Tiaan Nagel’s thinking on the Luxury issue
The other night, while randomly flicking through channels trying to calm myself down after a torturous two hours of getting our threeyear-old into his own bed, I stumbled on Sofia Coppola’s cooler-thancool 2006 movie, Marie Antoinette. It’s not a recent release, of course – I have noticed a pattern in which I tend to re-view older favourites on repeat. (And that’s in addition to endlessly watching The Voice and America’s Got Talent reruns on YouTube, because who wouldn’t want to hear a subversive moody cover of Kylie Minogue’s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’?)
Anyway, I digress: back to the teen queen. As I watched, I started to take in all the little details that I had missed during previous viewings. The thin grosgrain ribbon that’s used as a frill detail on the Manolo Blahnik shoes; the delicate embroidery on the cotton dresses actress Kirsten Dunst wears on the farm in Rambouillet; the metres of soft pink taffeta and silk faille; the perfectly proportioned Champagne coupes and all the beautiful jelly desserts. (Actually, I think jellies are about to make a huge comeback. Not the usual small wobbly ones with fruit, though, but jellies inspired by those breathtakingly beautiful iced flower sculptures that artist Azuma Makoto created for Dries van Noten’s catwalk show a couple of years ago. Tall and grand, with bright colours set perfectly inside.) Again – sorry – back to the excesses of Marie Antoinette. I realised that as much as I like a sombre and strict aesthetic, I also like ‘decorated’ spaces that are just… pretty. This combination of extreme simplicity with elements that are feminine and without ego is probably best seen in French designer Pierre Yovanovitch’s interiors. He takes old spaces – like his own chateau in France – and decorates them with great care, which translates into simple and honest furniture, raw materials left exposed, pops of contemporary art, and muted colours that calm. In short: the perfect example of having your cake and being able to eat it, too.
Speaking of having it all, you’ve probably noticed over the past two issues our new commitment to bringing you inspiring, covetable items that you can shop for directly from our pages. So, if you’re like our Luxury issue muse Marie Antoinette, and fancy some ultra-stylish instant gratification, simply scan the pink QR codes* scattered throughout the magazine (such as the one pictured below for the Fathom scatter R695, Weylandts) to experience our carefully curated Ready to Shop offering.
Hope you enjoy the read – and the shop!