Exclusive: Inside a St.-Tropez Mansion by Peter Marino

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Exclusive: A St.-Tropez Mansion by Peter MarinoManola Yllera
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Perched atop a green hillside laced with ancient olive trees and palms overlooking the Côte d’Azur, a compound in Ramatuelle instills a modern sensibility into the traditional vernacular of the St.-Tropez region.

The man responsible for this getaway from the Paris summer heat is the New York architect Peter Marino, who over a nearly 50-year practice has changed the face of French luxury with his boutiques for the likes of Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Residential design has been central to his work from the beginning—most notably his renovation of Andy Warhol and Jed Johnson’s townhouse on East 66th Street in New York City—but it has never been captured in a single volume until now. This month Peter Marino: Ten Modern Houses (published by Phaidon), from which this excerpt is adapted, highlights singular expressions from the last decade of what Marino calls “the art of habitation.”

Views of the Mediterranean

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Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

Clad in stacked fieldstone and bands of blond stucco, the house has expansive windows and balconies that dramatically frame the sea.

Entry Hall

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Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

In the entry gallery, a stainless steel sculpture by Tony Cragg and works by Urs Fischer.

Dining Room

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Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

In the dining room, a custom table by Vincenzo De Cotis featuring a white cast bronze top and a view of the pool.

Hall and Living Room

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Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

A 1970s coffee table and a console table by Claude Lelanne with a view of works by Franz West and Lucio Fontana in the living room.

Spiral Staircase

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Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

The stair hall is lined with commissioned works by Sarah Crowner and Matt Gagnon alongside pieces by Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami.

Primary Bedroom

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Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

The master suite features a custom bed, headboard, and bedspread by Peter Marino, with antique phulkari textiles.

Screening Room

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Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

The cinema was designed in collaboration with acoustic engineer Andrea Farnetani and consultant Domoworks. All furniture, fabric, and pillows were designed by Peter Marino.

Pool

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Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

The pool features cutom ceramic tiles forming waves of green and blue.

In Ramatuelle that means a residence in stacked fieldstone and bands of blond stucco, completed in 2023, framing breathtaking views. One enters the house via large cast bronze doors, passing into a wedge-shaped, double-height entry gallery packed with large-scale artworks. Light floods virtually every interior area, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, edged in bronze, that open on the home’s heart: its rear yard. Deep soffits, tilting forward like the prow of a ship and embedded with plants, provide shade. The living room, which steps down into two parts, is accentuated by a daringly curved stainless steel fireplace.

A bronze-clad spiral stair, its rail covered in hand-stitched leather, leads down to a disco marked by multicolored light columns and art inspired by retro technology, such as old cassettes. Second-floor bedrooms also have floor-to-ceiling windows. To the east and west, their balconies wrap around curved corners to become extra large terraces protected by generous canopies supported by V-shaped struts. The rear yard is centered on a curving pool—its custom ceramic tiles forming waves of green and blue—set within stepped terraces layered with greenery, stone, and trees.

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A western terrace contains an outdoor kitchen, a dining terrace, a lounge area, and a custom tile bar floored with irregularly shaped terrazzo and shaded by translucent tensile structures. Down from the pool area is a fitness center dug into the hillside with walls of glass and deep, landscaped overhangs. Slightly downhill is a guesthouse, a loosely L-shaped structure opening to views of the Mediterranean, shielded by canopies and enveloped in dense foliage. Its green roof is composed of succulents and gravel, and it picks up on the pool’s wave shapes. It’s an ambitious scope of functions that flows seamlessly and elegantly. And, thanks to its airy feel, gracious details, and sense of grounded simplicity, it’s a home that feels just right in this quiet corner of the world—far enough from Paris to tune out the din, so you can hear the music drifting over from Le Club 55.

Adapted from Peter Marino: Ten Modern Houses, © Phaidon, 2024

This story appears in the Summer 2024 issue of Town & Country, with the headline "Le Weekend." SUBSCRIBE NOW

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