Peace haven within the Luberon

Alongside his homes, Pierre Sauvage declines the artwork of dwelling Casa Lopez, of which he’s the proud proprietor. An informal stylish model that he pairs completely with the faux rustic farmhouse he shares along with his companion in Provence.

Ought to we nonetheless introduce the one who purchased Casa Lopez in 2014? Since taking up the reins of this ornament home, initially specializing in jute and wool rugs, Pierre Sauvage has multiplied collections, collaborations and publications. And when he is not within the press selling new tableware or wicker furnishings, he publishes books that categorical his artwork of dwelling. A primary job adopted him to his properties in Paris, Normandy and Provence. In a second e-book, he pushed open receptionists who shared his love of fairly tables. Their names? Terry from Gunzburg, Christine d’Ornano, Aerin Lauder … “for which, by the best way, I imagined personalised plates and a candle”, he specifies. A 3rd e-book is in preparation. Whereas a fourth residence is within the strategy of being created, at Perche. “After 5 years of labor! Evidently, Pierre Sauvage’s life is completely devoted to the world of the house. “Throughout this summer season, I may even current new items at my good friend Edith Mézard’s home, at Château de l’Ange, in Goult within the Luberon. »

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A style and sensitivity that bloom a little bit extra day by day and it’s not the orders that may decelerate… As with your entire ornament sector, Pierre Sauvage skilled a Covid impact. After a interval of hesitation – “I opened the brand new boutique on boulevard Raspail on Saturday morning and closed it on Saturday evening, the day earlier than the primary lockdown” – he out of the blue realized one thing was up. “From 4 to 5 orders every week, we went to thirty a day… We needed to overview all of the logistics. » This enthusiasm for his model with a mode that’s directly elegant and relaxed, nourished by Latin and colourful references, completely in tune with the pattern, boosted his creativity and broadened his horizons: sofas and occasional tables in bamboo and cord made in India , water hyacinth chandeliers made in Mexico, tablecloths in materials impressed by ikat and suzani. So many objects of which he’s the primary buyer.

In the living room, the blinds were made with Thorp fabric from London and the suspensions in the shape of cages are a creation of Franz Potisek.
In the lounge, the blinds had been made with Thorp cloth from London and the suspensions within the form of cages are a creation of Franz Potisek. – © Margaux Helleu
In a guest room, on a simple painted wooden desk, the lamp is recognizable.
In a visitor room, on a easy painted wood desk, you may acknowledge the “Pedro” lamp and the “Chook” ice bucket from Casa Lopez. The Directoire armchair is upholstered with a herringbone in purple linen for a recent really feel. On the ground, the “Stripes Membership” rug. – © Margaux Helleu

So, on this Provencal farmhouse that he shares along with his associate and their three shih tzus, Hialta, Oshi and Timor, the contact of Casa Lopez is in every single place. It have to be mentioned that it suits completely on this outdated silkworm (a constructing the place silkworms had been bred) all in dry stone misplaced in the midst of a forest of holm oaks on the foot of the Luberon. Consider that the big “Pia” rug on the terrace, almond inexperienced and cord, was impressed by the place. “Which is sort of true. The mannequin existed earlier than I took over Casa Lopez. I even had one in my home since 1998. However the colours of this one had been created for this one. The meridians and the armchairs, in flip, had been really born due to this home. »

Lunch underneath the holm oaks

Acquired within the Nineteen Eighties by his in-laws, the dilapidated farmhouse was restored in response to the principles of the artwork and Pierre Sauvage didn’t should undertake main works. “With the assistance of decorator Franz Potisek, we simply modified the flooring, harmonized the circulation, reworked the pool home and created an actual kitchen. » Completely open to the surface, it’s the heart of this home devoted to holidays and pals. Everybody meets there from breakfast, earlier than sitting by the pool. Ditto in the midst of the day, even when the lunch desk is about underneath the awning or proper on the grass, underneath the holm oaks. When day falls, we even open a bottle, earlier than curling up within the meridians of the terrace, going through the Luberon massif, golden within the final rays of the solar. It’s not a constructing in sight. Not a sound. Six hectares of wooden defend from any visible or sound assault. “There’s absolute calm right here. That is the principle asset of this home. Seven bedrooms can accommodate the couple’s pals. And lots of of them wish to style the sweetness of this Provencal haven of peace, as a result of because the English saying goes: You by no means know what number of pals you may have till you may have a home in Provence! Nonetheless, Pierre Sauvage qualifies: “We went out little or no. So this life-style has to go well with them. No wild society in Lourmarin or Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The one distraction is the pool and bowling alley. However, I like to arrange huge dinners. »

The pool fits perfectly into this dry stone setting.
The pool suits completely into this dry stone setting. – © Margaux Helleu
Relaxing moment with the shih tzus Hialta and Oshi.  The meridians were inspired by the location, as were the colors of the rug.
Stress-free second with the shih tzus Hialta and Oshi. The meridians had been impressed by the situation, as had been the colours of the “Pia” rug, an iconic mannequin of Casa Lopez. – © Margaux Helleu

An enameled dresser, worthy of a restaurant, testifies to this. Fastidiously lined up are the well-known “Diamond Level” glasses, one other iconic creation of the model, the hand-painted plates with a Granada motif or the combined clay made in Apt, melon-shaped glasses present in Portugal. , to not point out dozens of pitchers, ceramic salad bowls, tablecloths and napkins. “I prefer to compose totally different tables day by day. I’ve a predilection for Indian paisley materials which I alternate with outdated Provencal boutiques and my very own ‘Arcos’ or ‘Coup de probability’ materials. The result’s at all times colourful and cheerful, sometimes summery. This style for colour is discovered right here and there in each room. Sturdy colours, which stand out within the brown and olive inexperienced palette of the constructing. “To be utterly correct, the blinds had been painted with the Calke Inexperienced reference from Farrow & Ball. In addition to the chestnut armchairs made by an artisan from Saint-Rémy. »

© Margaux Helleu
© Margaux Helleu

It’s in such a element that we perceive that the host has a considerably refined conception of rusticity. By the pool, the sofas had been lined within the “Californian Cannage” cloth he designed with Carolina Irving for Thevenon. Nonetheless, its refinement is delicate. Like these fridges that function vases: impressed by an 18th century mannequin, however adorned with a considerably naive design. “They’ve a little bit of a folks artwork facet. I prefer it when the notion of grandeur is poetized, handled with a contact of humour. In one of many rooms, the easy desk in painted wooden is subsequent to Directoire armchairs upholstered in herringbone purple linen, a mix that illustrates his philosophy: at all times affiliate a noble factor with a poor object or materials. Just like the Casa Lopez rugs in wool and jute. Principally the best, lightest and most uninhibited technique to expertise luxurious immediately.

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