Letter from the Editor
Sølve Sundsbø’s cabin on the fjords is alive, changing with the rhythms of the passing years and tides. More than any other, Sundsbø is the photographer who has learned how to transform new technologies into art (celebrated in Milan at the Photo Vogue Festival at Palazzo Reale, from 15/11 to 16/12). And it is here that he returns to unplug and “to be one with nature” (page 46).
A Connecticut farmhouse conserves the memory of the love story that lasted five summers, between Marilyn and Arthur Miller, and now finds new life thanks to a young architect. A fresh start, as happens to many houses, and to the many lives lived within them (page 12).
Stories of the ancient houses of the Giudecca, among which a writer who grew up here wanders, kept alive by the persistence of real life, still safe from the vulgarity of stop&shop tourism (page 72); stories of the relocated lives represented by the huts and shelters in the woods that Antoine Bruy has searched for and photographed for years, from the Pyrenees to the West (page 96); stories of the poetry of “the short century” that still echoes within the walls of Villa Pisani Dossi on Lake Como (page 82); stories of the childhood memories captured in the schools photographed by Stefan Giftthaler (page 56); stories of the unexpected second, or perhaps third reincarnation of a house, Villa Cuccirelli, and its mistress (page 66). The Tuscan farmhouse and garden that writer Maggie Barrett and photographer Joel Meyerowitz share is also the story of a new phase of life: “Gardeners, like writers, have two completely different ways of creating. One is to plot the whole thing out first, the other is to start with a single instinct and let the plot reveal itself organically. As both a writer and a gardener I am of the latter philosophy” (page 90).
There are two approaches to publishing stories about houses: portraying them before life invades and disrupts them, or recount- ing the lives led within, and from there telling about what surrounds them. Personally, I am of the latter philosophy. (Trad. Lcc). ¥