Priceless Vincent

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Remastering Wright

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Pierre Praise

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Preis for Preisner

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Arrested Arcadia

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Collectors Conspiracy

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Ponti Pottery

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Par for the Concourse

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La-La-Lacroix

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Sexuality Speaking

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The Original Steampunk

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Fashion Flashback

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Fashion Fonted…

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For-Shaw

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Queerer & Queerer

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Pantonia

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At Home with the Duchess of Alba

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Villa Valentino

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The shapes of things….

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Memories of a Moroccan Maker

bill willis may be far less celebrated than any of his clients but his legacy remains. yves saint laurent’s second den in marrakech was collaborated on by willis and jacques grange. yves is known to have mentioned on bill’s work; ‘everything at dar es saada is laid out with an order in which I can safely deposit my disorder.’ friend of the gettys, agnellis and rotschilds, he assisted in decorating their palaces and homes in morocco with his acute knowledge of orientalist decoration. in fact his superior knowledge of keyhole arches and eye-bending pattern, spurred on my the romantic sentiments of the french writer pierre loti, made him the master of the aesthetic language of marrakech. entirely self-made, orphaned in his teens;’told on returning from a wild, illicit night out, that his mother had slipped down a cliff” and perished, he succeeded in monopolizing the morrocan tradition. american decorator stephen sills commented; ‘He was a rarefied bird — very charming, grand, very clever. And kind of mean.’ bill had since exchanged his good-looks for a prematurely-ravaged-hippie-eyeliner-look; ‘his energies and his appetites were prodigious, his hours unusual’, says christopher gibbs, the british antiques dealer.


Olympia

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Versace

remembering 15 years without his passion…

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Hubert de Givency

genius of style, mr g’s home in Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat is brimming with all those über-chic-country-essentials; baccarat, pierre frey and le manach fabrics in provincial blues keeps everything very a la francaise. comfortable-elegance as it could be expected from this legendary designer. and as one of his good friends, remarked ‘hubert has not perhaps all that he loves, but he loves all that he has’…now who wouldn’t?

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Casa Armani Casa

revisiting armani’s eighties holiday home…

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Jean-ious!


although it seems that every designer has their own version of jeans; there are some scandinavians that are focusing on jeans in a way that is pure jean-ious!

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Sandra Bernhard


interview by paul taylor photos by wayne maser

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Rei Kawakubo

interview by robert gottlieb and ingrid sischy. portait by timothy greenfield-sanders.

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David Bowie

interview by hanif kureishi. portrait by michel haddi.

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Louise Bourgeois in Memoriam

i want to be both secretive and exhibitionist

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The Marqués de Casa-Torres


Historic Interior in Madrid.

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Victor Hugo in Guernsey

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John Richardson’s Flat

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Metallus


AD 9/70

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Sir Frederick Ashton

i’ve far too many ornaments. the clutter is here only because it pleases me enormously.’

AD 4/77


Mark Twain vs Bernard Shaw

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Donald Karshan

AD 4/77

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Gina Lollobrigida

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Henry Geldzahler

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Stupidity & Sensitivity

Since it’s nearly impossible to gauge each individual’s level of sensitivity or stupidity, I’d rather play it safe and classify this site as suitable for adults only. Although that term is still nebulous to me, the responsibility remains that of the viewer.


Curating & Criticism

The identification and definition of creativity are two different things. Challenging conventional interpretations and perspectives expands its validity and effect. I am convinced that collaborations and participation across creative industries allow for discovering a greater realisation of our potential.


Art & Collecting

I love mixing styles and textures, media and materials. But I believe in respecting personality when it comes to choosing work. There is of course the investment angle which is too boring to discuss here….or anywhere really. It is important to remember that when you live with art, it should be alive to you. That is to say it needs to move you. You need to have an affair with it.


Fashion & Architecture

Starting with the roof over your head and the clothes on your back. These are the things we inhabit. Without entering into the fashion vs trend debate. They also shape our sensibilities and the way we present ourselves.


Design & Function

Whether colour or form is your thing. Pattern or plain. What we choose to live with can make our lives easier or more challenging. Consider your commitment and convince yourself.


Gardens & Flowers

Since Eden it has been a fascination, inspiration, an indulgence of kings and common gardeners, a joy. No home is complete without it. Whether you go for potted, landscaped or organic, dry or shade, just go for it.


Treasures & Trash

Most of which are filed under S for sentimental. I respect that.
Heirlooms. Bargains. Souvenirs. Gifts. Curiosities. Found Objects. Impulse Buys.
Never hide what’s important or meaningful. Denial is a very ugly word.


History & Reality

Get to know yourself and others. As much as we live in the same world, everyone has their own version of it. Live up to yours, never fear your dreams and ideals lest they remain aspirations forever.