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MAY-JUN 2018

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AROLYN QUARTERMAINE LIVES in a world of her own invention. It's a realm unbound by trends or convention, where romanticism meets modernism, the curves of a shimmering antique chandelier are juxtaposed with pictures irreverently taped to spare walls, moody cerulean blues are offset by crisp whites, and flora is all around. Through her paintings, photography, and art-directed interiors, Quartermaine lets others enter this magical place. "It's about relationships: balancing the minimal with the sumptuous, constantly editing to let in fresh air and give all of the elements room to breathe," says the British creative, who defies easy categorization. Educated at London's Royal College of Art, she began blurring boundaries roughly three decades ago, experimenting with both paper and silk collages. Drawn to the decorative lines of old French calligraphy, she decided to transfer the ornamental script to fabric and eventually put that on a chair. Soon someone wanted to buy the chair; then others wanted yards of the patterned silk. Her career was launched, with one hand in fine art and the other in design. Later she would create minimalist floral and modernist lace-inspired fabrics; serve as a stylist for Hermès and Vogue Living, among other clients; and transform commercial spaces, TOP AND ABOVE: Blossoming trees have been a constant theme in Quartermaine's work since the age of 13. • In her airy London apartment, the artist examines a series of cyanotypes loosely inspired by Victorian photograms. LEFT: An antique postcard, enlarged by 1,000, sparked the meticulously decoupaged walls of The Glade, a London restaurant with a woodland bent, which were done by Quartermaine and fellow artist Didier Mahieu. C It's about relationships: balancing the minimal with the sumptuous, constantly editing to let in fresh air and give all of the elements room to breathe. —CAROLYN QUARTERMAINE 28 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 8 FRESH STYLE I art TOP AND BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTOS BY CAROLYN QUARTERMAINE: BOTTOM LEFT COURTESY OF SKETCH

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