In a few short years after completing his training at the prestigious École Camondo in Paris, Jean-Louis Deniot has become an interior design super-star with his Continental spin on neoclassical-style decor. His contemporary rugs are made of the finest materials and have an elegant simplicity that speaks of refined luxury without a hint of ostentatious excess.
Deniot has captured the style-conscious from old guard Parisians to chic young couples whether they are in Dubai, Istanbul, Aspen, New Delhi, Paris, Capri, Monaco, Moscow, Kuwait, Bridgehampton or Manhattan.
In an interview with thestylesaloniste.com, Jean-Louis Deniot explained why the appeal of neoclassicism is so enduring:
….”Everything that is great today in art and architecture first appeared in antiquity. Every production since has been an adaptation of it, purified, more or less ornate, with different surface treatments, but the base remains. If you compare the Roman period, Louis XV, English Regency, Palladio, Ruhlman, even the fascist architecture of Mussolini (appropriating Roman Empire symbols), it is all the same background in Greece, Rome and Egypt. Even in contemporary furniture, Christian Liaigre is a pared-down version of Louis XVI.
In order to have a timeless residence, you can never go wrong if you follow the ”main rules” from antiquity” concluded Jean-Louis Deniot.
1. For the living room of an apartment on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, Jean-Louis Deniot designed a a grey contemporary rug in a geometric neoclassical pattern that is repeated in the ceiling as well. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
2. The grey and black contemporary rug in the dining room of the Lake Shore Drive apartment exemplifies what Jean-Louis Deniot calls “pared-down version of neoclassicism.” Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
2A. This close up view of the Chicago dining room reveals the luxurious silky texture of the grey and black contemporary rug. Image courtesy Architectural Diges
” Luxury is having the perfect lighting, beautiful contrast and superb materials” Jean-Louis Deniot told thestylesaloniste.com. “I like very customized surprises and rarity such as black mother of pearl / burlap, fine marble / sisal, velvet / brushed oak, rock crystal / straw marquetterie, raw iron with a silk Nepalese carpet. Luxury can be understated but with a flourish of theater.” says Deniot.
3. The library of the Lake Shore Drive Apartment has a greyish purple contemporary rug with blue lines and black dots. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
Grey and Black Contemporay Rugs.
To understand why Jean-Louis Deniot favors grey and black contemporary rug, we only have to understand his color preferences which are… “French colors…Half tones. Most of the time that means an inch of grey with a color – greyish pinks, greyish blues, greyish greens. I don’t like colors that are so vibrant that they scream. I don’t like brilliant white walls either- chalk, ivory or parchment are much softer” Jean-Louis Deniot explained to 1st dibbs.
4. For the living room of this Paris apartment on Avenue D’eylau, Jean-Louis Deniot designed a contemporary rug with a pattern of blocks of grey and black reminiscent of a classical Roman marble floor. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
5. The dining room of the Avenue D’eylau apartment has a contemporary rug with irregular dark grey “pencil sketch” lines on a light grey background. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
6. The grey and ivory contemporary rug in an Andre Arbus pattern retains its elegant simplicity. I have seen recent interpretations of Andre Arbus rugs that go over the top with embellishment and lose the “pared-down version of Louis XVI” that is so attractive in this contemporary rug by Jean-Louis Deniot. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
7. The bedroom on Avenue D’eylau has a beutiful grey contemporary rug with musically swirling grey lines on a light grey background. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
8. Jean-Louis Deniot surprises us with this one vibrant purple band in the grey contemporary rug in a Paris apartment on Avenue Charles Floquet. The purple pillow positioned in line with the purple band speaks of Deniot’s theatrical touch. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot
9. The living room on Avenue Charles Floquet has a silk contemporary rug in two tones of grey on a black lacquered floor. Black lacquered door frames, coffee table and sofa add contrast and heighten the drama. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
10. A contemporary rug with large black rectangles on a grey background resembles a classical Roman marble in a New Delhi Estate designed by Jean-Louis Deniot. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
11. For the same New Delhi Estate, Jean-Louis Deniot designed another contemporary rug inspired by a classical Roman marble floor. The rug has circular black disks inside squares defined by grey bands on a light grey background. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
12. For the living room of a Paris apartment on Rue De Buenos Aires, Jean-Louis Deniot, designed a round contemporary rug in grey and black that is a pared down version of a medallion in a Louis XVI Savonnerie rug. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
13. In a Paris apartment on Quai Voltaire, the neoclassical living room with antique neoclassical furniture has a contemporary grey silk rug with a pattern of soft grey and beige bands that are a modern take on a classical Roman marble floor. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
14. A large grey silk contemporary rug covers the entire floor of a living room in a Paris apartment on Avenue Montaigne. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
14A. The the silky grey contemporary rug shimmers under the glass coffee table in this view of the Avenue Montaigne living room. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
15. The overlapping wavy circles of the contemporary rug in the this New Delhi house designed by jean-Louis Deniot are reminiscent of a Jean Michel Frank rug from the 1930’s. Image courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot.
16. The irregular curving pattern of this contemporary rug is reminiscent of Art Deco rugs and fits the curving book cases in this library in a New Delhi House designed by Jean-Louis Deniot in 2009. Image courtesy 1st dibbs.