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THE BEST OF | THE MODERN SYBARITE | For the Starbucks crowd?

The 1930s, with the glamour of the great ocean liners and the thrilling rise of skyscrapers saw a time of great changes in home fashion for those on the cutting edge of design across the whole world.  And as ever, it was the French who were the inspired movers of the age we call Art Deco, the revolution that spread from Paris to New York, Miami, and onward to Shanghai.

Famed French silversmith Jean Emile Puiforcat created this tea and coffee service; a magnificent survivor of the period.  The flowers and scrolls of Edwardian society are gone, leaving sleek, fresh and simple geometric lines inspired by those of the great French liner the Normandie.  This design could not possibly be from any other era, and yet it still holds its own, looking as incredibly tres chic today as it did 80 years ago.  And what a better way to end a dinner party than over coffee and tea from this striking conversation piece.

image credit: Christie’s

The Modern Sybarite

Interior Designer, art advisor and blogger, Richard Rabel brings fresh perspectives on art + design for today’s interior in his blog TheModernSybarite.

Based in New York City, Richard is consistently asked by his clients for advice on art, design and decoration and ultimately provides clients with livable, warm and unique interiors that reflect a 21st century lifestyle based on his rich experience in fine and decorative art of all periods.

A multi-linguist with a ten-year career as a senior director and specialist with Christie’s, the London-based global auction house, Richard has lived in seven countries and has had access to some of the most exquisite and exclusive spaces.  From San Francisco to Mexico City, Sao Paulo to Geneva, Istanbul to Delhi and Sydney to Shanghai, the breadth of his travels has cultivated his eye and contributed to defining his exacting taste and modern aesthetic.
The Modern Sybarite

  • http://www.decorgirl.net Lisa M Smith

    This is gorgeous and I’m not a coffee fan, definitely something to show.

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