Style Where You Sit: A modern spin on high-end 18th century furniture reproductions
You all must know that I cannot possibly imagine living in a home without the benefit of having something beautiful to look at and inspire by way of its furniture. For me, in particular, the chair can take so many artistic and creative forms that I wish I could collect as many as my other obsession- shoes and boots!
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I’ve almost run out of any possible space to add another "interesting" chair in our loft, so I’ve come to admire from afar, particularly ones that have a different design aesthetic from my home. Richard Nahem, who has a pretty fab pad in Paris, came across this incredible melding of design and fashion with classic high-end furniture reproductions on one of his Parisian walking tours.
Both Richard and I love La Fumeuse, pictured left, and we don’t even smoke! It’s a hot pink velvet "smoking chair," complete with with cigarette box by fashion designer Chantal Thomass. The chair is made of black varnished beechwood and nickel plated nails and fabric by Pierre Frey. Here’s what more of what he found –S.H.
Taillardat is a manufacturer specializing in luxurious high-quality reproductions of 18th century furniture including Marie Antoinette, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Empire, and Directoire styles.
They recently invited five key figures in the design and fashion worlds to create pieces of furniture that embody the luxury of the 18th century style that they are known for. The stunning and clever pieces by Chantal Thomass, Nina Campbell, Pierre-Yves Rochon, Serge Mansau, and Tristan Auer are on display at the Taillardat showroom along with the working drawings. Each piece comes in a limited edition of six.
Chantal Thomass, Atout Cour Made of black varnished beechwood and nickel plated nails and fabric by Pierre Frey.
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Nina Campbell,Temperance Hall Drinking Cabinet Made of mahogany with oxidized mirror and bronze patina.
Tristan Auer, Monsieur De- Chairs made of beechwood, one with silver patina, one with old fashioned gilding patina. Traditional upholstery with leather and double piping
Serge Mansau, Sofa XVIII/21-02 Structure made of beechwood with black varnish, panels in raw oak, Regency chairs made of beechwood finished with gold. leaf.
Visit In Paris:
Taillardat, Collection d’ Auteurs
Till April 1
44 Ave. Marceau, 16th arr.
Tel. 01 47 20 17 12