“If I really can be said to have a personal style, I think it is reflected in my taste for the exotic and the unexpected. I like to create rooms which are essentially traditional—and then add touches of the bizarre and the delicious.”
– Lee Radziwill
This month’s CREATING A ROOM features the Park Avenue dining room of Lee Radziwill that graced the cover of Architectural Digest in January 1982.
Lee Radziwill was known to most as a fashion icon, a perennial on the worlds best dressed list, a style maker and sister of Jacqueline Kennedy.
Lee had an easy, elegant style and a love of fashion and flowers – evident in many of her interiors. During her life Lee had residences in England, Paris and New York, and all of them had a taste of the “exotic and unexpected.” She worked with Renzo Mongiardino on Turville La Grange and in her book wrote about how much she learned from him. Turville was a country house of flowers and Lee described her Park Avenue apartment as “more like Turville, in that all the fabrics on the walls were strewn with flowers, giving it a country feel, with French doors opening onto the terrace. I used most of the same furniture, so it had an echo of the past.”
The dining room here gives a feeling of being enveloped in a garden, layered with flowers and framed with botanicals. The Regency dining table and black chairs upholstered in leopard velvet are the focal point of the space.
While light streams through the shuttered window one can only imagine it lit solely with candles in the evening.
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