When my friend, textile designer Peter D’Ascoli, saw that I was attempting to recreate a version of Lee Radziwel’s Renzo Mongiardino designed London drawing room, he offered his assistance. I count myself as very lucky indeed!
D’Ascoli (based in India) has the most exquisite eye and is designing a truly marvelous mix of textiles. His atelier offers a full range – from custom embroideries to classic chintz patterns to more exotic designs – all in custom colorations of course.
In particular, we’re working to recreate Indian bedspread style fabrics in order to realize my Mongiardino fantasy for our very own Scott McBee’s bedroom. The whole concept is rather intoxicating!D’Ascoli grew up in New York, and has always loved art and drawing (he also developed a passion for surfing and sailing!). Upon a teacher’s recommendation, D’Ascoli went to study textile design at FIT, and while working at a summer job designing men’s textiles, he was asked to go to India to monitor production. India made a lasting impression on the young D’Ascoli, but as he tells us, it took many years before he returned. “This was more than 30 years ago, before the trade agreements and technological advances that created globalization. During that time, I met Indian government officials from the Ministry of Textiles who invited me to return to India after graduation to work with craftspeople across India developing products for export. I did return and spent almost two years learning about Indian handicrafts before heading back home to Manhattan where I worked for the next two decades before going back to India to open the Talianna Studio in Delhi.”
As many of my clients know, I approach interior design as a couturier would, creating fully bespoke interiors. To this end, finding a creative wellspring like D’Ascoli & Company is invaluable, and it won’t surprise you to know they have become my go-to resource.
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I’m photographed in my little jewel box of a dining room library by the endlessly talented Boris Glamocanin. It’s amazing how D’Ascoli and Company’s Gilded Age Chintz pattern on shocking pink Duchess silk so thoroughly elevates the room. I’m sporting a Tom Ford grey and white hounds tooth wool hemp jacket, shocking pink silk cotton pants, a shocking pink and white abstract floral print silk pocket sqare and a shocking pink large check silk tie, Paul Stuart Bespoke cotton shirt in white, grey and pink stripes, Ralph Lauren black crocodile belt with sterling buckle, Seaman Schepps grey pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford era YSL “Windsor” black leather loafers, a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel keeping me looking tan, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.