I have lived alone, I have shared my space with a partner, and I have to admit that nothing feels (for me) as good as having a space of my own. The peace and freedom that come a long with this luxury are priceless. I thrive creatively, spiritually, and mindfully. I am a better person when enjoying the solitude of my space.
Perhaps some people aren’t meant to share spaces. Perhaps relationships would last longer, even marriages, if we kept separate quarters? Living with someone is tough, at least for me it has always been that way. I think the “problem” is that I enjoy my own company way to much. -tM
I love how simply and beautifully photography can serve as documentation. I miss the freedom of the 80’s that I feel these photographs speak too. You never know that you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. -tM
Photography: Thomas Hoepker | NYC, 1980’s
An Italian Baroque Palace turned elegant hotel in which the architects and design team honoured the existing structure of the space. I am enchanted by its beauty and elegance. Sensual and simple marries tradition and discretion. -tM
Palazzo Bozzi Corso | Lecce, Italie | www.palazzobozzicorso.com
Photography: AD France Magazine
What ever happened to discretion?
Whether you are being circumspect with your speech, or in action, we now live in a world where private is public and where public is unlimited in the scope of social media. Freedom of speech, and the freedom to love whom ever you choose, and to just be, are wonderful things, however I find that in this race to be heard and seen, society has lost the ability to be in tune with others, and ourselves, unable to read social cues of what could be deemed to be inappropriate.
I tend to agree with Eloise James when she says that “ Discretion is a synonym for intelligence.” It’s the intelligence to know that not everything needs to be talked about, witnessed, or experienced publicly.
It is alright to know more then you say, think more then you speak, and notice more then others realize. Enough said. -tM
Being a child/adult who was raised and still lives in the heart of a city, I have always lounged on decks, balconies, or roof tops in times of extreme heat (I know, I know, hot air rises, but for some reason being on roof top also means you have found a kind of solitary freedom away from the rest). In saying that, I think that is the very reason that I have an affinity for gardens. I never fail to get lost in their beauty and bounty; there silent life force.
I miss the visual, the feeling of bare feet on the prickly yet soft grass floor. I am looking forward to spending more time in gardens this summer, finding peace in there ever promising hope for growth and renewal. -tM
Photography: AD France | Gardens: S. of France; Italy: CA
In Residence: Patrizia Moroso
The grand dame of design opens the doors to her personal paradise
Imposing and unexpected amidst the lush greenery of a secluded plot in Udine in northeastern Italy, the home of Patrizia Moroso reveals a vibrant vision in the forest: at once a lived-in family home and a showcase of contemporary design and art gathered from around the globe.
As the creative director of Moroso, the prolific Italian furniture manufacturer started by her parents in the 1950s, Moroso is one of the grand dames of design, known for spotting and fostering new talent as well as for working with some of the most established names in design.
For years Moroso has lived here with her Senegalese husband, the artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, as over the years their three children have grown up and left the enchanted abode. Moroso, however, plans to stay put, glad to be living outside the borders of hectic design hub Milan. “If you are inside a place you don’t really see what is happening. You can see things differently from the outside,” she says. “Here I feel more free to see what is happening in design, and free to make our things according to a sort of independent vision.”