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The Duke And Duchess of Windsor's Banquette Room

Plush curtains and sectional sofas add glamour to this room.

"Exotic but not over the top," says The Aesthete — anonymous author of the now-defunct Aesthete's Lament blog — of the Windsors' Chinese-and-seraglio-inspired space in Paris, France. It was decorated by Stephane Boudin in the late 1930s. "The diamond-quilted silk curtains are plush, the button-tufted sectionals are swell for relaxing with a cocktail, and the spidery bamboo furniture lightens up the bulk of the upholstery," he adds.

See the rest of The Aesthete's inspirations in our Historical Interior Design photo gallery.

  • Photographer: Alexandre Serebriakoff from Alexandre Serebriakoff: Portraitiste d'Intérieurs by Patrick Mauriés (Franco Maria Ricci, 1990).

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