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DESIGNS BY PAOLO BUFFA

Paolo Buffa, a lesson of the inventive Classicism
Paolo Buffa, a lesson of the inventive Classicism The Italian architect and furniture designer Paolo Buffa (1903–1970) is a lesson in refinement, and inventive classicism. Whether producing furnishings a luxurious hotel or decorating sophisticated villas in the area of Lombardy, Northern Italy, Buffa’s work was marked by unmistakable polished charm and often of a bizarre and humorous appearance. He had…read more
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French Village Fountains

The limestone fountains were a social gathering point where the women worked, washing clothes or vegetables. The men typically came to the fountains to discuss politics or to collect water for the animals or for the gardens. Still today people rest in front of these refreshing and charming treasures to drink the water from the spring or just to admire…read more
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La Louve Gardens

If you love the gardens you will need to visit La Louve, in the delightful hilltop town of Bonnieux in Provence. This exceptional garden combines garden history and culture in southern France. Nicole de Vesian had designed La Louve for herself in the mid-1990s, but she is also responsible for many gardens in this area of Southern France. Working as a…read more
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Santons and Christmas Cribs of Provence

These Christmas crib figures or Santons are an authentic folk tradition, and many provençal homes still maintain elaborate Nativity cribs with the santons today. The crèche provençale, or provençal crib, has been around for centuries, but the significance of the santon (which means in provençal "little saint") began immediately after the French Revolution of 1789. Then churches were forcibly closed and sacked. Large…read more
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Les Baux de Provence

Authentic Provence Les Baux de Provence
Les Baux is a French commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of the province of Provence. Les Baux-de-Provence is located in the foothills of the Alpilles in the Parc Naturel Regional des Alpilles 22 km south of Avignon and 15 km north-east of Arles. The defensive capabilities of Baux have always made it an attractive location for human habitation. Traces of…read more
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The Botanical Garden of Villa Hanbury

Authentic Provence Villa Hanbury Garden
While visiting the Italian Riviera you should stop at this impressive villa and visit the gardens, which were established by Sir Thomas Hanbury on a small, steep peninsula jutting southwards from an altitude of 103 meters down into the Mediterranean Sea. He purchased the extant Palazzo Orengo property in 1867, and over decades created the garden with the aid of pharmacologist Daniel Hanbury (his brother),…read more