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.
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).