The project by Marcante-Testa in Trieste, inside a building from the early 1900s in the city’s historical center, covered the renovation of an apartment of about 180 square meters, which no longer held any traces of the period of original construction (other than the internal doors). In the project by Marcante-Testa the textile element becomes material for architecture and interior design, with fabric panels to divide the spaces – as in the living area, between the dining and sofa zones –, textile wall “belt” in the bedroom to set the perimeter of the space at different heights, passementerie utilized to cover radiators in the living room, and even fabric doors for the custom cabinets of the dressing room. All the fabrics (including the curtains) have been specifically designed for the project by the textile designer Aleksandra Gaca, in collaboration with the architects, and produced at the Textile Museum of Tilburg (Netherlands).
As always this firm’s attention to detail is extraordinary and despite this being so much more subdued than their typical projects it still allows their architectural details to shine. I especially love their modern take on ceiling cornicing/molding. Photos: Carola Ripamonti.
“G&D were captivated by the architectural charm of their Lisbon apartment, featuring intricate Pombaline style and 19th-century details like ornate ceilings and moldings. Although it required substantial renovation, G&D embraced the opportunity to preserve and restore its historical elements, aligning with their philosophical approach.
This home showcases a fusion of contemporary art, vintage pieces, and their distinctive sculptural furniture designs, particularly featuring ceramics. Collaborating with Portuguese potter Lígia Guedes, their innovative ceramic pieces extend beyond conventional boundaries.
In their woodwork, G&D playfully incorporate local wood species into seating and wall panels, embracing a unique approach. G&D practice also emphasizes collaboration with international talents, who work alongside Portuguese artisans and employ local materials to create special editions available for purchase.
For example, New York-based Korean artist Minjae Kim utilized local pine for their dining chairs, while British designer Charlotte Taylor crafted their daybed from the same timber. Parisian Garance Vallée collaborated with Lígia Guedes to produce their distinctive bedside lamp.”
Beauty and style, modern living in a historic shell apartment on Lisbon’s Rua dos Anjos by Garcé & Dimofski.
Photography by Marina Denisova.
The transformation of a duplex apartment atop a Notting Hill villa by Katie Harbison showcases her distinct aesthetic which combines modern with classical. Her understated designs harmonise contemporary pieces with traditional materials and antiques to achieve timeless, inviting environments that do not compromise on function.
Photography by Michael Sinclair.
Given our love for all things Parisian, particularly of the Haussmannian variety, I had to share another project by Alexandra Boussagol. This gorgeous family apartment is 185 m2 and is located in the 17th arrondissement. Bless her for leaving the exquisite moldings and chevron parquet flooring intact (I love chevron floors so much I have a chevron tattoo on my left forearm). Many modern and stone pieces were added for weight and graphic touches (the dining table is Calacatta Viola marble and the table in the dining nook is travertine, with black granite in the kitchen). Also, I love when designer’s spend the time and energy making the children’s spaces as fabulous as the rest of the home.
Interior designer Alexandra Boussagol designed this Paris pied-à-terre located in a hôtel particulier for her art collector client and I love the warmth and dramatic elements. To make this apartment contemporary, the architect Alexandra BOUSSAGOL evolved around three axes: the curve, the use of sophisticated wood and noble stones – to design custom furniture and create certain coverings –, and the color – worked from ad hoc manner, chosen according to its intensity in order to counterbalance the whiteness of the walls. The monumental doors, hand-crafted from wenge-tinted wood, welcome visitors into a warm and sophisticated atmosphere. The original oak banister retains its charm, while the marquetry parquet flooring, arranged in a reflective rosette, captures and diffuses the light, illuminating every corner with subtle elegance. Photos: Didier Delmas.