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Louis XV Elegance
Simon designed this fashionable apartment on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia in 1991. The entire apartment was gutted and the owners moved into a hotel for eight months during the project. The procession through the apartment, from the entrance hall to the living room at the rear, was designed in a palette that could be varied from light to dark to help maintain visual interest. Rich colors of shrimp, coral, oyster, apple green and slate blue were chosen, all of which appear in Scalamandre's colorful silk print "Pomegranate." This fabric was used from the curtains in the living room as well as a skirt for a center table, while Scalamandre's silk taffeta and repp "Shirred Stripe" in pale coral and oyster provided a complementary accent for balloon shades underneath the draperies.
Furniture was French, of course, including a pair of Louis XV fauteuils that were covered in a pale shrimp Scalamandre damask. A tearoom was created at one end of the long room, incorporating eighteenth-century painted French panels in a boiserie. A restful spot for an early morning cup of coffee or an afternoon tea, the space is centered on a Louis XV card table and chairs.