Jacques Grange is, without a doubt, one of the greatest interior designers and decorators in the world. Grange is one of the few interior designers who got a thorough, classical education in the industry. He is known for his beautiful style, which is defined by a balance between traditional and contemporary preferences. Today we’re proud to present you his most iconic projects.
He decorated and designed interiors for some of the biggest and most respected personalities and tastemakers. His main customers included Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, for whom he decorated the Château Gabriel, in Benerville-Sur-Mer.
As a teenager, encouraged by his mother, Jacques Grange completed his training at the École Boulle – a traditional trade school that taught weaving, plastering, cabinetmaking, and other basic crafts. He then attended the École Camondo, a school of interior design, to learn the history of architecture, design, and decorative arts.
Jacques Grange’s Projects
1. Chateau Gabriel
Here is the story of Chateau Gabriel as told by Jacques Grange for Christie’s from July 2009. In November of 2009, Christie’s auctioned off almost 1200 works of art and antiques from Chateau Gabriel.
“When Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent acquired Château Gabriel, at Bénerville, an uninhabited, late-nineteenth-century neo-gothic mansion, with a commanding view over the bay of Deauville, they asked Jacques Grange to decorate it. This residence was simply waiting to be given a new life and the commission was most certainly a key moment in my career as a decorator.”
The very close relationship between the three of them gave this project an exceptional dimension. All of Yves Saint Laurent’s decorative themes were quite meticulous; however, I was encouraged to interpret them as I saw fit, in order to produce the best results.
This was indeed, quite similar to the way in which the Viscount and Viscountess de Noailles, the Rothschilds, and Princess Mathilde, all decorated their properties, punctuated with abundant use of plants and flowers, which rendered their homes both unique and enchanting.
Two years later and after much effort to find extraordinary objects, driven by Pierre Bergé the house was finally ready. The park, which was designed by Franz Baecheler includes both rose and Japanese gardens, a lake, and a potager. Since then was added a checkerboard of topiary pushing up between sculptures of François-Xavier Lalanne.
Afterward mentioning Château Gabriel, Jacques Grange added: “I love this place. It is unbelievable, extraordinary. I would like to dismantle it all and spirit it away.” I do hope that each and every one of these pieces, which were chosen with such a fervent passion, will give to each collector, the same pleasure that they gave to us.”
2. The Mark Hotel in New York
The Mark combines the luxury of old-world comfort, avant-garde design, up-to-the-minute technologies, and an unprecedented level of personal service to create the finest five-star hotel of the 21st-century.
The Mark turned to renowned French designer Jacques Grange, whose clients have included some of the world’s greatest and most exacting style-setters, among them Yves St. Laurent, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, and Caroline, Princess of Monaco.
Equally adept at creating grand spaces of striking modernity and theatrical effect, as well as serene havens of quiet luxury, Grange was the perfect man to re-imagine The Mark’s design. Here in NYC, he has unleashed the full range of his talents, creating public spaces that engage and delight, and private 5-star hotel rooms and suites that calm and soothe.
In addition to selecting and designing custom furnishings, he collaborated with the Parisian design gallerist Pierre Passebon to commission a host of objets d’art, furniture, and lighting fixtures, specially created for the hotel by renowned artists and artisans, including Ron Arad, Vladimir Kagan, Mattia Bonetti, Paul Mathieu, Eric Schmitt, Rachel Howard, Todd Eberle, Karl Lagerfeld, among others.
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