IN BRUNO FRISONI’S SHOES: IDYLLIC LIFE AND VILLA IN TANGIERS




It’s in the cosmopolitan, bustling port city of Tangiers – the now hip Moroccan crossroads where Northern Africa meets Europe, the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean, and hedonism and history seem to intermix – that Bruno Frisoni comes and takes refuge from the intoxicating but all-consuming life he leads in Paris as artistic director of the luxury shoe and accessories French company Rogier Vivier – credited with the design of the first stiletto heel and renowned internationally since the 1950s for encasing the feet of a discerning clientèle ranging from Ava Gardner, Lee Radziwill to Catherine Deneuve and of course Queen Elizabeth II, a staunch customer since her Coronation in 1953.


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 Published in both AD France and Vogue magazines (with text, in the latter, by
über stylish Hamish Bowles – see by yourself here) in the last few weeks,
A-Gent of Style drooled over the photographs of the ravishing abode Frisoni and his partner, the contemporary furniture designer Hervé Van Der Straeten, created for themselves in the wind-blown and charming Moroccan enclave, a typical melting pot between Moorish, Hispanic, Art Deco, French Riviera and of course Arabic influences. A new generation of globe-trotting, jet-setting artists, socialites and expats like Frisoni and Van Der Straeten (the trend-setting ‘A’ gays have flocked
en masse apparently – who else) have given this fabulously shabby port a new glamorous shine. Even the young king, the 45-year-old Mohammed VI, is an enthusiast, unlike his father – the late King Hassan II who ruled Morocco for
38 years – who was said to have despised Tangier.

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Bruno Frisoni and Herve Van Der Straeten

 

After a few years of re-thinking and re-designing the look of their
“home away from home”but also collating intimate images from their personal experiences and mutual travels stretching from Aleppo in Syria,
Seville’s Casa de Pilatos to the Alhambra Palace of Granada and Damascus, the two designers built an architecturally and detail strong, 300 sq.m. jewel box that juxtaposes tradition and modernity. Whilst the uncluttered and streamlined feel of the first floor sitting room and master bedroom oozes the sophistication of the western world (and especially Parisian art and design galleries), the eclectic second floor comprising the study and fumoir boast intricate Mashrabiya fretted woodwork, elaborate plasterwork, sober Roman arches and monastic arcades reminiscent of the surrealist paintings of Giorgio de Chirico – all locally crafted – that happily cohabit with an injection of colourful and bright 1960s Pop Art-inspired paraphernalia.
With its chic white Carrara marble floors laid throughout the house, its either cloudless, sky-blue or white-washed walls and ceilings, Frisoni’s villa radiates an undeniable air of ethereal tranquillity and relaxed elegance. As for the third floor, an open-air patio enjoys gorgeous panoramic views of the city and the port, and enticing areas to relax in the shade and the cooling breeze.

With such inspirational, picture-perfect locale and the same amount of delightful whimsicality found in Frisoni’s interiors as his sculptured shoes,
A-Gent of Style has now no more excuses to decline a friend’s invitation to holiday in Tangiers this year. All for the sake of research, of course…




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Bruno Frisoni in his study. Modernist Crittal windows (you can view here A-Gent of Style’s special feature on Crittals), a pair of bespoke banquettes built by a Moroccan craftsman A small, round, silver ‘Capsule’ coffee table by Hervé Van Der Straeten and a vintage Migeon et Migeon lamp on the right-hand side. Unfussy window treatment, curtains in a Dedar fabric.



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Geometric, coffered ceiling. Turquoise fabric on the curtains this time in this shoot for Vogue. Vintage Modernist furniture.



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In the sitting room, on the left, a vintage silver coffee table, a 1970s lamp, a pair of wooden chairs and a pair of armchairs. Two ‘Capsule’ white lacquered metal round coffee tables and a ‘Virevolte’ alabaster and bronze ceiling light by Hervé Van Der Straeten.
Crittal French doors. Dedar fabric on the sofa.


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A bespoke Art Deco-inspired, Carrara marble fireplace in keeping with the floor, with two vases and a ceramic bowl by Olivier Gagnère. A Thebes stool in the foreground.



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For this Vogue shoot, the sofa was swapped by the two lattice-backed chairs and, in the right-hand corner, a bench upholstered in leather that looks like a vintage Eileen Gray.



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Klismos chairs and an Ettore Sottsass-esque table from by Hervé Van Der Straeten.



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In ‘le petit salon’, a vintage club armchair, found in the Flea Market of Saint- Ouen, Paris, from Christian Sapet, upholstered in a shiny teal (!!) faux-leather. Moroccan tables sourced locally. Intricate fretwork and plasterwork.


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Entrance to the kitchen: Moroccan keyhole arch and door, traditional elements of Islamic architecture. White Carrara on the kitchen worktop and splashback.



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In the monastic-looking hallway, a console table, wall sconces and cubist lamp lantern, all by Hervé Van der Straeten. Selection of vintage ceramics.
Full length curtains enhance the dramatic ceiling height.



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An old Chinese chair, Iznik vase,  jaguar head sculpture made of Mexican pearls and a Syrian lantern.



