La Dolce Vita; A Former Vogue Editor on Why Art Is at the Heart of Her Home

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La Dolce Vita; A Former Vogue Editor on Why Art Is at the Heart of Her Home


Byline: TESSA WILLIAMS AKOTO

WALKING into Carla Sozzani's four-bedroom apartment on the outskirts of Milan, you can't help but be awestruck by the volume of beautiful objects on display.

From limited edition furniture by Arne Jacobsen to photos by Horst and Helmut Newton, the space seems to ooze style and glamour. But considering its owner, that's hardly surprising. Carla Sozzani, 59, is one of Italy's leading fashion icons and a former editor of Italian Vogue.

Aside from her glittering publishing career, she is also the owner of 10 Corso Como - a concept store with its own hotel (3Rooms), art gallery, fashion and music boutique which has been attracting style-conscious Europeans for the past decade.

And she has cast her unique spell over the apartment, where she lives with her partner, artist Kris Ruhs.

She bought it 20 years ago after falling in love with the quiet and peaceful gardens that surround it.

'I looked for a long time to find this place, because I was looking for a home that was completely silent,' she says. 'I can't stand noise.'

The apartment has been rented out as an office, so it took real vision to turn it into the stunning space it is now. 'I had to knock down a lot of walls and I painted everything white,' she says. It took about a year to complete the changes.

Being a former fashion magazine editor, her favourite room is, predictably, the dressing room. It is a temple to fashion and art that most women could only dream of.

More than 300 pairs of Manolo Blahnik shoes, most never worn, are perfectly lined up on ledges beneath rows of mostly black and white clothes.

'I love the idea of high shoes - they are a little girl's dream of adulthood - but to be honest I hardly ever wear them,' she admits. …

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