January 27, 2023

London’s Cheyne Stroll offers a sedate streetscape that bears no witness, conserve some blue English Heritage plaques embedded in different façades, to its daredevil background. To the redbrick Georgian and Queen Anne houses and condominium structures that line this Thames-aspect road in Chelsea, all method of inventive iconoclasts considering that the 3rd quarter of the 19th century have gravitated. Querulous painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler bunked in this article, as did dandified tastemaker Christopher Gibbs, actor Laurence Olivier, and a number of of the Rolling Stones, as well as Marianne Faithfull.

“All of Chelsea is a fairy tale for me,” suggests Patrick Mele, a young decorator who is based in New York City but seems to be straight out of the Cheyne Wander playbook, with a tousled mop of dark hair foaming earlier mentioned an angular facial area that is pure Egon Schiele. “My finest good friend increasing up was English, so I have generally been drawn to that Anglo sensibility. And I utilized to appear in this article a 10 years in the past, when I labored for Ralph Lauren, to function on the suppliers.” So, when Sara Tayeb-Khalifa and her partner, Hussein Khalifa, significant-fived Mele’s zesty decoration of a bed room in their Manhattan condominium, they supplied to deliver him back again throughout the pond to revamp the Cheyne Stroll flat they experienced owned given that the early 1990s.

“I had finished it space by space by area, but practically nothing matched—plus, I no for a longer time needed risk-free,” clarifies the exquisite Tayeb-Khalifa, a former Phillips executive who is partnering with sustainable-style designer Jussara Lee on collections of T-shirts and cushions. “I needed to make it joyful: pleased hues, happy residence.” To that conclude, her conversations with Mele were being peppered with references to Auntie Mame, Skip Havisham, and the ceilings of outdated French bistros, stained “a color that reminds you of cigarettes, wine, terrible alcohol, and much more cigarettes,” Tayeb-Khalifa claims with a giggle. —Mitchell Owens

A breakfast nook is enveloped by the garden. Artwork by Sydney Ball.

Photo: Anson Sensible Styling: Joseph Gardner

In the primary dwelling region, a Maker&Son sofa is joined by a customized wood cocktail desk and a Glas Italia facet table on a vintage Moroccan Taznakht carpet. Artworks by Simon Degroot (left) and Karen Black (higher than).

Photo: Anson Sensible Styling: Joseph Gardner

When requested what somebody unfamiliar with his biography may possibly surmise merely by walking by way of his Melbourne residence, Troye Sivan continues to be sanguine: “I’d hope they’d assume that I’m an unpretentious dude, maybe a bit eccentric, someone who loves artwork and design, someone devoted to his family—and undoubtedly the fact that I’m homosexual,” states the wildly preferred 25-yr-previous Australian singer-songwriter and actor.

In truth, if that hypothetical customer took place to be a persnickety design and style snob, they’d undoubtedly not fall short to sign-up the array of treasures by the likes of Percival Lafer, Ettore Sottsass, Tobia Scarpa, and Marios Bellini and Botta the cabinetry specifics inspired by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé and the bespoke, Memphis-flavored appointments of the bathtub and powder rooms. On a further level, even so, it would also be crystal very clear that this is the home of an individual with the cultivation and self-assurance to identify that fantastic layout is as a lot about suitability and nuance as it is about significant objects and artworks.

“Troye is an unbelievably savvy collaborator. In our earliest conversations, he talked about materiality, how he required to truly feel in his household, about the scent and the audio and the mild. It was so considerably more than just a couple of pretty points he observed on Pinterest,” remembers designer David Flack of regional agency Flack Studio, Sivan’s companion in the sensitive, innovative reimagining of the singer’s Victorian-era dwelling. 

The house in query is a real architectural gem. Erected in 1869 as a handball courtroom, the constructing was transformed into a brick manufacturing unit in 1950 and then subsequently transformed into a home in 1970 by renowned Australian architect John Mockridge, a fixture of the area art-and-design and style scene. The conversion is claimed to be the initial adaptive reuse undertaking of its form in the town. “You can photograph Mockridge and his friends sitting around ingesting whiskey and conversing about artwork. I needed to preserve that bohemian spirit and honor the first architecture though developing something that feels like me,” Sivan suggests. —Mayer Rus