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SEP-OCT 2018

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The black on the kitchen walls is "smoky and industrial, appropriate to a service room," says Marco. The framed prints are studies for Roi du Lac's wallpapers. • Wax sculptures from the Ducrot Collection can be lit like candles. • The Japonaiserie paper debuted in the spring of 2018. • The view from the family's apartment window point, with its soft-green shade enliv - ened by cherry tree blossoms and birds. Typically 4.25 feet wide by 13 feet high, the scenes are not so literal that they can't handle a little abstracting. Marco compares the application to assembling LEGOs, cutting and confi- guring the papers to fill a space from floor to ceiling. In the corridor of their apartment, the wallpaper acts as virtual windows, giving a sense of expanse and transparency to the hall. Marco finds inspiration in the best of what is around him. "The English have an excellent taste for color, and the Italians know luxury," he says. As such, he melds the two to create papers that are distinctly Roi du Lac. He draws the scenes after visiting and studying a location multiple times, more to capture the feeling of the space than to literally re-create the image. For the Chinoiserie papers, he cites the Casina Cinese in Palermo as his inspiration. "It's a Chinese temple that dates to the 18 th century, but it's a Western inter- pretation of China," he says. He applies that Western lens to all cultures with a rich decorative history, such as China, Japan, Turkey, and Rome. Roi du Lac's creative ambitions don't stop at the ceiling plasterwork. The company also has a successful line of accessories and ready-to-wear avail - able at bespoke boutiques all over the world, including Bergdorf Goodman. Marco calls them postcards of sorts because of the imagery that decorates the skirts, dresses, ties, and pocket squares. The designs include a women's smoking-style jacket in a lively calla lily print, a skirt scattered with tropical flowers and foliage, and handkerchiefs in rose and leaf prints. Men's ties sport flora and fauna motifs, including one with geckos hiding in cheerful blooms. For devotees following on social media, the process feels ever dynamic. The team may be attending markets or getting together with colleagues, friends, and family, but the ideas and connections ricochet among them. The couple finds inspiration in the exotic and then distills dreams into designs that bring the world into the intimacy of the home. S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 | 75 For more information, see Sources, page 84

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