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Acquired from Jeremy Ltd., London, August 1988
PROPERTY FROM A GENEVA PENTHOUSE DECORATED BY NYFFELER
(lots 81, 109-110 & 395-407)
AN ICONIC GENEVA INTERIOR BY JACKIE NYFFELER
The following collection was housed in the Geneva penthouse of discerning and knowledgeable art collectors. The impressive penthouse of more than 1,000 square meters encompasses the entire top floor of a chic apartment building in the city’s International Organizations quarter. The owners commissioned no less than seven decorators to submit their plans for the interior decoration of the apartment in which their art collection of Impressionist pictures, French and English furniture and a number of objets d’art was to be displayed. The architectural plans of the celebrated Geneva decorators Nyffeler were successful, and the two-year long realisation of their exceptional plans were undertaken with no expense spared in 1985.
The Nyffeler family dynasty of decorators was started in the 1930s by William Nyffeler. It was, however, his son, Jackie Nyffeler, and his wife Joelle, who were responsible for the growth and success of the atelier in the second half of the 20th century. Jackie Nyffeler commenced his studies in the family atelier under his father’s tutelage, and later formed his notable and eclectic taste at the famous Jansen decorating firm in Paris. Today, the celebrated atelier is now run by Jackie and Joelle’s son, Yves Nyffeler. The Nyffelers are creators of a very recognisable ‘Geneva style’ of interior decoration that was adopted not only in the Swiss city but also internationally by numerous clients around the world including the Middle East.
The decoration of this Geneva penthouse is a tribute to the oeuvre of Jackie Nyffeler, and will be remembered as one of his finest projects. He created here an extremely attractive interior collaboration of the finest materials, contrasting woods such as bois citronnier from Ceylon, Palissandre des Indes, ebony and Karelian birch with precious Brazilian marble and granites for the floors.