By Va­len­ti­na Rag­gi

Li­ving in an icon — p. 83

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - Inside/Design -

The vil­las of the ma­sters of mo­der­ni­sm and the ma­ster­pie­ces by Ri­chard Meier and Frank O. Geh­ry. To dream about, vi­sit and, if funds al­low, buy. From Hol­ly­wood jet- set vil­las to Ita­lian gems Li­ving in a hou­se by Frank Lloyd Wright, Oscar Nie­meyer, Gio Pon­ti and col­lea­gues is pos­si­ble. Ce­lebs, ty­coons and col­lec­tors ha­ve spent hu­ge amoun­ts of mo­ney on buy­ing and of­ten re­no­va­ting the­se mo­nu­men­ts of ar­chi­tec­tu­re other­wi­se de­sti­ned to fall in­to de­cay. Producer Da­vid Zan­der, af­ter trea­ting him­self to Wright’s ‘ La Mi­nia­tu­ra’, buys Laut­ner’s Schaf­fer Hou­se, un­sold for years. Ar­chi­tect Alec de Lus­sa­net de la Sab­bio­niè­re spot­ted one of Le Cor­bu­sier’s hou­ses in the Pa­ri­sian coun­try­si­de, not li­ste­ning to the real esta­te agent who cal­led it “di­smal”. Ma­ny de­si­gner man­sions are still loo­king for buyers. Los An­ge­les is the weal­thie­st real esta­te mar­ket in the world, dot­ted wi­th uni­que re­si­den­ces. Ma­ny are ca­se stu­dy hou­ses, re­si­den­tial ex­pe­ri­men­ts from the great ma­sters of Ame­ri­can mo­der­ni­sm, others fa­mous be­cau­se they ha­ve been por­trayed by great pho­to­gra­phers or film­ma­kers. In Min­ne­so­ta, the Pen­fields sell the man­sion na­med af­ter them, de­si­gned by Frank Lloyd Wright but yet to be built. In Eu­ro­pe, Mi­lan has the hi­ghe­st con­cen­tra­tion of de­si­gner bricks. The­re are

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