VICTORIA FRANCIOSA’S background in Art History has afforded her a unique approach to branding and advertising on the world stage. She is one of the founding members of AmpedMediaStudios as well as founder and head designer of Bishop & Medusa.
Valentino’s Chateau de Wideville
By Victoria Franciosa
Valentino… A name that is as synonymous with glamour, as it is with perfection.
Valentino has been a long sought after designer to the wealthy few who can afford his gowns laden with beauty and extreme precise detailing. Known as “the bespoke clothier” with an eccentric internal guide, Valentino drives his muse to the point of impossible beauty, with creativity and workmanship.
A collector of houses, self admittedly, Valentino adores decorating his homes with the help of interior designers. However, his vision of contradiction comes through in the way he has styled his homes. Warmth with a strong aesthetic to a sterile, museum element, he introduces – even in his interior designs – an Asian blueprint amongst the traditional Italian vogue he is so famously known for.
Chateau de Wideville, is no exception. Nestled in the outskirts of Paris, grandeur meets you on a big scale! Valentino’s eight-bedroom home, complete with outer-building, sprawls with inspiration from 1920s Shanghai.
In 1995, Valentino purchased this masterpiece, created in the 17th century for Louis XIII’s finance minister, and one-time home to Louis XIV’s mistress.
Upon acquisition of the mansion, Valentino hired acclaimed architectural interior designer, Henri Samuel, to redesign his home to match his elaborate, impossible idea of perfection. For one year, he would embark upon this steadfast project, living and breathing the design of Chinese artists of bygone centuries.
The home was redesigned from the front entrance courtyard and surroundings. The interior was altered with furniture, fabrics and epitomes of a Chinese Tea House, including actual ancestral portraits from the Qing-Dynasty. Valentino went so far as to modify the windowsills with stark, hand painted shades. Doorframes and wall coverings are in graphic contrast – extreme perfection, to match his passion for Chinese art.
As you travel through his glorious home, you can’t help but sense how important his family and friends are to him, through photos of experiences and loved ones scattered throughout the rooms.
Valentino’s favorite spot on the estate? It has been revealed to be the winter garden.