London’s Cheyne Walk presents a sedate streetscape that bears no witness, help you save some blue English Heritage plaques embedded in different façades, to its daredevil historical past. To the redbrick Georgian and Queen Anne houses and condominium structures that line this Thames-aspect road in Chelsea, all fashion of innovative iconoclasts due to the fact the third quarter of the 19th century have gravitated. Querulous painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler bunked below, as did dandified tastemaker Christopher Gibbs, actor Laurence Olivier, and a couple of the Rolling Stones, as well as Marianne Faithfull.
“All of Chelsea is a fairy tale for me,” states Patrick Mele, a young decorator who is based in New York City but seems to be straight out of the Cheyne Walk playbook, with a tousled mop of darkish hair foaming over an angular encounter that is pure Egon Schiele. “My very best pal growing up was English, so I have usually been drawn to that Anglo sensibility. And I employed to appear here a 10 years in the past, when I labored for Ralph Lauren, to work on the stores.” So, when Sara Tayeb-Khalifa and her spouse, Hussein Khalifa, substantial-fived Mele’s zesty decoration of a bedroom in their Manhattan apartment, they offered to ship him back across the pond to revamp the Cheyne Wander flat they experienced owned considering that the early 1990s.
“I experienced finished it space by room by area, but nothing at all matched—plus, I no longer wished protected,” points out the stylish Tayeb-Khalifa, a former Phillips govt who is partnering with sustainable-style designer Jussara Lee on collections of T-shirts and cushions. “I wanted to make it content: satisfied shades, happy home.” To that finish, her discussions with Mele ended up peppered with references to Auntie Mame, Skip Havisham, and the ceilings of outdated French bistros, stained “a coloration that reminds you of cigarettes, wine, lousy alcoholic beverages, and extra cigarettes,” Tayeb-Khalifa suggests with a chortle. —Mitchell Owens
When questioned what an individual unfamiliar with his biography could surmise basically by strolling via his Melbourne residence, Troye Sivan remains sanguine: “I’d hope they’d believe that I’m an unpretentious man, possibly a little bit eccentric, a person who loves artwork and design and style, anyone devoted to his family—and definitely the simple fact that I’m gay,” says the wildly preferred 25-year-previous Australian singer-songwriter and actor.
Without a doubt, if that hypothetical visitor happened to be a persnickety style and design snob, they’d undoubtedly not fail to sign up the array of treasures by the likes of Percival Lafer, Ettore Sottsass, Tobia Scarpa, and Marios Bellini and Botta the cabinetry particulars impressed by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé and the bespoke, Memphis-flavored appointments of the tub and powder rooms. On a further stage, however, it would also be crystal crystal clear that this is the house of somebody with the cultivation and assurance to understand that fantastic style and design is as a great deal about suitability and nuance as it is about essential objects and artworks.
“Troye is an amazingly savvy collaborator. In our earliest conversations, he talked about materiality, how he wished to feel in his household, about the scent and the seem and the light. It was so substantially additional than just a couple of fairly items he identified on Pinterest,” remembers designer David Flack of regional organization Flack Studio, Sivan’s spouse in the delicate, advanced reimagining of the singer’s Victorian-period home.
The house in dilemma is a authentic architectural gem. Erected in 1869 as a handball courtroom, the constructing was converted into a brick factory in 1950 and then subsequently reworked into a home in 1970 by renowned Australian architect John Mockridge, a fixture of the community art-and-design and style scene. The conversion is mentioned to be the initially adaptive reuse project of its sort in the city. “You can photo Mockridge and his close friends sitting down all over drinking whiskey and speaking about art. I wanted to protect that bohemian spirit and honor the unique architecture while generating anything that feels like me,” Sivan claims. —Mayer Rus