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
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
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
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
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
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 oneâs working life is spent conceiving and installing some of the
most impressively soignÃ© interiors in the world, a laid-back personal
refuge is practically an occupational requirement.
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