A Beautiful Flock
A beautiful flock of beaded birdies (so cute!) by Marie Christophe always brightens my day.
My Sunny Side
Even on a grey day, Marie Christophe’s Sun sculpture fills my life with light.
Blue and Green Opaline
In Marie Christophe’s studio, fairy tales really do come true. She made this Cinderella chandelier in her signature wire in blue and green opaline crystal from Murano for a Hamptons bedroom with an ocean view.
Check Out AD Spain May Issue!
12- page feature, Marie Christophe, France!
We’ve been waiting for you!! Check out the May issue of AD Spain: Marie Christophe’s house got a 12-page spread!
I couldn’t put it down!
La Vie en Rose
Look up the May issue of L’Officel de la Mode, which has a feature spread on Frederic Fekkai. You’ll see a dazzling pair of Marie Christophe’s Lustre Rose chandeliers hanging from the dining room ceiling like lacy flowers.
Bruno’s Beautiful Bug
You know it’s spring when Bruno Frisoni brings out the pink in full force. He commissioned Marie Christophe to make this pretty pink insect sculpture, which is the perfect ornament for his chic sweater.
Admiring Jean-Louis’ Balcony
Jean-Louis Deniot commissioned Marie Christophe to create a custom chandelier for his LA bedroom and I can’t stop admiring this view!
All Honey and No Sting!
This beautiful queen bee, a wire and paper work by Marie Christophe, is ready to take a flight of fancy through the flowers of spring.
It’s all honey and no sting.
Marie Christophe’s Pondi Cherie, a wonderfully whimsical wirework.
Paris Garden Delight!
Lustre Chech in red and blue ceramics is right at home in this Paris garden.
Lustre Murano ceramic chandelier by Marie Christophe trips the light fantastic indoors and out.
The Colors Of My Beautiful Italy!
Marie Christophe’s Suspension Cadeques in blue and yellow turn a poolside bench into a chic seat.
Marie Christophe’s Lustre Chech pendants, hanging in a bedroom, capture light in charming cages, the better to read and be seen by.
The Morocco home of Bruno Frisoni and Herve van der Straeten shines in white light with Marie Christophe’s chandelier and gets a dash of color with her coral ceramic sconce.
I’m just hanging out with some of Marie Christophe’s newest pieces. If only my closet were worthy of them!
The Right Light
Sometimes, the basics are the best choice. That’s why I love Marie Christophe’s black and transparent chandelier called Lustre Noir….
Say hello to show stopping fixtures!
Like A Favorite Ball Gown
Marie Christophe’s high-wire crystal chandeliers always remind me of Cinderella – delicate and sophisticated with pretty and feminine beading. Whether they’re dancing over the pool or brightening the bedroom, they’re always the belles of the ball. The black crystals act as earrings to the necklace of transparent ones in the beautiful Lustre Noir chandelier featured in 1stdibs Magazine. The story profiles the work of Dutch architect Jan Monique Des Louvre. It was she who commissioned not only the beautiful chandelier but also a life sized angel for a Russian client’s house in 2008.
All wire- and legs
Think pink: Marie Christophe’s flamingo is all wire – and legs.
Golden Wire Lion
Hear me roar: This golden-wire lion by Marie Christophe is all beauty and part beast.
The Perfect Guest
Marie Christophe’s prickly, perky hedgehog is the perfect guest: It comes carrying its own invitation for a grand time.
Less Is More
The simple truth is that good design needs no embellishment. As examples, I offer Marie Christophe’s bee and lobster sculptures as an example. The proof lies in their elegant outlines, which prove the less is much more.
Spring is in the air!
Feeling leggy at Bon Marche, Paris!
The ides of March become the legs of spring at Paris’ Bon Marche, thanks to Marie Christophe’s loopy, limber ceiling sculpture. You can see Marie’s witty piece on the first floor of the department store, which has been a fashion plate since its founding in 1838.
Marie Christophe’s octopus tries out its eight squiggly legs
Let the spring sun outshine the winter blues
There’s no better way to warm my spring’s sunny days than with a touch of yellow. When I see yellow, it gets my creative juices flowing and jump-starts all the projects I’ve been seeing in my mind.
Beautiful sunny happy vibes starring A&V’s Pomegranate Lion Yellow velvet appliqué pillow.
Simple in form, yet stunningly intricate
This BEE-U-TIFUL layout
See this BEE-u-tiful layout and BEE sculpture by Marie Christophe in CityBook Editorial March. All abuzz about this!
Provocative Pineapple Sconce
Marie Christophe’s provocative Pineapple sculptural sconce, featured in Boutique Design, is warm and welcoming wherever it hangs its plucky crown.
It’s a work in progress, destined to be a mirror, but I love it just the way it is…as a beautiful sculptural object. Don’t you?
Pretty in Pink
La vie en rose. Custom pillows for Calypso Home..
Serving Up This!
Feast for the eyes and the soul… serving up these bejeweled treats. Marie Christophe’s little gems are what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Guess What’s On The Menu!
I just picked up a copy of A La Table Des Designers and was pleased to see that Marie Christophe’s sculptures are the icing on the cake. Makes me want to have seconds – and thirds!
Please Be Seated
At my table, Adam & Viktoria’s pillows are more than pure eye candy. They serve as seats that make each guest feel special. Match them to the menu and set the mood for good food and juicy conversation.
Setting The Table!
My favorite centerpiece! A page from the book A La Table Des Designers featuring Mare Christophe’s sculptures. Every table should have a bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers and a beautiful sculpture or two from Marie Christophe. Time to dine…
What We Want Is Something Phoebe Philo
Something happens to women when they walk into a Celine store.. I understand this effect as I adore Celine!
I also know I have wonderful taste, and this was reaffirmed when I found out that Phoebe Philo, formerly of Chloe now with Celine, purchased this limited edition Ryan McGinness rug for her Paris flat. I own the same rug and was drawn to the playful, baroque composition ..take a closer look at some of the motifs that appear on the rug.. among them dancing gypsies, chandeliers, safety-pinned soldiers. Love the abstract forms..I’m not surprised that she fell in love with its graphic, figurative and stylized imagery because it’s loaded with “Where’s Waldo?” whimsy.
I just have to say this: Phoebe, I saw it first!
Marie Christophe proves that when a chair’s not a chair it’s a piece of high art.
Marie Christophe’s octopus tries out its eight squiggly legs.
Marie Christophe brings a little bit of heaven to earth with her band of larger-than-life angels: one for a private client in Moscow, the other for the very public (and famous) shop L’Eclaireur in Paris.
Winged Wonder in Moscow
The More The Merrier
A sofa sans pillows always looks a bit undressed, don’t you agree? Adam & Viktoria’s Turkish Delight pillows are a great way to make a big design statement. Such a dreamy, tranquil space.
I’ll Meet you at Merci, Paris!
If you’re in Paris in May (and we all wish we could be!), stop by the fabulous shop Merci to see Marie Christophe’s latest installation. She made these busy bees for the fabulous French brand Tse tse, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. You’ll also see custom creations by India Mahdavi and Christian Tortu.
Lunar Year of the Rooster
Call me a Rooster Booster: I love the sculpture that Marie Christophe made for Tomorrowland, Tokyo. Thoughtful, instinctual, confident and friendly, may these best qualities of the rooster guide you and bring you much happiness and success throughout this year!
This month, Marie Christophe’s beautiful bird cage is flying on the wings of British Airways. You can see it in the airline’s first-class cabin magazine.
