Living with Design

Works from the Collection of Erica Mindes and Ken Zaslav

Ken Zaslav and Erica Mindes discovered famed design gallery Néotù while visiting Paris in the early 1990s. The contemporary furniture gallery—founded by  Gérard Dalmon and Pierre Staudenmeyer in 1984—took the couple by surprise. Captivated by the striking designs on display, Mindes expressed to her husband that she had never seen furniture like that in the states. The newlyweds, having recently moved from New York City to a brownstone in Richmond, Virginia, had almost no furniture in their home, a blank slate ripe with possibility.  Inspired and intrigued, the couple inquired if the gallery would ship to the US and Staudemeyer informed them that indeed they would, and that their gallery in New York would accommodate. Rather fortuitously, Staudenmeyer was already planning a trip stateside to visit with clients on the East Coast in the coming months, and Zaslav and Mindes took the opportunity to invite him to their home in Richmond where they could discuss design. After his visit, Staudenmeyer drafted a proposal to decorate the living room and dining room of their home with bespoke works by Néotù's brilliant designers: Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti, Eric Schmitt and Jasper Morrison. 

The works offered here were selected expressly for the interior by Staudenmeyer and in some instances, custom built to meet his specifications. This beautiful collection offers a glimpse into the mind of Néotù's visionary founder, and an opportunity to live with fine examples of exceptional art furniture that defined the early 1990s.

The whole project is conducted by the ideas to provide the living room and the dining room of the house a vivid expression of Mr. and Mrs. Zaslav's lifestyle, concerned with well tempered modernity and comfort of physical and social use. Regarding the classical structure of the house and the present renovation, the choice of furniture has been done to respect the "historical" (using neoclassical shapes) but completing it with touches of modernism (using typically "design" pieces and changing some details). Also, the distribution of the surfaces respect a classical functional point of view: the living room will present sitting, talking, reading and listening areas while the dining room will be treated as a enter for conviviality, exulting the pleasure to give dinner parties. Regarding this double aspect, we prefer not to elect only one designer and style,  but to mix different ones, contributing to give the impression of a collected furniture more than of a decorated set. 

Principles for the project as outlined by Pierre Staudenmeyer

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

Élizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti began their illustrious partnership in 1981, designing furniture and lighting on the forefront of a new romanticism that celebrated whimsy, absurdity and luxury. Working from the basis that “good taste bothers [them],” Garouste and Bonetti returned to and re-imaged design that was highly decorative. They infused this extravagance with the wit and irony of self-awareness, bridging the sensibilities of the early and late 20th century.

Élizabeth Garouste was born in 1946 in Paris, the daughter of Russian immigrants. She studied interior design at the École Camondo in Paris. She worked designing theater sets and in the fashion industry before meeting Mattia Bonetti, a Swiss designer, born in 1952, who was trained in textile design at the Centro Scolastico per l’Industria Artistica in Lugano. He also worked as a product designer, stylist and photographer.

The duo was named Designers of the Year at the International Furniture Fair in 1991. Their work is held in such prestigious collections as the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

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Auction Results Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, lounge chair and ottoman | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

lounge chair and ottoman
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $72,000

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, chandelier | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

chandelier
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $69,600

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, desk and chair from the Blome residence | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

desk and chair from the Blome residence
estimate: $18,000–24,000
result: $60,000

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, coffee table from the Blome residence | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

coffee table from the Blome residence
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $48,000

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, Dawson floor lamp | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

Dawson floor lamp
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $42,000

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, occasional table from the Blome residence | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

occasional table from the Blome residence
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $39,600

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, lounge chair | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

lounge chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $38,400

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, occasional table | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

occasional table
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $36,000

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, KawaKuBo cabinet | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

KawaKuBo cabinet
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $32,500

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, cabinet | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

cabinet
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $31,200

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, lounge chair from the Blome residence | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

lounge chair from the Blome residence
estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $31,200

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, table lamps, pair | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

table lamps, pair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $30,000

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, sofa | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

sofa
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $25,200

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, dining table | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

dining table
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $25,200

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, pair of night stands from the Blome residence | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

pair of night stands from the Blome residence
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $25,000

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, dining chairs, set of ten | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

dining chairs, set of ten
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $24,000

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, occasional tables, pair | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

occasional tables, pair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $22,800

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, console from the Blome residence | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

console from the Blome residence
estimate: $18,000–24,000
result: $21,600

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, bed from the Blome residence | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

bed from the Blome residence
estimate: $15,000–25,000
result: $20,400

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, pair of lamps from the Blome residence | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

pair of lamps from the Blome residence
estimate: $6,000–9,000
result: $20,400

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, Koala settee | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

Koala settee
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $20,400

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, floor lamps from the Lacroix Salons de Haute Couture | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

floor lamps from the Lacroix Salons de Haute Couture
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $20,000

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, settee | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

settee
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $19,200

ELIZABETH GAROUSTE AND MATTIA BONETTI, pair of nightstands from the Blome residence | wright20.com

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti

pair of nightstands from the Blome residence
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $18,600