Monday, September 22, 2014
Revisiting Denning and Fourcade
Those of you who own a copy of The New York Times Book of Interior Design and Decoration are probably already familiar with the former Manhattan townhouse of designers Robert Denning and Vincent Fourcade. Their residence, which was decorated in the designers' signature opulent style though mixed with touches of late 1960s-era hipness, garnered four photographs in the New York Times book. And if memory serves me correctly (though it may not,) I believe that the designers' master bedroom may also have appeared in a House & Garden book.
And now thanks to a kind reader who lives in Geneva, I have many other photos of this townhouse, which I had not previously seen. Although the Denning and Fourcade look is usually a bit too rich for my taste, I do think that there is much to appreciate about their work. Take their townhouse, for example. There is no denying that the two designers possessed some fine-looking furniture and employed fine-looking fabrics. Their master bedroom, which is memorable for its blue and white patterned walls and plaid curtains and bedspread, is appealing, despite the fact that the bed is placed diagonally within the room. And their patio is positively timeless-looking, what with that abundance of green trellis and blue-and-white-striped fabric.
Although few people live like this anymore (which, in a way, is a shame,) it's worth taking a look at the residence of two men who lavishly made their mark on American design.