This before and after photo shows the current living room at Villa Santo Sospir (l) and designer Sara Bengurs reimagined room (r).
NEW YORK – Luxury online marketplace 1stdibs has revealed its first-ever designer show house after partnering with ten designers to each select an iconic room they’ve always loved and re-interpret it.
The designers drew from their personal viewpoints using contemporary and/or vintage furniture, lighting, decor, wall coverings and flooring centered on the theme: Iconic Spaces Reimagined.
“We’re delighted to launch a virtual show house, giving design lovers from around the world the opportunity to see the magic that interior designers can create when they have no constraints to their imaginations or budget,” said Anthony Barzilay Freund, 1stdibs editorial director and director of fine art. “What’s more, we think the resulting designs show these well-loved spaces in a dramatic new light as well as the bold and brave vision of each participating designer.”
The designers included Lee Mindel, Courtney McLeod, Nicole Fuller, Peter Mikic, Brigette Romanek, Sara Bengur, Jose Solils Betancourt, Gil Melott, Suzy Hoodless and Thomas Jayne.
Designer Sara Bengur redecorated Jean Cocteau’s Villa Santo Sospir living room which was originally built in the summer of 1950.
“During this time of quarantine and unrest throughout the world, I believe a little fantasy plays an even more important role, and what better space to embody this than Villa Santo Sospir,” Bengur said. “While reconceiving this space, I was always conscious of honoring Cocteau, the villa, and its haute bohemian heritage; a destination for the likes of Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. I focused on yellow as the main color in reverence to Apollo, the Greek sun god, who commands over the fireplace.”
Bengur said the Pierre Chapo coffee table in the shape of the eye is a nod to the eyes in Cocteau’s murals and the eye plate from the original space on the mantle. The Guillerme and Chambron chair, Bamboo sconce and light fixture as well as the Audoux Minet rope mirror were Bengur’s way of honoring the original design while the rest of her choices reflect a love of international design mixed with contemporary accents.
Other redesigned rooms included the Forum Baths in Pompeii, Nelson Rockefeller’s living room in New York and the Lansdowne Dining Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
1stdibs, an e-commerce company, has an online marketplace that sells luxury items such as high-end furniture for interior design, fine art and jewelry.