Beautiful Lives: Sylvie Chantecaille

The Perks of Being a Wall Flower
Born Sylvie de Bois de Soheit, Chantecaille was the only child of older parents who were avid art collectors and general bon vivants. Summers were spent in Porquerolles, an island off the Cote d'Azur, but Sylvie's childhood mostly revolved around a nineteenth-century eight-room apartment in Paris' 16th arrondissement, where every wall was covered with priceless paintings that would inform her aesthetics early on. "I was always drawn to color, like Monet's Les Coquelicots—wild poppies in bright red-orange hues," she recalls.

Photo: Courtesy of Sylvie Chantecaille