Collection of a Legend

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If there is a single interior designer, or tastemaker I should say, who is more synonymous with the new wave of interior décor which is based on the power of collectible design to transform spaces than anyone else, it is certainly Paris-based Jacques Grange. He inherited this practice from his first employer and mentor Henri Samuel, who pioneered this type of exquisite decor. A decorator to the stars – Caroline of Monaco, Yves Saint Laurent, Sofia Coppola, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen – Grange has made his name with passion for refined design, with profound knowledge in the decorative arts, and with an extraordinary eye to mix objects of various periods. A graduate from the École Boulle and École Camondo-Les Arts Décoratifs, Grange started his career in 1965 with a dream project of restoring Versaille’s neoclassical Petit Trianon. Throughout his accomplished career, he has worked closely with Diego Giacometti, Guy de Rougemont, and the Lalannes, whose work has found its way to his own home. Now, that Sotheby’s offers Grange’s private collection for sale, it is a rare moment to discover his personal home and to get a pick into his life among beautiful objects and great art. You would find the daring, the unexpected and the unorthodox mixing of Paul Gauguin with Hector Guimard; Francois-Xavier Lalanne with Damien Hirst; Alexandre Noll with Josef Hoffman. What a great lesson in collecting, interior décor, and ultimately, an inspiring experience. All images courtesy of Sotheby’s; the images above, courtesy of the NYT.



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Dr. Daniella Ohad is a design historian, educator, writer, and tastemaker, who received her Ph.D. degree from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. For the past two decades, she has been committed to education in design history and theory, history of the interior, material culture, and the decorative arts, with a special expertise in modern and contemporary design culture. She has taught in some of the world’s leading art institutions, and currently leads “Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights, the only program on collecting design at the New York School of Interior Design. Her articles and critiques have been published in magazines and peer-review journals, and she is a moderator in various design events across the globe. Dr. Ohad has been a member in various acquisition committees in NYC museums, and her blog Daniella on Design attracts hundreds of thousands of readers weekly. She lives and works in New York City.



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