Beata Heuman

A Visit to Santo Sospir

There is nothing I love more than a ‘house museum’. It’s basically like snooping around someone’s house and with the added element of time having passed I find it irresistible.

by Beata Heuman | August 2016

A Visit to Santo Sospir

Bamboo Dining room by Madeleine Castaing at Santo Sospir, St Jean Cap Ferat

How people live and the world that can be created with things alone (although it appears to be so much more than that) is of course key to understand as an interior designer. This interest led me to visit Villa Santo Sospir in St Jean Cap Ferrat. From the moment you step over the threshold you’re transported back in time to a magical sphere and with no other than Jean Cocteau to keep you company. 

Bedroom with ceiling decorated by Jean Cocteau at Santo Sospir, St Jean Cap Ferat

Bedroom with ceiling decorated by Jean Cocteau at Santo Sospir, St Jean Cap Ferat

The house was bought by Alec Weisweiller for his wife Francine after having survived the Second World War. She hired her friend Madeleine Castaing to do the interior design. She introduced leopard print carpets and the distinctive bamboo Dining room. Jean Cocteau first visted the house in 1950. After a few days he got restless and asked Francine if he could do a drawing on the wall over the fireplace and in quick succession began to decorate the other walls, ceiling and eventually the whole house was covered in his tattoos inspired by Greek mythology. 

I was very inspired by this house, and I used the idea of the wall tattoo for the design in Farm Girl Café last year. Street artist ‘Pang London’ did an incredible free hand drawing straight onto the wall which took her less than a day (even more impressive than Cocteau who would do the outlines in charcoal first).

•View through a window at Santo Sospir, St Jean Cap Ferat

View through a window at Santo Sospir, St Jean Cap Ferat

Wall tattoo in Farm Girl Café by ‘Pang London’, Interiors by Beata Heuman

Wall tattoo in Farm Girl Café by ‘Pang London’, Interiors by Beata Heuman

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