Her present flat is in a building dating from the turn of the century. She was very painstaking in its refurbishment and decoration, the whole project taking some six months. Most of the contents were bought during a single visit to England but she has made a conscious effort to create the effect that all has been in situ for a long time. Nancy Huang particularly likes red rooms and Fortuny fabrics – hence the colour scheme in the library. She found the curtains, plus twenty feet of pelmet, in a huge box of old textiles in a sale at Christies in London.
The pair of chairs is covered in old curtain fabric which she discovered at Bennison in Pimlico Road, run, since Geoffrey Bennisons death, by Christopher Hod-soll. The intricate, paisley-pattern needlepoint rug also came from Hodsoll. One of the most unusual pieces of furniture in the library is the desk, made by Rose Daly, in the form of a pile of huge books with bindings specially commissioned from a bookbinder.
The desk stands next to the entrance to the hall, which opens via glazed doors exquisitely painted to simulate burr walnut. This paint effect was carried out by Jane Millett, who was responsible for the trompe Ioeil paint finishes throughout the flat. The library connects with the sitting-room, where the walls are lighter but the furniture and textiles continue the rich patterning and deeply upholstered ambience.
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