateau. They collaborated on prestigious commissions such as the Daunou theatre in Paris, inaugurated in 1921, the interior decoration and furnishings of Lanvin’s villa in Le Vesinet, near Paris, and her townhouse in rue Barbet de Jouy. Furnishings from this scheme were shown alongside the Pavillion de l’Elegance  at the 1925 Paris International Exhibition.

Rateau’s singular and striking style is instantly recognisable to the trained eye and you will see below some of the sophisticated and extremely refined pieces of furniture, lighting, and objects he produced for Lanvin. In noble and pure materials ranging from bronze furniture to carved wood, Rateau’s genius and craft transformed designs influenced by his strong relationship with classical antiquity and Egyptology into the modern language of the time.

This sale is proving to be a great and timely opportunity to revisit and appreciate one of the 20th C ‘s notable design relationships.






































Today, you can see Lanvin’s now iconic private apartment at rue Barbet-de-Jouyat which Rateau designed between 1924 and 1925 re-created at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Simply divine
















 

 

– All images by Christie’s –


 

 

 

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