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Residence, French-Style Dressing Room (2005)*

Artist/Designer: Barbara Barry, Albert Farr

Project Location: California, United States

Figure 1: French-Style Dressing Room. Source: Matthew Millman, Bay Area Esprit. 2005, Digital Image. Available from Architectural Digest,. ( Source | Accessed : December 23, 2013 | Photographer: Matthew Millman )

Art Deco, Renovated, Eclectic

Primary Material(s):
Fabric, Textile

Residential Structure

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
21st Century, 1922, 2005

Additional Information:
Project Description:
Designed by Barbara Barry in 2005 for a French-style mansion in Piedmont, California, this dressing room's art deco aesthetic references twenty-first-century notions of twentieth-century interpretations of eighteenth-century French femininity in boudoirs. Pale walls, soft violet upholstery, and white furniture are close relatives to the sweetness and light observed in rooms such as Marie Antoinette's boudoir at Petite Trianon. While Barry's design is marked less intricate, it still calls on an archetype of feminine softness created centuries before.

Publications/Texts in Print:
Barry, Barbara. Barbara Barry: Around Beauty. New York: Rizzoli, 2012.

Dellatore, Carl. "Barbara Barry on Awareness". Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America's Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration. New York: Rizzoli, 2016.

Postel-Vinay, Danielle. Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home. New York: Dey Street Books, 2018.

Piedmont, California, The United States

Significant Dates:
1922- Mansion was built
2005- Barry's renovation took place

French style, dressing room, Barbara Barry, art deco, boudoir, renovation, restored

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