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Vincenzo De Cotiis Mixes Old And New In Luxury Paris Apartment

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The moment fashion designer Pierre Hardy and his husband Christopher Turnier (CEO of Hardy’s eponymous brand) set foot inside the Seine-gazing 17th-century hôtel particulier on Île Saint-Louis, they knew it would be their home. Vincenzo de Cotiis was the couple’s obvious choice for revamping such a historic location.

Even totally empty the approximately 2,000-square-foot apartment was bursting with life—elaborate mythological frescoes covered almost every inch of its soaring, nearly 15-foot ceilings. Apollo, robed in crimson, harp in hand, looked down upon the entrance hall. In the living room, Juno, wife of Jupiter, and Aeolus, the Greek god of wind, lounged in the clouds, while Aurora, Roman goddess of dawn—resplendent amid a magnificent medley of cherubs and horses—presided over another room. The masterworks, attributed to the artist Bon Boullogne, best known for his easel paintings found at Versailles and the Louvre, were a serious selling point.

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Hardy, a creative director at Hermès who also designed shoes for Dior and Balenciaga before founding his own brand of high-concept kicks, had always decorated his own homes. But for this place, so steeped in history, the couple called on the Milan-based Vincenzo De Cotiis—whose work they had long admired—to usher the interiors into the 21st century.

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Architecturally, there was what Turnier calls “a big cleaning.” They removed additions from the apartment’s most recent update in the 1970s and restored it to something closer to its original. Original parquet floors, elaborate bas-reliefs, and carved mouldings were refurbished. But Vincenzo De Cotiis balanced that 17th-century classicism with distinctly modern touches: coating walls in plaster, cladding the petite galley kitchen in matte black fibreglass, lining floors in travertine. Perhaps most significant, silvered brass wainscoting was added to many of the rooms, which, along with a slew of mirrors, new and old, could reflect natural light as well as the surrounding architectural wonders.

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Vincenzo De Cotiis took pains to create a home that would mesh with Hardy and Turnier’s lifestyle. The couple preferred spaces that could transform, day to day, so Vincenzo De Cotiis carved out a series of salons—large, transitional areas for working, relaxing, eating, and entertaining—where they spend the most time.

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The couple’s personal things lean rather minimalist, making them excellent foils to a handful of 18th-century antiques and slick custom furniture pieces designed by Vincenzo De Cotiis. In the bedroom, a cherub hovers in the clouds above prints by Sol LeWitt and a monumental custom bed Vincenzo De Cotiis made of hand-painted fibreglass. In the grand salon, custom brass-and-fibreglass tables mix with 18th-century armchairs, a silvered brass sofa, and marble 1960s lamps by Tobia Scarpa. The Daniel Arsham painting that gazes out from above the sofa feels like an apt metaphor for the whole place: history, refracted through a modern lens.

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Hardy and Turnier found their creative match in Vincenzo De Cotiis. He was happy to spend long hours discussing the precise shade of black leather for the living-room sofa and recommended hand-painting a window-side sofa’s upholstery fabric to perfectly reflect the colour of the Seine.

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Glengoyne 50yr old malt whisky worth £22,500 to be gifted to one lucky Glaswegian

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Glengoyne 50yr old malt whisky worth £22,500 to be gifted to one lucky Glaswegian

Savour the oldest ever Glengoyne, in good company

UNHURRIED SINCE 1833

In the stillness of our quiet glen, we know that patience is rewarded. As Scotland’s slowest distilled malt, no stage of our whisky making process is rushed and everything is given as long as it needs.

Fifty years in the making, this very special release – our oldest ever – is the pinnacle of that unhurried approach to our craft. And we believe now is the right time for it to be enjoyed.

So, as we look ahead to a year of reunions, delayed celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, and unhurried time with those we love — we will be opening a rare decanter of Glengoyne 50 Year Old especially for you.

Glengoyne has unveiled a 50 Year Old Whisky. The new single malt is the oldest Scotch to be released by the Highland distillery. To make the release even sweeter, the brand is offering one bottle for free via ballot.

To enter the competition, those interested will need a minimum of four people who they plan on sharing the whisky with to sign up through the online ballot. From there, they will need to describe the perfect moment for savoring the 50-year-old Whisky together in 2021. Entrants have until December 14 to submit their moments.

Bottled at 45.8% ABV, the Glengoyne 50 Year Old Whisky offers notes of Demerara sugar, walnuts, sweet pipe tobacco, red apples and cloves on the nose. The palate delivers a “rich, spicy oak burst, then molasses, treacle and liquorice take centre stage,” followed by a long finish.

“When we first filled hand-selected oak casks with our sweet, fruity, new make spirit back in the late 1960s, The Beatles were only just breaking up, Richard Nixon was US president, and Sesame Street debuted on television,” said Robbie Hughes, master distiller at Glengoyne. “A lot has changed while we’ve been waiting patiently for this unique release.

“At Glengoyne we believe that patience is always rewarded. This year we’ve all had to sacrifice spending time with our loved ones or delay celebrations. That’s why we want to make these moments extra special in 2021 with a memorable whisky that, after waiting so long for just the right moment, is truly ready to be opened and savoured.”

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The new expression is packaged in a crystal decanter that features an engraved goose emblem to represent the geese that migrate to the Glen every winter. Each solid oak and gold presentation box comes with a 25ml sample of the 50-year-old and an individually hand-numbered book signed by Hughes. The Whisky joins the Highland distillery’s Fine and Rare range, alongside the new 30-year-old expression and a 25-year-old bottling.

Only 150 bottles of Glengoyne 50 Year Old are set to be made available globally and will be released across key markets, the distillery shop and website next week. The Whisky will be priced at £22,500 ($30,000 USD).