François Caterrocks, a glamorous designer for the Rothschild family, Russian oligarchs, Greek and Arab princesses, fashion designers, media moguls and South American billionaires – known as the Jet Set. He died on 8 November in a hospital in Paris. He was 83.
Brain tumor was the cause, his wife said, Daughter catroux.
Mr. Catourx was a perennial tan and fond of expensive sports cars, the grandson of a famous French general and a Spanish heir and film-star handsome with a high school friend of Yves Saint Laurent. Along with his wife, Ms. Catroux, Lankai and the beautiful beauty who used and playmate Mr. Saint Laurent, Algerian-born Mr. Catroux was at the center of Paris’s spectacular 1970s social scene, a complex fantasy of which art. Fashion and money collided.
Mr. Catroux was self-taught, with a sophisticated eye, and his first design work when he was 30 years old Mila ShaunA veteran of Italian fashion, who in 1967 asked him to design his showroom in the Milanese Palazzo.
They turned it into a white crumbling space, Stanley Kubrick Through this Ero Sarinan, “A futuristic, minimalist theater in the era of fashion – for the perfect time” David nettoIn his 2016 monograph about interior designer and writer, Mr. Catroux, “given by a sign and it created a sensation in the design world.”
So did she share with Ms. Cateraux on the Cate de Bethune in the apartment, a neo-futuristic playground made of vinyl, leather, plexiglass and steel, and Horst P. Pairing with Horst for Vogue, rather horrifically. Milan Saint Laurent spread on khaki, and vinyl banquets.
“My apartment was during the French Revolutionary year of 1968,” he told Mr. Netto, “when everyone was Against Everything – and without knowing myself, I was also against everything. Against Things, So for two years I only thought of versions and levels, with no furniture … cushions instead of a couch, a cube for a coffee table … “
“It was a boule de neeze – it snowballed from there,” Mr. Catrox told James Regnato of Vanity Fair. “Voilà, my career started.”
François Philippe Frederick Catroux was born on December 5, 1936 in Mascara, Northern Algeria. His grandfather, George catrocks, Was a French general and diplomat who joined Charles de Gaulle in the Free French Movement and later served as the Governor General of Algeria and Minister for North Africa. His father, Andre, managed the family’s properties in Kajal, including a vineyard. His mother, Alphonsin Mallet, known as Sinnett, was a housewife.
Describing his family as “the grand bourgeoisie”, his taste, as his son later said, ran into a lot of fake Louis XI furniture that he had already teased at age 5. François met Yves Saint at a Catholic boarding school in Oran, Algeria. Laurent, a day student who was harassed by his classmates. When they met later in Paris, as Mr. Catroux told Mr. Netto, he never spoke of his days in school.
After serving in the French Army, Mr. Cateroux worked as a location scout for Elle magazine, and in 1963 Mr. Cateroux spent six months in New York City, where he met the decorator. Billy Baldwinmusician Cole porter (Which he did not like, although he approved his Waldorf Towers apartment), architect Philip johnson (Which invited him to spend the weekend at his glass house in New Canaan, Conn.), Socialite Babe frosted And other medieval society figures.
A decade later, he would return to work on apartments at the Olympic Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, then a new elevated name for a Chilean tin tin Antar patino, and for Helen Rochas, French couturier.
Back home in France, Mr. Catroux will design a lodge for the Baroness Marie-Helen de RothschildA friend, on her Chetty grounds outside Paris, as well as parts of the family’s Hotel Lambert, collected Rothschild collections – Dutch master paintings, 17th-century tapestries and 18th-century furniture – with their own modernist tastes.
For a television room, he slid down the 17th-century worded tapestries and folded the floor and lozenge-shaped mod ’70s sectional sofas with them.
Mr. Catrox Clients were janital: Children of billionaires who grew up in their homes in Paris, Greece or South America, gave them rent when they had their own house. Mr Catrox was still working – at a hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, among other international projects – when he found out he had cancer a few years earlier.
“He looked like this Riviera Playboy,” Madison cox said, Garden designer and widower Pierre Burge, Mr. Saint Laurent’s partner, in a phone interview, “but he was also extremely hardworking. He was able to do the kind of project that brought comfort to his client. He had a true sense of true luxury and well-built things and worked for people who strive for it and knew exactly how to produce it. “
For a friend of five decades, Diane von Feinsteinberg and her husband Barry Diller, they built homes in Los Angeles and Connecticut, as well as their megatake, Eos.
“He was on the military side, so things were very precise and symmetrical. He liked things in pairs,” she said in a phone interview, Ms. Von Furstenberg said, “but everything was very comfortable, plus, very gorgeous cohabitation which There was never a show off, only a luxury for you, not to show off. “
In addition to his wife, Mr. Caterrocks is survived by his daughters Maxim and Daphne, and two grandchildren.
He met Ms. Catroux at a nightclub in Paris, when a bartender sent him a drink; She met Mr. Saint Laurent in the same way, though it was the designer who sent her the drink. She often said that she was very clever at handling both men.
While Ms. Keteroux and Mr. St. Laurent cared for themselves in and out of trouble for decades – their shared benders and stints at Rehab were well-known – Mr. Catorx was at work every day, bright and early.
“The truth is, it was a huge love affair,” Mr. Netto said. “He was this mysterious man who could not be caught and was perfect for her because he didn’t need her. I think she just appreciated the power of her cat. She was devoted to him and set the conditions. . “
“They were like Adam and Eve,” said Mr. Cox, “everlasting couple.
“I knew he was the one for me right away,” Mr. Cateroux told Mr. Regnato of Vanity Fair in 2016. “If I missed this one, no one else was there. I can’t remember this one. We’ve been together for 50 years. No regrets. But that’s not something normal. That’s a special case.”
Ms. Catrox would agree.
“I’m not interested in fashion and I’m not interested in design and I’ve got two talents on the subject,” she said in a phone interview. “As long as there was a bottle of wine and good music, I could live in an empty room. But I know what is beautiful. I was very lucky. It has been the life of a fairy tale. “