Step Inside the British Artist and Designer’s Sprawling Gloucestershire Mansion
From the outside, Lypiatt Park, home to kinetic sculptor Daniel Chadwick and his white-clad family, oozes baronial English charm—all turrets, spires and gothic windows. Inside, the Victorian mansion, perched on a slope in the picturesque Cotswold Hills some 112 miles West of London, is a menagerie of mobiles, cast metal sculptures and large-scale roundel canvases by his friend and fellow artist Damien Hirst. It was Daniel’s father, the modernist sculptor Lynn Chadwick, who bravely blanched the interior of the gothic pile, which Daniel shares with his wife Juliet and their children Eva and Caspar. “I get regular moments of unbelievable pleasure in this house,” muses Chadwick, “for example when the sun shines through the stained glass windows on to the wooden floor and on to the walls.” A one-time collaborator with Zaha Hadid, working with her on the Vitra Campus Fire Station among other buildings, Chadwick has since focused his creative energy on various design projects including creating a portable pizza oven favored by gastronomes including Margot Henderson, and plans to turn the grounds of Lypiatt Park into a sculpture park dedicated to his father’s work, the largest such project in Great Britain.
A Day at the Bon Vivant’s Ettore Sottsass-Designed Pop Paradise
Entrepreneur, art collector, snapshot photographer, and streetwear designer Jean Pigozzi lives large, as filmmaker Matthew Donaldson discovered at Villa Dorane, Pigozzi’s residence-slash-playground in the jetset Cap d’Antibes. The villa is a monumental testament to his long-term collaboration with late Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, who played a significant role in the design of Pigozzi's seven homes. He inherited the house, built in 1953 by neo-classical architect Tomaso Buzzi, from his father Henri–who founded Simca cars–but it was postmodernist Sottsass who “pimped it out.” A member of the Memphis Group, Sottsass’ playful provocations are evident in the clash of off-kilter geometric furnishings and flamboyant colors, accessorized by Baluchi carpets, kitschy ceramics, and giddy light fixtures. “Ettore would say it was boring to have a normal house, you have to change things around all the time. He was not scared of funny colors and funny things,” says Pigozzi. The jubilant décor is enhanced by pieces from Pigozzi’s extensive African art collection, including photographs by Malick Sidibé and an entrance hall hand-painted in bold motifs by Esther Mahlangu with her trademark chicken-feather brush. Around the hall’s perimeter stand four life-size sculptures of notable R&B singers, including Aretha Franklin, by Ivory Coast artist Nicolas Damas—Pigozzi jokingly calls them his “cousins.” Sottsass makes his biggest impact here with the guest quarters, a blocky architectural feat in multiple shades of green paint and even greener balustrades, the interior kitted out with boxy sofas, chairs and beds in hues reminiscent of 80s-era Esprit fashion. Though the pair would collaborate on every aspect of the design, shapes and colors were strictly down to Sottsass. “He was a complete genius [at those],” says Pigozzi. Villa Dorane attracts a steady stream of “friends, venture capitalists and pretty girls” and Pigozzi’s annual Festival de Cannes party is the stuff of legend. “My main idol in life is Howard Hughes,” he says. “I like how he lived all alone with airplanes and girls, but on the other hand I’m a social animal.”
The First Installment of Chiara Clemente’s Documentary on Persol Eyewear’s Recent Creative Retreat
“As a child we lived at my father’s studio and I was surrounded by portraits,” says filmmaker Chiara Clemente, daughter of Naples-born painter Francesco Clemente and director of this intimate look at Atelier Persol, the artist-in-residence group project in Florence, Italy that carries on our new Shorts on Sundays season. “Growing up around very strong visuals definitely influenced the way I look at things and the aesthetic I’m drawn to.” The film features eight artists, one for each day it takes to make a pair of Persol glasses, carrying on where last year’s collaboration 8 Days of Persol left off. Clemente’s work often discusses her subject’s story and here captures the week-long creation, completion and presentation of new pieces by Vanina Sorrenti, Kolkoz, Sebastien Tellier, Robert Montgomery, Futura, Fabio Novembre, Random International and Mathilde Monnier. “I try to let people go back to a memory, to have a sense of looking back,” says Clemente of her interview process which often forms the backbone of her films, as seen in her first documentary feature Our City Dreams that told the story of five female artists living and working in New York, including Marina Abramović,. “I’m truly curious; I get such a thrill from having conversations. It helps to be instinctive.”
Atelier Persol Part Two premieres on NOWNESS on November 3.