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Marie Antoinette Chair in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti

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The Marie Antoinette chair by R&Y Augousti is a sophisticated piece that provides comfort, whilst retaining its elegant and luxurious aesthetic. This piece is inlaid in cream shagreen, finished with a cream horsehair cushion. The ends of the feet are inlaid bronze-patina brass. The dimensions of this piece are 61 x 56 x 32 cm / 24" x 22" x 12.5" All R&Y Augousti pieces are handmade by artisans, ultimately making each piece unique. Wipe clean with soft dry cloth. Acclaimed design duo Ria & Yiouri Augousti have established themselves since the 1990s as pioneers of modern-vintage style through their luxurious Art Deco inspired collections. The Paris based label has distinguished themselves since their launch, with their iconic use of shagreen mixed with brass and other exotic materials. All furniture is handcrafted by skilled artisans, ultimately making each piece unique. All shagreen-covered items should be kept out of direct sunlight, color variants may occur on the stingray and other exotic finishes, but this showcases the Parisian label's commitment to creating authentic luxurious products using natural components.

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R & Y Augousti

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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Founded in 1989 by husband and wife Ria and Yiouri Augousti, this maker combines Art Deco and contemporary design in furniture and home-accessory collections as well as sculptural objects. From their flagship store on Paris’s rue du Bac, the Augoustis work closely with customers, including globally famous interior designers, architects and celebrities, to create custom pieces for their homes and projects. Although the use of shagreen is their signature, they have also pioneered patterns that mix this and other exotic materials with shells, parchment, eel skin, semiprecious stones, snakeskin and metal. Following in their footsteps, the Augoustis’ daughter recently opened a showroom in New York called KIFU PARIS, which carries the R&Y Augousti collection; her fiancé’s sculptural candle collection, Patrick Coard Paris; and her own furniture and home accessories.

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