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Meet the creatives and tastemakers who truly inspire Cabana. Read interviews with some of the design world's most exciting talents, and essays on the legacies of those we admire.

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Inspired by Marianne North

The intrepid botanical artist Marianne North traversed the globe alone for 15 years in the late 19th century. Her eponymous gallery at Kew Gardens in London is rife with inspiration for lovers and nature and art. Hannah Kroes, a London-based art historian, explores North’s fascinating career and the quiet beauty of botanical illustrations.

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Inspired by Verde Visconti

The late great Italian decorator, Verde Visconti, possessed a magical ability to transform anything into beauty, just like an alchemist transforming metal into gold, writes Fabrizia Caracciolo. Fabrizia explores Verde's life, style and legacy, speaking to friends and former clients, while Derry Moore shares beautiful images of Verde's home in Orvieto.

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The Interview: Fabrizio Casiraghi

With his elegant aesthetic, bold use of color and focus on craftsmanship, Italian architect Fabrizio Casiraghi is making waves in the design world. He sits down with Cabana to share his favorite (and least favorite) interiors, his guiltiest pleasures, go-to recipes and greatest challenges, along with the best advice he’s ever been given and why Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is his dream dinner companion.

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The Interview: François Halard

As a child, François Halard rarely spoke and sought refuge in a quiet world full of beautiful textiles and objects. His deep appreciation for beauty led him to become one of the world’s most respected photographers, documenting his own collections and the lives of icons, including Yves Saint Laurent and Cy Twombly. François spoke to Camilla Frances about life through his extraordinary lens.

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The Interview: Derry Moore

In the more than 50 years that Derry Moore has been taking photographs, he has captured icons of art, design, stage and screen – from Salvador Dali and L.S. Lowry to Alan Bennett, Henry Moore and Helena Bonham Carter. The distinguished British photographer shares stories and portraits from the frontline of culture, and reveals the best advice he’s ever been given – from Oskar Kokoschka and Bill Brandt.

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In Conversation With: Director of TEFAF Maastricht, Manon Van den Beuken

In an exclusive interview with Cabana, Manon van den Beuken, the esteemed director of TEFAF Maastricht gives Emma Becque a rare glimpse into the heart of the art world as she prepares for the 37th edition of the fair.

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The Interview: Charles Zana

French architect, Charles Zana, is renowned for his refined interiors, elegant contemporary furniture, and influential aesthetic, which is inextricably linked with his beloved Paris. Charles sits down with Cabana to talk design, collecting and travel, while sharing his favorite (and least favorite) interiors, guilty pleasures, greatest challenges and dream dinner guests.

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Inspired by: Manfredi della Gherardesca

With his innate sophistication, extravagant dandyism and glorious sense of humor, Manfredi della Gherardesca was, "the most dazzling peacock among us". As Dreweatts prepares to launch a major auction of the late designer's collection, Manfredi's close friend, Alex di Carcaci, remembers a "wholly original" friend and a true inspiration.

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The Interview: Stephen Sills

Acclaimed decorator Stephen Sills sits down with Cabana to share highlights from an illustrious life in design. Read on to discover Stephen's dream (and nightmare) interiors, favorite dinner guests, guiltiest pleasures and greatest challenges.  

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The King of Chelsea: The enduring influence of Christopher Gibbs

Sarah Hyde explores the life and legacy of Christopher Gibbs, the legendary antique dealer whose exceptional homes and unrivalled eye for beauty influenced a whole generation, affecting some of the world's greatest institutions and revitalizing the antiques trade.

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The Last Swan: The Life & Legacy of Marella Agnelli

Known for her intellectual curiosity, impeccable taste and influential collaborations with leading designers, Marella Agnelli was one of Italy's most illustrious tastemakers. Her niece, Fabrizia Caracciolo, explores the life and legacy of her aunt, with images from Marella's book, The Last Swan.

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Finding Time: Nicholas Cullinan on Cy Twombly

Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, explores Cy Twombly’s beautiful house in Bassano in Teverina, examining the influence of its somber, contemplative atmosphere and rural isolation on the artist’s body of work. Photographs by Francois Halard for Cabana Issue 17.

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The Interview: Gil Schafer

Architect Gil Schafer is beloved for his warm classic-contemporary style. Gil shares with Cabana his dream (and nightmare) interiors, how a sudden revelation changed the path of his career, and why he's never let introversion hold him back.  

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John Stefanidis: A Designer's Eye

John Stefanidis' monograph brings together 50 years of the celebrated designer's work. In tribute, we have gathered some of our favorite stories from John Stefanidis: A Designer's Eye, revealing John's adventures and friendships with leading artists, tastemakers and writers.

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Salvatore Ferragamo: The 'Shoemaker to the Stars'

As Museo Salvatore Ferragamo launches a retrospective to mark 100 years since the opening of Ferragamo's first store on Hollywood Boulevard, Francesca Simpson examines the life, legacy and creative genius of the Italian-born designer, fondly known as the 'Shoemaker to the Stars'.

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The Interview: Nicolas Kugel

Nicolas Kugel and his brother, Alexis, represent the fifth generation of a family of art and antique dealers. Together they run Galerie Kugel, the renowned Paris gallery in an extraordinary hôtel particulieur. Nicolas shares with Cabana his proudest achievements, greatest challenges, happiest memories and ideal interiors. 

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