Valentino Garavani’s Asian-Inspired Château

Château de Wideville celebrates the haute couturier’s passion for all things Chinese, from Qing-dynasty ancestor portraits to European chinoiserie.
VALENTINO GARAVANI'S ASIAN-INSPIRED CHÂTEAUJoined by one of his pugs, couturier Valentino Garavani stands before a hand-painted fireplace on the ground floor of the former dovecote, orpigeonnier, at Château de Wideville; the 19th-century Italian mirror reflects a Qing-dynasty ancestor portrait and the staircase’s polychrome metal banister
VALENTINO GARAVANI'S ASIAN-INSPIRED CHÂTEAUThe pigeonnier at the French estate has been transformed into a Chinese-themed retreat.
VALENTINO GARAVANI'S ASIAN-INSPIRED CHÂTEAUSofas on the ground level are covered in custom-embroidered fabric and scattered with pillows of antique silk; the china cabinet is Italian chinoiserie, and frog-shaped jardinieres hold roses from Wideville’s gardens.VALENTINO GARAVANI'S ASIAN-INSPIRED CHÂTEAUCustom-made button-tufted velvet chairs are nestled under the pigeonnier’s windows, which are fitted with hand-painted shades.

VALENTINO GARAVANI'S ASIAN-INSPIRED CHÂTEAUChinese ancestor portraits from the early 19th century line the curving staircase.

VALENTINO GARAVANI'S ASIAN-INSPIRED CHÂTEAUStone dogs carved in the 17th century by the French artist Jacques Sarazin overlook a lawn dotted with topiaries.

valentino chateauThe gardens of the 280-acre estate were designed by Wirtz International.

VALENTINO GARAVANI'S ASIAN-INSPIRED CHÂTEAUThe château’s rear façade.

VALENTINO GARAVANI'S ASIAN-INSPIRED CHÂTEAUNineteenth-century wallpaper lines the château’s entrance gallery.

VALENTINO GARAVANI'S ASIAN-INSPIRED CHÂTEAUAn 18th-century Piedmontese chandelier hangs from the winter garden’s vaulted ceiling; the French doors open to the rear terrace and topiary garden. The floral wool carpet is in the style of Jacques Moreno Pontremoli.

VALENTINO GARAVANI'S ASIAN-INSPIRED CHÂTEAUPortuguese chairs surround a Piedmontese dining table.

source architecturaldigest.com /   Photography by Simon Watson

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