A recent assignment for The Wall Street Journal brought me into this playful apartment, whose owners are a designer and an architect - and can't you tell! Creativity jumps at you at every turn, a play with colors, materials, lights and curiosities, not to mention the many art pieces from around the world, that Peter Ippolito and Stefan Gabel have collected. Let's take a tour!
I am really quite passionate about beautiful, stylish interiors and interior decoration. When I was in Berlin this summer to shoot a travel piece for Virtuoso Life Magazine, the Ackselhaus was my home for a few days.
An apartment-like hideaway right in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, this was my perfect base to shoot the area, to come back to download images, to go back out for the next shoot. Each of their suites and rooms is decorated in a very different style and I had the fun to be in Africa - elegant tents included!
And suddenly Positano became all sleepy.
I took this image on a very cold February evening recently, on one of the few evenings when it didn't rain and the sky was painted in light blue and violet tones. This is a favorite spot of mine to enjoy the city at sunset. With this photo I was wrapping up a shoot that took me to different places around town for a travel story.
It is published in The New York Times today.
You've seen them. Glasses in saturated colors, vases in curvy shapes, oversized chandeliers that resemble deep sea animals, and fancy, multicolored jewelry and sculptures.
This is the world of Murano glass, so sought after by interior architects the world over and coming with quite a price tag, that it is often imitated elsewhere and then sold falsely under the Murano name.
I was sent on assignment for Coastal Living Magazine to this tiny island off of Venice, to spend some time on Murano and to find answers to a burning question: Is glass making there still thriving?
Visiting Massimiliano Schiavon, one of the traditional glass makers, I treated myself to a sweaty afternoon with the artists and photographed at somewhere around 45°C (115°F) temperatures near the big oven, with sweat dripping from my forehead. Tiny chunks of red-hot glass flew around me at times, as I was allowed to get as close as a photographer dreams of getting.
But let's meet Claudio, an artist glass maker who is going to walk us through the process of making a vase by hand. If you thought that the perfectly symmetrical and harmonious objects are made with some kind of positioning aids, think again. All done with their proper hands and tools only. As with all forms of art, there is a technique and practice makes perfect.
Step inside with me.. and welcome to the beautiful home of Caroline Scheufele, Chopard's co-president and artistic director. Her house sits majestically on a south-facing hill overlooking Lake Geneva.
On assignment for the Financial Times I had the pleasure to shoot some of the interior rooms, Scheufele herself as well as magnificent jewelry from Chopard's Green Carpet collection - the same pair of earrings, in fact, that Cate Blanchett wore during the 2014 Golden Globe awards.
I learned about the sheep room where plenty of 19th-century paintings of sheep are on display and about the red room, which is actually the library and discovered a Marc Chagall leaning on a wall there, waiting to be hung. And I learned that Scheufele's favorite spot in the house is the airy new kitchen with the long dining table from the 17th century and the red & purple velvet chairs surrounding it.
My personal favorite area was the covered terrasse, where little bird cages are hanging from the ceiling - a ceiling painted with a romantic pale leafy motif. The room, open to the rest of the terrasse, is soaked in green, light blue and earth tones and features two large built-in closets with front panels made of glass and displaying delicate dried leaves - each a little piece of art.
Fall is here and so are the pumpkins! As you may have noticed by now, I get a real kick out of seeing how edible things grow.
I came across this field near our new home in southern Provence, a region which is better known for its cherries, olives and lavender. The region is so rich, it grows almost everything from apricots, apples and pears to the famous melons of Cavaillon. Not to mention the many vineyards that are responsible for your next great glass of Rosé! And now, as fall has just arrived, the pumpkins are being harvested here, which means that you'll soon be able to enjoy your favorite autumn soup!
Welcome to the place of your dreams... a house in Provence, beige colors, vintage details, roses, lavender, olive trees... surrounded by a park, overlooking a serene landscape with the Alpilles in the distance, a sunset - and the golden hour to capture it.
Today with a solar eclipse of 70% in this region, I was curious to see what Zurich would look like under a gray veil. I went to the ETH building and its terrasse that offers a wide view of the city. I found hundreds of students prepared to watch the show. Kids and families had come to witness this. Food stands were ready to serve up goodies. And it turned out that the light didn't change all that much. But the real show was the scene, the people! To see how a natural occurrence can bring so many people together in happy curiosity was a real treat. So I went ahead and ignored the sun...
.... in fact, when I did look through the filter, the sun... well, it looked like the moon.
I like to keep my eyes open for the quiet things and the details, even when traveling in busy cities such as Paris. Even in all the chaos and noise, Paris has a still majesty that is drenched in soft hues. On every corner and in between, there is a little story told, in its now way, its own words, its own style. And it sits there either to be discovered or be passed by...
This softness and these stories are why most of us are able to blank out the clamor and find pleasure in either the small cheerful things or the heavy grandeur that seems too big to grasp anyhow.
So walk slowly.
And take a deep breath.
These are part one of a 7-piece nationwide ad campaign for the largest retailer in Switzerland. I styled and shot these a few months ago in collaboration with ad agency Jung Von Matt/Limmat. Billboards were hanging across Switzerland. Part two is set to be photographed next month.
Pure exquisiteness. I invite you to immerse yourselves..
Photographed at Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello, Italy.