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Much of the design was influenced by the work of Jean-Michel Frank, a French interior designer working from the mid ’20s through to 1941. This influence can be seen in the living room, which has a quiet formality. The room features a grand piano, a white ’70s Serpentine sofa by Vladimir Kagan, a ’70s gazelle sculpture that is an Art Deco motif, a blue cracked lacquer coffee table by Edouard de la Marque, and a contemporary diptych artwork by David Bell. “Throughout the house we added table lamps of different styles – when the owners found it hard to choose between two lamps we found a home for both,” the architect says. “This also ensures there is an element of playfulness about the interior design – it is not too serious.” The library room, shown above, has an Italian aged-leather sofa and chair designed by Peter Marino. Because there was a shortage of bookshelves due to the large number of windows, Santa-Cruz custom designed a custom iron and gilt sofa table with shelves. Facing page, top and lower: Existing artworks were given new homes in the remodel. In the living room, the blue tones in the two paintings are echoed by the colour of the cracked lacquer top on the Edouard de la Marque coffee table. Above: The adjoining library teams a rich ox-blood leather sofa and matching chair by Peter Marino with a custom-designed sofa table by Nestor Santa-Cruz. The table lamp, from Argentina, is in the ’50s style of Jean Royère. Following pages: With its sleek Boffi kitchen, the great room takes on a relaxed, informal ambience. search | save | share at