Jardin Exotique, Monaco
This was the furnishing project of the high-end residence of a couple of empty nesters. The apartment is on the 5th floor of the building, but because the high-rise is built into the cliffside, as is very common in Monaco, they have an unobstructed view of the harbor and the “Rocher” in the front and are just above street level in the back of the apartment. The building is situated in the neighborhood called “Jardin Exotique”, which is the namesake for its famous botanical garden, uniquely located on a cliff overlooking the city below. The wish of the clients was to integrate several existing antique and art pieces into the new design. The goal was to create a design that would embody both clients and the challenge was to amalgamate their differing tastes. On the one hand a more classical and traditional taste,
and on the other a tendency towards a more modern style.It was also important to combine the antiques and the modern art well. The challenge was to modernize the antiques without bastardizing them, and to put forward the art in a tasteful way. The goal was for it to be elegant and look effortless, and to make the stark, existing architecture feel warm and inviting. The concept needed to feel high-end and timeless and be reminiscent of a Mediterranean city, hence the fresh colors. Much inspiration was pulled from the beautiful art collection and it was important to find color palettes that complimented the pieces as well. The antiques and art were at the center of the concept. Furniture pieces and fabrics were selected to tie everything together and enhance the impact of the important elements.