Portrait of Jacques Grange by Jerome Mace - from the book "Jacques Grange Interiors"
Jacques Grange is a true designer's designer. His work is refined and cultured, as well as bold and lighthearted - something many decorators aspire to. In this new book about the famed French designer, author Pierre Passebon describes Grange's "personal mark" as being "the barely noticeable 'something' in an interior that pulls it together: a 'je ne sais quoi' that betrays the skillful sleight of hand, executed with a mastery designed to mask all the serious groundwork, which should always remain invisible."
1 This metallic folding screen is gorgeous and it really accentuates the height of the room. I could definitely use something like this to hide the racks of clothing in my living and dining rooms (pre-closet renovation).
2 I love anything that comes in pairs - this set of black lacquered tables and matching orchids looks lovely against the warm wood-paneled walls. They are very light and graceful in their scale.
3 Your own workspace can be created anywhere - a spare bedroom, underneath a staircase, in the kitchen. I will most likely set up a desk in my bedroom, as I find that it is a great place to unwind and catch up on correspondence & page through my never-ending pile of magazines. I also really love the frame of this mirror.
4 I recently taped out a large frame above my bed, similar in scale to the one pictured here. The width runs from the far edges of both of my nightstands (about 190" wide) and the height is about 80" tall. Since it is too large to fit in the elevator, I'm going to have artwork painted on-site -- but it won't involve snakes!
5 The elements of this photo are all going to find themselves in some form in my apartment. The graphic impact of the floor - I love the gray and white combo; the mirrored doors and the glam factor; the door hinges and knobs - reminiscent of the famous French designer Rateau; and the subtle all-over pattern of the gauffraged leather wall-covering.
The book includes personal testimonies from some of Grange's mentors and clients (a VIP list including Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent and Madeleine Castaing, among others), but the real stars of the book are the gorgeously photographed interiors. I am truly enlightened and inspired by his work and it couldn’t come at a better time, as I am still considering ways in which I can decorate my home with personality and grace. Definitely pick up a copy to get inspired or, if you’re in the New York City area, visit his most recent project – the newly designed Mark Hotel.