[The lobby at Palazzo Chupi. Photograph by Robert Polidori for Vanity Fair]
Of course, Schnabel’s West Village building is an entirely different kind of Gesamtkunstwerk, or total artwork, but it is born from the same fervent attitude that makes Giotto’s blue-backed frescoes so unforgettable... He’ll take a Mizner fireplace, for instance, and create a pumped-up version by, in his words, "putting some balls on it." Likewise, the kitchens in each of the Chupi residences—with their board-and-batten wooden ceilings, emerald-green terra-cotta tiles, and cast-concrete countertops dyed chromium-oxide green—are straight out of Schnabel’s Montauk house, though re-tuned. None of this is simple mimicry. What’s interesting is how Schnabel mixes references to White and Mizner into a global iconography, including Moorish, Turkish, and Venetian touches, motifs the architects were attracted to themselves.Yes, friends, Ingrid Sischy's complete Vanity Fair story on Julian Schnabel's Palazzo Chupi has just hit the web. We leave you to it.
· Artist in Residence [Vanity Fair]
· The Day Palazzo Chupi Was Revealed to a World That Was Not Quite Ready [Curbed]