By Martina Hunglinger — photos by Mads Mogensen words by Flavia Giorgi
Green dream — p. 206
A country residence is home to an innovative painted garden. The work of an artist who has blended indoor and outdoor in a single, fantastical landscape The Chateau de Beauvoir is different from other castles. A woman of vision, Claire Basler was not content to set up her studio beneath the vaulted ceiling of the loggia: she has taken over every room. She left behind her canvases, a useless medium ever since she found the ideal dimension for her landscape art: the entire wall. “Such large surfaces allow spontaneity and freedom. It’s exciting how different expressive possibilities of painting when it’s blown up on a large scale rather than confined within a frame. It’s as though the rooms come to life”. Life is also what Claire and her partner Pierre have restored to the castle as a whole, which was in a critical condition when they took it over. The painting project started off timidly, by restoring and bringing out the original colours of the walls. Visitors to the manor house relish this immersive experience among fragile Asian blooms, Nordic tree trunks or the morning mists of equatorial rainforests… The furniture is sparse, combining industrial design and classic vintage pieces, for a contemporary style. There’s no shortage of ironic touches and playful cross references too, such as the latest lamps by the Bouroullec brothers. The next step, some predict, is that Claire will one day paint the leaves upon the trees.