LEISURE & PLEASURE
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In my last letter I stated that my job, as I like to see it, is somewhat of an "exponentiated hobby". Taking on the exercise of further elaborating on the notion of 'hobby' and, more widely, on the ideas of indulgence and time out, a concept that merged the various parts of this issue was found: leisure.
As different as we all are, leisure can also assume different forms and it would be an ungrateful - perhaps even dull - task to try to synthesize or even define it. "One man's trash is another man's treasure" and the same principle is also applicable to the notions of pleasure and happiness. Having the time to read a longed book, excelling in the preparation of a delicious meal, simmering down by playing sports or even luxuriating in the joy of doing nothing... the list is endless. Time is luxury and indulgence is obligation. Narcissistic leisure and epicurean pleasures... Anything goes!
To explore the theme that we selected for this number, a vast range of personalities and activities was combined to inspire and stimulate our readers in their own spare time. We went as far as shooting a 50-pages-long fashion story that we ultimately decided to entitle as "Leisure and Pleasure". Photography, collages, painting, decoration, cookery, the lists of favourite films and books, the friends and the family... all found their space in the pages of an issue that was prepared to be different from the previous through a deliberated alignment of subjects that, though diverging from each other, converge to a final wish: that of bringing amusement and satisfaction.
Now that Winter has settled in and with it a fresh appetite for all the activities the cold weather invites to, be sure to have fun and take the time to satisfy all your public vices as well as all your private virtues... We can only wish that this copy of Scala Regia can be somehow helpful in that mission.
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"My connection with Michelangelo is so intense that I talked to him as if he were still alive
THE SCULPTURE OF MICHELANGELO IN THE EYES OF AURELIO AMENDOLA
Interview by the team
In the course of the last fifty years, Aurelio Amendola dedicated his life to capture the works of artists from diverse styles and ages. An artist on his own, Aurelio is the author of a series of penetrating and highly emotional portraits of the sculpture of Michelangelo. Like in the story of Pygmalion, where a lifeless statue was brought to life, the photographic work of Aurelio Amendola has, through a masterful use of photographic film and a dramatic positioning of light, the ability to allow a dialogue between today’s public and a half-millenium-old sculptures.
"Men began wearing silk robes in lieu of their typical finery to show lack of focus on fashion on account of seeking higher achievements
LUXURY OF LEISURE
THE RISE OF INFORMAL DRESS IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Words by Caroline London
In the 18th Century, there was a curious trend when men and women abandoned their finery in portraiture and instead chose to be painted in a leisurely state of undress. What could they have possibly hoped to achieve by being shown in such a manner?
"I feel that rather than simply using reproductions, using as many period findings as I possible can makes my work more original
QUILTING THE PAST
IN CONVERSATION WITH JEAN-CHARLES DE RAVENEL
Interview by the team
For those familiar with the works of Eça de Queiroz, the book «The City and the Mountains» will immediately ring some resemblance to the trajectory of Jean-Charles de Ravenel. The novel tells the story of a 19th Century aristocrat who, growing bored with the pleasures and luxuries of the Parisian urban life, decides to change his life by moving to a remote area where the splendours of nature rival with the splendours of civilization. That is exactly what Jean-Charles and his wife Jackie, Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel, did by exchanging their magnificent Parisian residence for the sunny islands of the Bahamas. It is overlooking “the calm and turquoise color waters of Clifton Bay” that Jean-Charles dedicates himself to creating very evocative and unique collages.
"The real icing on the cake of this memorable Christmas dinner party was the sudden snowfall
A CHRISTMAS DINNER
THE CASTLE OF BARBARA AND RENÉ STOELTIE
Words by Barbara Stoeltie and photography by René Stoeltie
A special time such as Christmas, when the cold and lazy days invite us to stay indoors, is the perfect occasion to call to the table the most delicate linens, the finest porcelains and the most precious silver. The setting and combination of all these objects in a cheerful room, summoned for the glorification of food, is not only an act of artistic expression and careful method but also a charming scenario to deepen friendships. Welcome to the Christmas dinner party of Barbara and René Stoeltie!
