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Custom Victorian-Style Borne Settee, Designed by Adam Lippes

covered in linen and trimmed with Samuel & Sons fringe and antique ribbon from the collection of Bill Blass.
h. 32-1/2", dia. 61"

Provenance: The Collection of Adam Lippes.

Literature: Mitchell Owens, "In the Heights", Architectural Digest, July/August 2019, illustrated p. 99.

Notes: Designed by Adam Lippes, this stylish nod to the opulent salons of the Victorian era was the centerpiece of Adam's Brooklyn Heights living room. Lippes, whose eye for proportion and design is evident in his clothing and elegant interior decoration, had the piece custom-made in New York.

The borne settee, also referred to as a "divan de milieu" or "conversation chair", was first popularized in 19th-century France. The form was popularized again in the mid-20th century by the late French decorator and tastemaker Madeleine Castaing, whose grand salon at her country house in Leves, France featured a similarly designed piece. Castaing, a source of endless inspiration for Lippes, famously created spaces that were fanciful, yet livable and comfortable.

This settee has been featured in numerous print and online articles on Lippes' iconic Brooklyn Heights residence, including Architectural Digest, and also in seen in the background of his fashion shows held at his home.

    Provenance:
  • The Collection of Adam Lippes.
  • Dimensions:
  • h. 32-1/2", dia. 61"
  • Literature:
  • Mitchell Owens, "In the Heights", Architectural Digest, July/August 2019, illustrated p. 99.
  • Notes:
  • Designed by Adam Lippes, this stylish nod to the opulent salons of the Victorian era was the centerpiece of Adam's Brooklyn Heights living room. Lippes, whose eye for proportion and design is evident in his clothing and elegant interior decoration, had the piece custom-made in New York.

    The borne settee, also referred to as a "divan de milieu" or "conversation chair", was first popularized in 19th-century France. The form was popularized again in the mid-20th century by the late French decorator and tastemaker Madeleine Castaing, whose grand salon at her country house in Leves, France featured a similarly designed piece. Castaing, a source of endless inspiration for Lippes, famously created spaces that were fanciful, yet livable and comfortable.

    This settee has been featured in numerous print and online articles on Lippes' iconic Brooklyn Heights residence, including Architectural Digest, and also in seen in the background of his fashion shows held at his home.
  • Condition:
  • **In "as found" condition. The upholstery is soiled from use, but may benefit from a fabric cleaner. Some of the lower fringe and tassels have come loose. Some tassels are now missing. The width of the cushions at their widest point is 46".

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