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R & Y Augousti

French

R&Y Augousti was founded in 1989 by husband-and-wife team Ria and Yiouri Augousti. The pair works with pen shell, metal and an array of exotic skins — including ostrich, snake, eel and crocodile — to create Art Deco-inspired furniture that echoes the influences of their unique friends and draws on the experiences they’ve shared on their global travels.

Ria Augousti (née Macasaet) was born in Manila. Her family relocated to Cebu and, at age 15, she went to New York City to study art. She continued her studies in England and graduated from the London School of Furniture Making.

Born in Cyprus, Yiouri Augousti studied architecture at London’s Architectural Association. He was drawn to interior design that reflected a revival of Art Deco that took shape during his years as a young adult.

Ria was working at the interior design firm of John Stefanidis, in London, when Yiouri joined the firm. “We got on like a house on fire,” Ria has said of the beginnings of their relationship. The couple established R&Y Augousti in 1989 and married in 1990. The business grew swiftly — R&Y Augousti moved permanently to Paris in 1994, and in 2011, the couple opened their first American showroom. There, in the New York Design Center, the range of decorative objects on offer from R&Y Augousti included dining tables, side tables and decorative objects such as candleholders and picture frames in shagreen.

The initial popularity that shagreen enjoyed as furniture covering fizzled when the Art Deco era faded. Modernist designer Jean-Michel Frank was an enthusiast of the textured hide, and during the 1960s, Karl Springer covered desks, chairs and tables with it. Ria Augousti wanted to revive shagreen’s use as a finish in one of their very first designs. Their sculptural, sensuous shagreen Sylvie chair, with its slender and towering backrest, makes a statement in any space and has seen a fair amount of praise over the years. The Sylvie has been photographed in a number of high-profile spaces including Alexander Wang's New York City loft apartment designed by Ryan Korban. (And shagreen reemerged as a luxe material among designers and decorators in 2017.)

R&Y Augousti has since expanded into fashion accessories, and drawings by the couple’s daughter, designer Kifu Augousti, have been embroidered on some of the brand’s luxurious handbags.

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Average Sold Price
$4,898
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Early R and Y Augousti Coconut and Resin Picture Frame
By R & Y Augousti
Located in Atlanta, GA
An early elegant picture photo frame designed by famed decorative arts design firm Ria & Youri Augousti, Paris. Geometric marquetry with sienna resin and geometric coconut shell elem...
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1990s French Modern R & Y Augousti

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Resin, Coconut, Glass

Shagreen Cocteau Coffee Table with Bronze Patina Brass Accents by R & Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The Cocteau coffee table by R&Y Augousti is a truly one of a kind piece. The sculptural and ethereal piece has abstract forms, shapes and figures within it that one could interpret i...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco R & Y Augousti

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Brass

Set of 4 Geometric Coasters Inlaid in Shagreen, Shell and Brass by Kifu Paris
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The Kifu Paris geometric coaster is the ultimate luxury bar accessory, inlaid in a mixture of shagreen, shell and brass to create a stunning dramatic pop for any tabletop. See images...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco R & Y Augousti

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Brass

Ice Bucket in Shagreen, Shell and Bronze Patina Brass by Kifu Paris
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The KIFU PARIS Ice Bucket is the ultimate luxury bar accessory, inlaid in a mixture of shagreen shell and brass to create a bold geometric pattern. This piece comes with an ice thong...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco R & Y Augousti

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Brass

Shagreen Side Table with Bronze-Patina Brass Cut Out Legs by R & Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The Soho side table is the perfect piece for a living room, bedroom or office space that merges vintage and modern sensibility. The surface of this end table is inlaid in cream shagr...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco R & Y Augousti

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Brass

Parchment Desk with Bronze-Patina Brass Details by R&Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The Iconic Writing Desk is both elegant and minimalist with its classic aesthetic that showcases the purity of the beautiful Augousti craftsmanship. This piece is completely inlaid i...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco R & Y Augousti

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Brass

Melting Nesting Side Table Set of 3 in Shagreen Lemurian & Brass by R&Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The melting nesting side table set of 3, are the perfect accent pieces for any living space. These are sold as a set of 3 to create elegant and geometric shapes, but one can purchase...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco R & Y Augousti

Materials

Onyx, Brass

Shagreen & Quartz Nesting Tables w/ Bronze-Patina Brass Accents by R&Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The set of 2 round melting nesting side tables, are the perfect accent pieces for any living space. These are sold as a set of 2 to create elegant and geometric shapes, but one can p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco R & Y Augousti

Materials

Brass

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R & Y Augousti furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The R & Y Augousti furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of R & Y Augousti furniture, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 45 vintage editions in stock of these items and there are 551 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture of R & Y Augousti were created in Europe during the 21st Century and Contemporary Art Deco style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Ginger Brown, Design Frères and Kifu Augousti. Prices for R & Y Augousti furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $240 and tops out at $47,625, while pieces like these can sell for $5,178 on average.

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