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Curatorial confidence with a Continental flair

Photo by Bill Abranowicz

Behind this playful nom de plume is the multitalented designer, gallerist, stylist and entrepreneur Cliff Fong, whose educated eye often settles on the unexpected — and the unique. Studying the saturated color and modernist grid of a Stanley Whitney painting in his client’s collection, Fong rightly concluded that everything else in this Hancock Park, Los Angeles, living room should rise to its level of quality and aesthetic joy. A high bar, but the designer went for it, with rich results. After having the wood beams and floors stripped and sanded, he introduced classic French and Scandinavian furnishings, from sofas by Børge Mogensen (via Denmark 50) and Kaare Klint (his own Galerie Half) to a Serge Mouille sconce (JF Chen) and a Jean Prouvé Cité daybed (Galerie Patrick Seguin). “I was inspired by environments more commonly seen in European cities, where there’s a juxtaposition of modern and contemporary furnishings with art and much older, historically important architecture,” Fong says. From Europe to L.A., no problem.

Photo by Ben Easter

I think it’s important to find common shared values among all pieces of furniture and art. If they are arranged effectively, one can create an environment where the pieces transcend their usual assignments and contribute to a fresh and unique aesthetic together.”
— Cliff Fong

Designer Picks

Pair of Les Lalannes–Style Armchairs, 1970s, Offered by GALERIE HARTER
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Pair of Les Lalannes–Style Armchairs, 1970s, Offered by GALERIE HARTER

“These chairs have a shared ethos with the Lalannes, being inspired similarly by nature.”

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"Lalanne(s)," 2008, by Daniel Abadie, Offered by Potterton Books

“It’s always great to be able to read about the diversity and process behind great talents. It can also help you make better choices when acquiring the work.”

Gae Aulenti Carrara Marble Table, 1960s, Offered by Merit
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Gae Aulenti Carrara Marble Table, 1960s, Offered by Merit

“This is a beautiful example of this substantial and sculptural coffee table.”

Jean Prouvé Antony daybed, 1954, Offered by DDC
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Jean Prouvé Antony daybed, 1954, Offered by DDC

“This is one of my favorite daybeds by Jean Prouvé. The retractable stool is both functional and elegant.”

Vladimir Kagan for Directional Pair of Corkscrew Swivel Chairs, 1992, Offered by Classic Modern Design
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Vladimir Kagan for Directional Pair of Corkscrew Swivel Chairs, 1992, Offered by Classic Modern Design

“Love a swivel chair, especially these from Vladimir Kagan.”

French Carved-Stone Mortar, ca. 1780, Offered by bloom home inc.
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French Carved-Stone Mortar, ca. 1780, Offered by bloom home inc.

“It would be nice to have a grouping of stone mortars like this in a corner, planted with a range of plants of different shapes, sizes and species.”

M. Vuillermoz Polyhedron Bar Cabinet, 1960, Offered by Herringbone Home
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M. Vuillermoz Polyhedron Bar Cabinet, 1960, Offered by Herringbone Home

“This is a beautiful architectural and sculptural bar cart and can easily roll to wherever one might be entertaining.”

101 Copenhagen Sand Brutus Lounge Chair, New, Offered by Galerie Philia Furniture
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101 Copenhagen Sand Brutus Lounge Chair, New, Offered by Galerie Philia Furniture

“I love the simplicity and restraint of this design.”

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