London’s Cheyne Stroll provides a sedate streetscape that bears no witness, preserve some blue English Heritage plaques embedded in a variety of façades, to its daredevil historical past. To the redbrick Georgian and Queen Anne homes and condominium properties that line this Thames-facet street in Chelsea, all method of creative iconoclasts considering that the third quarter of the 19th century have gravitated. Querulous painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler bunked right here, as did dandified tastemaker Christopher Gibbs, actor Laurence Olivier, and a several of the Rolling Stones, moreover Marianne Faithfull.
“All of Chelsea is a fairy tale for me,” claims Patrick Mele, a young decorator who is primarily based in New York City but appears to be like straight out of the Cheyne Stroll playbook, with a tousled mop of darkish hair foaming above an angular confront which is pure Egon Schiele. “My best mate expanding up was English, so I have always been drawn to that Anglo sensibility. And I made use of to arrive below a ten years in the past, when I worked for Ralph Lauren, to work on the retailers.” So, when Sara Tayeb-Khalifa and her spouse, Hussein Khalifa, substantial-fived Mele’s zesty decoration of a bedroom in their Manhattan condominium, they presented to send out him back throughout the pond to revamp the Cheyne Walk flat they experienced owned because the early 1990s.
“I experienced done it area by room by area, but nothing matched—plus, I no longer needed safe and sound,” points out the stylish Tayeb-Khalifa, a former Phillips government who is partnering with sustainable-vogue designer Jussara Lee on collections of T-shirts and cushions. “I wished to make it joyful: content shades, joyful residence.” To that finish, her conversations with Mele have been peppered with references to Auntie Mame, Miss out on Havisham, and the ceilings of previous French bistros, stained “a colour that reminds you of cigarettes, wine, negative alcohol, and a lot more cigarettes,” Tayeb-Khalifa says with a giggle. —Mitchell Owens
When asked what someone unfamiliar with his biography could possibly surmise simply just by strolling via his Melbourne property, Troye Sivan remains sanguine: “I’d hope they’d think that I’m an unpretentious person, probably a little bit eccentric, someone who loves artwork and structure, a person devoted to his family—and definitely the point that I’m gay,” suggests the wildly well known 25-12 months-outdated Australian singer-songwriter and actor.
Without a doubt, if that hypothetical customer transpired to be a persnickety design and style snob, they’d undoubtedly not fail to sign up the array of treasures by the likes of Percival Lafer, Ettore Sottsass, Tobia Scarpa, and Marios Bellini and Botta the cabinetry aspects influenced by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé and the bespoke, Memphis-flavored appointments of the bath and powder rooms. On a deeper stage, even so, it would also be crystal crystal clear that this is the residence of somebody with the cultivation and confidence to realize that fantastic design is as substantially about suitability and nuance as it is about vital objects and artworks.
“Troye is an unbelievably savvy collaborator. In our earliest discussions, he talked about materiality, how he preferred to come to feel in his home, about the scent and the seem and the light-weight. It was so much far more than just a number of rather issues he discovered on Pinterest,” recalls designer David Flack of area organization Flack Studio, Sivan’s lover in the delicate, refined reimagining of the singer’s Victorian-period house.
The property in query is a genuine architectural gem. Erected in 1869 as a handball court, the making was transformed into a brick manufacturing unit in 1950 and then subsequently remodeled into a home in 1970 by renowned Australian architect John Mockridge, a fixture of the neighborhood art-and-structure scene. The conversion is mentioned to be the very first adaptive reuse challenge of its form in the metropolis. “You can picture Mockridge and his close friends sitting close to ingesting whiskey and conversing about artwork. I wished to preserve that bohemian spirit and honor the authentic architecture while developing anything that feels like me,” Sivan says. —Mayer Rus