The baroque and crazy world of Danielle Moudaber
Powder, sugar, meringue, in London the house of the artist-designer Danielle Moudaber reinterprets the style "pastry chef" in a contemporary palace version between noromantism and baroque & roll. An inventive, prolific and free spirit that claims its Parisian sources.
Born in Nigeria between the valley and the savannah, the Lebanese origins of Danielle Moudaber brought her back to Beirut to the French high school. Since then, his career, of voyages in stopovers, gave him a look at three hundred and sixty degrees. Of all the countries crossed, Paris remains a light of inspiration and work. She made London her base but the designer crosses the Channel according to her plans. Latest: the renovation of a Haussmann apartment made by Jansen House, famous French decoration sign, or that of the former home of Tamara Lempicka designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens.
An inventive and original artist
Behind the alcove decorated with decorations borrowed from the artist Serge Roche, plaster table equipped with wheels designed by Danielle Moudaber, armchairs painted metal artist Jean-François Buisson. 1970s chests, Paul Smith antiques, and 1940s vintage lamps.
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Specializing in the creation of limited edition furniture like this organic-shaped table in her living room, Danielle Moudaber, fan of the Hollywood Regency style and the architect Rafael de Cardenas, does not refuse to invest in interior decoration projects if the feeling is at the rendezvous.
In front of the alcove that houses the dressing room, chair designer Mark Brazer-Jones
But her talent lets her say that she is above all a "one room artist". Working between four walls and pushing the concept of a decor in one room pleases him, hence his interest in cinema, the next step, with a big dream: that of producing sets for David Lynch.
An artist in love with blue
In the room a minimalist decor lets speak about the omnipresence of the moldings. Round coffee tables, shaped like giant boxes, mounted on wheels, were finished at Mint in London and covered with wallpaper storage room.
It is hardly surprising to cross the walls of his house in London. Theatrical, exuberant, poetic, dreamlike, its territory is reminiscent of Lewis Caroll, a country of wonders where padded furniture plays with proportions, where the omnipresent mirrors blur the perspectives, where the painted floor of the living room borrows the graphics of the labyrinth of the cathedral from Chartres, where the railing of the staircase undulates, where the staff pilasters, inspired by the French master of the Rococo ornament of the Thirties, Serge Roche, complete the Victorian moldings.
In the large living room, satin blue upholstered bench and brass light tables on wheels, created by Danielle Moudaber. 1940s plastered wall sconces from a former bank. Sue the ground, the replica of Chartres labyrinth painted black reveals an esoteric graphic
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A house of sugar and sweetness topped with this dragey color, "I would like to eat blue!" exclaims Danielle.
Danielle Moudaber on the rocker "Siso" in carved brass, a creation of the decorator.
"Do not take the decor seriously ..."
"The problem for the French is that they are afraid of abusing chic, they never dare to do it with the same freedom as the English." Do not take decoration seriously, it's a game. Judgment is not the same across the Channel, the distance and the lightness that I have learned here constantly push me to experiment with objects, shapes, materials, colors ... Even if Jacques Grange stays by Above all an example, the perfection of its decorations, its very French culture are my references, here I create my own theater.
In the bathroom, the shower area is protected by a screen with three panels of glass and metal, made to measure
At home everything seems light to the eye, the staircase and the table on castors castors, stucco ornaments, fairy-tale decor as light, fluffy and vaporous as a meringue weighs a ton in reality. Everything is solid and worked by craftsmen like this staircase whose mixture of steel structure, wood and molded plaster, brought together several trades to obtain the desired result.
It is also what brings the strength of the place, everything is done in the rules of the art, it is not a decoration of cardboard paste. Humor and play are apparent but the know-how and finishes give legitimacy and breadth. France and its Parisian decorators have given me this taste for sophistication, precision and requirement. "
Around the oversized table in varnished plaster, made by Danielle Moudaber, white metal armchairs painted by Jean-François Buisson. The staircase, made to measure, houses a metal structure dressed with a cast of plaster.
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The addresses of Danielle Moudaber
For its chiseled velvet fabrics, silk brocades or gold and silver brocades. The Prelle manufacture. 5, place des Victoires, 75001. Tel. 01 42 36 67 21 and prelle.fr
For its selection of 1970s furniture, African art and ceramics. Karry Gallery 18, rue de Lille, 75007. Tel. 01 40 15 63 72 and karry-gallery.com
For the quality of its fabrics and wallpapers of pure English style. Watts of Westminster. Chelsea Harbor Design Center. London SW10 0XE. Such. +44 20 73764486 and watts1874.co.uk
For his Italian and French furniture of the 1970s. Gallery 25. 26 Pimlico Rd, London SW1W 8LJ. Such. +44 20 7730 7516 and gallery25.co.uk
For its contemporary art-design furniture. Lamberty Antiques. 46 Pimlico Rd, London SW1W 8LP. Such. +44 20 78235115 and lamberty.co.uk
For its exceptional plaster castings. Fullbrooks of England. Southbrook Rd, Gloucester GL4 3YY. Such. +44 1452 300071 and fullbrooksofengland.co.uk