Slim metal console with oversized vase and Louis XVI armchair on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest, photography by Brittany Ambridge)

The couple behind Montreal-based design firm Les Ensembliers brought all of their most beloved furniture and accessories to decorate their Manhattan pied-à-terre. Through their collections displayed around the flat, the couple’s exquisite taste and ability to create interesting interior compositions comes through. The main room in the apartment acts as the entryway, dining room, and living room. The vignette above gives a glimpse of the glorious architecture in the flat with the Greek key border on the floor and detail on the fireplace surround. You get a glimpse of the mix of patterns in the space from the Zebra on the side chair, curtain in the doorway, and Oriental rug, while the neutral textures on the oversized vase, marble mantel, and gray upholstery play off of each other. Click through to see more of this energizing pied-à-terre!



Raw wood dining table with modern green dining chairs in Manhattan on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

A warm, salvaged wood dining table was custom made for this corner from wood on one of the couple’s properties in Canada. The mid-century silhouettes of the dining chairs and a sculptural floor lamp strike a contrast to the rustic table.

Cube bookcase with leaning artwork and custom made ottoman on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Oversized black and white abstract artwork above console table and hide rug on bench in Manhattan apartment on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

This vignette may be my favorite, with a playful interaction between the black and white artwork and the Zebra print on the side chairs framing the console table. You’ll also find that almost all of the work in the apartment is leaning rather than hung – a look that gives an inviting, approachable look to a high-quality collection.

Marble fireplace with blue velvet chair in Manhattan apartment on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Another fireplace vignette shows off the fabulous architecture detail in the flat, while a more neutral approach is taken in this room, with pops of blue echoing off of the velvet barrel-back chair and artwork. An antique Indian tray is tucked behind the artwork adds an addition layer to this composition.

I love how the pieces in this flat are slightly mismatched, sparking conversations between each other in expected ways. How do you like the collected look of each vignette?


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