Category Archives: Architecture

George V Hotel + L’Orangerie Restaurant Paris

Perfumed Notes | As Myrrh from the Tree “The physical transformations of Paris can be read as a ceaseless struggle between the spirit of place and the spirit of time.” Eric Hazan Lunch in Paris is always a good idea. … Continue reading

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Kenwood House Hampstead London +

Creative Cargo Under Embargo We’re under contract so for once our lips are sealed. Sound. Film rolling. Let’s just say it was a good day for the cut. The Macaronis are coming to town. This summer. Leading our best lives, … Continue reading

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Pitzhanger Manor London + Anish Kapoor

Master of Mirrors, Master of Light It’s the GSM rule. The thicker the invitation card, the better the party. The relaunch of Pitzhanger Manor proved the point. Sir John Soane’s former country house – post a £12 million facelift (or … Continue reading

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St Ferréol Church + Old Port Marseille

A Reverse Chronology Marseille is over in a flash: fleeting days in the sun, days a mere handbreadth, mere phantoms in the sun. To paraphrase Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, we’ve zigged our way through the zaggers. Our last place of discovery … Continue reading

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Palais du Pharo + Marseille

The Phocaen City Napoleon III’s waterside pad hogs one of the best spots in the city. Marseille’s best dressed palace is now a conference centre for its best dressed delegates. Hector-Martin Lefuel, known for his work at the Louvre, was … Continue reading

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Marseille + The Doors

Fallen Arches At the beginning of the 19th century, French writer Stendhal observed, “The house doors remind me of those in London. They are of polished wood with brass knockers, and raised by two steps off the pavement which is … Continue reading

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Marseille + Marilynne Robinson

A Seraphic Calling  “We know only what we know, only in the ways that we know it or can know it.” MR. On a morning of utter unimpeachable freshness, it’s time to enjoy a latitudinal view of experience. No curtailment … Continue reading

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Sofitel Vieux Port Hotel Marseille + Paul Cézanne

Unstill Life “Well, life is full of surprises,” proclaims essayist and novelist Marilynne Robinson. Couldn’t agree more. We’ve just woken up in Marseille. South of France. A night in Provence. There’s more. Breakfast in bed in the Mediterranean city’s best … Continue reading

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La Tourette Marseille + Fernand Pouillon

The Divine Architect “I am content to place humankind at the centre of Creation. We are complex enough, interesting enough… I find the soul a valuable concept, a statement of the dignity of a human life and of the unutterable … Continue reading

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Marseille +

Webs of Moment and Meaning and Memory American writer Marilynne Robinson is enthralled by this “roaring, surging universe”. Witness, the fury of the Mistral. Here’s to zoomorphia: cathedral as zebra.

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