THE FLOOR IS A MASTERPEICE
of Art Deco workmanship, with wide interlacing copper circles filled with gleaming multicolored terrazzo.
"Cormier walked around with a cane, standing above the workmen, sometimes getting on the floor himself to put in pieces of marble
Trudeau notes. He was a painter, too. Did you notice that this table revolves?” The large, marble-topped ebony octagon, mounted
on rollers, stands directly under the great north window. and Cormier would place a model on it whose pose he could study easily
train different angles. While the furniture in The principal rooms looks as if it came straight from that apogee of Art Deco the Paris
Exposition of 1923 -and indeed a number of the pieces did -it is Cormier’s Canadian-designed cabinetwork of which Trudeau is
most proud. He also takes great pride in the contemporary craftsmen who helped him restore the battered tables and chairs, with
their intricate Inlays of precious woods, and the tall marble columns laced with narrow copper bands. To recreate the sumptuous
Art Deco fabrics, a designer friend, Louise Beveridge, oversaw the weaving of the pale, geometrically patterned, docked silk velvet
that covers the upholstered pieces.