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Published September 29, 2011

Fatio designed a 25,000-square-foot Manalapan residence for Conseulo Vanderbilt Balsan in 1935. The five-acre estate has seven bedrooms and baths and includes a parcel with deep-water dockage on the Intercoastal Waterway.

Built with a delicately carved ceiling salvaged from a Southeast Asian temple, the pagoda is draped with Indian and African fabrics and features a vintage bamboo ottoman. Lush plantings contribute to the exotic feel.

For the library's walls, the designer chose a mocha mohair velvet. On the side table is a Louise Nevelson maquette. The photographs are by Hiroshi Sugimoto.

The dining pavilion, which can be enclosed by Japanese split-bamboo shades, is exposed to the elements. A lotus pond and a black-bottomed pool, punctuated by a small pagoda, are part of the extensive formal gardens. The branch chandelier is by French sculptor Claude Lalanne.

Crystal chandeliers offset the dark tones of the Indonesian hardwood that was used in the hall, as throughout, to achieve a cool, tranquil mood for the interiors. The painting, Bateau a Voile, 1916, is by Albert Gleizes.

A curvilinear Panton chair in the dressing room, which can be separated from the master bedroom via an aluminum-and-steel pocket door, serves as a counterpoint to the rooms' horizontal lines, while the maple floor provides a note of warmth. Gurney designed the wenge bed; the untitled gouache is by Jim Angell.

Fonthill silk chenille on sofas at left, with Samuel & Sons trim and Larsen silk velvet on pillows. Regency wing chair fabric, Donghia. Linen on caned chairs, Rogers & Goffigon. Kidney sofa fabric, Scalamandre. Trim on Fortuny pillows, Clarence House. Antique rug, Sotheby's. Barley-twist table lamp, Vaughan. Low table, Holly Hunt.

Bergamo shade sheer and wallcovering.

"The Gothic fireplace anchors the space in the 15th century," adds Auerbach. Torero a la Cape Noire, 1960s, is by Robert Vernet-Bonfort. J.H. Minassian carpet.

Designers David Powell and Fenwick Bonnell gave the residents a living room that serves multiple functions.

"Clerestory windows allow western light to flood into the kitchen," notes Powell. Barstool cushion fabric from Beacon Hill. Sub-Zero refrigerator. Wolf range; Thermador hood. Faucet, Kohler.

The master bath "is an exotic, rustic retreat, reminiscent of tropical-hotel spas," Auerbach notes. Moroccan cut-metal-and-glass lanterns hang from the ceiling. Ann Sacks terra-cotta pavers. Bath fixtures, Rohl.

In the dining room, amid the intricate detail and grand scale of the 19th-century interior architecture, a set of late-1940s chairs, from Baker, mixes with contemporary pieces such as a dining table by 1100:Architect and a pair of Milkbottle lamps from Droog Design. The floor, of oak with mahogany inlay, is original to the house.

Kitchen by Clive Christian.

A pyramidal pickled-teak ceiling adds a rustic touch in the kitchen. "It's a plain and neutral palette, so the textural materials provide the patterning," remarks designer Michael Booth. Maurer designed the hanging light fixtures. Stainless-steel range and hood from La Cornue. Viking wall oven. Refrigerator, Sub-Zero.

When one’s working life is spent conceiving and installing some of the most impressively soigné interiors in the world, a laid-back personal refuge is practically an occupational requirement.