Detailed photographs, by Jean Louis Garnell, of Christian Berard's creation for the vestibule at Guerlain's Institute of Beauty as they appeared in the article Eye of the Needle, by Mitchell Owens for Nest, Issue 6.
What is often mistaken for as an example of painted tromp l'oiel is in fact an example of the finest appliqué work. Grosgrain ribbon and pieces of silk in shades of lilac, chocolate, black, and white which are all deftly applied to saffron velvet create the Neoclassical illusion. While the composition bears all the hallmarks of a Berard, it was in fact worked by the seamstress Margarita Classen-Smith.
This is the epitome of great decorating. Merely understanding a technique is not enough, having the courage and the foresight to use it - and convincing the client that it must be done - that is where the greatness really lies.
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Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Posted by HOBAC at 23:38