Friday, May 22, 2015

Foreign furniture, y'all!

For someone who has given away all of their own furniture, and has no desire to own anything more than a camper van in the foreseeable future, I have an inordinate interest in architecture and décor from the past. Fashion and jewelry, too, so I guess it's just an all round design curiosity.

My favorite sightseeing thus far has been homes which are more or less still representative of the periods they were lived in. Charles Dickens' house in London, and an ordinary family house in Dublin, the enormous Piazza Reale in Naples and Fontainebleau - which will come in the next post.

This one is a teaser, because it has a couple of Napoleon's rooms from the Louvre. But Fontainebleau was inhabited by French rulers for 700 years. So even though it was actually a hunting lodge, there was certainly no lack of formality or luxury.

Back to Paris, though. I went to the separate little Decorative
Arts museum by the Louvre, but there wasn't a whole lot there that grabbed me. There is an excellent collection of medieval décor, with a lot of very impressive pieces. But that period doesn't usually excite me. The tapestry and chairs at the top of this post was one of the few things that really drew me in.

The most striking object I saw was actually from the 80s, a colorful skull piece I liked, though I've never been a big fan of skull motifs.

The D'Orsay museum, which will get its own post, had two
floors of Art Deco furniture, so I had high hopes for that, but found it very disappointing. The exception was this set of chairs that I would happily make room for in my camper van.

Then, as I mentioned, there were the Napoleon apartments at the Louvre. The living area, in my opinion, resembled nothing so much as the lobby of a grand hotel catering to elderly wealth.

And most of the other rooms continued this pink and gilt theme, so I wonder if it was actually Josephine who was instructing the decorators at that time.

But I have to say, I do admire the dining room. This is a room I wouldn't mind eating in today.

I also took a liking to this chess set. It looked like crystal, gold and silver. Sturdy, yet striking.

And that's it for now. But not only will there be plenty more from Fontainebleau, I will be showing some prison chic, soon, as well. The glamour just never ends chez Ms. Nomadica, mes amis.

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