Holidays have you a bit edgy? Need a little get away? How about here?
Welcome to Li Galli, as pictured in House and Garden in August of 1992. The island, and it's imposing home, have a long and rich history.
The island is one of three off the Italian coast that are the basis of the sirens myth from Homer's Odyssey.
The castle-like structure was built in the twelfth century. But even in '92, she'd had a little work done. By Le Corbusier. In the twenties the island was owned by Leonid Massine who was a choreographer for the Ballets Russes.
By chance, Rudolph Nureyev heard the family was looking for a new owner. He took a look. "I could see myself on it." Well, yes, why not?
Nureyev adored pattern and his wardrobe was made up of patterned caps, sweaters and jackets. In accordance with his taste, he covered the interior of the house with antique tiles.
The house did not have water when he bought it; he installed a pump. Per the siren myth, it's a little tricky to get to in choppy water. Apparently, it works out better if you have a helicopter.
Nureyev noted that there is not a lot to do here.
I saw Rudoph Nureyev in the Rome airport in 1980. He was exactly the age I am now. And totally gorgeous. He had a large scarf, something like a pashmina, wrapped over his shoulders. My guess is, even in the toughest circumstances, he didn't have trouble filling his time.
Rudoph Nureyev, 1938 - 1983. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. All other photos, David Seidner.
Labels: Vintage Design