If you happen to find yourself in London and visit the stylish new hotel called 5 Maddox Street, (I think that’s a wonderful idea), you can prop your feet and your head up on Adam & Viktoria’s pretty pillows, which are waiting for you on the sofa. Louis Vuitton City Guide says “This hotel is a true rarity” and I couldn’t agree more!
A Feathery Flock
Marie Christophe’s fine feathered friends, created for Parisian designer Jean-Louis Deniot, allow the imagination to soar on their worldly wings. With their hand-painted paper faces, bright bodies and crystal crowns, they are down-to-earth sky sculptures.
Sunny Happy Vibe!
Let the spring sun outshine the winter with Marie Christophe’s little yellow bird, an ever-happy fellow. A reminder that spring is just around the corner… (well not quite yet )!! Until spring arrives, this beautiful bird with its happy yellow hue is just what I need to get me through!
Let your wings take you where your heart desires… Marie Christophe’s butterfly has landed on the wire bowl which glitters with gold and amber crystals.
Tiny enough to light upon your shoulders…although desired to be brooches, they can also adorn any table and when grouped together they turn your wall into a high -wire swarm of wire and dazzling crystal!
It’s all chic silver and white at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City, where Adam & Viktoria’s classic Chrysanthemum Oyster pillows have found a gorgeously comfortable spot to lounge in the Dior Suite. Putting more bloom on the blushing blooms has made me blush with pride and joy!
I’ll meet you the Dior Suite!
Busy Bee Brooch
I’m hoping that Marie Christophe’s bejeweled brooch wings its way to my jewelry box! This little busy bee, Marie Christophe’s latest big idea (along with the scarab shown above), are tiny (2.8 inches and 3.9 inches) enough to light upon your shoulders. Although designed to be brooches, when grouped together, they can turn your wall into a high-wire swarm that’s ready to take flight.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
Over the moon for this beautiful beehive chandelier!
Marie’s Sketches Are All Wired Up
I love to see her work and how she works!
Just in Time for Christmas
Marie Christophe’s dog sculpture, which is spending the holidays in Paris in Hermes’ window, gets an amazing technicolor dreamcoat of 500 zippers.
Hope you get to see it – it’s on display until Jan. 1.
Learn from the master..
Explore Marie Christophe’s sculptural masterpieces.. her whimsical wireworks are pure magic! She fashions charming creatures, fanciful fixtures, beautiful birdcages and gossamer objects d’art, seemingly from thin air.
My favorite fruit.. Marie’s New Pineapple Sconce
I’ve taken to calling Marie Christophe’s latest sconce “Fruit of the Womb.” It’s a tangy, tropical take on the pineapple, which is, of course, the universal symbol of hospitality. It’s wired for fun!
With a sculptural and artful presence, Marie Christophe’s pineapple sconce provides the perfect glow to any room.
It was meant to BEE
For the last 18 months, Marie Christophe, as you can see, has been as busy as a bee. Her custom beehive chandelier is abuzz with three large bees and 15 smaller ones. It’s quite a bee-uty!
Marie Christophe’s seven-light Boudoir chandelier, featuring black, beige and nude ceramics and ceramic light covers has nothing to hide on its beauty side.
Marie Christophe’s bejeweled scarab is in good company at his new home. He shares a desk with a Line Vautrin paperweight and a beautiful bronze William Kentridge piece that’s topping a book. Such a beautiful still life, don’t you think?
Simon, a hairdressing salon in Paris, just got a new look with Marie Christophe’s Fugu Fish Light, which doubles as a ceiling sculpture.
If only fish could fly!
Looking through Lily Latifi’s gliding panels is like viewing the world through rose colored glasses.. they make everything inside and outside beautiful!
Check out Interior Design Magazine Fall Market Tabloid for the Designer Spotlight feature just out.
All That Shimmers Is Blue
Marie Christophe’s shimmering blue-crystal sconces put the art of illumination in a whole new light. Even when they aren’t lit, they are always in the spotlight.
Only love ..only beauty! I wish for peace and prosperity for our nation as we move forward.
Dutch Vogue Living
Dutch Vogue Living celebrates all the beautiful creatures that live in the enchanted forest, including Marie Christophe’s beautiful hare and beetle sculptures who are featured in the magazine’s October issue!
Pure Poetry: Loft of the Rising Sun, Paris
Lily Latifi’s gift is that she knows how to create the perfect harmony between the space, light and life. She is inspired by one’s space & one’s personality, and then takes the best of both, enhances them through volume and natural light. I love how she makes the visible invisible!!!
There’s a new puppy in paris!
Marie Christophe just delivered this doggy to Hermes. I’m madly in love with it. Just look at those eyes!
The Wire Whiskerer…
Such a buzz about bugs lately so naturally I am thrilled to see that everyone else seems to be getting on board with all things bugs!! Marie’s bugs are real gems even if you can’t wear them! Simply stunning…
At Home with Amanda Ross
Amanda Ross shared her still life starring Marie Christophe’s darling owl. Add one of these whimsical sculptures to your space and it will help you see things a different light!!
Crazy for this fish light!
What Really Could be More Inviting!!
The fall ready-to-wear collections are all about velvets, deep-hued and in rich jewel colors. Contemporary interiors, too, have benefited from the use of velvet which has always been synonymous with luxury … so are the delicious A& V pillows!
Really, what could be more inviting!
Squiggles and jiggles in Milan
Pierre Louis Mascia, an illustrator-turned fashion designer has just commissioned Marie Christophe to create a series of squiggly, jiggly jellyfish sculptures for his Milan atelier. These silly sculptures bring a smile to my face..
Love the Love Apple
Marie Christophe’s sparkling chandeliers sets the mood for good food … a culinary delight and magical at every light.
Formerly a small chapel, this charming restaurant features the most delicious and inspiring food. One of my favorites.. Taos, New Mexico!
Lily Latifi named her gliding panels Notebook, which gives me a perfect excuse to write about them. It’s such a brilliantly simple idea – the holes spiral down, giving a feeling of starting a new page every time you see them.
Make A Wish
Once upon a time, I created a wonderfully whimsical world filled with fairy-tale beauty. But I could not keep it all to myself; that wouldn’t be fun or fair. So I’m sharing it with you, hoping it opens your eyes in wide-eyed wonder, whether you place these pieces in your nursery, mom zone or the other special spaces you go to reconnect with your inner child.
Enjoy! And, whatever you do, don’t grow up!
Create a buzz
All for Fashion
I always knew that Lily Latifi’s work was worthy of the runway, and this fashion show, held at the 18th District Town Hall in Paris, turned her panels into catwalk stars. Can’t you just picture a gown made out of them?
Bluebird of Happiness
Marie Christophe’s bluebird of happiness has landed, wings aloft, and I’m bedazzled!
Meet Marie Christophe’s stunning, colorful jellyfish sculpture complete with trailing tentacles made of brightly colored ribbons!
Add some fresh greens!
New season, new interiors. Add some fresh greens! This green becomes a beautiful background for the screen printed pink linen butterfly streamers.
They feel so modern and perfect for transitioning into fall!
Marie Christophe’s Bouteille floor lamp, which I adore, is featured in the September issue of Marie Claire Maison magazine, where it further illuminates the airy space with grace.
Bergdorf Goodman Magazine
A little birdie told me that Marie Christophe’s feathered friends are featured in Bergdorf Goodman’s magazine. What a pretty pair!
A funny bunny that is all ears (and wires!)
