In 1990 Yves Saint Laurent called on Jacques Grange to design the interior of his villa in Tangier, Morocco. Jacques says, ‘The theme Yves wanted was that of an eccentric Englishman who had come to live there. He wanted chintz and one colour per room.’ The house has a modern Moorish style with elegant contrasts and here, a mirror with a shell-encrusted frame by Armelle Fabre, typifies Jacques’s signature touch.
TILED ALL OVER
The kitchen of Jacques’s own apartment in the heart of Paris is lined with exquisite antique blue and white azulejos tiles that he collected on trips to Portugal. He pairs them with 19th century-style chairs by celebrated interior designer Madeleine Castaing, an 18th-century Indo-portuguese ivory cabinet and a vase by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, illustrating Jacques’s unexpected yet delightful combination of different styles and periods.
CLASSIC AND MODERN
The interior designer’s eclectic tastes are displayed here in his apartment with an understated combination of furniture and works of art from a variety of periods. His natural, ‘non-designed’ aesthetic, at once lavish and comfortable, is revealed through his unusual way of grouping objects, a masterful combination of materials and colours and an unparalleled attention to detail. The painting is by Maurizio Cattelan.
THE ECLECTIC COLLECTOR
In the salon of his apartment, Jacques effortlessly mixes the simple with the sophisticated and understated, combining old-world luxury with contemporary art and design. Here, aristocratic refinement meets the eclecticism of an insatiable collector. As well as fine materials and craftsmanship, the space is filled with tangible mementos of places, artists and designers that have informed his creative universe. Jacques’s mastery of colour is displayed by the carefully considered placement of artwork against the pale walls, such as the citron-yellow painting by Carla Accardi surmounted by a pale-blue canvas by
Robert Motherwell. The armchair is by
Art Nouveau designer Francis Jourdain. →
On entering Pierre Passebon’s 1820s Directoire-era apartment in the centre of Paris – renovated in collaboration with Jacques – one is greeted by a spectacular 16th-century Italian marble fireplace carved in the form of a grotesque gaping mask. It is set in a chimney breast lined with French marble chequerboard tiles, the black and white motif inspired by Siena’s cathedral.
Pierre, an antique collector and art dealer, is the founder of the Galerie du Passage in Paris and this kind of aesthetic jolt in his own home speaks volumes about his eclectic tastes and his life’s work.
ALL IN THE DETAIL
Jacques’s recent refurbishment of this elegant home in Florida is in the pure tradition of the glory years of Palm Beach elegance. Deeply sympathetic to the original villa, which was designed in
1929 in the Mediterranean-revival style, Jacques describes his intervention as having simply ‘refreshed’ the interiors. But this hardly does justice to the levels of light and colour he has infused into this luxurious house, with its vast array of imposing and eclectic architectural features, including elaborate wrought-iron balustrades and graceful colonnades. The furniture, palette and materials have all been chosen to harmonise with the garden and outside spaces. The entrance hall is dominated by the staircase with its imposing wrought-iron balustrade and a green divan sofa designed by Jacques himself.