Sunday, March 13, 2011
I was going through my stack of old House & Garden magazines recently and rediscovered this great Jacques Grange designed apartment in Paris. It belongs to Mathilde Agostinelli, the public relations director for Prada in France. It was featured in the May 2006 issue but looks just as chic today as it did then.
Jacques Grange has apparently known Mathilde and her family since she was baby. He said of the apartment, "it's a portrait of Mathilde, as seen by me. She is very Parisian: upbeat, alive. The apartment reflects her refined taste."
Grange designed the pink tufted sofa especially for Mathilde and the Louis XVI Marquis chairs to satisfy the classical leanings of her former husband. The Madeleine Castaing rug was laid throughout the apartment.
The black mica fireplace was also designed by Jacques Grange. The cactus motif panels are by Ernest Boiceau while the water lily side table is from Claude and Francoise-Xavier Lalanne.
The fireplace actually sits under the window which was an interesting design choice.
Custom oak bookcases also designed by Grange welcome guests into the apartment.
Love the antique Maison Jansen table and chairs in the kitchen. The blue walls were inspired by a David Hockney painting.
Pink is Mathilde Agostinelli's favorite color but it's also a flattering shade for a dining room, especially in candlelight.
The antique faiance dinnerware was designed in 1878 by Felix Bracquemond for Creil Montereau. Each piece features a different floral, insect or animal motif.
The walls of the dining room are covered in Provence stripe in Cerise and Sand by Thorp of London.
What little girl wouldn't love a bedroom with matching pink tufted beds? They were found at the flea market and reupholstered in vintage pink cotton fabric with red velvet buttons. I love that it's more sophisticated than cutesy.
Mathilde's own bedroom is upholstered in Rayure Fleurie by Madeleine Castaing who had originally designed it for her own dressing room. If you look closely, you can see the same bathroom design that Jacques Grange used in the Mark Hotel in New York.
Mathilde Agostinelli has since divorced and remarried since the House & Garden article was published. It would be interesting to see if she made any changes to the apartment or even if she has moved. Her new husband is fashion photographer Antoine Meyer. If she hasn't moved, I hope he likes pink!