Architectural Digest - July 2002

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THE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE OF INTERIOR DESIGN

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An Exclusive Look Inside the Professional Design World

BETTER WITH AGE wood-flooring companies overworked the years, onehard has withand many landed at the top of my list be cause of the quality of the workmanship,” architect Marc Appleton says of Patina Old World Flooring, which pro duces custom hand-distressed plank and parquetry flooring out of a 35,000-square-foot work shop in Ventura, California. OwnerJim Henderson, who created floors in the Santa Barban farmhouse of Paul Hogan and his wife, Linda Kozlowski, and in Rob Lowe’s Southern Cal ifornia house, reproduces an Old World look by using a hand scraping technique that origi nated during the Renaissance. Henderson does a variety of styles vintage plank, Provence plank, Versailles, Tuscany, chev ron, basketweave—in a variety of colors. “I’ve had people send

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me photos of old houses in France, and we’ve matched those floors,” says Henderson (left, with Appleton, right, and the company’s cherry-and-wal nut Monticello parquetry). “In fact, if you can just explain the look you want, we can do it.” Patina Old World Flooring 3820 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura, CA93001 800/501 1113

SILK SENSATION Once Robert Couturier saw the work of Macondo Silks, there was no turning back. “I didn’t know embroidery like that was possible,” he says of the “extremely refined” hand-stitched silk fabrics (left). Owner Gianluca Berardi has a reference stock of historical patterns, but when it comes to the specifics—color, texture, size, proportions—”we adapt to whatever a designer

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needs,” he says. And that’s why, explains the French-born Couturier, “everything they do feels thought about.” Macondo Silks, 117 E. 24th Street New York, NY 10010; 646/602-0556 continued on page 74 73


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