Sumptuous and amazing are words that can be used a bit too liberally, but in describing Carolyn Quartermaine's work, these words truly fit. Known for her brilliant use of color, Quartermaine is an artist, fabric designer and stylist who has worked on projects for Hermes, Vogue Living, Louis Vuitton, Sketch Restaurants and Manuel Canovas. In her work, stark white interiors are often the backdrop for opulent French 18th-century pieces and sensuous silks. Louis XV chairs are used like sculpture in modernist settings.
Her lavish 1997 book, Carolyn Quatermaine Revealed, shows how she uses her London flat as an ever-changing design laboratory. Both the photography and the text are excellent. The book is becoming harder to find, but it is a great source of inspiration for stylists, event planners and design students.
Speaking of "Versailles Meets Modern," Marie Antoinette will be released on DVD February 13. One of the included bonus features is "Cribs with Louis XVI." I'm curious to check it out.
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