[Sanderson paints via Sanderson]
[Photo my own]
[Above and below, Alexander and Charlotte di Carcaci's textile-and-art-filled London garden sitting room
photographed by Andreas von Einsiedel, House & Garden, UK, May 2012.]
"I had heard of Charlotte's pink walls long before we even met. I think subconsciously I was very influenced by the 'famous pink studio' on Cheyne Road. I thank her for sharing the color... it is my favorite pink outside of India," Lisa replied when I asked about the paint, pictured below on the walls of her Paris apartment.
Charlotte explained, "I have been passionate about India since I read Bamber Gascoigne's book The Great Moghuls as a teenager, and Indian miniatures have always been a great love. When I was very small, I wanted to live in a house that looked like the Royal Pavilion at Brighton without realizing its Indian influence. But I didn't actually go to India until I spent my honeymoon there. Since then, I have returned many times. Lisa has travelled there more frequently and extensively, and we plan to go there together next year."
[Royal Pavilion at Brighton]
[Mid-19th-century Kashmir shawl from Simon Ray, above. Below, also from SR,
a miniature circa 1770 Coromandel Coast palampore.]
Describing favorite haunts, Lisa said, "We share a love of many things. I love going to Simon Ray in London and looking at the Persian and Indian miniatures with Charlotte or to Joss Graham for the antique textiles. Charlotte has a true knowledge and appreciation for rare objects and antiquities and I always learn so much from her.
[Grey Horse, Rajasthan, 18th century, from Simon Ray]
Yes, we do have differences. Charlotte is very English and I am very American. I will always go for a slick new kitchen or bathroom. Sometimes I fall victim to fashion as much as I may regret those decisions later. Charlotte never falls victim to trends. Occasionally, she can go a little eccentric but it is never obvious, predictable or tacky...interestingly, despite her very refined and innate taste and elegance, she has an uncanny sense of what is commercial. Often the textile designs and the Irving & Fine tunics Charlotte chooses are our best sellers."
[Charlotte's kitchen photographed by Andreas von Einsiedel, House & Garden, UK, May 2012.
The earthenware plates are by her husband's uncle Brit artist Teddy Millington-Drake. ]
Many design junkies have admired Lisa's Paris digs in Lonny, The New York Times, and Elle Decor but Charlotte has enjoyed time there as a guest. She said, "Lisa introduced to me the pleasures of shopping in Paris. Staying with her there, and exploring the rue Jacob and the flea market and restaurants is one of my favourite things to do in the world."
BTW: The VMFA will host the first Samosa Saturday on June 9. During the event curators will share highlights of the Maharaja exhibition while Indian tea and pastries are served.