For this intimate dining room my intention was to replicate the charm of the Sangerie salon, chateau de Chantilly. Amusing monkeys cavort overhead, a tea party in action, the simian hostess a teasing reference to the mistress of the house.
Slight touches of blue &white porcelain add pop to a palette rich in gold, red, and jade. In this detail, below, the fanciful insect is a play on Faberge’s fantastic dragonfly brooch.
For my friend the designer Jonathan Fong, I knew I had to go out of my comfort zone. Jonathan loves color that pops and design that is bold and uninhibited. For this home theater I thought a play on Grauman’s Chinese theater would be in order. I have always loved the Chinese manner of portraying clouds, stylized rolling curves. My take was to add bold Warholian color.
A perennial favorite is the painted sky, from the time of Teipolo to present day. The spatial elevation achieved by the suggestion of undulating clouds filled with light and azure is difficult to surpass. At left, one of many dining room ceilings Mr. Greco has painted, framed by ornamental accents. (Pittsburgh, PA)
This dining room in Palm Beach, FL, had audio speakers placed too conspicuously to suit the new owner's taste. Having chosen an Italian Renaissance style to complement the proprietor's extensive art collection, Mr. Greco incorporated the round speakers into the ceiling's ornamentation.