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Antiquarian, draftsman, and self-taught designer Jacques Couëlle, 1902-1996, constructed a variety of impressive homes on the French Riviera. Made from sculpted concrete, they’re specified by their fluid lines and close-to-nature interiors– in Couëlle’s day, a critic haughtily, if properly, identified them “enhanced caverns.”

Needless to state, Couëlle homes are hot tickets nowadays. A vacation home that captured our eye becomes part of a Couëlle enclave in Castelleras, about 20 minutes north of Cannes. It surrounds the 1927 Château de Castelleras, which, Couëlle, at the time a 26-year-old expert in middle ages antiques and an emerging designer, constructed out of old parts for an American business owner.

3 years later on, Couëlle developed Castelleras Le Vieux, the enclave of 82 town homes that surround the castle, which is now a wedding event and occasion area. These homes are Provençal in design as translated by Couëlle, no 2 alike. The owner of this one, an English-Swedish couple based in the UK, enjoyed the truth that it’s well maintained and employed regional designer Sabine Bell of Bell Architecture and British interior designer/stylist Lauren Jennings of Lauren Olivia Style to make it 21st century practical. Come have a look at the essential spaces they dealt with, brand-new cooking area extension consisted of.

Photography by Sarah Button, thanks to Lauren Olivia Style.

couëlle was a practitioner of the antoni gaudí school of organic arch 14
Above: Couëlle was a specialist of the Antoni Gaudí school of natural architecture, and a good friend of Picasso’s and Dalí’s. He focused on what he called “natural structures”– as epitomized by the lines of the rental property’s hearth, which offers the space the feel of a captivating toadstool scaled for living,

the built in banquettes and inset stain glass are original. 15
Above: The integrated banquettes and inset stain glass are initial.

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