Atelier de Ricou’s French Embassy restoration
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Atelier de Ricou’s French Embassy restoration
Nov 10, 2021 | New York
Atelier de Ricou’s French Embassy restoration

The sparkle of Paris came to New York City on November 10 in celebration of Atelier de Ricou’s restoration of the Grand Ballroom and Stairway at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which is housed inside the historic Payne Whitney House designed by Stanford White.

Hamish Bowles, Kendell Cronstrom, Alejandro Saralegui, Tori Mellott, Corey Damen Jenkins, Damian Samora, Stewart Manger, Cathy Lerebours and many more joined Atelier de Ricou directors Stéphanie de Ricou and Cyril de Ricou and project director Stéphane Marets for champagne and a private viewing of the Atelier’s expert artisanship.

“Renowned Paris-based decorative painting firm Atelier de Ricou brought their French magic and talent to New York City, with their remarkable restoration of the Grand Ballroom and Marble Room at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy,” said Guillaume Bouchez, managing partner of Par Excellence, the Manhattan-based French design collective where the Atelier is a member. “Who better to transform the space than artisans who impressed the international design community with their recently completed work at the Palace of Versailles?”

Images by Kevin Lau.

Stéphanie de Ricou and Cyril de Ricou
Stéphanie de Ricou and Cyril de Ricou
Stéphanie de Ricou and Cyril de Ricou
Cathy Lerebours, Tori Mellott, and Corey Damen Jenkins
Cathy Lerebours, Tori Mellott, and Corey Damen Jenkins
Cathy Lerebours, Tori Mellott, and Corey Damen Jenkins
Stéphanie de Ricou and Hamish Bowles
Stéphanie de Ricou and Hamish Bowles
Stéphanie de Ricou and Hamish Bowles
Deborah Engel and Jenny Florence
Deborah Engel and Jenny Florence
Deborah Engel and Jenny Florence
Kendell Cronstrom, Stéphanie de Ricou and Guillaume Bouchez
Kendell Cronstrom, Stéphanie de Ricou and Guillaume Bouchez
Kendell Cronstrom, Stéphanie de Ricou and Guillaume Bouchez
Guillaume Bouchez and Charles Jouffre
Guillaume Bouchez and Charles Jouffre
Guillaume Bouchez and Charles Jouffre
Hélène Comfort, Stéphane Marets and Anne Goodwin
Hélène Comfort, Stéphane Marets and Anne Goodwin
Hélène Comfort, Stéphane Marets and Anne Goodwin
Jacqueline Mack, Tori Mellott and Ellen Niven
Jacqueline Mack, Tori Mellott and Ellen Niven
Jacqueline Mack, Tori Mellott and Ellen Niven
Kendell Cronstrom and Alejandro Saralegui
Kendell Cronstrom and Alejandro Saralegui
Kendell Cronstrom and Alejandro Saralegui
Ellen Niven and Hamish Bowles
Ellen Niven and Hamish Bowles
Ellen Niven and Hamish Bowles
Mark Gilbertson and Kathy Prounis
Mark Gilbertson and Kathy Prounis
Mark Gilbertson and Kathy Prounis
The team from Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
The team from Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
The team from Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
Guillaume Bouchez and Corey Damen Jenkins
Guillaume Bouchez and Corey Damen Jenkins
Guillaume Bouchez and Corey Damen Jenkins
Rebecca Short, Rowena Cameron-Mowat and Julia Yoon
Rebecca Short, Rowena Cameron-Mowat and Julia Yoon
Rebecca Short, Rowena Cameron-Mowat and Julia Yoon
Shawna Barrett, Anne Goodwin and Hélène Comfort
Shawna Barrett, Anne Goodwin and Hélène Comfort
Shawna Barrett, Anne Goodwin and Hélène Comfort
Stewart Manger
Stewart Manger
Stewart Manger
Jennifer Gyr (left)
Jennifer Gyr (left)
Jennifer Gyr (left)
Damian Samora (left)
Damian Samora (left)
Damian Samora (left)
Camille Freestone (left)
Camille Freestone (left)
Camille Freestone (left)
Stéphanie de Ricou speaking to the audience
Stéphanie de Ricou speaking to the audience
Stéphanie de Ricou speaking to the audience
Stéphane Marets addresses the audience.
Stéphane Marets addresses the audience.
Stéphane Marets addresses the audience.
The French Embassy is housed inside the historic Payne Whitney House, which was designed by Stanford White.
The French Embassy is housed inside the historic Payne Whitney House, which was designed by Stanford White.
The French Embassy is housed inside the historic Payne Whitney House, which was designed by Stanford White.
Stéphanie de Ricou
Stéphanie de Ricou
Stéphanie de Ricou
Lucy Yang
Lucy Yang
Lucy Yang
Attendees learned about the restoration overseen by Paris-based firm Atelier de Ricou.
Attendees learned about the restoration overseen by Paris-based firm Atelier de Ricou.
Attendees learned about the restoration overseen by Paris-based firm Atelier de Ricou.
Kendell Cronstrom, Alejandro Saralegui and Ellen Niven
Kendell Cronstrom, Alejandro Saralegui and Ellen Niven
Kendell Cronstrom, Alejandro Saralegui and Ellen Niven
Stéphanie de Ricou and Tori Mellott
Stéphanie de Ricou and Tori Mellott
Stéphanie de Ricou and Tori Mellott
Guillaume Bouchez and Stewart Manger
Guillaume Bouchez and Stewart Manger
Guillaume Bouchez and Stewart Manger
Guests enjoyed mingling in the newly  restored Grand Ballroom.
Guests enjoyed mingling in the newly restored Grand Ballroom.
Guests enjoyed mingling in the newly restored Grand Ballroom.
Guillaume Bouchez, Stéphane Marets, Stéphanie de Ricou and Cyril de Ricou
Guillaume Bouchez, Stéphane Marets, Stéphanie de Ricou and Cyril de Ricou
Guillaume Bouchez, Stéphane Marets, Stéphanie de Ricou and Cyril de Ricou