28 April 2009

A Design A-Ha Moment

How could I be so foolish? How could I be so thick?

I have long been smitten by this room Emilio Terry designed for the Raymond Guests' Paris residence, not least of all because of the incongruity of the graphic carpet among the gilded old world opulence.

While in Los Angeles for the antiques show, Mr. EEE and I visited the Getty Villa in Malibu which replicates the Villa dei Papyri at Herculaneum in its prime 2000 years ago. Boom! Here in the Outer Peristyle Gardens was this mosaic...

which must have been the inspiration behind Terry's rug, no?

Click here to read more about the Guests' apartment courtesy of the incomparable Aesthete.

Top photo from Nouvelles réussites de la décoration française, 1960-1966


Magnaverde said...

"There is nothing new under the sun."--Eccl. 1:10

"All art is theft."--Pablo Picasso

"You would know."--Georges Braque

Beautiful room anyway.

Janet said...

Everything old is new again! Have you seen the catalogue for the NGA's Pompeii exhibition (which just closed)?

The Peak of Chic said...

I was just looking at photos of the Guest's apartment over the weekend. I esp. loved that entryway.

Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

Janet, shoot! I wish I had been on the ball and I could have come down to DC to see it and YOU in person! if you recommend the catalogue, will definitely pick it up....

Jennifer, that hall is the ultimate in monogramming!