I love a good twist on a classic. A high-low, stark-meets-sparkly, do-backflips-off-the-shoulders-of-greats moment makes me want to do backflips. But part of being a skilled mixmaster is knowing when to say no to a visual mashup. And believe me -- there is definitely a time to say no.
For example, remember when French country decor was all the rage? Everyone wanted in on that trend, and not everyone should have been -- myself included. I live in a very modern space, and covering it in fleurs-de-lis and antique drawer pulls would have looked bizarre. Some might have gone for a fusion moment, but I sat that trend out, and my apartment looked better for it. That sense of restraint is exactly what I admire about Robert Couturier.
In a time when finesse often takes a backseat to invention, I find his straightforwardness incredibly refreshing. And let’s be honest -- even I need a reminder sometimes! This body of work demonstrates that coloring inside the lines can still be a wonderfully creative pursuit.