Napoleon III tete-a-tete with carved and painted spindles, French c. 1860
Mark Shaw photograph of Elsa Schiaparelli 's paris apartment
Pedro Espírito Santo's Home In Lisbon
Napoleon III apartments a the Louvre
Living Room of a Palm Beach house designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber
Louise de Vilmorin's salon done by Henri Samuel
Celerie Kemble's room for the 2011 Kip's Bay Showhouse
Bar at the Hotel Costes in Paris designed by Jacques Garcia
Another view of the KRB tête-à-tête


The tête-à-tête is a quirky and wonderful creation of the 19th century. Essential for gossiping or courting, they were a fixture of many Napoleon III salons.  We think they still look fantastically chic in interiors from the 20th and 21st centuries.

The one available at KRB is especially wonderful—originally gilded, it was overpainted in cream and green likely in the early 20th century.