Georges Charpentier circa-1960 carved dining chairs upholstered in brown faux fur are set around a steel dining table by artist Erwan Boulloud. On the center of the wall Gianluca Pacchioni’s Pupil mirror is flanked by Henge wall clips.
Photo: Genevieve Garruppo

Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper Create a Surreal Parisian-Style Loft at DDC

On view in Manhattan, “Coup de Foudre” features works by Wendell Castle, Gaetano Pesce, and Franz West
A floor lamp by Wendell Castle makes an artful statement next to the Boa sofa by the Campana Brothers. Photo: Genevieve Garruppo

One look at the pillowy nest of iridescent tubes on view at furniture mecca DDC and it becomes clear why the Campana Brothers named their woven creation the Boa sofa. Filled with goose down, the snakelike tangle was the first piece that designer Tony Ingrao picked out for “Coup de Foudre,” a new show at DDC’s Madison Avenue outpost. “I was immediately drawn to its incredible color, which is purple with an undertone of red,” Ingrao tells Galerie. “And the design is as comfortable as it is bold.”

On view through January 5, “Coup de Foudre” was germinated in Los Angeles, where Ingrao was shopping for vintage furnishings. He was stuck with the idea to conjure a Parisian-style loft that melded choice antiques with whimsical pieces by contemporary designers like Wendell Castle, Gaetano Pesce, and Franz West.

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Created in collaboration with Ingrao’s partner, Randy Kemper, the show takes its name from the French term meaning “love at first sight.” (The literal translation is “lightning bolt.”) The title was chosen because each of the pieces—which include everything from a monumental tapestry from 1690 to an Erwan Boulloud marble and steel dining table—was selected based on whether Ingrao and Kemper got an instant “lovestruck” feeling upon first seeing it.

The circa-1690 tapestry depicting Alexander the Great defeating the Indian king Porus was woven by the workshop of Jan Frans Van Den Hecke after designs by Charles Le Brun. It hangs above the indigo Boa sofa by the Campana Brothers, a Wendell Castle floor lamp, and floor lights from Exteta. A pair of 1950s brown leather chairs flank the French plaster cocktail table in the style of Giacometti. Photo: Genevieve Garruppo

While the design of the show is meant to evoke a residential setting in Paris, Ingrao made a few unexpected layout choices. “Rather than hiding or disguising the sleeping area, as is usually done, I wanted the bedroom and office areas to be right in the center,” he explains. “I placed the dining and living room areas off to each side, giving every area a chic yet multipurpose and unexpected use.”

Ingrao’s favorite view of the show can be had when nestled into the Boa sofa, which is flanked by lighting by Bocci and Wendell Castle. “You face the dining area with Gianluca Pacchioni’s amazing Pupil mirror on the wall above the fabulous Gino Charpentier chairs at the Boulloud dining table,” he says. “The combination is striking.” We’d say so as well.

“Coup de Foudre” is on view through January 5, 2020, at DDC, 134 Madison Avenue, New York. 

Georges  Charpentier circa-1960 carved dining chairs upholstered in brown faux fur are set around a steel dining table by artist Erwan Boulloud. On the center of the wall, Gianluca Pacchioni’s Pupil mirror is flanked by Henge wall clips. Photo: Genevieve Garruppo
Two Gaetano Pesce chairs face a brown leather and oak parchment French Deco bureau by Jean Dupré-Lafon. Atop the bureau are circa-1957 plaster figures as well as a water sculpture titled Delirium Yum by Ingo Maurer. A contemporary neon piece by artist Lucy Campana, commissioned by Ingrao, surmounts the bureau. On either side are floating chain floor lamps by Austrian artist Franz West. Photo: Genevieve Garruppo
Ross Bleckner’s The Door to Last Year (1981) above a gray suede bed by Hugo de Ruiter for DeSede and woven pillows by Toyine Sellers. Photo: Genevieve Garruppo
By the showroom’s entrance, one of a pair of 19th-century English bath stone lions faces Wendell Castle’s Concrete Chair (white), 2009. Photo: Genevieve Garruppo
Detail of a Georges Charpentier table with carved Canadian fir wood and bronze. Resting on the table is a rare Murano frosted blown glass vessel in brown. Photo: Genevieve Garruppo
A custom marble bust and a trio of vessels. Photo: Genevieve Garruppo

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