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At a time when co-creation is seen as a new way of fostering dialogue between arts and cultures, hotels, palaces, period apartments and architects’ houses are turning into real incubators for creative people. And if in the collective imagination the artist’s house takes on the features of the Villa Medici in Rome, a jewel of the Renaissance style, its image is modernized, reinvented in opposing styles by architects, decorators and fashionable and aesthetes in vogue: Studio Mortazav, Jaime Hayon, Martino di Napoli Rampolla, Silvia Fiorucci…
Romantic or brutalist, bohemian or bare, baroque or modern, in the heart of the historic center or in a remote forest: zoom on the last singular settings where to be inspired and co-create.
Porta Rossa is the name of the latest exciting project by Società delle Api (Silvia Fiorucci), conceived with the help of Annalisa Rosso, editorial director of Salone del Mobile. For this particular address, the association brought together five international design studios (Studio Brynjar & Veronika, Phanos Kyriacou, Julie Richoz, UND.studio, and Superpoly) to transform an old house on the Greek island of Kastellorizo into an artist’s home, each reinterpreting in their own way a space in the villa. The general mood: shellfish fishing, very colorful version.
Nestled in the middle of Art Park in the coastal region of Alentejo, Casa Melides brings together contemporary art and nature. Half-bnb, half-creative house, it offers multifunctional residences to artists – studio, workshop, gallery – in a warm and relaxing setting.
Get inspired, create and compose in a jewel of 16th century Florentine classicism? That’s what Palazzo Galli Tassi (renamed Numeroventi) offers, a former governor’s palace that was once a ministry, then a syrup factory, and now a den of creatives. Martino di Napoli Rampolla, owner of the building, Andrew Trotter, editor of Openhouse magazine, and Gianni Emiliani, architect, are the winning trio behind this exceptional retreat, which combines a boutique hotel, an art gallery, a photo studio, a workshop and a café in a mix of old and new.
Concrete, glass and wood. In 1973, architect Juliaan Lampens created a brutalist masterpiece for Mr. Van Wassenhove, a mathematics professor who was fascinated by the Church of Our Lady of Kerselare that he had designed a few years earlier. The monumental icon is now offered for rent as a Bed & Breakfast and as a retreat for artists, writers or students in search of inspiration.
After Villa Medici in Rome, Casa Velázquez in Madrid and Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, the French Institute is perpetuating its concept of French artists’ residencies in the United States with the Villa Albertine, a network of ten inspiring complexes scattered throughout the major American metropolises, including the Villa San Francisco inaugurated in 2020 in Silicon Valley. The goal: to host some sixty local creators and researchers to interact and confront different cultural fields – literature, podcasts, comics, series and films…
In Valencia, Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayón has set up his own co-creation house to house artists from all walks of life for a few days in exchange for one or more pieces created in situ. There, in an old Art Deco apartment from 1920, the original Valencian mosaics and moldings mix with vintage furniture and Hayón’s creations for &Tradition or Fritz Hansen, and prepare to welcome the contemporary works of future residents.
It is impossible to talk about artists’ residences without mentioning the Villa Medici, which has housed the French Academy in Rome since 1803. A Renaissance-style setting that brings together three major missions: to welcome artists and historians as residents for a year, to set up a unique artistic program and to promote the gardens and historical art collections of the villa.