Art feels right at ho­me

AD (Italy) - - Storie - words pho­tos RUBEN MODIGLIANI – SI­MON UPTON

A FIVE-STORY BUIL­DING IN LON­DON, FIL­LED WI­TH PAIN­TINGS, SCULP­TU­RES, DRAWINGS. AN (AL­MO­ST) MU­SEUM-LI­KE SPA­CE FOR TWO TRULY UNCOMMON COLLECTORS.

Si­mon and Mi­chae­la de Pu­ry are not ju­st any cou­ple. He is kno­wn as the art auc­tio­neer par ex­cel­len­ce, whi­le she was Se­nior Di­rec­tor of the auc­tion hou­se they foun­ded, on­ly to lea­ve it at the end of 2012, to open a new con­sul­ting com­pa­ny, de Pu­ry de Pu­ry. Their Lon­don ho­me is in a five-story brick buil­ding in May­fair, con­struc­ted in 1880, wi­th com­ple­te­ly re­de­si­gned in­te­riors. Be­si­des the great lo­ca­tion, they we­re loo­king for a hou­se that would be rea­dy for im­me­dia­te use, and they found it in this re­cen­tly re­no­va­ted buil­ding. Li­ke ma­ny ho­mes in Lon­don, it is or­ga­ni­zed ver­ti­cal­ly. The spa­ce whe­re the cou­ple spends the mo­st ti­me, they say, is on the stair­ca­se. The five levels con­tain li­ving and di­ning rooms, two kit­chens, an of­fi­ce, an at­tic sto­re­room, th­ree be­drooms wi­th ba­ths, and a play­room for their youn­ger daughter, who is near­ly se­ven. The hou­se has very hi­gh cei­lings, a fun­da­men­tal fac­tor to avoid clau­stro­pho­bia and to ma­ke it ea­sy to hang art. The art in the rooms chan­ges of­ten, in the aware­ness that a sin­gle work can have an in­fluen­ce on the per­cep­tion of a spa­ce. The items are ca­re­ful­ly cho­sen, jux­ta­po­sed to coe­xi­st wi­th ea­se. «I spend a lot of ti­me in sto­re­rooms, the wor­st way to look at art. You need a lot of ima­gi­na­tion to un­der­stand its true po­ten­tial», Si­mon ex­plains. The sa­me ca­re goes in­to the se­lec­tion of ob­jec­ts, wi­th the eye of con­sum­ma­te collectors. «Right now I li­ke Afri­can fur­ni­tu­re. I al­so lo­ve glass and ce­ra­mics. I li­ke to ma­ke discoveries: I bought ob­jec­ts by Marc New­son be­fo­re he star­ted wor­king wi­th Ga­go­sian. As for ar­tists, my in­tui­tion was al­so right in the ca­ses of Ch­ri­sto­pher Wool and Ri­chard Prin­ce».

Newspapers in Italian

Newspapers from Italy

© PressReader. All rights reserved.