LEISURE & PLEASURE
A CELEBRATORY CHANT TO THE ULTIMATE SOURCES OF HAPPINESS
Photography by Maria Rita and art direction by Diogo Mayo & Pierre Roffe
It has been said that time is the ultimate luxury. But, what if luxury is actually knowing how to cultivate the time we are granted with? Presumably, to cultivate it must mean finding and working on those diversions that capture our interest while preventing us from acknowledging the unsymphathetic passage of time - and its unavoidable fatality. If so, what better way to cultivate it than doing what we want, what we love and whatever makes the bitter notion of time become more agreeable? Departing from this idea, the series of pictures we now present are honest mirrors of what brings us happiness - and happy is how we felt making them -, of those moments and occasions, and those hobbies and activities, that bring sweet pleasure to our merciless lifes. This great - and long - celebratory chant to Leisure and Pleasure is our way of saying that to cultivate the time we are awarded with should be the ultimate luxury to seek.
"Outside our house, life and art can be beautiful and disturbing in equal measure
A FAMILY AFFAIR
THE ARTWORK OF PETER LLOYD-JONES
Interview by the team
What fuels the imagination of an artist? What stimulates his creative spur? There is probably no danger to affirm that nothing like the grandness of the small actions of daily life has the quality of rendering in art the most intimate and private episodes of human existence. Peter Lloyd-Jones’ household, a veritable hub of creatives, is the place where the artist finds his inspiration.
"Dior still plays the role it played 70 years ago: that of resistance and dream making
RÊVE ET RÉSISTANCE
Words by Pedro Rei
To beat the unwavering march of memory and outlast time itself is a rare and inebriating fragrance desired by many but available for only a few to smell. Few examples exist of brands whose standing, so distinct and known by us all, have had the talent to resist and remain for so long. Born from the ashes of a crumbled world, the House of Dior mastered as no other the mission of bolstering itself while holding high its flag, counting successes and achieving victories. This journey of dreams, initiated by Christian Dior in 1947, just came to celebrate its 70th anniversary and it was our adamant admiration for the house along with such momentous date that prompted the tribute we now present... Chapeau bas Dior!
A DISPUTE WITH DISQUIET
A DIOR EXCLUSIVE FOR THIS ISSUE'S COVER STORY
Photography by Dorothée Murail and art direction by Diogo Mayo & Pierre Roffe
The launch of a new issue of Scala Regia that coincides with the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior could not pass unconsidered and to celebrate the date we decided to work together in the production of a series of classical portraits that not only have the ability to attest the longstanding vivacity of the house but also its will to pace with the future. Special thanks to Féau & Cie for receiving us inside their magical and inimitable premisses.
"Nothing would stop these Arlésiennes in their quest for the beautiful clothing that would become their signature
ANTOINE RASPAL AND THE BIRTH OF THE PORTRAYAL OF FASHION IN ARLES
Words by Clément Trouche
In the 18th Century, a small French town saw the rise of a very particular and unique chapter in the history of fashion... Traditional influences crossed with the latest trends and fashions adopted from far away culminated in what we call today the Arlesian Costume. Not only witnessing but also leading this very fashionable movement were the Raspals, a gifted family of artists and artisans.
"It is daily life that influences my work the most. The ceremony of it
GERT VOORJANS IN DIRECT SPEECH
Words by Gert Voorjans and photography by Marcel Lennartz
The article you will now explore has born out of mutual admiration. We put it so confidently because the man you are about to witness has been a kind supporter of our project ever since our first steps and because, in a sincere exchange, we have felt charmed by his outlandish look and truly original stance on the world. So much that an article which would permit us to extract what makes Gert Voorjans himself and what makes his work so singular was absolutely vital. Sit with us and let’s together discover what we yearned to know and couldn’t be left unasked.
