The World of Interiors July - August 2020

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
12 期号



1 This hand-painted ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ wallcovering from De Gournay can be ‘curated’ to reflect the owner’s interests, just as real Wunder kammern did; from £1,179 per 91.5cm-wide panel. Ring 020 7352 9988, or visit 2 Outdoor furnishings warrant finishing touches on a par with their indoor counterparts. Cue Houlès’s ‘Palma’ collection of passementerie. The ten trims (58mm braid from £42.60 per m) come in nine colourways and, because they’re made from fibre-dyed acrylic, are colour-fast and resistant to weather, UV rays, sea and chlorinated water. Visit 3 Cutting the edges of fabric for decorative effect has long been a thing – just think Medieval clothing. Sarah K’s cotton ‘Scalloped Edge’ bedding is a continuation of that fine tradition, albeit it’s finished off with a range of coloured stitching; from…

out performers

antennae roundup

a swell party


MAISON LESAGE: HAUTE-COUTURE EMBROIDERY (by Patrick Mauriès; Thames & Hudson, rrp £40) Couture embroiderers generally fall into the category of the petites mains, those anonymous artisans whose savoir-faire brings clothes to life; but the names of a few exceptions have become signatures in the fashion world. One such was François Lesage, and this book retraces the history of his eponymous firm, from its blossoming in the 1920s, through its decades-long collaborations with couturiers such as Vionnet, Saint Laurent and Lacroix, until its eventual absorption into Chanel. In 1920s Paris, the idea of what constituted elegance underwent a radical transformation: Worth’s Belle Epoque frocks were supplanted by the fluid creations of Poiret, and later came Chanel and Patou’s pared-down designs. A Darwinian consequence of this streamlining was the disappearance of dozens of…

virtual pursuits

THINGS TO SEE Pity the poor Fourth Earl of Devonshire, going to all the expense of building CHATSWORTH’s stupendous Painted Hall in the hope of impressing William III. Flattery might have won him elevation to a dukedom, but the king and his co-regent never came. Still, their loss has been everyone else’s gain – the hall’s fabulous murals, depicting scenes from Julius Caesar’s life, have been attracting hordes of visitors ever since. Even when closed to the public they inspire awe, for the multimedia-minded Devonshires have launched a series of virtual tours of their Baroque palace, its artworks and gardens. Insightful and anecdote-rich, these 40-plus pithy ‘postcards’ are narrated by members of the family or the team who work for them – and are well worth dipping in and out of…