Design Porn: Check Out Valentino’s Incredible Homes From New York To Paris

Leah Bourne

“I always had in my mind the idea of a life of beauty,” fashion designer Valentino Garavani tells André Leon Talley in foreword for his new lifestyle tome At the Emperor’s Table. Well, if anyone is truly living a beautiful life, it’s him–evidenced by the array of jaw-dropping photos of his homes around the world including London, New York City, an estate outside of Paris, a Gstaad ski chalet, and his yacht, let’s not forget his yacht, featured in the book.

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Besides featuring photos of his homes, the book is chock full of his favorite recipes, and his tips for setting a proper table (unfortunately most of us don’t have a china collection that even closely mirrors his, but we can dream).

Trust us—this is design porn at its best. And Valentino, if you’re reading this, we’d kill for a dinner party invite. Just putting that out there.


Photo: Oberto Gili

Valentino at his estate  Wideville, outside of Paris, in one of the estate’s renowned gardens, beside a table for set for tea.


Photo: Oberto Gili

In one of the dining rooms at Wideville that includes a painted tôle and porcelain 18-branch composition chandelier.


Photo: Oberto Gili

Alfresco lunch set at Valentino’s ski chalet in Gstaad.


Photo: Oberto Gili

“When I saw the first pages of the book, I thought, my gosh, I put together so many things that people are maybe going to think I’m showing off,” Valentino told “But I use these things all the time, even when I am alone. I love to grab objects to put on the table; it’s an amusement for me.”


At the Emperor’s Table With an Introduction By André Leon Talley ($150; available at Assouline).

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