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Published September 29, 2011
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bergamo shade sheer and wallcovering.

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"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.

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

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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Kitchen by Clive Christian.

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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.

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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.