Celebrity Homes – Giorgio Armani’s Polar Bear House – Giorgio Armani is a man who owns so many properties that he can use the phrase “each of my houses” in earnest. The fashion mogul’s restored six-bedroom 17th-century farmhouse in La Punt, southeast Switzerland, is a beautiful hamlet a few miles away from the social whirl of Saint Moritz, and it stuns by it´s beauty.
The house was nicknamed the “Polar Bear House” by its previous owner and coincidentally, Armani was gifted that stuffed bear. The walls are called marmorino veneziano, which is a plaster treatment that mimics limestone.
This dramatic 60-mile-long stretch between jagged mountains is dotted with traditional stone houses whose parchment-color exteriors have been embellished with folkloric graffito, decoration made by scratching, the plaster walls with iron nails. Characteristic, too, are small windows whose size keeps the alpine chill at bay while their deeply angled recesses funnel precious light indoors.
Mahogany planks pieces of orange and red, and pieces from the Armani/Casa furnishings collection, all executed in the designer’s signature style, plus the already referred taxidermy polar bear that pays a tribute to the house’s name: Cheso Orso Bianco, or “Polar Bear House.”
Armani’s interiors possess the formal grace of a Japanese ryokan, only darker in tone and significantly more luxurious. Rooms lined with polished planks of mahogany and punctuated with strategic accents of orange and red are minimally furnished with tansu chests as well as lean Armani Casa sofas, chairs,and lighting.
The italian designer brought his own team to do the job, and it bears the hallmarks of his obsessive attention to detail throughout.
“Forget about every type of excess and concentrate on elegance achieved through simple lines. Beauty must be consistently linked to functionality, because wherever one is living, it should be a place where you feel totally at ease.” – Giorgio Armani
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