NY Times Style Magazine: Houses of Love

Julia’s Recommended Reading: An article in the NY Times Style Magazine about unhappy relationships and houses that are treated like devotional objects

There are a lot of reasons to get excited about this article:

  1. It was published in the “Interactive” category, giving the print version a considerable online expansion that lends some pretty good added value.
  2. Our beloved author Leanne Shapton wrote it together with our equally beloved Niklas Maak (FAZ).
  3. The subject surprised us, in a positive way: a somewhat esoteric topic, pulled off absolutely wonderfully.

So, what’s it about? When a relationship or fling ends, there are often a few relics left behind along with a broken heart: a borrowed piece of clothing or two and a bunch of shared favorite songs, films, and restaurants. In other cases – the ones that this article puts under its lens – even full houses can be left behind.

Sardinia appears to have especially marked by architecture for the besotted: in the late 1960s, Dante Bini built the spectacular and round La Cupola on the Italian island for actress Monica Vitti and director Michelangelo Antonioni. Eileen Gray was obviously very visually influenced by Le Corbusier when she had E.1027 (also known as Maison en Bord de Mer) built for her partner Jean Badovici, 15 years her junior. And the oldest and most scandal-laden of these “love houses” was the Taliesin (in English: shining brow). Frank Lloyd Wright created this low-rise building in the American state of Wisconsin for Martha “Mamah” Borthwick Cheney at the beginning of the 20th Century – on a hillside with a wonderful view that nonetheless would become the scene of a tragic event.

You can find the whole article here.

translation: melissa frost
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Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.