Capri, the island of the rich and famous? Yes. Amongst other things. But that of actors, poets and poets as well. Pablo Neruda, for example, spent six months in exile on the island in the Gulf of Naples. That was in 1952. Famous works such as “The Captain's Verses” or “Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair” were written there. The popular rock island still attracts thousands of tourists, most of whom only stay for one day. Away from the hustle and bustle, the crowds pushing their way through the alleys and the kitschy Italo postcard clichés, there is still a Capri that most people do not know. One that the residents almost have to themselves, depending on the time of year and the year. Neruda described it as “... this hidden Capri that you can only enter after a long pilgrimage, once you have removed the tourist label. This popular Capri of the rocks, the tiny vineyards, the humble, hardworking and simple people has a fascinating charm. ”Words that should be understood as an invitation or rather as a kind of encouragement, not to be put off and the more authentic side of this island that has become a synonym for sun and vacation for many.
So also for Fabrizio Verde, who followed Neruda's words many decades later and chose a summer house with fascinating charm for himself and his family.
“WHITE AND BLACK AND WOOD TONES. ADD TO THAT THE BLUE OF THE SEA AND THE GREEN OF THE TREES AND PLANTS. THESE ARE THE ONLY COLORS YOU NEED "...
Embedded in a dreamy blue backdrop, a box made of glass hugs the rocks high above the sea. And it's not even so much this exceptional view of the Pacific Ocean, but the absolute seclusion that interior designer Pamela Makin and her husband Reginald Byrne, artist and sculptor, enjoy here in Down Under, on Bungan Beach north of Sydney . “There is no direct access from the street down to the house. That reinforces the feeling of having our own private beach. This place really is one of the best kept secrets in the area, ”says Makin ...
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A Milan of green tranquility exists between chic boutiques, stylish bars and imposing palazzi. Sometimes you are lucky enough to be able to take a look behind the heavy iron gates while strolling through the kilometer-long streets - and discover an inner courtyard overgrown with creeping greenery. Just a stone's throw from architectural pearls such as the Villa Necchi Campiglio and Gio Ponti's Palazzo e Torre Rasini, the architect Tiziano Vudafieri and his wife Catherine Vautrin have chosen such a jewel for themselves. “Catherine was hooked when she spotted the empty glass factory in the back yard of a through building from the early 20th century. A real ruin. Everything there was dilapidated, ”recalls Vudafieri.
Hardly any other contemporary garden designer knows how to create gardens that create a harmonious atmosphere between the house and the environment as the Briton Arne Maynard. His talent: to create a feeling for the place, far away from time and all fashions.
We wander through the gardens in his books and volumes, indulging in colors and shapes, symmetries and perspectives without feeling the slightest hint of tiredness, because every garden feels perfect as it is. We want to show how this trick works using the example of some important gardens and arrange an interview with the accessible Welshman. "I've always been a gardener, design is just an addition" ...
... this former miller's house is located in the middle of the rural idyll.
"In the 19th century there was a windmill next to this house and the miller lived here," says Philip Feyfer. Unfortunately, the pre-industrial power plant did not survive. Industrial machines replaced the power of nature and supplied a large area around Brussels with flour. "Later, in the Second World War, the farm was badly damaged and partially rebuilt in the Fifties." Then the art historian, gallery owner and consultant came and left no stone unturned ...
Imagine the following situation: You are in the middle of the Big Apple. You enter an emblematic building from the Art Deco period, the Walker Tower. You get in the elevator and whiz up to one of the most amazing apartments with a view of the New York skyline - and all of this leaves you as cold as the icy wind that is currently blowing outside. Because you are a design fan and crazy about individual pieces and small series with the signature of the best. Welcome to the temporary Philia gallery, which has made it its agenda to present European design in various prime locations. In New York, the operators are guesting in a newly developed complex of luxury apartments, which provides the perfect backdrop for the gallery's outstanding offerings: Arno Declercq from Belgium, Fino Prydz from Norway and the French Gildas Berthelot, Jérôme Pereira and Alain Ellouz are represented .
Follow, Comment, Like: Paolo Stella and probably the most public apartment in Italy
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The Italian Paolo Stella is a lifestyle influencer, web strategist, writer and has mastered the wide range of Instagram, Twitter and Co. inside out. “He embodies the image of the new, digital person: always online, especially now during the lockdown,” says Ludovica Serafini, architect and founder of the “Palomba Serafini Associati” studio, which she runs with her husband Roberto Palomba. Stella commissioned Serafini to redesign his apartment in a 19th century Palazzo in Milan. “This is by far the most» public «apartment and the most unusual project we've worked on to date,” says Serafini.
Jean Patou (1887-1936) opened his first fashion house at the age of 23, founded the brand in 1912 and revolutionized women's fashion as the “most elegant man in Europe”. His customers included Josephine Baker, Louise Brooks, the Mistinguett, tennis legends like Suzanne Lenglen and music hall stars like the Dolly Sisters. After Patou's untimely death, the fashion institution saw one illustrious art director after another, including Lagerfeld, Gaultier and Lacroix. And now?
Welcome to the Patou under the artistic direction of Guillaume Henry.
IF YOU CAN AFFECT THE WHOLE CELLAR INSTEAD OF A BOTTLE
Bartolomeo Gherardini, at the time General Auditor of Siena and in 1674 on behalf of Cosimo III. de 'Medici on a visit to Montalcino, described the Argiano estate "estimated to be the most beautiful country palace in the state of Siena." The villa designed by Giovanni di Lelio Pecci about 100 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital of Siena was less than 31 years old at the time. Since then, the property has been the seat of various noble families and even today, more than four centuries later, Argiano or "Bell'Aria" (because of the excellent air quality at that time) is one of the most important country house complexes in the region, if not beyond. It owes this status not least to its wine cellar, at the sight of which the visitor - and we put our hand in the fire - gasps.
“First of all, I'm picky about my tomato sauce. The tomatoes have to taste the way they do in Italy. Garlic - tons of garlic - onion, chili, olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme. I roast it in the oven, at 150 degrees, for quite a long time before I add balsamic vinegar, oil, and of course, a few sips of good wine - red or white, depending on what I have at home. Last but not least, I add honey and leave it in the oven to marinate; again, for quite a while, stirring occasionally. Et voilà! The perfect dinner: served with pasta and a generous amount of parmesan. "
A love story captured in photos.
If you want more from light than just bright, this is the right place for you. Accompany our editor Daphna Ute Wildemann on her foray through the design studios in Europe, America and Canada. As a little foretaste here Giopato & Coombes with the design "Cirque",
to which the designers Cristiana Giopato & Christopher Coombes were inspired by the breathtaking arts of acrobats under the big top. The light capsules made of ribbed glass with hidden light guides from the automotive industry scatter the light over the entire length of the luminaire and connect the LEDs that are integrated at the end of the luminaire body. Interconnected cirque elements create chandeliers that are as classic as they are futuristic. We have been keeping an eye on the two creatives for a long time. And don't intend to change that.
How do you manage to gracefully combine an elegant Victorian brick building from 1913 with a completely contrary-looking plywood extension? It does not work? That is not true. At least not for the girls at the Dublin interior design studio Kingston Lafferty Design - in short: KLD.
With the help of skilfully used colors and shapes, they transformed this house into a harmonious whole. It's soft, feminine, supple and playful, but still looks mature and grown-up. “Nothing about this house takes itself too seriously, it is lighthearted and at the same time complex and thoughtful,” says Lafferty, adding: “There is no doubt that no matter how bad a mood you enter this house, the soft and harmonious tones Guaranteed to sweeten your day! "