London’s Cheyne Stroll offers a sedate streetscape that bears no witness, preserve some blue English Heritage plaques embedded in different façades, to its daredevil history. To the redbrick Georgian and Queen Anne homes and apartment structures that line this Thames-aspect road in Chelsea, all way of resourceful iconoclasts considering that the third quarter of the 19th century have gravitated. Querulous painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler bunked listed here, as did dandified tastemaker Christopher Gibbs, actor Laurence Olivier, and a handful of of the Rolling Stones, as well as Marianne Faithfull.
“All of Chelsea is a fairy tale for me,” claims Patrick Mele, a young decorator who is based in New York City but appears to be straight out of the Cheyne Stroll playbook, with a tousled mop of darkish hair foaming earlier mentioned an angular facial area which is pure Egon Schiele. “My ideal friend escalating up was English, so I have always been drawn to that Anglo sensibility. And I applied to occur here a ten years ago, when I worked for Ralph Lauren, to work on the suppliers.” So, when Sara Tayeb-Khalifa and her spouse, Hussein Khalifa, large-fived Mele’s zesty decoration of a bed room in their Manhattan condominium, they presented to ship him again throughout the pond to revamp the Cheyne Stroll flat they experienced owned considering the fact that the early 1990s.
“I had finished it home by home by place, but practically nothing matched—plus, I no extended desired harmless,” explains the stylish Tayeb-Khalifa, a previous Phillips government who is partnering with sustainable-style designer Jussara Lee on collections of T-shirts and cushions. “I desired to make it delighted: happy colors, happy dwelling.” To that conclusion, her discussions with Mele ended up peppered with references to Auntie Mame, Overlook Havisham, and the ceilings of outdated French bistros, stained “a color that reminds you of cigarettes, wine, undesirable alcohol, and additional cigarettes,” Tayeb-Khalifa states with a laugh. —Mitchell Owens
When asked what an individual unfamiliar with his biography may surmise simply just by strolling by way of his Melbourne dwelling, Troye Sivan remains sanguine: “I’d hope they’d believe that I’m an unpretentious male, probably a bit eccentric, someone who enjoys artwork and style and design, a person devoted to his family—and unquestionably the point that I’m gay,” suggests the wildly well known 25-yr-aged Australian singer-songwriter and actor.
In fact, if that hypothetical visitor took place to be a persnickety style snob, they’d undoubtedly not fall short to sign-up the array of treasures by the likes of Percival Lafer, Ettore Sottsass, Tobia Scarpa, and Marios Bellini and Botta the cabinetry facts encouraged by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé and the bespoke, Memphis-flavored appointments of the tub and powder rooms. On a further level, having said that, it would also be crystal apparent that this is the home of a person with the cultivation and self-confidence to recognize that great design and style is as a great deal about suitability and nuance as it is about important objects and artworks.
“Troye is an unbelievably savvy collaborator. In our earliest conversations, he talked about materiality, how he desired to experience in his house, about the scent and the seem and the light-weight. It was so a great deal far more than just a handful of pretty things he found on Pinterest,” recalls designer David Flack of neighborhood firm Flack Studio, Sivan’s spouse in the delicate, refined reimagining of the singer’s Victorian-period household.
The dwelling in query is a legitimate architectural gem. Erected in 1869 as a handball courtroom, the making was converted into a brick factory in 1950 and then subsequently transformed into a residence in 1970 by renowned Australian architect John Mockridge, a fixture of the neighborhood artwork-and-design scene. The conversion is reported to be the 1st adaptive reuse venture of its variety in the town. “You can image Mockridge and his buddies sitting all-around drinking whiskey and speaking about art. I required to preserve that bohemian spirit and honor the original architecture while generating a little something that feels like me,” Sivan says. —Mayer Rus