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     Above: Napoleon trois fauteuils upholstered in Scalamandre ‘Marly.’ Silk curtains Lelievre Paris. 

Back To The Future

by Matthias Vriens-McGrath

 

 

After an accidental career in fashion sidelined his first love of anitiquities and decoration, Matthias Vriens-McGrath resets his focus on design with the creation of Atelier MVM. This surrealist portfolio features his private collections and the astonishing aesthetic of his home in West Hollywood. 

     Above: Napoleon trois fauteuils upholstered in Scalamandre ‘Marly.’ Silk curtains Lelievre Paris. 

 

 Above: Napoleon trois fauteuils upholstered in Scalamandre ‘Marly.’ Silk curtains Lelievre Paris. 

 Left: Bronze wall sconce with ‘tramp art’ decoration and crystal drop. Right: 18th century Gustavian chair.

Left: Bronze wall sconce with ‘tramp art’ decoration and crystal drop. Right: 18th century Gustavian chair.

 “Fashion and photography have changed so much, so I’ve gone back to the drawing board and back to taking pictures the way I used to: no frills, no production and a whole lotta’ magic!”  Left: Drawing by Louise Bonnet at Mier Gallery Los Angeles. Right: Wall painting by Miguel Villalobos for Atelier MVM, Bronze oil lamp Atelier MVM. 

“Fashion and photography have changed so much, so I’ve gone back to the drawing board and back to taking pictures the way I used to: no frills, no production and a whole lotta’ magic!”

Left: Drawing by Louise Bonnet at Mier Gallery Los Angeles. Right: Wall painting by Miguel Villalobos for Atelier MVM, Bronze oil lamp Atelier MVM. 

 Left: 1970’s bamboo chair and bronze Atelier MVM foot planter. Right: Bronze wall sconce with Papua New Guinea turtle shell; clay, shell and crystal drop decoration.

Left: 1970’s bamboo chair and bronze Atelier MVM foot planter. Right: Bronze wall sconce with Papua New Guinea turtle shell; clay, shell and crystal drop decoration.

 Left: Wall painting by Miguel Villalobos for Atelier MVM, Atelier MVM lamp shade in 19th century ottoman block print cotton. Right: 19th century Dutch kitchen chair, bicycle helmet and Shirley Brown’s leash.

Left: Wall painting by Miguel Villalobos for Atelier MVM, Atelier MVM lamp shade in 19th century ottoman block print cotton. Right: 19th century Dutch kitchen chair, bicycle helmet and Shirley Brown’s leash.

 Left: Solid bronze, 18 carat gold plated Atelier MVM ‘Amphitrite’ candelabra with natural pearls, rubies, blood coral and tourmalines. Right: Ceramic Atelier MVM mushroom lamp, Peter Bonde foil painting at Mier Gallery Los Angeles.

Left: Solid bronze, 18 carat gold plated Atelier MVM ‘Amphitrite’ candelabra with natural pearls, rubies, blood coral and tourmalines. Right: Ceramic Atelier MVM mushroom lamp, Peter Bonde foil painting at Mier Gallery Los Angeles.

 Left: Matthias Vriens-McGrath photograph  Angel  NYC 1999, Jean Gillon ‘Jangada’ chair with Icelandic sheepskin rug and 1970’s California ceramic vase. Right: Atelier MVM ‘Pablo’ chair.

Left: Matthias Vriens-McGrath photograph Angel NYC 1999, Jean Gillon ‘Jangada’ chair with Icelandic sheepskin rug and 1970’s California ceramic vase. Right: Atelier MVM ‘Pablo’ chair.

 Left: Atelier MVM ‘Mahongwe’ lamp with Touareg shade and Art Deco Neo Etruscan ceramic vase. Right: Papua New Guinea lime jar and Kota reliquary figure.

Left: Atelier MVM ‘Mahongwe’ lamp with Touareg shade and Art Deco Neo Etruscan ceramic vase. Right: Papua New Guinea lime jar and Kota reliquary figure.