Spaces: Alice Cottrell Residence: Dallas

. Friday, May 14, 2010

An great open plan renovation by Alice Cottrell, which serves as a nice counterpoint to my earlier post on Jean-Christophe Aumas' brightly color-blocked Paris apartment.

Elle DECOR: The palette is pretty peaceful— there’s not a lot of color or pattern.
Alice Cottrell: I look at fabrics and patterns all day, so I was happy for this place to be like a chic prison cell. I settled on a simple color scheme—gray and white—and one primary fabric: a luxurious, extremely soft commercial material that feels like chinchilla. I used it on my Womb chair and on the sofa I designed.

ED: Tell me about the sofa.
AC: It’s 16 feet long, but that’s the fun of it— it makes the room feel gigantic. When I come home I head right there to stretch out and watch Bravo. In front of it are two tea-height Corian-top tables from Ligne Roset I use for dining, with three stools upholstered in golden, ivory, and black mohair. I can also pull up the furry Arvid ottomans that sit at the foot of my bed. When a lot of people are here for a party, they perch on the white-lacquer covers my contractor built to conceal the heating and air-conditioning units below the windows. It’s a brilliant design: The covers are mounted on casters, so they just slide out when a repairman needs access or I have to change the filters.

ED: You call this place a chic prison cell, but not many cells have sexy wallpaper.
AC: It’s a flocked-damask-on-Mylar pattern by Cole & Son that I used to delineate the apartment’s public and private areas. It’s a classic old-fashioned motif but executed in a modern way. I love texture, and the silvery background just makes it glow at night. People get scared when you say minimalist, but that doesn’t always mean polished chrome and black leather.

Complimenting the interior are some mid-century classics including an Arco Lamp by Achille Castiglioni and the previously mentioned custom-upholstered Eero Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman.

Photography by Jack Thompson.

Via Elle Decor.


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