Ask a Designer: Philipp Plein on gold wall paint

Ask a Designer: Philipp Plein on gold wall paint


A prosperous vintner built this house more
than a century ago. And it still looks much as it did back then
— from the outside. “Welcome to my Swiss home. Please come in!” The present owner, Philipp Plein, has completely
transformed the interior. “‘Times change, and we change with them.’ That is important. Especially if you work in an industry where
fashions change so fast. Design and fashion design is very short-lived,
and you have to adapt and re-adapt all the time…” “This is one of the living rooms. People often watch television in the living
room, but a television set generally isn’t very attractive as an object. That’s why I came up with the idea of integrating
it directly into this old, original cabinet right. Next door is the dining room — which doubles
as a conference room. The room is all in white, and it’s divided
from the living room by a large sheet of glass. It’s where I keep my trophies — there are
deer .. and some ibex, hanging on the wall.” But Philipp Plein did leave some original
elements in place: “The windows here are very beautiful and well
worth a look. The panes are old lead glass. You don’t see that much any more, apart from
churches. It depicts scenes from the history of wine-making.” “This is another dining room: The Golden Chamber. And it is the real thing. Although you might not think so at first,
the walls are painted with real gold. … It was quite complicated because you can
only buy gold paint in tiny bottles. I think we used about two thousand of them.” Furs and leather are among Plein’s favorite
materials. “I designed the bedroom furniture for myself
really, but also for our customers. So here I’ve put it in my own bedroom.” “You can only reach the bathroom from the
bedroom, by going through this door. This is lovely and worth taking a look at,
an original radiator from 1910. There’s something else that’s unusual about
it … it it has a built-in ((3:03)) towel warmer. The bathtub is also original. And it’s all framed by an old pump that serves
as a faucet.” Many of the clothes hanging in the dressing
room were designed by Plein himself. “So what is the Philipp Plein style? Actually, my style is very fluid. My average client is 35 or older, a slightly
older, maybe middle-aged woman who wants to rock a little and who has an air of confidence.” The old wine cellar has been given a new function. “This is the spa. … The spa is built like a labyrinth, or
an ancient temple. And there’s something special in the center. There’s a shower in the middle of the room. The taps are hidden behind this Buddha. It’s like a spa, a wonderful experience.” There are even chandeliers in the garage! It’s a pity that Philipp Plein doesn’t have
much time to enjoy his Swiss home — usually, he’s on the road.

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