Maison Bulle by Antti Lovag and Pierre Cardin

Architecture

Maison Bulle by Antti Lovag & Pierre Cardin

23 Jul , 2011  

Maison Bulle (Palais Bulle) has to be one of the most extraordinary houses on the planet. Sitting on the side of a cliff just out­side Nice, the label ‘vis­ionary’ becomes instantly apropos the moment you hear the owner’s name — it is none other than the legendary French fashion designer, Pierre Cardin…

Maison Bulle by Antti Lovag: Bedroom

Crawling the interweb for back­ground to an edit­orial about organic archi­tects, I chanced upon Antti Lovag and his unique vision of what living space should be. This would would make a good art­icle to con­trast with the white and glass rect­angles we were doing a lot of on Spaces magazine, but it seemed a long shot; there were no con­tact details and few facts about this elu­sive architect.

Luck came to the rescue; an uncon­nected con­ver­sa­tion with a PR led to the owner of the Bubble House, Pierre Cardin. He said, “If you want to do a fea­ture, come visit and do some nice photos”. Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather.

We stayed in Nice with Olivier and drove down the coast on a beau­tiful Spring morning, up the villa encrusted hill at Theoule, looking for our spaceship.

A wall, a hedge, a twirly iron gate and the slope of the hill mask any huge rev­el­a­tions from the road. The entrance is rel­at­ively modest. From the inside, the house gives up it’s secrets room by room.

You can view the art­icle as it appeared in Spaces magazine — click it to view full­screen (Flash — I’ll get an html com­pat­ible ver­sion on here when I find a suit­able plat­form).

I always felt that there was a lot more to this story than we man­aged to cover in our short inter­view with Pierre Cardin, so I will try to update this fea­ture with Antti Lovag’s story. I hope to have some­thing for you by August/September. More photos, including some never seen before, will be posted here on sprks.com.

Latest: My dear friend Beatrice man­aged to visit Antti and recorded their con­ver­sa­tion. I will have a tran­script when she gets time to trans­late it to English. In the mean­time, if you have any useful inform­a­tion about Maison Bulle or Antti Lovag, please get in touch or post a com­ment below.

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