Stephane Mulliez can imagine the future before it appears. As a visual artist, she has willed forms and shades to pop and fade on materials of her choosing, pulling them from her mind and onto something others could experience for themselves. So, when she had an idea to open an artist’s residency known as La Junqueira, it was as if this process had expanded. Stephane could picture the end result, but had yet to find the right canvas. That was in 2012, and all she knew at the time was that the residency needed to be based in Lisbon. “Lisbon has a lot of great Portuguese and international artists who I wanted to help grow,” she says.
Stephane spent two years looking for the right location until she came across an 18th-century building in the variegated neighborhood of Belém—which happened to be serendipitously close to museums. She partnered with Specific Architectos for the job, which was completed in 2017, and they crafted an address with sun-filled workspaces, a relaxed bedroom, and a garden primed for well-deserved happy hours. Every nook is imbued with life. In the hallway picture above, Stephane crafted a clustered gallery wall of family photographs across form a wall of stain-glass paneling to create a personal and eclectic moment of intrigue.
Creativity and self expression started at a young age. After watching her parents make each other scrapbooks filled with memories from their travels, Sophia Kardonski was inspired to express her creativity fully and unapologetically. “They always [encouraged] me to think outside of the box and be my own creative force,” says the 26-year-old curator, art collector, and founder of The Love You—an alternative gallery space representing emerging, contemporary artists, curators, chefs, and creatives. Surrounded by mentors like seasoned art collector Rosa de la Cruz and passion-filled environments (like Central Saint Martins, a storied art school in London), the Cuban Panamanian multi-hyphenate successfully embedded style into her DNA. Now that she’s living back home in Miami, Sophia crafted a unique space of her own in an art-filled loft that houses collectibles to craft her perfect cozy, creative abode.
Perfumer Frédéric Malle and his wife Marie designed their family’s Manhattan apartment with a polished Parisian influence. In the master bedroom, a GP & J Baker wallpaper sets the tone. In the corner (pictured above), artworks range from a Boldini etching to Duane Michals photographs. The perfectly spaced collection sits behind a Louis XVI Bergère from Château de Groussay. With frames ranging from ornate and gilded to metallic and modern, the gallery wall marries old world Parisian luxury with a modern spirit.