Double G and Marie
I get goosebumps every time I see the sophisticated designs of Parisian architects Flora de Gastines and Anne Geistdoerfer of Double G.. Can you spy the Lamp Bouteille with it’s modern white shade in this kitchen? Neutrals never looked so chic!
Contemporary, colorful and clever, their projects frequently feature the wiry lamps and chandeliers of Marie Christophe.
Lustre Rouge, the red crystal chandelier that is playing peek-a-boo in the entry, is downright illuminating!
The perfect spot
Marie Christophe’s Lamp Bouteille has found the perfect spot in this Parisian kitchen.
Laid back Parisian vibe
Masters of the laid-back Parisian vibe, Double G make the French way of decorating – mixing the old with the new – look so charmingly simple.
Here & Now
Exclusive creations for Bergdorf Goodman, NY.. featured in Bergdorf Goodman magazine.
Hotel Chic At The Dior Suite
Delighted to be mentioned in Hotel Chic Blog: French Glamour in NYC: The Dior Suite at the St.Regis. What a thrill to be part of such a fun and fashionable project!
Bringing Back the Bubbles
I used to love to blow bubbles — the truth be told, I still do, actually. It’s so freeing. Blowing bubbles is magical and only for the moment that’s what makes them so magical. But, thankfully, Lily Latifi’s bubbly gliding panels capture that moment – forever.
A fantasy within four walls ~I’m convinced that when Juan Montoya declared that “a room should smile at you and create fantasy,” he was thinking of this one in the September 2015 issue of Vogue that features Marie Christophe’s stunning crown chandelier, leggy pink flamingo and delightful bird sculpture. It sure makes me want to talk to the animals!
A bird Friendly Ledge!
Marie Christophe’s birds are a rare species … made by her hand only. Vogue September 2015!
Cover story – Marie Claire Maison
Marie Christophe’s mobile caught the attention of Marie Claire Maison who couldn’t help but put it on the cover… Even the zebra can’t take it’s eyes off it!!
Great pieces look great in every space they grace!
This point was brought home to me when my client shared the installed image of the custom chandelier that Marie Christophe created her beautiful bedroom.
Tweeting about this!
These birds are tweeting about fall decorating. Feather your nest with the bejeweled birds of Marie Christophe.
Hanging Works of Art
Marie Christophe’s mobiles with it’s shiny blue and silver discs – also caught the attention of Cartier, Paris ..which featured a pair in the windows.
Wonderful Wiry Mobiles!
“Just as one can compose colors, or forms, so one can compose motions,” said artist Alexander Calder, whose delicately balanced mobiles have long been entrancing art aficionados redefining what sculpture could be by introducing movement. Marie Christophe’s truly playful creations awaken our sense of wonder this fall as we fall in love with all things kinetic!
Put this mouse in your house
And just look at his black crystal tail!!
This bouquet for Deyrolle, Paris!
Beauty for Baccarat- seeing things in this light!
Marie Christophe brings beauty to Baccarat with her luxurious lustre chandelier. Talk about tricking the light fantastic!
Love at Every Bite (and Light)
There are only 13 tables, so dining at the Love Apple in Taos, New Mexico, is liking eating in your own home. The food is deliciously special – Chef/Owner Jen Hart’s farm-to-table menu is harvest-healthy – and so is the décor. A pair of sparkling chandeliers by Marie Christophe sets the mood for the good food.
Buzzing About This!
The latest buzz is from the two bees (the other one is buzzing about) which have landed in the Houston home of my client. Love the poetic, playful bee sconces!
Interior design by Fern Santini of Abode.
Illuminate your life!
Hang out with Marie Christophe’s chandeliers.
Bonita’s Ahuja’s dreamy, delicate curtain fabrics just beg to be touched because they literally show her hand. They are hand-woven and hand embroidered. This one, Memory, silk and cashmere in red and ivory, is simply unforgettable.
J’Adore Opaline Bleu featured in Glamour Germany Globetrotting issue!
Light as Air designs
Lily Latifi’s light as air gliding panels use simple and sometimes intricate silhouettes to compliment the architecture and light in each and every space where it will be used.
Let The Sun Shine In
Marie’s new soleil mirror warms my heart as no real rays can. Her stunning sun sculpture mirror, which gets its blinding bling from ceramics,mini crystal mirrors and sky-blue opaline crystals, is hot and cool!
Look What I Found In My Files!
For Throw-Back Thursday! Marie Christophe’s chandelier was discovered by Cote Sud in 2000. Its still stylish –and one of my favorites – after all these years.
In Fashion’s Spotlight
Tommy Hilfiger lists 10 things every woman should have in a past issue of Allure magazine. When I read it, I decided that every woman should have at least 10 Tommy Hilfigers because he included a Marie Christophe chandelier in his choices. Not only that, he mentioned that he has not one but six chandeliers over his dining room table. What an enlightened fashion statement!
Who-o-o’s going to the Enchanted Forest Show
Marie Christophe’s wire-wise owls will be flying in. Over the moon for this darling trio of owls in the most fabulous shade of green!
I’m Tweeting about the Enchanted Forest Show, Bergdorf Goodman, NY
If Marie Christophe’s blue jays have their way (and we know they will), the Enchanted Forest Show at Bergdorf Goodman in September will be a fly-away success in New York.
Marie Christophe’s rabbit is all Ears
Marie Christophe’s rabbit is all ears when it comes to news about the Enchanted Forest Show at Bergdorf Goodman. In case you’re wondering, the latest is that it will be in New York in September.
Cute and Clever
Cute and clever, Marie Christophe’s fox is getting a jump on the Enchanted Forest Show at Bergdorf Goodman. Look for it and her other animal pals in New York in September.
If Fish Could Fly
Actually, Marie Christophe’s Fugu fish light makes them do just that.
It’s A Mod, Mod Light
Marie Christophe’s Ibiza chandelier, complete with wooden beads, transparent crystals and white paper shade, gives this kitchen a fresh look.
Elegance and Simplicity
In all her designs, she combines elegance, grace, and simplicity with a high degree of functionality along with the latest technology . For Lily, fabrics are more than just decoration, that is why each panel is tailor made taking into account the architecture and light of the space where it will be used.
Lily Latifi’s cut out shapes create wonderful shadows on surrounding walls and floor. These perforated compositions create graphic rhythms that drift from one window to another and evolve as light changes through the day and night.
Welcome to the luminous world of Lily Latifi,Paris!
Transparency, translucency, lightness of materials. Poetry and elegance of design. Brilliant textile solutions for interiors. Pleased to introduce you to the luminous world of Lily Latifi’s textiles!
Take A break and Chat with these Lovebirds!
See and Hear
Aptly name Elephant Papillion, Marie Christophe’s elephants sprout cute butterfly ears!
This bee is all abuzz about the upcoming AD SPAIN feature!!!
Marie Christophe lights up Tangier
Bruno Frisoni, the artistic director of Roger Vivier, has a really hot house in Tangier, Morocco, and he asked Marie Christopher to jazz it up with some of her signature lighting fixtures. She created two chandeliers — one studded with ebony ceramics, the other with ivory — that play off of each other like piano keys.
Bruno Frisoni, Tangier
Quintessentially french.. this bike that travelled the Colette runway also is Marie’s masterpiece. Rode its way into our hearts in T Mag and Vogue!
This Little Beauty!
This little beauty, by Marie Christopher, is prancing and dancing for Dior.
Follow Your Heart
Follow your heart… to the romantic light of Marie Christophe’s dazzling Crown chandelier featured in Boutique Design June issue.
