The french decorator François Catroux passed away

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The french decorator François Catroux passed away

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Posted on 02/12/2020

Born in 1936 in Mascara, Algeria, he grew up in his native country before setting off to discover the world. Originally a journalist, it was in New York that he discovered a passion for architecture with his friend Philip Johnson, and it was with Charles Savigny in Paris that he developed a taste for interior design.

Very quickly, his style mixing old and modern seduces an international clientele. His style mixing modern and ancient, his chic decorations using claustras to separate spaces, and his choice of materials won over a demanding clientele. He designed interiors for the Rothschild family for example or the Van Zuylen family. Famous houses order his furniture such as the Grands Magasins du Printemps. Also, he made the front page of newspapers from his beginnings in the 60s to the 2000s, including magazines such as "Maison et Jardin" and "AD". His success inspired many artists such as the photographer P. Horst who made portraits of this illustrious figure, David Netto wrote a monograph about him.

For more than fifty years, he was inseparable from his wife Betty. Together, they resided for more than thirty years in what Alexander Kraft, Managing Director of Sotheby's International Realty France-Monaco, calls a "country refuge". Indeed, their property named Les Ramades shines with the splendor of its gardens, its architecture made of vaults and original stones. Today, Lourmarin's house is for sale at Sotheby's International Realty.

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Paris West Sotheby's International Realty, specialist in luxury and prestige real estate in Paris