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An Eclectic Home On The Adriatic Coast
The region of Puglia, the block heel of the great peninsular thigh boot that is Italy, has served as a meeting point of cultures for millennia. Successive waves of Greeks, Carthaginians, Lombards, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards, Ottomans, and Venetians have, at various points and with varying degrees of success, attempted to invade, annex, or colonize this sleepy province. And to that great influx of foreign visitors we can now add the considerably more benign—if no less energetic—figures of London-based fashion designer Liza Bruce and her husband, artist Nicholas Alvis Vega.
Local real estate agents tried to persuade the couple to buy a masseria, one of Puglia’s fortified farmhouses, but they’d set their sights on a more esoteric choice: a dilapidated concrete bungalow that very probably breached local building codes but, more important, was situated right on the balmy Adriatic coast. Significant restorations ensued, and the site is now a tranquil beach house to which the couple tries to escape at least once a month. The dominant mood is one of purity and whiteness, a type of minimalism that evokes both the plain plaster-walled dwellings of north Africa and the spare modernist architecture of Luis Barragán, whose work Bruce first encountered while attending school in Mexico.
Everything has been deliberately kept simple and light, with as little furniture as possible—the seating, the shelves, and even the bed have been built in. Naturally, this makes cleaning much easier, which is always a consideration with so much white about the place. The rooms purposefully echo one another, each having an identical Moroccan pierced-metal lampshade and the intention of creating an effect similar to a hall of mirrors.
The space is brightened by a couple of Alvis Vega’s colorful abstract paintings, but it is only when one arrives at the guest bedroom that the calming white gives way to a sudden burst of color—a great wall of imperial purple, chosen to echo the kente-cloth covering on the bed.
In the kitchen and dining area, a Moroccan folding table is topped with a tin tray, the stool is African, an Italian baroque-style lampshade is made with an African fabric, and the straw mat is Moroccan.
Fittingly, given the region’s history, the decoration is a mélange of influences from around the Mediterranean and beyond. It also reflects the couple’s globe-trotting lifestyle—in addition to their London home, they also maintain houses in Morocco and India—and their particular interest in textiles. “We find we collect things without even intending to,” explains Bruce, whose swimwear designs and caftans are inspired by the fabrics she discovers on her travels.
A woven screen from Burundi serves as a headboard in a guest room; the bedcover is of West African kente cloth, the wall was painted a custom color to match, and the floor mat is Indonesian.
The house is strewn with cushions with sequined borders that are made using traditional textiles picked up in North Africa, India, Uzbekistan, you name it. In what the couple calls the “fire room,” they are sewn with mottoes in Swahili—”something really profound,” deadpans Alvis Vega. He was born and raised in colonial Kenya, and traces of his African upbringing are also pervasive, from carved tribal furniture to more fabrics; on the roof terrace, for example, shade is provided by 20 or 30 Masai sarongs sewn into a sort of tarpaulin. The master bedroom, meanwhile, features an intriguing bedcover made from a dozen Fante flags from colonial Ghana—each one combining a folk-art martial scene with a skewed version of a Union Jack canton, in emulation of British regimental banners.
In a sitting room, both the table and hand-carved wood chair are Ethiopian, the shell chandelier is from Bali, and the straw rug is Moroccan.
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