European glamour with its sparkly chandeliers, ornate gilded frames, carved wood furniture and stacks of old books is a style that always captivates me. Annie Brahler-Smith of Illinois-based design firm Euro Trash does this so very well. Rustic-luxe is such a beautiful thing.
This Beirut apartment is about as eclectic as you can get, and as a result is utterly fabulous. Home of interior architect Ramy Boutros. Built in the late 1920’s, in the heart of Abdel Wahab al Inglizi street, Ramy Boutros’ apartment is an embodiment of the artist’s soul, a living tableau showcasing his esthetic vision. The traditional architecture provides a high ceiling for a light-filled space and a majestic setting for the designer’s imagination to come out and play. RB’s wildest Oriental dreams appear on the walls, which showcase the most exquisite contemporary paintings as a loud testament to his eternal Love affair with Art. Here, every single item tells a captivating story, and they all speak in melodious harmony: from the Hervé van der straeten consoles and mirrors, to Hubert le Gall’s sofas and tables…. From the Oushak carpet to Nabil Nahass’ impressive “Palmiers”… the result is a refined amalgam of the designer’s personal favourite creators.
An amazing collection of artifacts and sculpture, an oh so chic apartment, a stunning Eiffel Tower view and not one but eight de rigueur Chandigarh Chairs by Pierre Jeanneret. Serious case of envy on my part. I wish I was the collector who lives in this stylish abode. Appartement Rivoli by CSLB Studio.
Photography by Reto Guntil
Dennis Severs’ House at 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields is more than just a time capsule. It is both a breathtaking and an intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th Century. As you follow their fortunes through the generations, the sights, smells and sounds of the house take you into their lives. It was Dennis Severs’ intention that as you enter his house it is as if you have passed through the surface of a painting, exploring with your senses and imagination a meticulously crafted 18th Century world.
Ah Maximalism! Never having to say no to surrounding yourself with what you love. Art, pottery, books and the collections, from treasures to not so mundane mementoes like the remnants of a modern day Grand Tour. It should be chaos but instead this 900 sq ft apartment in Gramercy Park, NY is a celebration of its owner. Design largesse by Alexandra Loew.