DESIGNER MAISONETTE IN STUTTGART

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!  

 The staircase room. Looking into the bedroom. Peter Ippolito's and Stefan Gabel's home in Stuttgart.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 The staircase room. Looking into the living room. Peter Ippolito's and Stefan Gabel's home in Stuttgart.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 Peter Ippolito (left) and Stefan Gabel (right, in the background) walking through their home in Stuttgart.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 The living room in Peter Ippolito's and Stefan Gabel's home in Stuttgart.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 The hallway in Peter Ippolito's and Stefan Gabel's home in Stuttgart.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 The hallway in Peter Ippolito's and Stefan Gabel's home in Stuttgart. Looking into the staircase room.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 Peter Ippolito (left) and Stefan Gabel (right) by the fireplace in the living room in their home in Stuttgart.   
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 The bedroom with a big library of books. The door leads into the living room. Peter Ippolito's and Stefan Gabel's home in Stuttgart.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 Peter Ippolito's and Stefan Gabel's home in Stuttgart.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 The dining room. Peter Ippolito's and Stefan Gabel's home in Stuttgart.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 Peter Ippolito's and Stefan Gabel's home in Stuttgart.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 The bathroom. Peter Ippolito's and Stefan Gabel's home in Stuttgart.    
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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 Peter Ippolito (left) and Stefan Gabel (right) in their home in Stuttgart.   
CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal.
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AFRICA IN BERLIN

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!  

 Africa Room, Ackselhaus, Berlin.

ZURICH

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.

 The Limmat river and the old town with St. Peter church, Zurich, Switzerland.

SWEATING WITH THE GLASSMAKERS OF MURANO

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?

The showroom at Massimiliano Schiavon

The showroom at Massimiliano Schiavon

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.  

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 Massimiliano Schiavon Furnace and glass blowers
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The beginning of everything: raw material for the glass products in a variety of colors.

The beginning of everything: raw material for the glass products in a variety of colors.

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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. 

 Massimiliano Schiavon Furnace and glass blowers
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 Massimiliano Schiavon Furnace and glass blowers
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 Massimiliano Schiavon Furnace and glass blowers
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 Massimiliano Schiavon Furnace and glass blowers
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VISITING CHOPARD'S CAROLINE SCHEUFELE

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.

 Caroline Scheufele's home. Covered outdoor room, part of terrasse.
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 Caroline Scheufele's home. One of the birdcages hanging in the covered outdoor room (part of terrasse).
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 Caroline Scheufele's home, front entrance.
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 Chopard watch and diamond earrings from the Green Carpet Collection.
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 Caroline Scheufele's home. The private dining room.
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 Caroline Scheufele's home. In the red room.
 Caroline Scheufele's home. In the sheep room (many paintings with sheep only).
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NATURE'S SPLENDORS: PUMPKINS

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!

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GARDEN OF EDEN... WITH A POOL

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.

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IT LOOKED LIKE THE MOON

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.


PARIS? TAKE A DEEP BREATH.

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.

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NATIONAL BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN MIGROS M-BUDGET

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.

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BOUDOIR FASHION

Pure exquisiteness. I invite you to immerse yourselves..

 Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2014,      CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal,      ARTBASEL
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 Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2014,      CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal,      ARTBASEL
 Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2014,      CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal,      ARTBASEL
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 Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2014,      CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal,      ARTBASEL
 Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2014,      CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal,      ARTBASEL
 Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2014,      CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal,      ARTBASEL
 Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2014,      CREDIT: Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal,      ARTBASEL


Photographed at Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello, Italy.