An Artist’s Touch: Pierre and Anne de Villeméjane’s Scardale Home
Sculptor and painter Anne de Villeméjane’s vision for her family’s home leaned towards a contemporary vibe, executed flawlessly with a serene aesthetic and the couple’s collection of various objets d’art.
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In the backyard, his crew sculpted the land to accommodate a children’s play area and a new pool. Robert kept the plantings minimal: limelight hydrangeas, white roses, Japanese Temple trees as “the repeating evergreen.” He achieves impact through numbers. “We said, 'Let’s stick with a very clean, simple palette and have impact. If we do introduce a plant, let’s be bold and have 50 of it, 75 of it.'”
Anne shies away from botanical talk. “Don’t ask me too many details about the plants,” she demurs. “Pierre took on the project. Because I did all the house, he said, ‘The garden will be mine.’”
Not long after the de Villeméjanes moved into the Scarsdale house, Anne heard a knock on the door. It was the woman who built the home decades earlier. In her late 80s, she was visiting from Miami, and had stopped by on a whim. She said, ‘I want to see what’s happening with my house.’”
It turned out that the woman had built it to house her own art collection. “I told her, ‘I’m a sculptor,' and she was really happy. It had come back to what it was intended to be.”
The same could be said of Anne herself. She studied art as a girl in Paris, but lost it to the pull of career and family. She and Pierre met while both were marketing executives with L`Oréal in Paris. They moved to London for work; Anne was head of marketing for Bourjois, the sister brand to Chanel, while Pierre segued into mergers and acquisitions. He was offered a job in Boston and, in 1999, they moved there with their two children, which soon became three.
Unable to work for lack of a green card, Anne returned to an “original passion”: drawing. She bought some paint and canvases, and her work was so good that in 2001, friends encouraged her to exhibit at Artexpo New York in Manhattan. There she met famed Italian artist Lorenzo Cascio, who suggested she start sculpting. She began to study in earnest, learning welding, foundry work, and casting at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Harvard University, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Fast-forward to 2013: She has showed at SCOPE New York, the prestigious contemporary art fair, and has shows lined up from Beirut to the Hamptons, and is a permanent artist at the Mark Hachen Gallery in Paris.