The client for this project had collected a remarkable amount of very good quality art over the course of her life. In this house, she needed an “art office”. This would be a place to collect and study her art books, display some of her more personal pieces, and keep track of art auctions from around the world via the internet. She wanted a quiet place away from the family where she could just be with art, plus she was a dedicated Francophile.
Inspired by the reds and golds of Paris and with the use of black and white accents there, the room evolved into a rare retreat. The drapery fabric was spotted in a window from the streets of Paris and became the anchor of the design. Painting the walls red created a dramatic background for several paintings and mid-century sculptures. The coffee table of Makassar ebony with a faux-ivory inlay was custom designed by Jane, as was a mirrored table and the bookcase.
The French doors led to a private terrace, which also became a place for sculpture and relaxing in the sun. This retreat is dedicated to the pursuit of art and was created by an artist. It is an impressive place to appreciate all forms of art.