"An apotheotic age where even the toughest season was celebrated in a ravishing and thrilling flush of speed and elegance
FANFARE AND FANTASY UNDER THE SNOW
Words by Tiago Lorga
The temperatures go down and the spirits go high. The white surroundings set the stage for an elegant, extravagant and spectacular congress. Furs and rare velvets, gold and silver, men and women... They all concur to draw a magnificent sight, a true winter wonder.
"Man was the true theos to which Botticelli was devout
SACRED AND PROFANE
TWO BATTLING FORCES WITHIN THE ART OF SANDRO BOTTICELLI
Words by Julia Davies
A towering figure of the Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli is fairly inscribed in the memory and cultural genes of the entire Western Civilization. His works of religious nature, and more popularly those imbued by secular inspiration, contributed, throughout the centuries, to transform his name into one of the most recognizable and loved in the history of art. Taking on the exercise of exploring the forces that rule the works of Sandro Botticelli, Julia Davies addresses the primordial roots from which stems the master's drive for painting: the love for God or the love for Man.
A DELICIOUS SELECTION OF FRAGRANCES AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Photography by Pierre Roffe
'Amuse-nez', that literally means 'nose amuser', would perhaps be a fitter description of the following selection of grooming products. Sweet and spicy, subtle and strong, soft and voluptuous, these products have the ability of performing the most devastating sensorial experiences.
"Reminding yourself of death allows you to forgive minor grievances and to become magnanimous
THE ARTWORK OF BONDAREV SERGEY
Words by Bondarev Sergey edited by Aron Ouzilevsky
Unlikely a first choice for many, the works of Bondarev Sergey gain their merit after a closer look. A few minutes into reading the brilliant text by the one behind an unexcused approach to contemporary art will teach you how being safe is simply a synonym of being lazy.
"Knowing how to see and becoming a better learner are fundamental things one needs to live happily
SEEING AS AN EXERCISE
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF FRANCIS HAMMOND
Words by Pierre Roffe
If you are a voracious reader of art books, the chance of coming across the name of Francis Hammond is extraordinarily likely. No respectable library dedicated to themes such as architecture, interiors, art and food will ever be complete without the titles for which he has contributed to. Primus inter pares, the work of Francis Hammond has been inspiring us for a long time and the next step was of course approaching the photographer himself. In the spirit of this issue of Scala Regia, the following pages rend tribute to the pleasures of leisure and to the love for finding beauty in the ordinary things.
Vovk photographed by Dorothée Murail wearing Dior at Féau & Cie, 2017
Editor-in-Chief & Creative Director
Aron Ouzilevski | Barbara Stoeltie | Caroline London | Clément Trouche | Julia Davies | Pedro Rei | Pierre Roffe | Tiago Lorga
Aurelio Amendola | David Giancatarina | Dorothée Murail | Francis Hammond | Jean-Luc Maby | Jörg P. Anders | Marcel Lennartz | Maria Rita | Michel Bourguet | Pierre Roffe | René Stoeltie
Bridget Davies | Diogo Mayo
Alexander Vreeland | Bernardo Lacerda | Bondarev Sergey | Gert Voorjans | Jean-Charles de Ravenel | Josefina | Peter Lloyd-Jones | Ricardo Teixeira
Benjamin Bourgeron & Lauren Lewis @ Dior | Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti, Florence | Diana Vreeland Estate | Féau & Cie, Paris | Fortuny | Four Seasons Ritz, Lisbon | Gemäldegalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Jardim Botânico da Ajuda, Lisbon | Joana Bernardo | Kaiserliche Wagenburg Wien | Master and Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge | Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva | Musée des Beaux-Arts, Orléans | Musée Grobet Labadié, Marseille | Musée Réattu, Arles | Museon Arlaten, Arles | National Gallery, London | Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon | Pedro Rei | Rubelli | Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh | Sotheby's | Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon