The World was His Garden
While David and Marian Fairchild are said to have lived simply where their home was concerned, my design for the foyer at the Kampong is intended as a metaphor with references to Fairchild’s passion as a botanist and collector of plants who viewed the world as his garden.
The Napoleon III Bergeres and the Art Deco Style Table (which we had to reproduce since the original sold while assembling ideas for this design) would have been articles available to him during his lifetime. From the estate of a botanist, I purchased a large collection of hand-colored 19th century botanical prints in Denmark some years ago and had them French-matted and framed to place on the bookcases, together with the French 18th century faience plates depicting birds, leather-bound books, various shells and fossils, and of course live plants that include succulents. The three carved reliefs of Hindu Deities are original to the estate, but post-date the Fairchilds.
The constraints included a strong Asian component by way of the staircase and the hardwood shelving and doors that together also perform as a beautiful backdrop. The bold zebra pattern of the Robert Allen fabric chosen for the chairs was intended to celebrate their zoomorphic element, while affording some drama and relief against the monotone background. It also served to heighten the play of fauna and flora. The silver frame and light-colored mats of the botanicals draw light into a dark corner, while the touches of black give depth and contrast. Unable to cover all of the terracotta floor, the achilles heel in the entrance, which would have required shaving the doors, I settled for a neutral area rug of natural fibers, courtesy of Elizabeth Eakins.
Lastly, my thought was to respect the existing Asian theme, established so strongly by the staircase, and to treat the space much like a musical overture with references that would hint at the rooms to come.
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From Bonnin Ashley Antiques:
Pair of Napoleon III Bergeres in walnut with carved dolphins on arm rests, France, circa 1870.
Custom Reproduction Round Table in ebonized wood. Fabricated by our workshop after an original Art Deco table in our inventory that sold.
Set of Four French Faience Plates depicting scenes with birds, circa 1790-1810.
Framed 19th century Botanicals
Leather-bound books, including a collection of the works of Balzac
Area Rug by Elizabeth Eakins in Woven Linen and Wool
Upholstery fabric by Robert Allen (Pattern Zaza, Color Ink)
Plants from Kreative Design