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Richard Shapiro on creating his dream homes in California

Richard Shapiro’s two glorious residences in Los Angeles and Malibu echo faraway places and allude to generations of cultivation…

In/Out: ‘Past, Present’ by Richard Shapiro

In/Out: ‘Past, Present’ by Richard Shapiro

In/Out: ‘Past, Present’ by Richard Shapiro

In/Out: ‘Past, Present’ by Richard Shapiro

In/Out: ‘Past, Present’ by Richard Shapiro

In/Out: ‘Past, Present’ by Richard Shapiro

In/Out: ‘Past, Present’ by Richard Shapiro

In/Out: ‘Past, Present’ by Richard Shapiro

In/Out: ‘Past, Present’ by Richard Shapiro

Richard Shapiro is a man of many talents and passions. Artist, curator, collector, antiquarian, designer, tastemaker, retailer… He is the absolute authority on art and antiques and offers a distinctly European sensibility to his creation of homes and gardens that are visionary, luxurious, transcendent while being edited with a refined elegance.

Past Perfect: Richard Shapiro Houses and Gardens, an enchanting new coffee table book published by Rizzoli, focuses on his 30-year journey bringing to life his two magnificent California residences.

The first home, located in the quiet residential L.A. neighbourhood of Holmby Hills, is a 1920’s Hispano-Moorish house that Shapiro has transformed into the image of a Florentine Villa, with vast gardens and treasure-filled rooms. The second, perched above the Malibu coastline, was designed and built to convey a French Moroccan vibe where villa meets riad, and is affectionately known as Tangier Outlook.

Shapiro comments in the book, “The houses reinvent the ambiance of distant places I love. Both are fictions crafted and composed to allow for the suspension of your awareness of time and place. They are transcendent — imbued with qualities so authentic in appearance, spirit and mood that their true age and locale cannot be discerned. There, in either house, you really do live in a different, better world.”

Shapiro has an innate ability to marry the old with the new – a hint of European aristocracy with an all-American ease. There is an effortless connection of home with garden; a facilitation of the good life; an illusion of former generations and centuries-old spaces.

This book is not a reference on interior decorating of residential homes and gardens. It’s about creating an environment entirely from one’s own fantasy. It is in fact, about living the dream.

Credits: Richard Shapiro Studiolo via 1stdibs Introspective Magazine
Photography: Jason Schmidt

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