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In the Pop Art, primary-colour red and yellow smoking room, cushions
and a pebble-shaped ashtray by India Mahdavi, yellow fabric by Dedar on the customised banquettes, a pair of red coffee tables by Hervé Van der Straeten and a ceramic and metal ashtray by Roger Capron. Stools from Habitat.


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A vibrant corner with a charming echoing of gold details.


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A fresh-looking sitting room with a soothing palette abound with traditional Moroccan motifs.


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In the master bedroom, instead of a painting, an old Moroccan door found in Rabat presides over the bed. A black and white polka dots embroidered bedspread, possibly from François Gilles.
A white bedside table by Hervé Van der Straeten with a vintage 1970s lamp found in Saint-Ouen. Two white varnished Chinese stools by Asiatides.


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A-Gent of Style‘s favourite item in the villa: an ingenious and beautifully sculpted marble step paves the way to the traditional Syrian-inspired bathroom directly opposite the bed.


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Sunken bath and striking black and white horizontal tiles in this spa-room.
Two turquoise and white Chinese ceramic stools (and a Goyard monogrammed washbag. Le Sigh).



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A vibrant souk-like guest bedroom swathed in multifarious vintage fabrics, possibly from François Gilles, and shoe-patterned, embroidered bedspread, possibly Frisoni’s own sketches,
and a Chiavari chair.



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Two AA Butterfly armchairs and a red lacquered ‘Capsule’
by Hervé Van Der Straeten in the exotic but shady patio.



– Photos by Vogue (François Halard) & AD France –




THE MARMITE EFFECT: PANTONE’S RADIANT ORCHID



 
“A captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014”


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Pantone 18-3224’s Radiant Orchid is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones; it inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm”.


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 Radiant Orchid has polarised opinions and has had a ‘Marmite’ effect on people, eliciting strong feelings of love and hate since it was first revealed to the world at the end of last year. A-Gent of Style must admit his first, visceral reaction was rather not adulatory. The actual word “vile” might have been overheard from this side of Bayswater.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”




After much research, A-Gent wouldn’t go as far as saying that he has been converted to Radiant Orchid but he will concede that some of the pictorial evidence shown below have mellowed him on the matter. Radiant Orchid surely livens up a neutral palette and energises and unifies diverse spaces or outfits when used as the odd accent here and there. It also seems to complement greens, turquoises and even light yellows rather well. A few overpowering, garish interiors suffused with various hues of purple made A-Gent of Style think twice about how to use purple, not only in interior decoration but also in fashion and design. There is no denying that purple, in its various hues and tones to which Radiant Orchid belongs, can be uplifting and unifying. Whilst the colours in the images below are not always spot on ‘Pantone 18-3224’, A-Gent of Style tried to show how various shades of purple could bedazzle us and hopefully enhance our daily life for 2014.

But as we all know, one doesn’t have to follow trends!


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Selman Marrakesh hotel, Morocco

Selman Marrakesh hotel, Morocco




Sinhala Linen Print in Jewel by Schumacher

Sinhala Linen Print in Jewel by Schumacher

 



Soho Hotel, London by Firmdale Hotels

Soho Hotel, London by Firmdale Hotels

 






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Elsa Schiaparelli's home by Jeremiah Goodman

Elsa Schiaparelli’s home by Jeremiah Goodman

 

Raffle by Quadrille at Tissus d'Helene

Raffle by Quadrille at Tissus d’Helene

 

By Eddie Lee

By Eddie Lee

 

 







Sharon Osborne's bedroom by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s bedroom, L.A by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

 

Hamish Bowles's apartment, New York

Hamish Bowles’s apartment, New York

 



By Jamie Drake

By Jamie Drake





Marie-Helene de Taillac's New York home

Marie-Helene de Taillac’s New York home

 
















By David Collins

By David Collins

 

 

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Burberry

 




















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Trellis Background by Quadrille at Tissus d'Helene

Trellis Background by Quadrille at Tissus d’Helene





By Dimore Studio

By/with Dimore Studio

 



By David Hicks

By David Hicks

 



By Vanderhurd

By Vanderhurd

 



Annabel's (rug by Vanderhurd)

Annabel’s by Adam Bray and rug by Vanderhurd

 



Hamish Bowles

Hamish Bowles

 

By David Collins

By David Collins

 












By Jamie Drake

By Jamie Drake

 














The G Hotel, Galway, by Philip Treacy

The G Hotel, Galway, by Philip Treacy

 














By Jamie Drake

By Jamie Drake



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BOOK END No9




What better way to start the new year than to flick through fascinating, newly published hardbacks. Here are A-Gent of Style new picks for 2014.

Don’t forget you can hover your cursor over each image to see the rest of the book cover or click on the image to see it in full in a new window.



All books are available or can be ordered from
The Bookshop at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour +44 (0) 20 7351 6854 / @theBOOKSHOPat

And if you’ve missed the previous instalments of Book End, you can catch up and see the other fantastic books A-Gent of Style selected for you over the months:

Book End No1, Book End No2, Book End N03, Book End N04, Book End No5,
Book End No6, Book End No7, Book End N08


Happy reading!



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