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François Catroux: The disappearance of the Master of High Decoration

Internationally renowned decorator, husband of Betty Catroux, François Catroux, passed away on November 8 at the age of 84. Let’s take a look at the career of one of the great French masters of interior design.

French elegance

Curious by nature, lover of anything avant-garde, courteous and discreet to the point of seeming distant, endowed with an innate sense of harmony and proportion, François Catroux was an outstanding decorator, embodying French elegance for more than fifty years. With a style often ahead of his time, that reflected the richness of his aesthetic and his encyclopedic knowledge of beautiful objects, the interior decorator was able to make a Senoufo bird and a cold metal mantel coexist in his Parisian apartment, creating an atmosphere of sober opulence and softness.

Born in 1936 in Algeria, grandson of General Catroux and student in the same school as Yves Saint Laurent, who would later become one of his great friends, François Catroux began a career in journalism in New York. Passionate about decoration since his childhood, he was first commissioned by Elle magazine to photograph interiors. It was during this period that he met the architect Philip Johnson and the decorator Charles Sevigny, both of whom had a significant influence on him and his taste for mixing the old and the contemporary.

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