OUR FREEDOM ISSUE TASTEMAKERS
The Sunday Paper’s first issue is all about FREEDOM. The freedom to chill out, to indulge in going back to bed as many times as you want, to laze around, and to bail on plans only to make newer, bolder ones. With this in mind, we’d like to give you a glimpse into the stories of our tastemakers, who we met with to talk work, weekends, and of course, what freedom means to them.
Behind a bright yellow door in the heart of Notting Hill lives Petra Palumbo, a vibrant redhead who, together with her rambunctious pugs, welcomed us into her home for breakfast. We chatted about her life as a screen printer and textile designer creating beautiful homeware accessories using sustainable methods. The dining table is to her the ‘heart of the home’, and was beautifully dressed in her striking napkin designs, giving us a taste of her soon to launch collection of tableware. Clad in fern-adorned pyjamas, and wrapped in a tartan blanket, it was clear she is a true lover of prints. She told us about where she scouts for inspiration, her love of the slow, hands-on process of screen-printing and how she spends her days when she is not elbow deep in ink. Revealing her Sunday foodie hangouts, her favourite reads, and how she loves to escape from the hustle and bustle of London, our conversation with Petra inspired us to try new things, get out of the city, and take time for creative pursuits.
We met with art director Anna Boglione on a sunny winter’s day in her Kensal Rise home, accompanied by her dog, Atlas. Anna’s multidisciplinary practice goes by the name of Petersham Road, an events production company that creates immersive multisensory worlds uniting art, music, dance and theatre. Whether for a private party or public festival, her creations are vibrant, fantastical installations that promise to take guests down the most colourful rabbit hole. Anna’s natural talent for adorning spaces is perhaps partly genetic. Her family founded Petersham Nurseries, the beloved gardening and food empire that brought the lives of busy Londoners closer to nature. Similarly, Anna’s events remind us of the importance of engaging in live performances that stimulate our senses and creative minds, taking respite from omnipresent technology. When not creating otherworldly atmospheres, Anna looks forward to walking her dogs and whipping up a roast lunch together with her sisters. Sundays are always a festive, family affair in the Boglione household and the sisters often host lunch for plenty of friends in their family home, where they indulge in much hearty homegrown food and wine before watching the afternoon unfold by the fire.
LUKE EDWARD HALL and DUNCAN CAMPBELL
On a sleepy January morning, we got a sneak peek into the lives of artist, Luke Edward Hall and creative director, Duncan Campbell. Over scrambled eggs and tea, we snooped around their impeccably designed home whose every corner had something different to marvel at. Here is a couple united in their love of all things quirky, colourful and timeless. Collectors at heart, iconic ashtrays from their favourite haunts scatter their tabletops, while shelves creak under the weight of every literary classic and lesser-known masterpiece. Surrounded by baby pink walls dotted with their collection of drawings, sketches and prints, Duncan bustled away in the kitchen, while Luke was sketching out his morning mood on paper. When they’re not flying around the globe sparking up new artistic collaborations, or drawing on walls, they’re busy bonding over their mutual vintage mindset. Their sumptuous bedroom lined with marbled wallpaper left us feeling very nostalgic, and yearning for a softer generation where everything is treasured as much as it is chez Luke and Duncan.
GELASIO, IACOBELLA & ALINE
The limitless expressions of love, both in friendship and family are often spoken through our highly personal artistic outlets. So, we chose to delve into the lives of Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli, his beloved daughter and handbag designer Iacobella, and his partner, the nomadic Parisian photographer Aline Coquelle. All three embody a free-spirited approach to life that is rare in a world that is always looking forward. A world traveller, wine expert and writer, Gelasio savours each passing moment and bottles them in his numerous diaries and collages. During our interview together in Iacobella’s Roman apartment, we dove into his collection of hand made journals, all cherished tokens of countless journeys. Both of his favourite women are always present in spirit wherever he goes, and although Aline was travelling in Africa during our shoot, we found her sprinkled in between the pages of Gelasio’s craft. The pair have also published two books with Assouline, The Italian Dream and The Spirit of Bentley, which trace the ancestry of Italian wines and everyone’s favourite British car. Iacobella luckily inherited her father’s natural talent for bringing his travels home, and her handbag line Naked and Sacred was inspired by her time spent on the beach in Brazil. A bohemian collection of artisanal leather bags, each one has a unique crystal closure that keeps out any bad vibes along your journey. Our day spent hanging out leafing through memories together stirred the wanderlust within, and we vowed never to board a plane without an empty diary again.
BALDASSARRE & MARESCOTTI
Marescotti and Baldassarre Ruspoli are driven by their boundless curiosity. Together, these brothers often pile into their old, red Fiat Panda and set off on adventures, discovering uncharted lands yet to be explored, analogue camera in hand. Baldassarre, spent years making art in London while studying at Goldsmiths before moving to Berlin, where he explores our conception of space, materials and the systems we take for granted. Marescotti is a screenwriter and film director based in Milan, who admits that Italy itself is what fascinates him most. He also wrote a piece on page 6 where he contemplates the art of idleness, arguing, among other things, that the best creative inspiration arrives when lying down. Their family home on the outskirts of Florence is where they often reunite and where we met them as they sat overlooking the Tuscan hills, cigarette and coffee in hand (tea for Baldassare) and chatted with these two brother sui generis.