Episode 001: Robert Couturier

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A graduate the Ecole Camondo in Paris with a degree in interior architecture and design, ROBERT COUTURIER moved to New York in 1981. He quickly established his own practice, which has been recognized in, among other media, Architectural Digest’s prestigious annual list of the best decorators and architectural firms in the world. In June 2012, Elle Decor included Mr.Couturier in its A-list Top 60 Designers and British House & Garden named him one of the top 10 foreign decorators.

Two and a half decades later, the New York-based Couturier continues to execute grand-scale commissions in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Russia. Today his name has become synonymous with continental and international style and elegance.

Couturier has contributed to major architecture and design books and, in October 2014, released his first monograph, Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises with Rizzoli New York, showcasing a beautiful range of multifaceted work, from Old World elegance to contemporary design. In his introduction Couturier admits, “I’m completely addicted to luxury. I have no ability for anything else.”

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  1. juliana kaspari on 02/29/2016 at 10:07 PM

    James, I think I’m in love with your voice! I could listen to your podcasts for hours…you’re so calm and reassuring. Perfect for the medium. And I love Bob Couturier! Take a thousand bucks…don’t buy food or toilet paper or flimsy furniture…buy a $1000 vase! I understand the logic in that. And I’ve done it. When I graduated I took all my money gifts and spent the next 3 weeks wandering all over Europe. When I came home, I didn’t have a pot….but I had a beautiful figurine of the German imp, Perkeo, bought in Heidelberg! Congratulations on your inaugural podcast! Now I’ll try to do the review,etc…

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 9:03 PM

      Dear Juliana, Thank you for your congratulatory note. Mr. Couturier’s interview was laced with many delightful moments. It was such an honor to speak with him. I can honestly say that all my interviews have been, in their own unique way, delightful. So happy I get to share them with you via the podcast. I’ll pass your compliments on my voice to my parents. They had more to do with it than I!

  2. James Kneebone on 03/01/2016 at 8:38 AM

    great stuff!!

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 8:59 PM

      Thank you Jim! So thrilled you checked this out. See you in the a.m.

  3. Carol Terry on 03/01/2016 at 9:10 AM

    Congratulations on the fruition of your finely crafted podcast, it is an honor to be in the presence of such great and humble designers.

    Also, thanks for sharing your successes and failures…especially last night’s repeated emails 🙂

    All the Best,
    Carol Terry

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 8:58 PM

      Dear Carol, Your congratulations are most appreciated. Glad my candid moments haven’t scared you off! Turns out we’re all in this together and I’m delighted for the company.

  4. A.C.Kent on 03/01/2016 at 12:55 PM

    A Fantastic Interview! Mr Swan’s questions were well thought out and allowed for fascinating responses. Mr Couturier did not disappoint in his answers by providing insight into his experiences in the industry and to his own life and personal lessons he has learned. Well done gentlemen. Thank You!

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 8:35 PM

      A.C., Thank you for your kind note and observations. Mr. Couturier is delightful and I’m so proud to get to share him with you in this manner. Keep listening and remember to rate and review the show. It helps in so many ways.

  5. Alexandra Smythe on 03/01/2016 at 4:48 PM

    Great interview! One of the best pieces of advice was, “Be leery of fashion.” Be tasteful, find objects to use in your home that make you smile each day and remember flowers should be used all of the time. Make your home interesting so when someone walks into it there will always be something that can catch their eye. Lastly, work with clients and be open to their ideas. 5 star interview!

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 8:49 PM

      Thank you my dear! Deeply appreciate the note and the encouraging words. I owe you an email…I’ve not forgotten, just been buried in launch stuff. Warmly, James

  6. Elise on 03/01/2016 at 6:40 PM

    Bravo! Your interview with Mr. Couturier was delightful.

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 8:33 PM

      Thank you Elise. Delighted you checked it out. Chat with you on Tuesday! James

  7. Emily Webb on 03/01/2016 at 10:01 PM

    I woke up in great anticipation of today’s launching of The Million Dollar Decorating podcast. As I sat with my cup of coffee in hand and listened, I just kept thinking, what a great way to start my day! To start your day being motivated and taught by a world famous designer, got my creative juices going and they stayed with me all day. I thought the questions were well thought out and the answers delighted and awakened me. I think my favorites were what Robert said about a “comfortable home” vs being “in fashion” and I loved what he said about what he would spend $1000.00 on, if he had just moved into a new house and only had $1000.00 to spend. James Swan has built a close knit “design” community and I am so happy to be a part of it. I can’t wait to start each morning thinking and re-thinking my creative thoughts on design and beautiful living! Thank you James Swan!

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 8:26 PM

      Emily, Your note made my day. I could not me more delighted to have you part of the MDD family. Keep listening and sharing.
      Warmly, James

  8. Kathy Seeley on 03/04/2016 at 4:26 AM

    I admire and respect Mr. Couturier immensely. Your questions, Mr. Swan, were thought provoking and I was thrilled to find this podcast! It was lovely to listen to Mr. Couturier as he answered with warmth, grace and humility. My heart was deeply touched as he described the bronze he purchased recently and the joy and delight it brings to him each and every morning. How wonderful!

    Mr. Couturier’s book, “Designing Paradises” is a brilliant look into his world and his innate, awe inspiring gift of architecture and interior design.

    My best,

    • James Swan on 03/04/2016 at 10:03 AM

      Dear Kathy, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the interview with Mr. Couturier. Just a remarkable gentleman. Delighted you are part of the MDD family. Here’s to making the world more beautiful. Warmly, JS

  9. Natalie Reddell on 03/18/2016 at 10:40 AM

    What an awesome interview. Great questions. Great answers. James, you could not be better suited for this if you tried! Also, I can’t wait to read Carolyne Roehm’s new book. Thank you for the recommendation. #CommanderinCHIC

    • James Swan on 03/19/2016 at 9:16 PM

      Natialie, Thank you. I appreciate the encouraging words. Carolyne’s book is remarkable. Enjoy!

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