What do you do when you see a grand space with high end finishes, expensive art and covetable “it” furniture? Do you shake your head and say “Well that’s no good for me. I don’t live in a grand old house and can’t afford any of this.” Do you take note of finishes, how art is hung and stairs built to translate them into your more ordinary home? Does a Casa in Venice become just a colour palette? Or is there the urge to be adventurous, to be bold, to seize your design geist and just go with it, whatever it may be? I may never live in a space like the Casa in Campo Santa Maria Formosa in Venice by Massimo Adario Architetto but, oh my, it sets my imagination racing.
This Beirut apartment is about as eclectic as you can get, and as a result is utterly fabulous. Home of interior architect Ramy Boutros. Built in the late 1920’s, in the heart of Abdel Wahab al Inglizi street, Ramy Boutros’ apartment is an embodiment of the artist’s soul, a living tableau showcasing his esthetic vision. The traditional architecture provides a high ceiling for a light-filled space and a majestic setting for the designer’s imagination to come out and play. RB’s wildest Oriental dreams appear on the walls, which showcase the most exquisite contemporary paintings as a loud testament to his eternal Love affair with Art. Here, every single item tells a captivating story, and they all speak in melodious harmony: from the Hervé van der straeten consoles and mirrors, to Hubert le Gall’s sofas and tables…. From the Oushak carpet to Nabil Nahass’ impressive “Palmiers”… the result is a refined amalgam of the designer’s personal favourite creators.
This apartment in Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighbourhood is absolutely breathtaking. Having been extensively renovated, the homeowners were then looking for it to have a calm and comfortable vibe. That’s where Gisbert Pöppler comes in. Understated luxury is the result with bold colours, materials and texture, a modern vibe within classic architecture. (Photos: Wolfgang Stahr)
Shall we tick off the list? It’s French. It has colour and personality not to mention the amazing art. It’s part Art Deco, part mid century and perhaps a touch of 70s. It has incredible attention to detail (check out the ceiling in the entrance hall). It’s chic. It’s sophisticated but not at all stuffy. It has books, shelves and shelves of books. It’s fabulous. It’s by CSLB Studio.