Friday, December 10, 2021

The bedroom in San Donato
It is so important to keep an archive of the earlier days
when everything is still fresh and new.
I have in mind Tim Mawson's bedroom in 
his home in Connecticut.
A cosy room full of books, textiles and colours. 

My new digs in
San Donato in Poggio
in the heart of the Chianti.

Moved in October 1st 2021

I am deeply honoured to illustrate the December issue of The World of Interiors 
which also celebrates the 40th anniversary of this unique magazine. 
I have collaborated with the WoI for nearly 30 years, 
through the time of Min Hogg and her brilliant successor Rupert Thomas, 
every story was carved with the the most exceptional partner in crime one could dream of, 
the one and only Marie France Boyer. 
She will undoubtedly cringe at such praise but there we are. 
This cover is closing an era for me although I shall keep on collaborating with the new editor. 
Long live the queen of magazines !

Gallery Tristan Hoare
6 Fitzroy place

an exhibition curated by Leonie Mir
Throughout November 2021

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Friday, November 09, 2018

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Sean Tully

A remarkably stylish surfer
and a very good painter,

in residence at 

La maison Marienia


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Oba Galera Workshop

Oba Galera ! means Hi Folks, a typical Brazilian way to join the fun.

inspired by the colourful beach life of Paracuru on the northern coast of Brazil

Hand painted T'shirts from the watercolours of my scrapbook, each one is a unique piece and is washable.

Joao Pedro, wearing the two first ones.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

This is Paracuru, a small fishing village in the state of Ceara.
The Barracas are an institution in Northern Brazil.

Beach-going would be unimaginable without the ever-present barracas, seaside restaurant-bars where friends and family settle in for a long day of chatting, drinking beer, and nibbling on portions of fried fish and seafood and surfing.

Closed on week days, Marina cooks for her family and friends the catch of the day.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

October 2017 issue 

Clark House
The Connecticut home of
Delphine and Reed Krakoff

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My blog followers are well accustomed by now 
with the Surf hut on the Plage des Casernes in Seignosse, 
one of the most beautiful 
beaches of the Landes coast.

Every year the WWII bunker which hosts
the coast guards' post is painted a different colour. 
This year, dark blue and black, a stylish background for the new
pick up truck and the yellow and red outfit of the life guards, 
 the Maîtres Nageurs Sauveteurs as they are called here.

Depending on the winter gales, the bunker rises or almost completely vanishes 
under the sand. 

What doesn't change is the presence of Marco which every summer
since eight years comes down from his Italian mountains 
to take duty as
the night keeper of the hut and more recently 
one of the official surf instructors.

Every year more friends come and join the gang. 
This year, the breathtaking good looking Achille
is the guest of honour. 

After a very hot day, the deceptive stillness of the sunset 
announces a thunderous storm.  
Dolphins have been spotted cruising on the high sea.

and the sunset is quiet sublime but there still 
work to be done, fishing dinner.

Cesare is a gifted fisherman and, 
you can't beat the Italians at it,
a superb cook.

As the storm finally breaks out,  a deafening heavy rain drums on the tin roof.
We retreat to the hut
for a delicious dinner of the freshest fish ever with tomatoes and steamed rice.
Starts a long evening
totally enraptured by the sheer grace of the moment,
laughing, cheering and toasting
to the good fortune that 
money can't buy.

A perfect day.