Happy, exhilarating red! Red is dynamic and adds life to any room. Explore your exotic side.. Marie Christophe channels Morocco with her Colonne hanging fixture which just so happens to be featured in Interior Design’s Spring Market Tabloid.
“All of my life I’ve pursed the perfect red”–Diana Vreeland
Strewn with colorful beads
Pineapple sconce and a heart lamp…personality speaks through objects!
Take the shells
Leave the sand, take the shells… Marie Christophe’s custom seashell sculptures created for Holly Hunt.
Beading A Nest
Leave it to Marie Christophe to put the birds outside the cage. It goes without saying that their house would look great in your house.
Marie Christophe’s new Rivera lamp, with its sunny-side-up face, is really hot, hot, hot.
Marie Christophe’s new Gypsy Light has the right vibe for the beach and beyond..
Caught! Marie Christophe’s Poisson Lamp
A fish that’s scaled with wire– has a new swimming hole! Made it’s debut in Elle Decoration, France last year.
Who is the fairest of them all?
Spring flowers fade away, but Marie Christophe’s new Fleurs De Lice mirror offers a who’s-the-fairest bouquet every day. Just installed.. isn’t it a lovely addition to my client’s new bathroom!!
One mouse, two mouse in the house
Marie Christophe whimsically pairs this pair!
My Passion Fruit
A real bird, who apparently doesn’t know about Marie Christophe’s wire cages, perches on one of her chandeliers.
Our Tweetie may have been enticed by the light of Marie’s feather-friendly pineapple lamp.
Who-o-o-o makes the best wire sculptures?
It’s the wire-wise Marie Christophe who put together this pair of inquisitive-looking owls. Two are better than one.
What a hoot!
Hear Us Roar!
So in love with this pair!!! Marie Christophe’s custom lion lamps for my client, in gold wire with gold and transparent crystals, are the pick of the pride.
A Delicate Balance
“Her work is like she is: light, airy and extremely poetic,” says Roger Vivier’s creative director Bruno Frisoni, who’s commissioned many bespoke creations for Roger Vivier stores.
New York Times T Magazine, May 2015..
All’s Well in Wellsville
Natural light is a coveted commodity, especially when it’s filtered through Marie Christophe’s stunning Montgolfliere chandelier for my client’s house in Wellsville,(such a great name,isn’t it?). At night, the chandelier gives it a low glow.
My favorite tweet
Justina Blakeney/LA Daily News
Spring has made my thoughts take flight all the way back to last June when the LA DAILY NEWS noted my new collection with Kaveri Singh & quoted me in the same feature with LA-based Designer/Stylist Extraordinaire Justina Blakeney. I still get thrills just thinking about it! “Lisa Fontanarosa likes the unconventional, too, and that means hanging delicate curtains from the ceiling, draping them around windows and letting them cascade from outdoor arbors and gazebos”
A Rare Species
Marie Christophe’s latest birdie is something to tweet about: It’s a rare species, made by her hand only.
Such a Simple Idea
LA DAILY NEWS: “For as long as I can remember, I’ve decorated my garden gazebo and pergola with beautiful bespoke textiles sourced on my travels from Fiji and France,” said Fontanarosa, who lives in New Mexico.
“It’s such a simple idea that I remain surprised when people from my neighborhood make my house a stop on their daily walks. They sneak a peek inside and marvel at the textiles that I change with the seasons.”
Looking through Lily Latifi’s Milky Way laser cut translucent gliding panels is like viewing the world through rose-colored glasses. They make everything inside and outside beautiful.
A Bug’s Life
The busy beader.. dare I say even Tiffany couldn’t it better!
Sweet Little Birdie
This sweet little birdie is admiring the fresh spring blooms from the garden.
Currents, NY Times
Seems like yesterday that Marie Christophe got her first mention in the NY Times. Her designs have, of course, stood the test of of the Times and of time.
There’s A Froggie on the Wall!
Marie Christophe’s cute climber, bulging eyes and all, is quite the charmer.
Marie Christophe’s High-Wire Circus
It’s exciting to discover that the design world is finally embracing all things animal. Marie Christophe’s wire fantastics have been depicting delightful creatures (poodles and pigs and giraffes and more birds than Hitchcock’s high-flying flick) for more than 16 years. I’m glad the rest of the world is catching up with her creativity!
Marie Christophe’s dazzling wirework chandelier for Guerlain’s new shop, Cour des Senteurs in Versailles.
The Talk of the Table
I’m throwing together a small dinner party and wanted to create a centerpiece that will be a true conversation piece. My mind was on spring flowers in a vase, but that’s an idea that’s been done to death. Then I remembered the gilded wire birdcages that Marie Christophe crafted to highlight the high heels of Roger Vivier. They were featured in a Harper’s Bazaar spread in 2006. Leave it to Marie to create a witty centerpiece that’s literally the center of attention.
What do you put in a gilded wire birdcage?
Roger Vivier signature stilettos of course! Roger Vivier commissioned the very first gilded wire birdcage by Marie Christophe in 2006 to highlight the heels of Roger Vivier…they were also featured in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine the same year.
So excited to tweet about this!
Feathered in pink and red leaves leaves with gold and red crystals
Oh My Deer!
A French & Japanese Salute To Marie Christophe
Madame Figaro magazine has fallen head over heels in love with Marie Christophe (is there anyone who hasn’t?) and recently featured two of the wire sculptures she created for Roger Vivier in its Japanese edition. The female forms are fantastic, and the little doggie is to die for!
Shades of the Day!
LUXE magazine asked five designers to weigh in on the softer side of the color wheel, using the Dior Suite of the St. Regis Hotel in New York to illustrate their sharp-hued points. The suite accents its subtle serenity with a pretty palette of Bonita Ahuja’s Delice Vapour pillows in ivory, beige and dove grey. One of my fav projects!
La Fee Du Fil
The thread fairy…and the creations of Marie Christophe!
Hop into spring!
Marie Christophe’s new little birdie is ready to hop into spring.
Crushing on the new delicate, super gorgeous new plate paintings by Julian Schnabel
Julian Schnabel’s bold, colorful interiors.
A Perfect Pair
Lustre Rose, by Marie Christophe, brings a double bouquet of beauty to the home of Frederic Fekkai in the south of France. Featured in Architectural Digest March 2016!
Scent for the Orbs
The spiraling spheres of the custom chandeliers Marie Christophe designed for L’Artisan Perfumeur Paris really opened my eyes. How delightful to see her work from a different perspective and to stand under such lightness of being.
Musee Picasso Paris
The architecture is as stunning as the collection.
The elephant’s new playmate.. a custom pooch with black crystal by Marie Christophe. Adds such a playful spirit!
Scissors, rock wire
Play it Marie Christophe’s way
I’ll Meet You in the Dior Suite
The Dior Suite of the St. Regis Hotel in NY gets its serenely chic look in large part from Bonita Ahuja’s pillows. What a thrill for me to be part of such a fun and fashionable project.
Let’s go on a bike ride!
I’m in spring cycle which reminds me of one of my favorite projects I worked on with Marie Christophe for Colette, Paris’ cult-concept boutique. I asked Marie Christophe to create a life-size bicycle in wire with a crystal seat and crystal bell. I had it installed in the shop’s window so the sun could create a sparkling spotlight!
Take A Joyride
On Marie Christophe’s custom bike that traveled the Colette runway!
Obsessed with Mirrors!
The Scamper of Little Wire Paws
A new worker for Bruno Frisoni’s office.
Call it puppy love!
I can’t resist the sweet face of Marie Christophe’s wiry Afghan hound. What a cutie!
