The staircase rails of this recent project were inspired by the stunning staircase of Liane Bettencourt's 1951 built French Villa.
The Villa at Neuilly
The Staircase of the Andre & Liane Bettencourt House in Paris designed and built in 1951. The Villa's stylish interior design was directed by Mme Bettencourt who grew up in a Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann designed house. Her father was founder of the L'oreal cosmetics-and his daughter inspired by Ruhlmann- moved to hire Serge Royaux when she began to embark on some redecoration in her home.
The Villa Interiors from International Interiors- AD
Our staircase of wood-rather than grand marble indicates the more relaxed vibe of my project. Other than the iron grills of the stair-little else resembles the Bettencourt residence-however I was struck when recently leafing through the Architectural Digest International Interiors pages dedicated to the Bettencourt interiors- how there are similarities in today's project and the clean lines executed in the 1950's Villa.
Words like- Cool, Calm, Collected-come to mind- and these are the catch words I always referred back to when mulling over ideas and concepts for my project. They reflect the intent of the house and the makeup of my client.
A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is,
regarded from its own point of view,
only a boring something made of wood. -Franz Kafka
There are many vivid and lively accents...(from AD's International Interiors on the Bettencourt interiors)
...there is a feeling for quality and disdain for the superfluous. (from AD's International Interiors).
the Master Bath walls are covered with a handpainted shagreen paper- above
while the walls of the entrance hall are covered with a horsehair paper-below,
Without being in the least somber, the house maintains the dignity that relies of pure quality and not passing fashions. (from AD's International Interiors)