This gem of a miniature pavilion is one of a pair, set close to the stone boundary walls of a Provencal estate that includes a restored eighteenth-century hunting-lodge. Tiny but perfect in its proportions and detailing, it provides a quiet country retreat for a man who works in the frenetic world of international architecture and design.
The pavilion contains few rooms – an entrance-hall, salon and conservatory-like kitchen on the ground floor, and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first, both levels connected by a mahogany spiral staircase – but it nonetheless feels rather special. The setting is sublime and so is the classic French interior.
The walls are completely covered in La Toile Villageoise of an old design in madder and cream, which has rapidly become antique in appearance from the open fire. Tall mirror-paneled cupboards are painted black, as is the specially made kitchen shelving. Black brings weight and balance to many interiors, effective here in the white-walled, glass-roofed kitchen.
Apart from the piano, brought from the United States, all the contents are French, and the most date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, except the charming 1950s Jansen tole table with a tree-trunk base adorned with suitable wildlife.