Part of what makes a great room we see in a book or magazine is the designer. The other part is the photographer. You don't find a covetable, magazine or book worthy room without the best of both. So, when photographer Ivan Terestchenko, put together his book, Beyond Chic: Great Fashion Designers at Home, you could pretty much guarantee that each page would be better than the next. Ivan got his start with French Vogue, and has since gotten a great reputation as an interior design photographer, capturing homes of high profile designers worldwide.
Featured in W, The World of Interiors, Elle Decor, Casa Vogue Italy, and Architectural Digest to name a few, Ivan brings his skill and eye to us through the pages of his book - showing off the interiors of designers like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin, and Georgio Armani.
You all know how much I love layered and bohemian interiors. So, of course, I immediately fell in love with this 2005 sitting room in the Paris apartment of Yves Saint Laurent's Loulou de la Falaise. Loulou passed in 2011, but her special style is forever symbolized in what we all know as Yves Saint Laurent, and her eye for well planned, layered, and sophisticated interiors is forever captured in Ivan's beautiful book.
In the the 15th century Florence Palazzo of Lau Domia Pucci ... yes, that Pucci, this main hall with french doors onto the courtyard is uber chic! Who needs a red carpet runway when you've got a navy carpet and citron foo dogs as the entrance to your personal grand salon? I love this space - historically significant, architecturally magnificent, but fresh and colorful - the best of both worlds.
In the Paris drawing room of Coco Chanel, captured in photo by Ivan in 2002, there is no denying the luxury. From the gorgeous gilded burlap wall covering to that amazing pair of folding screens, Coco lived well, establishing a style that has and will never be passe.
And in the Swiss home of fashion designer Giorgio Armani, complete with stuffed polar bear, the sleek, black, steel and white interior is nothing less than what you'd expect of him knowing his affinity for clean lines, and simple silhouettes. Can you imagine having a stuffed polar bear in your house? Published by Vendome Press, photos and writing by Ivan Terestchenko, Beyond Chic is your quintessential coffee table book. It's an opportunity for you, your family, and your friends to open up the page and have a voyeuristic view into the lives of the worlds most notable names in fashion. The rooms are as different as you can possibly imagine, each appealing in one way or another - but every photo is frame worthy, as is the case with Ivan's work as a whole.
If you're looking to add to your collection of interior design, art, coffee table, or design books - this one has to be on your list. Purchase via the amazon link below: