Madeleine Castaing

A magpie for colour and exotic combinations of styles, Madeleine Castaing (1894-1992) was one of a kind. Her unique vision revolutionized the world of interior design.Madeleine Castaing blue interior library with gold bookcase and blue and green top tables

Beginning as an antique dealer, running her Parisian shop for 50 years, Madeline had an eye for surprising juxtapositions and whimsical finds. Her decorating career blossomed in post-WWII France, where her bold style stood out a mile against a backdrop of sober recovery.  Never one to shy away from colour, an animal or jungle print, she would design a room in a block shades of black or blue, and include unexpected pieces of furniture to deliberately obscure the rooms function.

A friend and sponsor to a number of artists, from Chaim Soutine to Jean Cocteau, her milieu was as legendary as her exotic millinery and false eyelashes. A style icon in all senses of the word, Castaing’s legacy lives in on in a collection of wallpapers and fabrics produced by Brunschwig & Fils.

“I use three colors: red, sky-blue, and the green of the gardens.”

We’ve added our own personal touch but these words and colours have inspired the signature spots in our very own logo. Her fusion of styles have influenced many of our design decisions for the collection, from product details to our photo shoots. Madeleine Castaing, we salute you!

Reginald Footstool in light blue made to order fabric and the Monkhall circular mirror by Perch & Parrow
Left – Reginald Footstool in Giants Causeway by Perch & Parrow. Right – Monkhall Mirror by Perch & Parrow