Today I've been trawling through my collection of ancient magazines and in bound copies of House and Garden from 1985 I found pictures of rooms Geoffrey Bennison created in Paris for Princess Firyal of Jordan.
During the 1980s, the height of the English Country House style, decorating seemed awash is chintz, so today it came as a pleasure to find an interior as complex as any other done at the time, though without chintz, that did not repel in its sneeze-inducing mustiness or need a damned good tidying up.
Bennison's assistant (Geoffrey Bennison was already dead when the article was published) is quoted as saying "What was astonishing about Bennison was the way in which he involved himself in places on which he worked, and the important part that he devoted to the interpretation of a period."
The author of the article, Jean Marie Baron: "Thus at Princess Firyal's the dominant tone is Napoleon III but the ingredients are multiple. Beyond the sumptuousness that one might say was necessary, the initial mood that strikes one is that of comfort, a comfort that makes one wish to stay home, which was Bennison's intention."
Photos Oberto Gili