Nathalie Dheedene, Magen H Gallery's Director since close to a decade, opened us to her home in Long Island (home office now) to discuss being at home, her design favorites, upcoming projects and more
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE IN YOUR HOME?
Nathalie talks about the one piece in her home she loves to live with. As the center of her living room, the Chapo T02P coffee table serves as a multi-functional drawing table for her kids, work table, and a place to have conversation around.
T02 ROUND TABLE
Designed in 1963, the T02 table is a round model from the first generation of Chapo furniture. The product of deep thought about the evolution of society and its needs, the table is one of the great Chapo classics. Composed of four detachable cylindrical legs and a top with slanted edges, the model is easily transformed into a low or high table.
Nathalie had carte blanche on our available inventory to pick 5 pieces to design her ideal room. We discussed her selection, the history of the pieces, created a moodboard and digital layout. Here it is.
Due to the current situation, you are currently quarantining in your house in Long Island. Do you think that the fact that you are living in this specific space influenced your choice? if so, in what ways?
N.D. : No but I do think our taste evolves constantly, so probably if you ask me in 6 months I might choose differently.
Can you tell us a little bit about each piece and why they made the cut?
N.D. : Charlotte Perriand was always a huge inspiration for me, she was a visionary, which was a tough spot for a women in that age. The bookcase has that female reflection.
The simplicity of the lines and proportions as well as its vibrant color always stood out as a masterpiece by Forrest Myers.
I saw the Chapo wall shelve for the first time 3 years ago and was just blown away by the scale and the proportions.
The Barray table is one of my favorite, I honestly would love to have in my house. Again proportions are exceptional as well as the mix of material.
Le Corbusier cabinet is part of one of my favorite projects by Le Corbusier. The innovation he brought to architecture remains modern even today.
What qualities did you look for when the selecting the pieces?
N.D. : I am realizing that proportions is a big part of my decisions
Your selection is somewhat eclectic, with more historical midcentury pieces such as the Perriand and Le Corbusier ones, and some more "contemporary" looking as the Myers chairs or the Barray table. In your opinion, do you think eclecticism is important to realize a successful grouping?
N.D. : I like a mix of contemporary and historical in my home. The choices we make are a reflection of our personality. My Belgian roots have always been a huge influence in my choices and interior. I like the combination of historical with a modern aesthetic. I tend to a more neutral and soft color palette, however a pop is color is necessary.
If you could keep one of these pieces for your current house, which one would it be? Why?
N.D. : The Barray table! I absolutely love that piece! This simplicity and elegance makes this a timeless piece.
What / Who inspire you (inside or outside the design world) ?
N.D. : Charlotte Perriand is a true creative force. She was a visionary, female and sadly only was appreciated much later on. She created living space which were artful. My kids are my biggest inspiration, their innocence gives way to a limitless creativity.
First piece of design that impacted you?
Your design motto?
N.D. : "Design comes from within, its a reflection of our soul"