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    Default Inside the actual house of Serge Lutens...

    Slideshow available HERE.

    I don`t believe it. If you ask me, the mystery just keeps on deepening....
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    It's a bit too over-the-top for my taste, but it's impressive nonetheless.
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    Is he for real? Talk about life as art. Damn.

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    Wow. Wow.

    Looks like the sound stage for a very cool 1930s archeological thriller/adventure... think H. Rider Haggerd's She or King Solomon's Mines - or heck, think Indiana Jones!

    It's the mysterious mansion where the suave, sophisticated expert lives that the hero must consult before trekking into the wild... and this expert may or may not be one of the "good guys"...
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    Extravagantly beautiful. I can imagine he would afford a place like this. Thanks for sharing.... beautiful...

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    Being a nosey parker- it's great to peek into Sergie's home but frankly, I find it a little scary ! Very dark ,opulent and mysterious yeah but still, scary.
    I guess you wouldn't see the dust in that place.
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    Opulent was the exact word I was thinking of too Mimi . It really is quite a stunning enviroment but I prefer something a bit more cozy , you know somewhere where you arent afraid to put your coffee cup down

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    The interior decorating is a little minimalist for me, but A+ for building a quaint and homey living environment on limited means. It's nice to see what people can manage on a budget that only allows for one skull per table.

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    Say, where is the shrine for Sheldrake?

    For his sake, I hope he has a slum room where he can just let loose. I picture dirty socks and half-eaten falafels strewn about the beanbag chairs in front of a big screen. Maybe bottles of Cool Water and Allure Homme Sport half-hidden by a huge stack of porn, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugandaraja View Post
    The interior decorating is a little minimalist for me, but A+ for building a quaint and homey living environment on limited means. It's nice to see what people can manage on a budget that only allows for one skull per table.
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    Oh, Sugandaraja and Emlynevermore!

    Great stuff, LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sugandaraja View Post
    the interior decorating is a little minimalist for me, but a+ for building a quaint and homey living environment on limited means. It's nice to see what people can manage on a budget that only allows for one skull per table.

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    Both beautiful and SPOOKY.

    I wish I lived there.
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    I found it interesting that he doesn't really live there... he built a shrine! (he said the house "chased him away"...hmm.)
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    Amazing. So perfect for any SL fan who loves his extravagant spicy fantasy fragrances. Does not disappoint. Wow.

    I applied Chergui about ten minutes before I watched that slideshow. Fits pefectly. Try it, you'll see.

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    Arabian/Middle eastern architecture and houses can be inspiring and beautiful. Istanbul, Saudia, UAE and other arabian countries have many such examples. Serge's den looks dark, grim and creepy. So its just him and houseman Rachid in this Gears of War-palette of brown and grey ?
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    At least the garden looked inviting and more human-scaled. the fact that he had so many people working over so much time reminds me of the Winchester Mystery House....strange, these folks with soooo much money.
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    I wonder if I can stay in the guest room for a few nights since I helped him finance the building of the place.
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    Default Re: Inside the actual house of Serge Lutens...

    Quote Originally Posted by PigeonMurderer View Post
    Slideshow available HERE.

    I don`t believe it. If you ask me, the mystery just keeps on deepening....
    Thank you very much, PM!

    This is money well invested to save some of the country's rich heritage. Of course the place is mainly dark. That's part of the ancient culture of desert air conditioning ! The great hall perfectly illustrates the mood in Borneo 1834.

    I certainly envy him 'Rachid, the chief houseman', and would love to see the other lot, too. The portraits are a bit too conventional and static, I find, as if from the Belle Epoc.
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    That place looks like Serge Noire smells.

    After seeing that house and the immense amount of scrutinizing over every detail that surely went into the place, I can now believe the reports that it took 10 years for Serge Noire to be perfected.
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    One thing I would like to see is an external view (or rather, views) to gain a different perspective.

    Also, would like to know how wide and tall some of these rooms are (and the overall square footage).
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    It looks like a real pain to dust...all those high ceilings & the ornamentation. I like the idea of a house-dude, though!

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    Interesting juxtaposition of the man and his building - I hesitate to say house. I kept imagining an episode of the old TV show in which "Mr. Rogers Goes Native".
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    His perfumes display the same relentless pursuit of the perfection of beauty, as well as a fascination with orientalism. No wonder he wants to bottle the house up and keep it forever perfect, like a perfume on a shelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    One thing I would like to see is an external view (or rather, views) to gain a different perspective.

    Also, would like to know how wide and tall some of these rooms are (and the overall square footage).
    In the Medina (old town) of Marrakech, there are no outside views. Palaces as well as modest dwellings are behind the walls that form the alleys of the city. You can't see them, except for the doors: they're practically the only that will tell you if you're about to enter a palace or a hovel.
    As an aside, in Marrakech, rebuilding gorgeous traditional houses from the inside has been the main activity for the Europeans and Americans who buy them since the late 60s: the country has keep its artisanal traditions alive and you can get highly skilled workers to do pretty much what you want.

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    It shows he does not have kids, LOL.

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    No kids! LOL! True, very true. There's nothing like children to add that "lived in" look.

    It's funny, it strikes me as being a very Western interpretation of the East. Well, I mean it is, with Lutens being French and all. Beautiful, but unnatural - and fantastic (not meaning "wonderful", if you follow). Definitely not a home, as others have pointed out.

    I'm reminded of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his obsessive attention to detail. He did the same thing when he built his dream house on Long Island. Designed everything. Poured his life into it. Lived there for a decade. And then it burnt down. Wonder how long Luten's masterpiece will outlive him?

    I think, after all, it is the design processthat attracts him more than the end result...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Bon Vivant View Post
    No kids! LOL! True, very true. There's nothing like children to add that "lived in" look.

    It's funny, it strikes me as being a very Western interpretation of the East. Well, I mean it is, with Lutens being French and all. Beautiful, but unnatural - and fantastic (not meaning "wonderful", if you follow). Definitely not a home, as others have pointed out.

    I'm reminded of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his obsessive attention to detail. He did the same thing when he built his dream house on Long Island. Designed everything. Poured his life into it. Lived there for a decade. And then it burnt down. Wonder how long Luten's masterpiece will outlive him?

    I think, after all, it is the design processthat attracts him more than the end result...
    Of course, this is what many Westerner's houses in Marrakech are: Orientalist interpretations. The funny thing is that every time a Western decorator comes up with a new idea based on their ancestral techniques, the Marrakech artisans pick it up and start selling it in the souk to other Westerners...
    When the first chic Bohemians arrived in the 60s, for instance, they couldn't find any furniture, because it's all just cushions, rugs and mattresses, so that that their decorators had to go to Paris auction rooms to buy up Syrian furniture. Then the Marrakech artisans started turning out Syrian-style furniture...
    Basically, decorating is the great activity over there, because once that's done, what do you do? Except drift from one riyad to another to see how they're done up? There's really nothing else much to do, except read and daydream in a perfectly enclosed little paradise.
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    @ carmencanada: Excellent points!

    Quote Originally Posted by carmencanada View Post
    There's really nothing else much to do, except read and daydream in a perfectly enclosed little paradise.
    Hmmm. That doesn't sound too bad. Although "perfectly enclosed" might be a tad boring.
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