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The Living Room
Merrill became so enraptured by Mont’s work that he replaced all of his grandparents’ early-American furniture with Mont’s. The designer made his name during Prohibition, building, among other things, folding cocktail bars. “You bought a bar from him, and he would also deliver booze in a baby carriage,” says Merrill.

The Fireplace
The only pieces in the Merrills’ living room that were not done by Mont are the plaster Serge Roche torchères flanking the fireplace, the chandelier, designed by Bagués for Elsa Schiaparelli’s thirties London salon, and the zebra rugs, which once belonged to Geoffrey Beene.


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