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A Life of

Deco and

Decadence

Places of Residence

It is hard to find any better embodiment of the Art Deco style than the paintings of Tamara de Lempicka.

Just as her work captured the new modern spirit of the twenties and early thirties, Tamara's life was equally daring, glamorous, and with a finely sharpened edge.

Tamara de Lempicka is said to have committed herself to the life of gesture in which every detail of her outward appearance was attended to with great thought, from the decor of her studios to the haute couture she wrapped herself in: For example, although she depicted herself in a green Bugatti, she actually drove a yellow and black Renault. "When I drove in it, I wore a pullover of the same bright yellow, always with a black skirt and hat. I was dressed like the car and the car like me."




Bedroom in Tamara`s apartment on Rue Guy de Maupassant, Paris
The apartment on Place Wagram

In 1922 Tamara de Lempicka lifed together with her husband Tadeusz and their daughter Kizette at 1 Place Wagram.



The aparatment Guy de Maupassant in Paris

In 1925 Tamara de Lempicka moved to 5 rue Guy de Maupassant in Paris.
The extraordinary design of the bedroom with its commissioned furniture, emblazoned with Tamara`s art work.

Tamara`s apartment Rue Mechain, Paris
copyright of image by Studio Piaz
The studio on Rue Mechain

Tamara`s studio on the Rue Méchain in the building designed by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1929, furniture by Rene Herbst with light grey walls and ceiling.

Tamara's sister, Adrienne de Montaut (Gorska), designed the upstairs smoking room paneled in polished walnut. Tamara's initials are woven into the brown upholstery.

After the war, Tamara returned to her Rue Méchain studio and redecorated it in the rococo style.

The 1950s Art & Décoration article which featured Lempicka's new scheme commented on her intentional juxtaposition of the clean, severe architecture with the bourgeois neo-Louis XV style.





Rue de Mechain, Paris: 1930 und 2010


New York, 57th Street

First address in the USA

In 1933, she married Baron Raoul Kuffner. In 1939 with war looming, they sailed to the United States, first to California and later to New York, where they lived until the early 1960s.



The apartment in New York


The double height living room gave excellent northern light at their apartment on 322 East 57th Street, built in 1929 as a studio hotel and also once home to Lily Pons.

Tamara decorated the apartment with antiques taken from the Baron's Hungarian estates. Their friends, such as Helena Rubinstein's sister Muzka Bernard, called upon her to decorate their places.



New York, 57th Street : Dining Room and entrance hall with family pictures