To My Shagreen
08 . 22 . 07
I happened to be looking around blogland today and stumbled upon Studio Annetta’s lovely blog to find that she had just profiled one of my favorite design firms, Augousti. Owners Ria and Yiouri are pictured above. You have probably seen their shagreen and snakeskin bags around, as many stores carry them but their furniture is exclusive to Barney’s and it is amazing!
It just so happens that I was at Barney’s recently and had photographed their shagreen desk and matching chair. It was not only beautiful but was so well crafted and thought out. The little doors on each side open to reveal storage areas, one hidden by a lid and the other for hanging folders.
The desk alone was $4,000 so I didn’t even bother to check how much the chair was because if you have to ask, you can’t afford it and I definitely don’t think I could have afforded it, much to my chagrin. I may have to make due with one of their little clutches. They seem to be a bit more in my price range.
Great minds think alike. Beautiful desk at Barney’s.
Hi Habitually Chic – glad you liked my post! Thanks so much for posting your photo of the desk – I had not seen this design before. I think I remember seeing that the cabinets I posted were around $4000 too. If you are on a smaller budget (like myself) – the small boxes they make in shagreen with bone are only $200 – I picked one up last time we were in Paris and it now houses my matchbox collection. It’s so beautiful. I still want one of the chests though!
Gorgeous find! Although, I may just have to settle on one of their handbags 🙂
Suzy, thanks for the inspiration! I feel like I don’t have any surfaces left for a box but I always have room for a new bag. Do they have a shop in Paris?
This is true, one can never run out of room for handbags. Or shoes! Their shop in Paris is the same address as their office adddress on their website – I think its in the latin quarter.
Actually, Augousti furniture is also sold at Neiman Marcus and occasionally, it will be reduced in price, as I just spotted a small metal side table yesterday at NM in Dallas at 50% off.
The desk is wonderful, I picked one up last year, also, not on discount.