Showing posts from June, 2013

The House Of Konstantin Melnikov

Konstantin Melnikov, a Russian architect and painter, designed and built the Melnikov House in 1927-1929. Two intersecting cylindrical towers designed with a pattern of hexagonal windows.
His flow of commissions in 1926-1927 provided enough money to finance a three-story house of his dreams. At this time, many well-to-do Russians were lured into building their own city houses; Melnikov was one of the few who managed to retain his property after the fall of New Economic Policy. His request for land (790 square meters) had few chances to pass the district commission; to his surprise, a working class commissioner supported him, saying that "we can build public buildings anytime and anywhere, but we may never see this unusual house completed if we reject Melnikov". The city endorsed Melnikov's draft as an experimental, one-of-a-kind project.

Jean Louis Deniot Paris Match

Designer Jean Louis Deniot employed crisp white moldings, glittering chandeliers, and a small museum’s worth of antique portraits for a Left Bank home. For more than 30 years, a New York couple had dreamed of owning a pied-à-terre in Paris. So when the husband left his job on Wall Street nearly a decade ago, they decided to make it happen. The wish list was short and precise: Left Bank, small historic building, air-conditioning, abundant natural light. They looked off and on for a few years, while visiting Paris on holidays, yet found nothing suitable. Finally they rang French interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot, who had outfitted one of their friends’ homes. He happened to know of a 2,300-square-foot apartment, graced with 15-foot-high ceilings and an unheard-of 21 windows, located in an 18th-century building at the heart of the fashionable Faubourg Saint-Germain. 
Though its bones were beautiful, the apartment had been turned into a hodgepodge mess over the years, with mezzanines sli…

Jean Louis Deniot French Connection

Jean Louis Denoit brings French flair to a Chicago home. The Parisian taste-maker outfits a handsome prewar apartment with neoclassical-style details, bespoke finishes, and European refinement. 
Chicago has long been a city of Francophiles. More than a century ago the eminent Chicago School architect Daniel H. Burnham was so enamored with the French capital that his famous partially realized urban scheme Plan of Chicago became known as “Paris on the Prairie.” And the classicism of Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts was a major influence in the 1920's, as developers put up one grand apartment tower after another along the waterfront boulevard Lake Shore Drive. How fitting then that a couple with a full-floor residence in one of those historic buildings would turn to a dashing Paris-based designer, Jean-Louis Deniot, to give them a suitably Gallic renovation. The apartment would be French, elaborated with Chicago eyes. 
Deniot gave them the ooh-là-là. He aligned doorways and hallways not…

Jean Deniot French Farmhouse

A rustic yet sophisticated farmhouse in the French countryside, designer Jean Louis Deniot and his sister, Virginie, recast an 18th-century Loire Valley farmhouse as an understated, elegant haven for her family. To fashion a suitable country home for the whole family they first decided to extend the house’s layout by building a passage connecting it to the adjacent stable. The entire space was gutted to remove, among other vestiges of farm life, a 23-foot-long rough. On the ground floor, the stable became a living room and an open kitchen, and a bedroom was turned into a library/office. The former kitchen, with its brick hearth, is now Jean-Louis’s guest room; the larder floor was tiled over to create his bath. Upstairs, below the gabled ceilings, there are three more bedrooms, two new baths, and a media room. An under-floor radiant-heating system was installed, and three dormers were built—one in the front and two in the back—to match the existing one, filling the second floor with …

A Paris Apartment Magnifique

The successful duo that run the architecture & design practice Gilles & Boissier are definitely no strangers to anyone involved in anything remotely close to high-end design. Patrick Gilles & Dorothée Boissier who are partners, both at work and play, turned my head when they announced the completion of their 19th century renovated apartment, situated on Boulevard Malesherbes in Paris, France.