Misery Loves Upholstery

"LOVE" by Pierre Yovanovitch featured in The New York Times Style

“She’s doubting. She realizes love can be heavy,” said Pierre Yovanovitch.

The French designer was at R & Company gallery in TriBeCa, talking about Miss Oops, the fictional heroine of the romance story he dreamed up for his new exhibition there. For his lovelorn character, Mr. Yovanovitch constructed an apartment inside the gallery (parlor, dining room, boudoir and bedroom) and decorated the interiors as a way to debut his new furniture collection.

The 20 or so pieces include embroidered pillows; a large solid oak dining table with dark blue patinated steel legs; mirrors and a fireplace made of nubby ceramic; and a pair of oak side chairs with gorgeous custom upholstery by Lesage, the legendary French embroidery house (prices range from $2,500 to $4,500 for pillows to $60,000 for the dining table).

Mr. Yovanovitch’s designs, for his imaginary friends, his clients and himself, are marked by impeccable simplicity, with flourishes of whimsy (his “Papa Bear” and “Mama Bear” armchairs have fabric ears) and biomorphic shapes that can appear Flinstonian.

“I like when it’s not perfect,” he said. Through Jan. 4, 2020, 64 White Street. Information: r-and-company.com — Steven Kurutz