From Central Park South to 740 Park
The American interior designer Michael S. Smith is famous for having being commissioned by Michelle and Barack Obama to refurbish the White House’s private apartments. Michael put his talent at the service of a great art-collecting client and called on Féau Boiseries to infuse the French art of living into his client’s two apartments, some of Manhattan’s most gorgeous adobes.
Maison Féau displayed the full spectrum of its network or artisans’ skills : reproduction of several lacquered panels, straw marquetry scheme in the spirit of the art deco interior designer Jean-Michel Frank, understated Louis XVI-style scheme, with white patina. Contemporary and antique art pieces enter a harmonious dialogue accentuated by the wood paneling decor.
I think everyone is excited about the idea boiserie. It has a sense of order and architecture and it is a bit magic. You can’t understand why the room makes more sense, why it is more orderly but it is because of the order of boiseries.
Michael S. Smith loves boiserie decors, but he also loves design. We needed to create a fairly understated setting, with a beautiful fireplace and attractive doors and doorframes, but keeping the rest very simple.
Cornice by Christian Dior
This historic piece from the Féau collection has served as a source of inspiration for Michael S. Smith and Guillaume Féau in this project. It is a cornice design that originally adorned the salons of Christian Dior’s historic premises on Avenue Montaigne, which were decorated in 1947 by Victor Grandpierre.
Boiserie the “Four Continents”
This decor by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, which has become a signature of the Maison Féau, has been adapted for one of the dining rooms in Central Park South.
I always have in the back of my head an idea. And what is so wonderful is that Guillaume is also very excited and has another; he understands the idea and builds on it. So, it is a super interesting and dynamic collaboration because we both come up with an excitement, an enthusiasm and a kind of love of what of the final product would be.
|Architect / designer|
Michael S. Smith https://www.instagram.com/michaelsmithinc/
Louis XIV, Neoclassical, 20th Century
740 Central Park South, NY
|Pieces from the collection|
Boiserie the “Four Continents”. Cornice by Christian Dior.
|Type of project|
design, joinery/paneling, sculpture/ornamentation, plaster/resin, finishes, logistics, installation
|Elements of the decor|
Boiseries, ceilings and cornices, doors, doorframes and windows frames, bookcases
From the initial sketch to the decor’s installation, Féau’s teams work closely alongside interior designers, attentive to their vision.
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