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Ancient & Modern

US decorator Michael Aiduss has created a collection for Houlès inspired by the Côte d’Azur’s Villa Kerylos. The villa has become a must-see destination for design fans – a seaside home built in the Ancient Greek style by Theodore Reinach in the early 1900s, reflecting his passion for the classical world. It took six years to complete, with spectacular attention to detail and no expense spared, from the mosaic floors to the marble columns.

With a bounty of repeat pattern, often arranged as borders or in rows, the villa’s interiors have translated effortlessly into Aiduss’ collection of jacquard braids. ‘Olympia’ features the same stylised waves that appear on wall frescoes and on mosaic floors, while ‘Calyx’ is inspired by the ornamental metalwork in the entrance hall and ‘Delos’ shares the same style as the sitting room’s painted cornice. Houlès’ contribution is not only its distinctive French design DNA but some incredible craftsmanship, with the braids all embroidered or woven by hand.

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Houlès, Second Floor, South Dome