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Armand Albert Rateau: Lanvin’s Art Deco designer | Christie’s

Armand Albert Rateau (1882-1938), Ceiling light, circa 1920. Patinated bronze, alabaster and silk cord. 66 x 35 cm. Estimate: €25,000-35,000. This work is offered in An Educated Eye, Chefs-d’oeuvre d’une Collection Privée Suisse on 16 May at Christie’s in Paris

Lanvin and the man she chose to design her apartment.

“Armand Albert Rateau was one of France’s greatest Art Deco designers, creating everything from furniture to theatre interiors. Meredith Etherington-Smith takes a closer look at some of the wonderful pieces he created for his friend, the legendary couturier Jeanne Lanvin, being offered in Paris on 16 May.”

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I just love his work. Coincidentally the bathroom he designed for Lanvin’s apartment is one of the references I set aside for the new bathroom we’re creating here at number 42.

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Mike likes the cream/black colour scheme, but I’m pushing for black/white because all the original porcelain bits that we’re keeping are white. On the budget we’re working with, going with something like the picture below is much easier (to get right):

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It’s also very much in line with the original bathrooms here. In case you don’t remember what they look like here’s a reminder:

We’re re-using the basins, the sconces, and the bathtubs, but the loos and fixtures are new and by Hudson Reed. They make a fantastic retro line:

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11 comments on “Armand Albert Rateau: Lanvin’s Art Deco designer | Christie’s

  1. Steve Ruis
    May 6, 2017

    I love black and white theme for bathrooms. Specifically they are also pragmatic in that they are easier to clean because they show dirt so well (some think it is a “bug” but it is a feature. Plus black and white never go out of style. If you have rose colored or avocado green fixtures right now (as in the apartment we are currently renting) you will know what I mean.

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    • I couldn’t agree more. Having worked on a good number of homes, the bathrooms that stood the test of time were the classics. The bathrooms here were done in 1927, and stylistically they still hold up well. Unfortunately no insulation and lead pipes, which is why we decided modernising is more of a need than a choice.

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    • karenjane
      May 7, 2017

      Our first house (1079) has a primrose yellow bathroom, then our next house had avocado. Thankfully we eventually got a white bathroom. Somehow I can’t see the coloured bathrooms ever becoming popular again.

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  2. Helen Devries
    May 6, 2017

    I too like the black and cream…but as the items you are keeping are white then black and white makes more sense.

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  3. foolsmusings
    May 7, 2017

    I think I prefer the white, budget or not. As for bathroom remodelling, if I never do it again it will be too soon. :p

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  4. karenjane
    May 7, 2017

    i love your bathrooms, they are simple, stylish & functional. Too many bathrooms are the opposite.

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  5. acflory
    May 9, 2017

    Oh my…I LOVE that pic of the green bathroom. I lived in white-on-white rentals for 13 years and I now crave colour in every room, including the bathroom.

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  6. jessiesthreads
    May 10, 2017

    What a beautiful bathroom! I love the bath tub and the chandelier.

    If you want to see some fashion blogging, you should check out this link to my blog, like and follow me:

    https://jessiesthreads.wordpress.com/

    Who knows, it may give you some interesting ideas for interior design!

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  7. Jane'sJeans
    May 17, 2017

    This is gorgeous!

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