Carlos Souza Part Deux: Rome
09 . 09 . 07
Do you hate Carlos Souza yet? If not, you will after seeing his Rome apartment located in a historic 1860’s building in Piazza Vittorio. This apartment was designed before his New York apartment and is surprising in it’s modernity but not in it’s mix of personal mementos.
In the living room above, a Mies can der Rohe Barcelona daybed and stools share the same space as a Chinese daybed and chair in perfect harmony, proof that you can really mix any style and period and make it work.
I’m also happy to see that Souza has a well stocked library seen below, an aspect that all my favorite interiors share. The floor lamp is by Mariano Fortuny from Ecart International.
A vintage Le Corbusier chaise lounge is draped with a sari from Jaipur below.
Souza designed the marble island in the kitchen and added Hi-Pd stools by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini and Romeo Moon light fixtures by Phillippe Starck around it.
The dining room is starkly modernand white, a huge difference from his later New York apartment’s interior. If you look close, you’ll notice the Perry Ogden photo of Francis Bacon’s studio above the dining table, will end up in the warmer New York apartment’s foyer. The table and chairs are A.G. Fronzoni for Cappellini.
No suzanis in this bedroom below, instead there is a stark platform bed designed by Fabien Baron for Cappellini is dressed in Bellora linens while a 1978 Joe Eula portrait of Souza hangs on the wall.
I think it’s always fun to see how one’s style changes over the years and which objects and art get moved around or in this case moved from one city to another. It’s pretty clear that where ever Carlos Souza lays his handsome head is going to be ridiculously chic and stylish, but then what else would you expect from Valentino’s main man?
Photos by Fernando Bengoechea