“Always Retain A Child’s Sense of Wonder About The World”
I adore Louise Bourgeois. I look at life with a childlike sense of wonder just like you Louise.. and thank you for being my inspiration.
Anything in Wire
Style’s all in the eye
See the art in Marie Christophe’s newest sculpture.
Work Things Out
The magic begins in Marie Christophe’s atelier, where her latest creations are waiting to be installed
Look at Art in a new way
Marie Christophe’s bird sculpture is studying a Pino Pascali drawing and a Claude Lalanne Pomme.
Sing For Spring!
Marie Christophe’s little birds help you whistle a happy tune.
Smile Through the Day
Marie Christophe’s flamingo will put you in the mood to play happy!
One of my new favs! Emu, Marie Christophe’s fabulous new pink crystal big bird.
My Mind’s in the Land of India
Pink is daring and exotic, which is why I styled this space with Kaveri & Lisa’s provocative Primose curtains and Lorelei streamers.
The color enhances the senses, presenting the positive energy that’s pulsing through the universe.
Milieu Magazine’s spring issue gets off to an art start with a full-page story on our own Marie Christophe and her wire menagerie!
Wire and Sculpture
Crazy for the wire creations of Marie Christophe… Seeing art in a new way!
Covet & Collect
Graceful as a line drawing.. fantastical forms worthy of admiration! The highly coveted and infinitely collectible sculptures of Marie Christophe.
Christo’s luminous pink skirted islands.. public pink fabric art of Christo’s. My favorite and one of his greatest art installations!
Spread Your Wings
Fly high with Marie Christophe’s dove… these two are inseparable.
Paris Holds My Heart
“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and the point of life” — Thomas Jefferson
Inspiration and beauty everywhere.. always celebrating beauty, art and style.
Get Down To the Details
Marie Christophe’s Lustre Murano chandelier adds opulent elegance to a sparkling Paris bathroom.
Circles and Squares and Chic Ceramics
Soothing circles and squares and chic ceramics … that’s why Marie Christophe’s Palermes make perfect bedside lamps.
Marie Christophe’s Lamp Bouteille can be seen lounging in the corner of this Paris apartment.
Bring the beach home
With Marie Christophe’s sculptural seashells.
The good blues
Marie Christophe, at my client’s request, has made her traditional red lobster blue. And we can’t stop smiling!
Available at Garde, Los Angeles.
Keep the Mood Cozy!
Lamp Remy created for Jean-Louis Deniot keeps the mood cozy.
My Passion Fruit
I’ve taken to calling Marie Christophe’s latest lamp “Fruit of the Womb.” It’s a tangy, tropical take on the pineapple, which is, of course, the universal symbol of hospitality.
And the new version with it’s happy yellow shade puts me in a sunny state of mind!
Marie Christophe’s sweet birdie is ready to tweet…
about its pairing with a Roger Vivier stiletto in Bruno Frisoni’s Paris office.
Think Spring Colors
Marie’s red and gold bird finds its mellow yellow.
No better way to usher in spring’s sunny days than with a touch of yellow!
Golden Winged Beauties
Follow the flights of Marie Christophe’s wiry bejeweled birdies. This trio is tops!
Make A Bold Move
Marie Christophe’s red-ceramic sconces make just the right statement in Bruno Frisoni’s house in Tangiers.
Vogue agrees with me as these fabulous sconces were also featured in Vogue!
A perfect Pair
Lustre Rose, by Marie Christophe, brings a double bouquet of beauty to the home of Frederic Fekkai in the south of France.
Marie Christophe’s owl lamp takes center stage in this fabulous Milan apartment.
Like Marie Christophe’s Crown Chandelier
Feather Your Nest
With the birds of Marie Christophe.. this one makes my heart skip a beat!
Color enhances the senses.. Primrose and Lorelei textiles are so at home hanging out in my client’s beautiful veranda.
That’s where you’ll find Marie Christophe’s little chirper.
Soft & Sweet
Lime Dragon is all pretty in petal pink. The pattern, on screen – printed cotton voile looks very Sixties, don’t you think?
Join The Peace Talks
Marie Christophe’s Dove lamps created for Bergdorf Goodman start the conversation.
Live in Grand Style
With Marie Christophe’s Ibiza ceramic and wood chandelier.
Fly The Flamingos
Marie Christophe’s birds walk on the wild and domestic side
Giving Wings to Wire
What I’m tweeting about!
Look at the Birdie
Marie Christophe’s big bird has an eye for great design.
Wake Up and Smell the flowers
Follow the flight of Marie Christophe’s wiry birdie, who goes by the name of Inseparable.
What does the beautiful blue-eyed octopus and “painterly touches” have in common? See the full feature in Interior Design Fall Market Tabloid!!
Right At Home
This little bejeweled birdie is feeling right at home in his new digs!
A Land -Line Lobster
Marie Christophe’s sculpture adorns the wall of the New York home of designer Brian J. McCarthy and Dani Sager.
Make the Leap
With this new flamingo
Go With this Glow
These bees are all abuzz about Marie Christophe’s illuminated sculptures.
All Dressed Up
With a great place to go: Galerie V Paris.
Who Moved My Cheese?
Marie Christophe puts a mouse in the house.
Marie Christophe’s new Rivera lamp, with its sunny-side-up face, is really hot, hot, hot.
Light a fire in the new year
Let Marie Christophe’s first chandelier, Montgolfliere, inspire you.
Just installed.. ..the hibou sculpture is so happy hanging out in his new digs!
Who’s the Wisest?
Marie Christophe’s owl, from the vantage point of a New York City apartment, is giving 2016 a new look. Don’t you love it?
What will 2016 bring?
Look into Marie Christophe’s Anneaux mirror, a sunburst of blue, white and black ceramic beads, that is featured in the January issue of Architectural Digest.
Marie Christophe’s Lustre Baccarat Petite chandelier, with its loop de loop chains and Baccarat crystal flowers, is looking lovely in this San Francisco entry.
Get some new ideas
Take Marie Christophe’s hand for a tour of the custom pieces she made for Holly Hunt’s showroom.
Custom for Holly Hunt Showroom
Memories of fantastically over decorated woods, wonderlands and secret gardens in children’s books was the inspiration for this fantastical floor screen by A & V. It is a tribute to a strong love to all that grows and blooms. A super-natural tree where everything grows: cherries, roses, and pomegranates and birds flutter. Fantasy and fairytale .. the best!
Getting Michelle Brand’s Cascade Lancashire recognized as one of the world’s best of the best was the greatest Christmas gift I got in 2009. We were beyond excited to get her chandelier featured in the famous NM Christmas Book–one of only nine fantasy items selected!
A Pair of Homebodies
Marie Christophe’s bee sconce and sculpture are right at home in Muriel Brandolini’s house.
The World of Muriel Brandolini
Custom sculpture for Muriel Brandolini featured in The World of Muriel Brandolini p. 130
Wire and Scissors
Marie Christophe’s sculptures are cutting edge.
Look at the Birdie
Marie Christophe gives wings to wire.
Open Your Eyes
Marie Christophe’s owl helps you see things in a different light.
Insects as Texture
Dragonflies take flight, Silver Dragon curtains by Kaveri & Lisa.. dedicated to the magical and mystical dragonfly.
Imagine Winging It with A Dragonfly
The dragonfly has always symbolized light, hope, and transformation…reminds us all for the need for freedom and a fuller expression of life. Marie Christophe’s dragonfly sculpture is my inspiration!
