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project. That's the main thing." Summers and her client have shared a love of mid-century and French '40s furnishings and decorative arts for as long as they've known each other — some 30 years. "My client became a very well- known dealer in ceramics and jewelry of those eras," Summers says. "She's also fortunate because she got in very early on the purchase of furniture by great designers like Jean Royère. She has a fantastic collection." Many pieces in the apartment were brought back from trips to Paris over the years, and some were purchased from Summers' former store in Highland Park Village. The client and her husband also collect contemporary works by noted artists Larry Poons, John Altoon, Frank Bowling, Teresita Fernández, Ettore Spalletti, and Otto Piene, among others. Refined backdrops for equally refined collections are a must, so Summers enlisted artisans to restore the walls and ceilings in Venetian Marmorino plaster, an ancient material frequently used to rejuvenate historical properties. Infused with minerals, the plaster gives surfaces a glossy marbled effect and bounces light. Walls and moldings in the study were upholstered in custom wool felt by Gretchen Bellinger, whose fabric designs are in museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The kitchen wallpaper is a handmade plaster relief pattern by Lori Weitzner, whose work is in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Several of the light fixtures double as works of art, including a custom plaster pendant in the bedroom made by French sculptor and furniture maker Philippe Anthonioz. Now in his late 70s, Anthonioz has worked with Summers on commissions since the 1990s. The dining room's twinkling LED chandelier was designed by Bastien Carré, an artist the client discovered 15 years ago at a design show in Paris. Summers and her client, along with architectural lighting designer Barbara Bouyea, traveled to Carré's studio in the south of France to commission the complex piece, which took about a year to complete and install. "My client loves sculptural shapes, so The interiors' soft lavender-and- gray palette was inspired by colors from the stained-glass panels. Below, from left: Darcy Miro vase. Marino di Teana sculpture atop antique Neoclassical marble fireplace. Opposite page: Slate-and-steel table by Marino di Teana. Vintage Frits Henningsen chairs in Jerry Pair leather. Frank Bowling canvas. (Continued on page 79)

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