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The Louis Study

November 26, 2013

Jean-Christophe transformed a home office into a French Louis study with the use of some renovations and reworking of the existing furniture, as well the addition of new custom furniture.  

The shelf and cabinets were already built into the room, and Jean-Christophe suggested to update the pieces by changing the doors, installing a pelmet and embellishing them with elegant gold painted ornaments, which were especially hand carved.

Opposite the bookshelf, an additional two cabinets were placed either side of the back door, giving an easy symmetry to the room.  On top of these a narrow hutch library was installed, which beautifully framed and highlighted the garden views of thick green hedges and colourful flowers, providing a relaxing scene for when momentarily breaking from work.  These were also decorated with the beautiful gold ornaments, which further enhanced the setting.

French office desk and chair

As a solution to housing the printer and other necessities within the study, a custom sideboard was made.  This was finished in matching antique white, with gold detailing and brass finishings on the handles.  The side board totally transformed the study into a smart and refined room, and also provided an elegant spot to display the family photographs.

The magnificent desk, which took pride of place, was an existing piece which had been bought at an auction in Paris.  The auction was the result of the renovation of the Ritz Hotel on Place de la Concorde, and finally the desk was able to sit once more in a French style surrounding.  To compliment the desk, Jean-Christophe used a Louis XV shield back carver as an office chair.  The chair was upholstered using a traditional Louis XV style fabric, and for the final touch the carvings were gilded to highlight the fine detail.

What an inspirational and enjoyable surrounding to be in.

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.