Homes & Gardens|July 2020
From their apartment on the top floor of a Roman palazzo, Antea Brugnoni Alliata and Marco Kinloch Herbertson have views over the city’s medieval heart. But for Antea, raising her gaze above the jumbled line of rooftops can be equally inspiring. ‘I’m constantly fascinated by the light here and the intense blue of the sky,’ she says. ‘In the south of Italy, a white haziness creeps in, but here it often remains this colour all day, emphasising the beauty of the city.’
This fascination with colour, combined with a deep love of pattern, is evident throughout the elegant spaces of Antea and Marco’s 16th-century apartment. Together they run Roi du Lac, creating wallpapers, homeware and clothes adorned with other-worldly scenes that start life as intricate watercolour paintings by Marco and are often inspired by the Eastern traditions of chinoiserie and japonaiserie.
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