Style Spy - Alexandra Champalimaud
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Alexandra Champalimaud uncovers rare design treasures in L.A.'s finest décor troves
Is this not beautiful?" asks Alexandra Champaliamud. The interior designer stands in lighting boutique Rewire, and her attention has turned to an amber-hued Livio Segusolamp. "it would be very elegant in the Hotel Bel-Air." She would know; in addition to revamping the iconic property, she has been charged with other high-status hospitality projects such as S.F.'s Fairmont Hotel, The Carlyle and the The Pierre in N.Y. While recently in L.A., the Lisbon-born, New York-based decorator to C on a tour as she got to know the city's design sources: At Blackman Cruz, where Champalimaud goes "for very strong pieces," she zeroes in on an aqua linen sofa with embroidery by London company Clarke & Reilly. "Id use it in a living room or a bar, next to a white leather chair, for contrast. It's both physically and philosophically beautiful," she says, referring to its eco-friendly nature (tis creators re-imagine antiques). "Reasonable, interesting things that are good investments" is how she describes Lendrum Fine Art, where she admits work by Tyler Vlahovich, Sean Odell and Midori Kono Thiel. A pair of 1953 leather occasional chairs by Mid-Century Modern Danish designer Poul Kjaerhold catches Champalimaud's eye at Galerie Half, as does a 1957 Hans Wegner Halyard rope chair - great for Charym, a wellness center she founded in Litchfield, CT. Finally, Champalimaud stops by Harbinger, a stockiest of her new Comptoirs line for Holland & Sherry. She and showroom co-owner Parrish Chilcoat examine previous seasons of embroidered fabrics for the company by French designers Nicholas Chambeyron. "you know he used to do courture," she says. "He was at Dior. This is beautiful enough to be the bodice of a dress." says Champalimaud, ever imaginative.