One of my favorite homes in recent years is the Paris apartment of Prada executive Mathilde Agostinelli. The home, which was a collaboration between Agostinelli and Jacques Grange, is a stylish mix of bold contemporary pieces tempered by traditional accents. Agostinelli calls herself a "shocking pink woman", and the color has been used to great success in the apartment- nothing saccharine here.
References to design great Madeleine Castaing, an old family friend, are found throughout the home: the Castaing designed rug that was laid throughout the apartment (thus unifying the various rooms), the greenery striped fabric (another Castaing print) that covers the master bedroom walls, and the tole Wedgwood style urns which were once owned by Castaing and which are on display on the mantle in the living room. Other blue chip pieces in the home include tables designed by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne (whose designs are in great demand right now), Emilio Terry chairs, and a portrait of artist/designer Christian Berard.
Overall, a quirky and sophisticated home that is truly the essence of Parisian chic.
Living room with the Castaing rug as well as a Grange designed sofa
The shocking pink dining room- walls covered in Thorp of London's "Provence Stripe" in Cerise & Sand
The master bedroom with Castaing fabric covering the walls. A Lalanne table and stool are located in front of the window.
Agostinelli's daughter's room- another vision in pink.
Image at top: Another view of the living room with a mica mantel designed by Jacques Grange
(All photos from House & Garden, May 2006)