ELLE DECOR September 2020

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read the room

THE FIRST LIBRARY I EVER KNEW TOWERED OVER my childhood bed in a split-level Colonial in suburban New Jersey. There were two floor-to-ceiling wood-laminate bookcases stacked with books that my father, an insatiable reader, generally didn’t need but wanted to keep nearby. It was a weighty enough collection that my mother sometimes worried about the cases toppling over and crushing me as I slept. What happened was far more dire: I amassed my own collection. I got a job at the local library, then a liberal arts degree. I attempted to make a living reading, writing, and thinking, a folly in which I remain actively engaged. During our long, international nightmare of isolation, the personal library—which has always been stereotypically thought of as a refuge for professor types with patched elbows…

1 min
all the pretty faces

BEGINNING IN THE 15th century in France, marquetry, or the art of inlaying thin pieces of wood or metal into an intricate design, became a winning decorative approach in furniture. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was popularized by André-Charles Boulle to such an extent that the term boulle work was often used to describe its elegant effect. However, marquetry isn’t the exclusive purview of beautiful decor, as evidenced by Breguet’s use of the technique in its new collection of Marine Haute Joaillerie 9509 Poseidonia watches. Inspired by the undulating silhouette of Posidonia oceanica, a variety of seagrass, artisans created painstaking dials that combine inlaid Tahitian mother-of-pearl backdrops with invisibly set baguette-cut precious stones (85 to be exact) that evoke the plant’s flowing strands. The Marine Haute Joaillerie watches…

1 min
technicolor dreams

Zinovatnaya describes her approach to design as making a collage. “By combining different shapes and colors into one composition,” she says, “I try to find a new and interesting combination.” This year, she introduced the three aesthetically dissimilar but equally imaginative collections shown here.…

3 min
fun house

“This is a really lively and versatile piece. There’s a nice charm to it.”SIG BERGAMIN INTERIOR DESIGNER 1. SOLITARIO BY FORNASETTI JOY MOYLER: To provide a strong visual impact, I’d cluster a bunch of these on a gallery wall. SIG BERGAMIN: I think the drawings, which seem done by hand, add a playful charm to the piece. 11” dia.; $850. fornasetti.com 2. MIROIR INTRALUCIDE BY ERWAN BOULLOUD JM: I love the dimensionality of this one. It has all the makings of becoming a classic piece. SB: The geometric composition is really intriguing. It needs to be the center of attention. 37.5” w. X 71” h.; price upon request. glustin.net 3. GRIFO CABINET BY ALTREFORME SB: This is so much more than a mirror! It’s a compelling work of art. JM: If this were the last thing you saw in an entry…

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these new books are must-haves for any private library.

The Lives of Others (RIZZOLI) The first monograph for photographer Simon Watson is a voyeuristic journey of epic interiors, from Roberto Peregalli’s riad in Tangier to the late Duchess of Alba’s home in Madrid. Young, Gifted and Black (ARTBOOK) This important survey of contemporary art by Black artists, edited by critic Antwaun Sargent, includes work by Mark Bradford, Mickalene Thomas, and Kerry James Marshall, among others. Through a Designer’s Eye (THE MONACELLI PRESS) The world as seen by ED A-Lister Matthew Patrick Smyth includes a look inside his own beautiful 1970s prefabricated home in Connecticut. Décors Barbares (VENDOME PRESS) A survey of interiors showcasing the exuberant textile designs of Nathalie Farman-Farma (see page 94), with photographs by Miguel Flores-Vianna. WORKSHOP/APD: WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ; SILLS: THIBAULT JEANSON…

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dressing up at home

With its saddle-stitched detailing and chestnut gleam, Ralph Lauren Home’s Addison club chair captures the refinement of equestrian craftsmanship. 31.5” w. X 32.5” d. X 32” h., from $3,195. ralphlaurenhome.com Torn between solids and prints when it comes to your furniture? Fendi Casa’s velvet Margaret chair melds reliability and whimsy with its striped front legs and deep indigo seat, support, and rear leg. 28.5” w. X 25” d. X 27.5” h., from $6,560. luxurylivinggroup.com Part of the third Christian Lacroix Maison collection for Roche Bobois, this six-panel wooden Bois Paradis screen features an Eden-like plant-and-animal panorama on one side and the botanical Cuillette print on the other. 108” w. X 1” d. X 75” h., $10,115. roche-bobois.com Inspired by the botanical imagery of 19th-century artists such as Anna Atkins and Kazuma Ogawa, Loewe is launching a…