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For Your Black Book

Go the distance for high-end projects

For high-end home projects that require the most skilled of professionals (by which we mean artisans whose past commissions have included restoring gold-filigreed balconies at Versailles), Ateliers St. Jacques, which employs 130 of Europe’s finest craftspeople, is an excellent resource. The only catch is that it’s located in France. Enter Chicago-based Gilles de Navacelle, a Frenchman whose family founded and sponsors the atelier and who is looking for new clients in the United States. “These people can do anything,” he says, and the proof is in his look book, which contains pictures of all manner of original pieces and restoration work, from sconces to coffee tables to stone staircases. Allow six months for delivery of your French masterpiece. 312-943-0351; stjaw.com
 

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