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AD Intérieurs 2017, La Monnaie, Paris

Every year, the editorial team of AD magazine invites some ten talents to participate in the AD Intérieurs exhibition. 

For the 2017 edition held at La Monnaie de Paris, Voorjans imagined a dressing room-like setting reminiscent to some of Balthus’ paintings like Japonaise au miroir noir and La chambre turque, but with the grandezza of Palazzo Valguarnera Gangi’s ballroom as featured in Luchino Visconti’s Il gattopardo. 

With the Parisian apartment of the great ballet dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev as a source of inspiration, Voorjans chose to revisit the precious material that is Cordoba leather. 

Screens blending Cordoba leather panels with mirrors rhythm the space. Some adjust the setting, others hide silk Jim Thompson kimonos. On the St Michael green walls hang antique Netherlandish gilt leather panels and the Belgian painter Victor Abeloos’ early 20th-century interpretation of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.

With its faux-pair of Syrian walnut mother-of-pearl and bone-inlaid cabinets, centered Ottoman, Venetian rococo-style commode and intimate coin-salon with a three-piece suite designed by Paul Follot, this richly brocaded dressing room reinterprets the loge de theatre for Belle Époque tragedienne - style Réjane.

Photography: Marcel Lennartz