As I’ve begun to dip my toes back into the waters of a semi-regular blogging schedule, I’ve discovered some real gems (read on and you’ll see what I did there) in my drafts folder. Bright spots of inspiration that have stood out (to me at least) in an increasingly homogenous internet landscape. That’s a conversation for a different day, but for now, let’s admire the literal jewel box that is Belperron.
So here’s the skinny: Suzanne Belperron was a legendary French jewelry designer in the 1930s with a client roster that included bold face names like Elsa Schiaparelli, the Duchess of Windsor and Diana Vreeland.
Her designs were unmatched, but her legacy has gotten somewhat lost because she rarely signed her work. When asked why, she famously responded: “my style is my signature” which makes me feel equal parts inspired by her self confidence, and also wishing she could have read this WSJ article with Reese Witherspoon and assertively taken credit where it was due. Again, a conversation for a different day.
In 1998, the Landrigan family, helmed by Ward Landrigan, former head of Sotheby’s jewelry, and current chairman of the equally storied jewelry house, Verdura, acquired the Belperron archives. Last year, in partnership with AD Top 100 designer, Daniel Romualdez, Belperron opened a New York City showroom.
Simply put, like all of Daniel Romualdez’s work, it’s perfect. He was tasked with transforming a previously soulless white box into a space that recalled the Parisienne apartment of Madame Belperron. I think most of us could be perfectly content moving in, so I’d say he was successful.
Daniel excels at what I’d describe as approachable glamour. Naturally, the atelier of a high end jeweler calls for a certain level of luxury, and the black lacquer, mirrored, marble, and brass finishes certainly achieve that, but the casual seating groups and care taken accessorizing with books and art contributes to the feeling that this is more home than showroom.
My favorite details are the reproduction of a Matisse drawing of Dorothy Paley wearing Belperron emerald cuffs hanging above that stunner of a fireplace, and how Daniel chose to sprinkle the display cases throughout the space, at times incorporating them into the millwork. Doesn’t it feel like you’re admiring someone’s private collection?
If you have a minute, be sure to scroll through the Belperron archives. I’ve found so much inspiration in the sculptural shapes and color combinations. This in particular seems like a no brainer for my Christmas list (ha!)