Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pink in Paris

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!

14 comments:

Karena said...

Absolutely fabulous!
I adore the sofa; the Castaing rug lays the groundwork of an utterly gorgeous space!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

meenal bishnoi said...

What a uniquely stunning entrance to the apartment...I love the idea! all the rooms are so elegant ...even the little girls'...and the pink sofa in the living room is an unexpected but brilliant touch!! just beautiful! thanks for sharing, Heather...hope to see you over at my blog someday soon!! xx meenal

The enchanted home said...

Wow so beautiful...love the touches of pink, it softens the look and makes it look elegantly feminine. The color on the dining walls is splendid looking. Thanks for sharing!

MiamiOlivia said...

What a lovely post. Wondering if you are contemplating switching to Word Press. I don't want to lose my readers but I find Blogger so clumsy to work with...thoughts?

Mosaicology said...

A work of art! The floor, the sofa, the dining table, the fireplace. A lot of class but never austere. Delightful!

Natasha said...

Thank you for rediscovering an oldie but goodie...
I rememb er the tufted pink sofa, but what sood out to me was the blue walls, artwork and tons of space in that kitchen!

Northern Light
PS. Scandinavian Decorating Book up for grabs at Northern Light Blog

First House on the Right said...

What a find the tufted beds were! Nicolex

tdclassicist said...

I love that big tufted sofa. The concept of the window instead of a mirror above the fireplace was very popular in early 20th century French houses; I love that, too. __ The Devoted Classicist

Sadie + Stella said...

I have to admit...I had never been a huge fan of pink until this season. Recently, I have been finding myself so drawn to its punchiness. I prefer the deep magentas like this apartment displays. Thanks for sharing!

www.sadieandstella.blogspot.com

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

So chic! Something about the Parisians, they are just so fabulous :)

SheMel said...

Gosh!Its Divine!!! the designs, the interiors and the color pops through-out!Touches of pink is absolutely more sophisticated than cutesy.Images are FAB too.Thanks For sharing.so great blog!

Allison said...

Wow! I covet that tufted bright pink velvet sofa! what a statement piece! Love the mix of light and dark pink - beautiful!

Elizabeth Hagins said...

I subscribe to your blog and love it! And what a coincidence...I was just reading the same H&G feature story yesterday. You might enjoy checking out my (very) new blog, www.designredux.com. I'm writing a series of posts on interiors published in old House & Gardens, called "HG sans TV."

Keep up the good work...you've been a real inspiration!

A Super Dilettante said...

It's so lovely to wake up in the morning and read this post. It's as refreshing as a cup of tea. Jacques Grange is one of the most talented men in the interior design world. His vision is never dull and it's endlessly fascinating. Madame Castaing was eccentric in a very chic way. To emulate her style is like asking for tips from "Don't try this at home" programme. Only Jacques Grange can pull it off effortlessly.

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