Sumptuous and Bohemian

There are people for whom the images of memory are not just things they have experienced themselves, but also the pictures they have seen.  In galleries.  In museums.  And in magazines.

Pictures that are so close, so clearly remembered, that they feel they were in those spaces.  That they experienced them in a very personal way.

Many images by photographer Oberto Gili are in my files, both paper and mental.

“I try not to change anything and not to style,” Mr. Gili told me.  He has shot the homes of friends and strangers and says neither is better or easier, but “The difference is if they are interesting or not.  An uninteresting person will for sure live in a dull house.”

He has favorites, as I have favorites (the pool, the flag, the cows), but will he click and tell?  “I could name many, but I go down to two – Richard Meier and Isabella Rossellini.”  I remember them well.

If you are an Oberto Gili fan, you will be thrilled with his new book Oberto Gili, Home Sweet Home: Sumptuous and Bohemian Interiors.  Bill was shaking his head and smiling as I kept saying, “Oh, it’s so beautiful.”  All images courtesy of Rizzoli New York and are, of course, by Mr. Gili.

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10 thoughts on “Sumptuous and Bohemian

  1. Great book for a great photographer.
    I also had a post on this a few days ago, I could not resist to show his Piedmont's house.

  2. look who else has a post with mr. g's photos today. i have always loved his photographs. warm wonderful color. and he always makes the grandest of digs seem like you could just plop down on the sofa.

  3. Love 'em all, the red striped coverlet and the louche crystal chandelier, the Fornasetti skeleton plates, he incredible "ruined" fresco room, and the Kabuki shot of Isabella Rossellini.

  4. Fabulous photographer, Grand rooms-love his book. I agree with his(and your) sentiments entirely. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  5. Marvelous. Always a big fan of Gili, and glad to know about the book, which had passed under my radar til now.

  6. Love these photos. Was not familiar with Oberto Gili but now this book will be in my shopping cart momentarily. Thanks!

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