I rarely answer that question in the affirmative---there is just so danged much that I don't know.  For example, an ever informed friend of widespread interests  sent these photographs of a recently redecorated French commuter train, asking "Do you know this?", and indeed the answer was 'No---but Wow'

I've no doubt that all my design savvy readers and everyone else in the blogosphere already knew, but it had escaped me, and I'm enchanted at the juxtaposition.  How could anyone be bored or tired on this commute?  Take note, Amtrak, take note.

PS:  Speaking of those many things I don't know, it does little good even when I do know things.  For example, even though other friends had informed me ages ago that the recent anonymous 'Property of a Lady' sale at Stair Galleries in Hudson NY was actually the property of Brooke Astor, it never occurred to my summer-addled brain to mention it---until of course I read it in another blog, weeks later.  Oh well, you don't come to me for current events, I suspect.  Besides, I was far more interested in session 2 on Sautrday,  the contents of the late decorator Keith Irvine's house in Carmel New York.  Many of the items were more to my taste---wonderful neo-classical sculpture and bas relief galore.  The always delightful Mr. Irvine was a sometimes visitor to the Dilettante's shop, and in fact, when I last saw the dining room of that house published, it contained a set of grain painted chairs purchased from me.  For the catalog and sales results of the Astor/Irvine auctions, click HERE.

Meanwhile, back on the train:


columnist said...

That train is brilliant; I could almost bring myself to make a journey on this one!

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The Devoted Classicist said...

I've had information on custom plastic laminate (Formica is the trade name for one manufacturer) for years, but I have just never had the opportunity to use it. This is an excellent example of a very appropriate use. But I had not seen the train, either.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

What a wonderful idea! I could imagine myself spending a whole ride examining the book spines in the library car.

Toby Worthington said...

Goodness me, a modern train interior influenced by
Emilio Terry, with whispers of Georges Geoffrey and
Charlie de Bestigui! Quite something, really.

Thanks for the link to the Keith Irvine sale. It would
seem to be month of tastemaker auctions.

Reggie Darling said...

I went to the Irvine sale, along with a group of friends, and we all came away with some purchases, all at very reasonable hammers. There were two very determined bidders at the sale who went at it aggressively, in some cases bidding up the prices of their mutually sought-after lots well above the high estimates, in some cases by many multiples. A most enjoyable day for those of us on the side-lines, watching the show. Reggie

The Ancient said...

Parisian Cathouse Moderne.

("Next stop... Madame Claude's!")

P.S. The only thing I might have wanted from that Astor sale:


Blue said...

Brilliant! Makes me wish the illusion had continued with the seating – illusory buttoning, tufting and draping, etc.

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

actually the one with the sistine chapel like ceiling is one of the trains in Paris - the RER trains to go to Versailles of all places - they are fabulous.