Villa K

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A Tale of Two Cities


we call them dead villages’, is what i gathered from the owner of the auberge’s franglais.

opposite the auberge in vence is an ash tree of which it is alleged to have been planted in honour of francois I in 1538; the same tree which was painted several times by chaim soutine. the room next to ours was named after him. he, as well as other artists like modigliani, dufy and renoir we were told, stayed in the auberge. the owner, a sweet but strict french lady of about seventy, was born there on the first floor since it already belonged to her family. her father was a friend of chagall’s, her daughter subsequently also started working at the auberge. just between the two of them they managed the auberge and its restaurant with charm and efficiency. there is something sincere about that historical perpetuation of a place; it shows in the personal care taken with the guests, in the eclectic collection of furnishings and also in the state of the plumbing.




i’m plagued by thoughts on preserving some unique heritage or re-inventing a place of historic importance without changing it into a museum or a curio stop.

yet each man kills the thing he loves - oscar wilde

saint-paul de vence clearly markets its artistic heritage in a different way, the entire town has been transformed into a medieval shopping mall; an excuse for an array of suspicious galleries, one after the other. perhaps the picturesque streets are to blame for the tempest of tourist traps and commercial exploitation which invariably follows; perhaps the lack of local residents and escalating square meter pricing are to blame.
sadly, for all its instagram worthiness saint-paul de vence only seems to succeed in spiralling further into insincerity and superficiality.


Ode to Cologne

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Passage of Reappropriation

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Home Made Exotica

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Good Luck And Don’t Fuck It Up

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Coincidentally Speaking

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Au Seul Bruit du Soleil

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Light at the End of the Tumor

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Constant’s Reminders

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Tragedea

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Addicted to Detail

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Flora Fantasma

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Painting with Plants

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Costume Carnival

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Alex Abbandonata

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Ecliptic Exposure

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Fashion Weakness

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Where Humanly Possible

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Tadao Undo

francesco guardi, venice: the punta della dogana. … circa 1770

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Sartorial Stay Over

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Post-Industrial-Un-Wasteland

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Abandoned by Arbani

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Who’s Your Mama?

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The Importance of Being Home

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Spring Sorrow

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The Dry Decade

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Birdstones

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Visual Voyage

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Trama Trauma

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Bussaco

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Chalet-alism

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Extra Extramuros

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Romsdalen

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Spanish Sanctuary

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Curious Canal House

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Moskva Metro

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Joana Steps Up

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Language is a Virus from Outer Space

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Sintra

have a happy historic weekend…

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Évora

relax among the roman ruins in évora, portugal.

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Mosaic Madness

a desirable imaginarium of fantastical beasts from the 5th century AD; the floor of the great palace of byzantium in the mosaik müzesi, istanbul, only uncovered again in the 1930’s.

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Thoughtfully Thoumieux

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Roman Moments

Spring 2012 Street Wear. Alexander Mcqueen Sandals cues The Gladiator Look. Leather. A Casa Manni Insider Stayover.

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A Red Hot Hola Argentina!


Wine. Design. Fashion. Destination.

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The Big Blue


Destination of Mediterranean Style - Capri. Glamoursurf. Jean-Marc Barr and Jean Reno. Armani, Orlebar Brown and More.

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Crillion le Brave


Romance and Summer’s Rays.

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Off Beat Break


Dare to be different.

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Ile de Ré


Forget your coat and grab a boat.

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Doors

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Window Treatment

Notre Dame Paris North Rose Window
Notre Dame Paris North Rose Window

Ditch your old curtains.

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Mama Mia Mamounia

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Prancing á la Paris

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A Bruxelles with Death

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Brut Art Brut

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Tuschinski… Bless You!

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Istanblue

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Ye Olde Road Trip

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Italian Lions

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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.