Count Your chickens (and your blessings)
With a little help from Marie Christophe’s mother hen.
Indigo Birds by Li Edelkoordt for Merci Paris
Li Edelkoordt’s beautiful indigo birds for Merci Paris.. one of my favorite exhibitions at Merci, Paris!
Be like the lovebirds
This pair in Marie Christophe’s wire cage are lifelong companions
Retweet and Reset
Marie Christophe’s little golden-winged birdie will carry your messages far and wide.
The eye of the rhino
Marie’s beautiful beast is living in the kitchen/dining area of a client’s private home. When the sun comes, the owners can see the rhino looking at them through the reflection it casts on the wall.
Brilliant Illustrator Donald Robertson
Love Donald Robertson’s brilliant illustrations .. but this was such an awesome draw with coffee; his tribute for love and peace for Paris!
Paris, Your Light Will Continue to Shine
November 13th — My heart is broken and tears are with you my beloved Paris! Image courtesy of Anna Korkobcova
Lace Borders… Parc Monceau,Paris
Rewire your life
See things in a different light with Marie Christophe’s Toyko table lamp.
Loving this color palette
Windows, Views and Fantastic Light
The interiors of Axel Vervoordt..always inspiring!
Color Palette Hero Restaurant, Paris
Leave the sand, take the shells
Marie Christophe’s seashells in crystal and wire created exclusively for Holly Hunt.
A Favorite Quote
Grace Coddington– Creative Director American Vogue
Custom Ibiza Channels an Island Feel
I love it when clients share the joy our pieces bring to them. In this case, a custom version of Marie Christophe’s Ibiza chandelier for my client and interior designer, Susan Fredman channels a casual island look with it’s sun-like globe in wire, & sand-color wooden beads. It puts me in an a chic and relaxed state of mind. You can read all about it in the March/April issue of Luxe Magazine!
The Playful Work of Artist Wayne Pate
A Recent Exhibit in London
Recreation of a fictional Parisian art collector’s 1960’s apartment inspired by the work of Jean Dubuffet at Helly Nahmad booth at Frieze Masters London
Go Shopping In Style
Go shopping in high style … with Marie Christophe’s chic crock, who is carrying a handbag on his back. See him at Beynat et Janniaux, Paris. In case you’re wondering, that’s the shop that makes the crocodile-skin bags for Vuitton and Hermes, but not this guy.
First Floor by Cyrille Weiner
Follow Marie Christophe’s wire rhino; wherever you end up, the pleasure will be unexpected.
Kelly’s Sense of Style
I am quite smitten with Kelly Wearstler’s sense of style. She is a modern-day Dorothy Draper in the sense that she has truly mastered the art of bold and unexpected style. I adore Kelly’s sumptuous color palette and timeless east asian influence.
During my recent trip to New York City, I visited Bergdorf Goodman. To my surprise and great delight, I met designer Kelly Wearstler, who was nice enough to give me a personal tour of her space …and… her favorite chocolate. Don’t you just love it?
She is as lovely as she is talented!
When I was in NY last month, I had the pleasure of meeting Marin Hopper (her father was actor, Dennis Hopper). Marin, is also a huge fan of Marie Christophe’s work and purchased several pieces. I got a private tour of her new line of handbags (they are fabulous ) and her atelier, Hayward, is as unique is a she is!
The Big Apple
Recent visit, NY…..
The Apartment by The Line, NY
Love the well edited and precise selection at this fab NY boutique.
See Yourself in an Exotic Way
Marie Christophe’s custom mirror sculpture suspended in the window of jeweler Marie Helene de Taillac New York.
A Rickshaw in Paris
A favorite window display.. Paris based designer, Marie Helene de Taillac’s natural colorful gemstone creations glisten in the shop’s new window!
Odd + Imperfect= Interesting
Peggy and the world’s most beloved mobile
I adored Peggy Gougenheim’s love of art and this photograph is a tribute to her exuberant spirit and admiration for the world’s most beloved mobile.
In the Spirt of Paris Fashion Week
I was looking through my files and fell in love with Marie Christophe’s life-sized animal sculptures for the Musee de la Mode all over again. She made them in 1998 – can it really have been that long ago? The peacock strutted for Chanel; the giraffe loped for Issey Miyake; the swan swanned for Jean-Paul Gaultier; the hare hopped for Yohji Yamamoto; the ostrich sashayed for Christian Lacroix; the rooster crowed only for Comme des Garcons. Magnifique!
The Busy Beader
This shiny scarab… the humble subjects that Marie Christophe has turned into high art.
Dare I say, even Tiffany couldn’t do it better!
This lucky cluck was selected by Vogue’s Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour to appear in the special anniversary issue of Conde Nast called Conde Nast Design. The magazine celebrates all aspects of modern design in architecture, interiors and of course fashion.
Hits newsstands this week!
For Frederic Fekkai
Gatherings of guests are twice as nice when your dining table shares a pair of Marie Christophe’s pink-crystal chandeliers.
Custom chandeliers in pink crystal commissioned by Frederic Fekkai.
Take Time to Look
Spidey Comes A Calling
Marie Christophe’s black beauty.
Everything’s Marie Christophe at the show at Creel & Gow
Cuddle Up with Marie Christophe’s blue- eyed octopus
Let Yourself Soar
Adore this bird trio….
I’m excited to show off Milieu’s fall issue because it features one of my favorite projects with a favorite interior designer, Fern Santini.
Fern, a fabulous interior designer in Austin, made the playfully poetic bee sconces and cinderella- esque Montgolfliere Or chandelier the centerpieces of this home in Houston. We think they added such an artful dimension to the home. Congrats on the 14 pg feature Fern Santini!
This part of New Mexico has captivated since I moved here. The 165 yr old yellow cream and deep red sandstone cliffs along with pedernal mountain create stunning views. Always awe inspiring!
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE -A MEANINGFUL LIFE
“I think it’s so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary – you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.” — Georgia O’Keeffe
El Farolito, El Rito
The charming restaurant El Farolito in the historic village of El Rito, New Mexico
I Believe in Magic
Once upon a time, there was a woman named Lisa Fontanarosa whose talent was discovering true talent.. As she was traveling far & wide, Lisa discovered an artist named Marie Christophe who created sculptures that were wired for life.
They flew out of her atelier, whirled around the world & landed in the land of make-believe, where dogs take chandeliers for a spin and church mice chase bicycles. It was as the storybooks say, a magical moment!
VOGUE..We’ve Been Waiting for you!
In Style With Vogue
The best part of my summer was dining alfresco with Vogue in France. This photo, taken at Marie Christophe’s 18th-century home in the picturesque countryside of Gers, captures the fashionable memory beautifully. So the does the article in the September issue of the magazine. Summer dining no other way!
Sunflowers and beautiful ceramics create the perfect vignette.
Marie Christophe’s bejeweled birdies takes us on flights of fantasy without so much as flapping a wing or turning a feather.
Not that’s really something to tweet about.
Marie Christophe’s Cinderella chandelier (Mongolfoliere Or) is dazzling in this contemporary bedroom. With gold and prune crystals dangling from their delicate wirework forms, they promise enchanting evenings. The gold beads and prune crystals turn daylight into starlight.
Interior design by Fern Santini.
Charming Toulouse! Grandiose yet unique architecture with 16th century buildings which line cobbled streets.. their shutters painted in pretty pastel shades.
A favorite street in Toulouse France.
Marie Christophe is in Vogue
Marie Christophe is in Vogue.. and since she worked her first wire, she’s always been in vogue.
