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Essential Elegance

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Essential Elegance

The Interiors of Solis Betancourt

By Jose Solis Betancourt; Paul Sherrill

Monacelli Press, Hardcover, 9781580932783, 245pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2010

Description

For Jose Solís and Paul Sherrill, partners in Solís Betancourt, the goal for every interior is a balance between formal and informal, traditional and contemporary, while always keeping comfort and livability in mind. There is a striking simplicity to their arrangement of furniture and art: the look is subtle, never excessive, yet the designers are not afraid to bring in dramatic elements to surprise and enchant the eye. These choices contribute to a look that appears effortless, as though the collection of objects came together little by little over decades.
 
Most notably in a Solís Betancourt room, comfort centers on the sensuous fabrics that might envelop an armchair, cushion a delicate settee, or softly frame a set of French doors. Fabric might be used as an accent, lining niches or bookcases as a background for the objects on display. Or fabric might take on a more important role, covering the ceiling and walls to create a tactile and alluring environment. Nubby linens, shimmering silks, regal damasks, are subtly layered into a serene composition that begs to be touched and enjoyed.
 
These are interiors that offer a moment of transcendence, a glimpse beyond everyday routine. These are rooms to come home to, sanctuaries that offer a sense of protection, tranquility, and beauty.



About the Author
Dana Demange was raised in the United States and France by parents who were contemporary art collectors and dealers. Extensive travels with her father, a Paris-based antiques specialist, have kept her well versed in period furniture and interiors. She currently works as a reporter for the Voice of America in Washington, D. C.