Above, interior of Matisse's Chapel of the Rosary, Vence; Rosamond Bernier was the first writer to cover several major achievements in art, like this chapel, that later became landmarks.
Above, Rosamond Bernier with 20th-century master, Matisse
Rosamond Bernier isn't directly connected to interior design, but she is an amazing figure in 20th-century art and fashion. While working for Vogue as a young American in Paris after World War II, Bernier became good friends with artists including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Joan Miro. These relationships helped her launch the critically-acclaimed art magazine, L'OEIL, in 1955. Later in the 1970s she returned to the U.S., becoming a celebrated lecturer known for her smart but unstuffy style. She also returned to American Vogue as a contributing editor. Bernier's adventures have included flying her own airplane, raising a small private zoo, and being named for life to the International Best-Dressed List.
I was fortunate to hear Bernier speak about Matisse once, and she lived up to all the praise. A schedule of her spring 2007 talks at the The Met is available on her site, and DVDs of her greatest "Live at The Met" lectures, such as The Matisse I Knew, The Matisse Nobody Knew and Taste At The Top: Francois I, Charles I, are available too.