As a voyeur of interiors, I love peering into other people’s homes. There is a departure between architecture and interior design and architects often don’t involve themselves with interiors, leaving the design to somebody else. An interesting thing then, to see architects’ own homes. An exhibition in April called Where Architects Live looks at the private homes of eight world-renowned architects.
Of those on preview, one of my favourites is the Paris home of Massimiliano Fuksas, an Italian architect known for his work in urban problems and the suburbs, as well as his ‘big’ architecture, Shenzhen airport, for example. A fabulous mix of materials old and new, original Jean Prouvé furniture, and masses of artwork, it feels at once calm yet vibrant. The home of David Chipperfield, as would be expected, is a more restrained affair – a concrete building in Berlin with simple, minimal space and one or two deep colours like the forest green sofa. Zaha Hadid’s home is unsurprisingly white, with lots of her own avant garde and Russian revolution-era inspired artwork and furniture. Mario Bellini’s home is bold, angular and dark-hued. I can’t wait to see more in April.
Photographs 1 + 2, Fuksas home, Aki Furudate
Photograph of Chipperfield home, Davide Pizzigoni
Photograph of Zaha Hadid home, Davide Pizzigoni
Photograph of Mario Bellini home, Davide Pizzigoni
Photograph of Daniel Libeskind home, Nicola Tranquillino
Where Architects Live, Salone del Mobile, Milan 8-13th April 2014 via