Under the sign of Christian
NOT FAR FROM GRASSE, MONSIEUR DIOR PURCHASED A LARGE ESTATE TO MAKE IT INTO AN OASIS OF PEACE. HE NEVER SAW THE FINISHED PROJECT. TODAY, CAREFULLY RESTORED, CHÂTEAU DE LA COLLE NOIRE LIVES ON AS A PLACE OF MEMORY AND CREATION.
«My house is in Montauroux, near Callian, where I had the good luck fifteen years ago to find tranquility, to prepare for a new existence. I can’t tell you much about this house, I am still building it. It is simple, solid, noble, and its serenity is perfect for the period of life I’ll be going through in a few years», Christian Dior wrote in 1956. But it was not to be. He never saw the completion of his beautiful Château de La Colle Noire, purchased in 1951, because he passed away just one year after writing those lines. During the six years of summer residency there, he undertook major renovations, supervised by the Neo-Provençal architect André Svetchine. The rural complex was enormous, and in bad condition: built in 1858 by the lawyer Henri-Emmanuel Poulle, it passed from owner to owner until the arrival of Dior, in love with the luminous Provence landscape since the years of World War II, when he lived in nearby Callian. He asked Svetchine to transform cellars and haylofts into eclectic living spaces: from 18th-century to romantic. The Grand Salon Dior mixes Neo-Louis XVI tones with the neoclassical taste of the 1950s. The pantry displays oyster forks, glass jars for conserves alongside champagne flûtes and cognac snifters. One thing remains the same: the chapel of Saint-Barthélemy, which Dior restored and donated to the town of Montauroux. His love for the place can be seen in every detail, from the furnishings to the garden where Dior found refuge, inviting artist friends and setting off on excursions in his Austin Princess. After 1957 Château de La Colle Noire again changed hands, leading to a state of abandon and decay until 2013, when the villa was purchased by Maison de Parfum Dior, launching a major restoration in 2015. Much has been conserved as it
«THIS HOUSE IS SIMPLE, SOLID, NOBLE, AND ITS SERENITY IS PERFECT»