It’s been so wonderful being your agent all these years!!!!
LEAP INTO THE AIR
Take flight with Marie Christophe’s airy aerie (see it in Vogue September issue)
Only Marie Christophe would think of spotlighting swans in a chandelier. Lustre Cygnes, in green opal crystal and gold beads, marries the birds with wirework for life.
Parisian interior with a twist.. in love with the color palette. Very chic and well edited space.. and those floors!
I just picked up a copy of A La Table Des Designers and was pleased to see that Marie Christophe’s sculptures are the icing on the cake.
Makes me want to have seconds – and thirds!
What a Hoot
The windows for Bergdorf Goodman (the crown jewel of the retail world) continue to astonish and delight all who flock to them- passersby who stop on the street year round to gaze at them getting caught up in their magic. The windows are a visual treat- juxtaposing art, romance and fantasy -We were so pleased that they selected the Hibou lamp for one of her enchanting window displays… simply marvelous and oh so magical!
These lovely little birdies with their crystal feathers made their debut in the September issue of Vogue!
My new prickly passion fruit sconce!
Marie Christophe’s new tangy tropical take on the pineapple AND it’s wired for fun!
LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE (AND YOUR TABLE)
With Marie Christophe’s bougeoirs and beautiful birdie in gold crystals.
Vogue digital edition is currently tweeting about Piu Piu…Marie Christophe’s adorable crystal birdie
Get A Head Start
Pick Marie Christophe’s brainy bird.
A High-Design Hive
A pair of custom bee sconces by Marie Christophe are creating quite a buzz in the Houston house they were designed for. At night, when there are no lights, one is temped to believe that they take flights of fancy around the trio of prune and gold crystal wire chandeliers my client commissioned.
Interior design by Fern Santini.
Work Things Out
The magic begins in Marie Christophe’s atelier, where her latest creations are waiting to be installed.
Make Marie Christophe your creative muse!
Our undulating pattern called Lorelei keeps calling to me and I can’t help but hear it because the fuchsia color way of the shibori silk shantung streamers catches my eye as well as my ear.
Hold Your Head High
Follow in the proud footsteps of Marie Christophe’s pretty pink peacock
See The World In A New Light
Marie Christophe’s Boules Opaline light fixtures double as sculptural objects
Lighten Your Life
Lighten your life.. hang out with Marie Christophe chandeliers!
Interior design by Andra Birkerts Design.
Beauties at the beach
Marie Christophe’s Ibiza chandelier channels a casual island look with wire and sand-color wooden and ceramic beads
Jean-Louis Deniot Goes Abstract
The St. Remy lamp, an exclusive creation by Marie Christophe for Jean-Louis Deniot (also happens to be one of my favorites) made it’s debut in the new book ” My Stylish French Girlfriends”. It’s patterned blue & brown fabric shade is a foil for the base’s sinuous lines, which are highlighted by assorted ceramic colorful beads.
Do The Elephant Walk
Follow Marie Christophe’s lead
Derriere, Paris’ Hidden Gem!
A must whenever I visit Paris.. love the vibe here.
SAVOR SUMMER’S END
Let Marie Christophe take you to the beach!
Bowls by Marie Christophe
My Stylish French Girlfriends
Marie Christophe and her work are featured in Sharon Santoni’s My Stylish French Girlfriends.
Custom Whimsey in Wire for Jean-Louis Deniot
Flip the switch … see the St. Remy lamp Marie Christophe created for Jean-Louis Deniot, Paris
Dare to be Different
Keep your life full with Marie Christophe’s empty bag for Chanel, Paris.
Rewire your Life
Let Marie Christophe show you how!
MY SECRET GARDEN
You’ll find me relaxing here.. surrounded by Kinsu, our beautiful blue washed linen shibori streamers. The only thing missing is my limoncello.
Adore the desert landscape!
Perched to Perfection
This wiry bird can’t fly, which is exactly why I gave it a fancy place to perch.
Look Inside Yourself
Marie Christophe’s mirrors for Jean-Louis Deniot in black and white ceramics are chic all over. Simple in form yet stunningly intricate. Transform any interior with this powerful palette..the new modern monochrome!!
Love this busy buzzer.
Waves to the Waves
Marie Christophe shows off her seashells by the seaside.
LEARN FROM THE MASTER
Explore Marie Christophe’s sculptural masterpieces for Jean-Louis Deniot, Paris.
Try New Things
Be inspired by Marie Christophe’s latest creations.
Marie Christophe’s Lamp Bouteille can be found lounging in the corner of this chic Paris loft.
Explore Your Exotic Side
Marie Christophe channels Morocco with her Colonne hanging fixture and Nacre Black chandelier made for a client’s house.
Marie Christophe’s dazzling wirework chandelier for La Cour des Senteurs, Guerlain’s new shop in Versailles
STAND ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET
Stand on your own two feet (or one) … Marie Christophe’s pink flamingo eyes her beautiful green crown chandelier.
Connecting the Dots – and the Wires
One chandelier is glorious, but a half dozen Marie Christophe creations suspended in the same room like ballerinas- well, that’s downright illuminating. Every time I visit, I get inspired by all her wires.
The Deep Blue Sea
When I think of blue, I think of Picasso’s Blue Period and Keto, our squiggly stylized jellyfish cotton voile streamers…fluid as the ocean and mysterious as the hidden world that nature created for us to marvel at.
“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me”– Midnight in Paris
In love with this new bejeweled birdie
Dining in Style
Marie Christophe’s Lamp Bouteille makes this casual dining room in a Paris apartment feel relaxed and modern. White with touches of black feels so right!
Flap Your Wings
Be as bold and open as Marie Christophe’s wire chickens
Shop of Dreams
Deyrolle, Paris is a shop of dreams and natural curiosities. A place to inspire.
Marie Christophe’s stunning bejeweled birdie.
Gio Ponti, my modernist muse
Ponti was not content with creating mere spaces, he also sought to fill them with beautiful objects. He believed a home needed luminosity, modernity, color and large rooms.
My personal favorite, is Parco dei Principi, Sorrento Italy.
Who wants lobster?
Marie Christophe’s hard-boiled beauty in deep-sea red.
Discover your inner Parisienne
Bon Marche, the good deal is anything but… still one of my favorite places to shop in Paris.
Ah the charm of the artist’s atelier. Marie Christophe’s former atelier in Clichy and where she did her high -wire act.
The most beautiful house in the world
Often called one of the most beautiful houses in the world, Casa Malaparte in Capri, Italy is dramatically situated overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A work of art!
Look what I caught!
Marie Christophe’s big-eye fish with black and white accents
Jardin Majorelle Marrakech
My inspirational garden… I love the way the indigo walls blend with the greenery of the garden.
Insanely Beautiful Butterfly!
Let your wings take you where you desire with Marie Christophe’s new butterfly sculpture.
High Wire Chandeliers
I always look for the unexpected.. In Marie Christophe’s high wire chandeliers, I see the spaces that her spaces outline like a lead pencil drawing. Their very nothingness is what makes them them so spectacular that I can’t get enough of them.
A walk in my favorite garden
During my recent trip to Paris, I strolled the beautiful Jardins du Palais Royal.. I love to start my day in this quiet, contemplative space covered by elegant arcades. The colors of the flowers and their perfume remind me that all things are possible. I’m particularly drawn to Pol Bury’s steel ball sculptures that adorn the fabulous fountain, and I can’t help but be moved by Daniel Buren’s 280 prison – striped columns.
An Eye For Design Diane Dorrans Saeks
Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors, by Diane Dorrans Saeks is the first book devoted to Jean-Louis’ work which is playful, theatrical, timeless and chic. Like Jean-Louis Deniot interiors, Diane’s book captivates and feeds the soul, transporting the reader into the elegant, embracing realm of his dazzling interiors she so eloquently describes in her book. A must read!
Adore India Mahdavi’s Aesthetic
The spaces she creates are pure joy!
Marie Christophe has been busy as a, well see for yourself. Her Bee wall sconces originally created for Baby Dior has everyone buzzing!
J’Adore for Dior Baby in Paris… let Marie Christophe’s chandelier start the game.
Primrose, a tied dyed hand stitched cotton voile curtain as inspired by the flowers of Matisse’s paintings. Love how they appear to grow out of the fabric, breaking their blooms into a third dimension.
I was looking through my files and fell in love with Marie Christophe’s life-size sculptures for the Musee de la Mode all over again. She made them in 1998 — can it really have been that long ago? The peacock strutted for Chanel; the giraffe loped for Issey Miyake; the swan swanned for Jean-Paul Gaultier; the hare hopped for Yohji Yamamoto; the ostrich sashayed for Christian Lacroix; and the rooster crowed only for Comme des Garcon. Magnifique!
Ah, to see things through the bright eyes of a child! Talc, a children’s shop on paris’ Left Bank, commissioned Marie to make the menagerie of animal sculptures. The birds, monkey, bee, hippo and elephant lamp have been attracting the attention only of children but also adults.
I know; I was one of the people pressing my noise against the window in awe!!!
You know the holidays are here when Marie Christophe puts the tuxes on the penguins. They made their debut at Galerie Lafayettes in Paris December 2014. Wired for the festivities, they were all set to waddle the night away!
The Vignellis- Dictators of Design
“Good design lasts,” says Massimo Vignelli. “Design is not a style. It’s an attitude.” He used to say “designers should behave like doctors suggesting to our clients to do what they need not to do what they want”.
My first job after college, their view shaped my design vision. Such a privilege and a great pleasure to work there.
Break Out of the Cage
Marie Christophe’s fabulous flights of fancy are flapping their crystal and wire wings and fluttering freely about Paris’ Hotel La Belle Juliette, St. Germain des Pres.
There’s no better Tweet than these sweet tweets from Marie Christophe!
I find that curtains are playing an increasingly important role in decorating. Happily I cannot live without textiles… and these are at the top of my list!
Pink it’s the color that makes me happiest, so I was tickled when the magazine Boutique Design spotlighted our new pink streamers and curtains. I had a lot of fun playing stylist for this one!
Saying is Believing
Welcome to my world, where the ideas that I see in my head take shape in your home. Saying is believing.. Marie Christophe’s written- word sculpture. Marie Christophe “wired” the simple sentiment for a client in France, but it has global eye appeal.
At home with Tom Ford
I’ve always had a warm spot in my heart for fashionista Tom Ford. Like me, he moved to New Mexico from New York to embrace the true nature of nature. His home, an ode to the work of self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is minimalist to the max. All I can say is, “WOW”! It turns the landscape into a sun -illuminated runway.
Marie Christophe’s custom little lamb for Jean-Louis Deniot
Marie Christophe’s custom little lamb for Jean-Louis Deniot was showing off its wire wool white ceramics in the Jan 2015 issue of Architectural Digest Russia.
Adore Myron Wood’s photographs especially this one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
A WYNNING COMBINATION
Marie Christophe Lamp Palerme’s at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas…a wynning combination for sure!
The Ones That Got Away!
Marie Christophe’s lobster and crab seafood salad.
The Discerning Eye of Jean-Louis Deniot
Parisian interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot, who has done high-profile projects for princesses and personalities chose Marie Christophe to design bowls in black and white ceramics as well as a pair of lamps and sculptures for his clients. All simple in form yet stunningly intricate, they speak of exquisite taste.
As talented and approachable as Jean-Louis Deniot is, what I also admire about him is that he has always chosen to work with exceptionally talented, passionate, poetic people in Paris and beyond… Naturally, this resonates with me due to his collaboration with Marie Christophe!
IMAGINATION TAKES FLIGHT
Imagination takes flight…the fabulous new bird in red and pink ceramics created for Jean-Louis Deniot winging it on the wire.
A Jewel Hidden Away in Milan
Osanna Visconti’s home is as fabulous as her furniture collection. Her beautiful contemporary living room adorned with Anish Kappor’s mirror dominates the living room… Rich but casual vibe!
Bird On A Wire
In love with these beautiful birds created by Marie Christophe for Hotel La belle Juliette, Paris!
Up In the Sky
I’ve been intrigued, delighted, and enchanted by dragonflies often, much to my delight, approached by these little insect angels since I was a little girl. This cloud blue curtain called Sky Dragon is a window on the world to the great outdoors.
Touring Italy Via France
Every time I see a photo of Frenchman Francois Halard, I get Italy on my mind. It was he who took the photos of Casa Malaparte, the villa in Capri, Italy that has captured my heart. I love the decorating style of his New York City loft because it is there that he collected the most beautiful objects and images from his shoots of the world’s most dramatic houses.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
Marie Christophe’s Turnesol (sunflower) sculpture will brighten your life all year long!
Visit the Petting Zoo
Marie Christophe’s animals don’t bite; see them at Flair Gallerie in Arles, France.
Dreaming of La Dolce Vita
I’ll never forget my first visit to interior designer, Hanne Lise Poli’s idyllic guesthouse in the Italian hillside overlooking Lake Bracciano in Trevignano.
Hanne’s house, just north of Rome, is then perfect retreat.
I can’t wait to work with her again so I have the chance to “la dolce vita,” – even if only for a couple of days!
Line Vautrin Poetess of metal
When I was in Paris at the Galerie Jean David Botella, I got a chance to reflect upon the sparkling mirrors of Line Vautrin and the work of Francois-Xavier Lalanne, another of my favorites. This vintage photo of Line reminds me of Marie Christophe, who created her own pineapple lamp.
Polish your French
Woof! Woof! for Marie Christophe.
Let Yourself Stand Out
Take your cue from Marie Christophe’s elephant in the room.
LED IT BE
A confection in gold! The colossal custom chandelier created for Guerlain’s new shop in Versailles, was inspired by the gilded bees on vintage Guerlain perfume bottles. Featured in Marie Claire, Italy. Bravo!
Love Many Things!
Christmas Night Lights
On Christmas Eve, I never miss the Canyon Ranch Farolito Walk. A cold winter night in a 400 yr old city… and the only lights you see are the candles placed inside paper bags called farolitos. This charming holiday tradition involves nothing more than strolling and taking in the soft, flickering glow of the farolitos. The glow of the farolitos, that line the narrow streets and Abode walls, and aromatic piñon logs that fill the air, grounds me and reminds me that if you seek out the simple delights in life, you never will be disappointed.
Collecting my thoughts on art and cooking
Valeria Napoleone is a woman after my own heart and art. I discovered her around the time I launched my own business in 1997- she was the inspiration for me to follow my dream – of discovering and representing works of art.
“Valeria Napoleone’s Catalogue of Exquisite Recipes”, combines her two passions– pairing artworks (no surprise there) with recipes from her native Italy. The artistic images relate to food, cooking and entertaining… truly inspiring!
I’d like to invite you to come with me on a journey of personal discovery, where I share with you all the design discoveries that play to my passion. Along the way, we’ll meet some of the most amazing artists, so get ready to be amazed and enchanted.