The Photography Book Taking a Trip Around the World’s Most Charismatic Homes

Moshe Mayer’s striking modernist design for the Hôtel Ivoire in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.Photo courtesy of: Matthieu Salvaing

“With this book, I wanted to tell a story. The story of these incredible homes, their uniqueness, and their identity. Much like how a film brings to light, in certain angles, the soul of a place,” says Salvaing. “For example, with Villa Planchard, it seemed essential to me to showcase the strong personality of this residence, which was conceived and designed by Gio Ponti for a couple of art collectors. The place is a bit like a movie character, whose personality was forged from its history, its volumes, the light that crosses it…it was a soul and life I wanted to capture.”

The book’s cover features a living space at Villa Planchart, the color-filled home in Caracas, Venezuela that owners Anala and Armando Planchart commissioned from architect Gio Ponti.Photo courtesy of: Matthieu Salvaing 

The comparison to cinema is an apt one. One of the properties featured is just that—a set for Wong Kar-Wai’s period film 2046, for which the exacting Hong Kong director crafted a series of sumptuous ‘60s-inspired interiors. The aforementioned Portaluppi property, meanwhile, was famously the setting of Luca Guadagnino’s 2009 romance I Am Love. Then, there’s Dorothy Draper’s dazzling design for the Palácio Quitandinha in Rio, which looks every bit the ‘40s film set per her signature Hollywood Regency anti-minimalist approach. And the rest of the homes are cinematic simply in their essence—featuring rooms that have a story and a point of view.

A room inside the Hôtel Ivoire feels like a time capsule of the 1960s.Photo courtesy of: Matthieu Salvaing 

Salvaing’s career has taken him around the world, camera in tow, to capture homes for Vogue, Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, World of Interiors, and

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Mansfield man killed by grizzly bear in Alaska while on hunting trip


The attack occurred in the 13.2-million-acre Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the largest in the U.S. park system, in southeastern Alaska. (Photo: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve)

MANSFIELD –  A 22-year-old Mansfield man was killed by a grizzly bear in an Alaska state park Sunday while on a moose hunting trip, the National Park Service reported Thursday.

Mansfield police attempted to notify family on Tuesday that Austin Pfeiffer, of Mansfield, had died, according to a report at the Mansfield Police Department. An Alaska state trooper called MPD to have an officer contact Austin’s wife, Ryleigh Pfeiffer, regarding a wildlife encounter while hunting in Alaska, according to information the News Journal obtained.

Pfeiffer was a job site foreman with Dolce’s Tree Service and a skilled tree climber, lift operator and all-around handyman, according to his employer’s website.

According to his Facebook page, Austin was also employed at Gamemaster Taxidermy. Austin would have turned 23 on Tuesday. He married Ryleigh Hunter Pfeiffer on Oct. 20, 2018.

Wednesday, his family declined comment.

According to, the incident happened Sunday in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, a 13.2-million-acre area in southeast Alaska, while the hunter was on a 10-day moose hunt with a friend near the Chisana River drainage at the time of the attack.

The attack occurred in a remote area approximately 50 air miles from the nearest community of Northway, Alaska, and 130 miles from park headquarters, according to the National Park Service.

More: Grizzly bear kills hunter in largest US national park in first-of-its-kind attack

The attack occurred near the Cottonwood Creek drainage, an area of mixed tundra and forest lands with dense vegetation, while the hunting part was salvaging meat from a moose harvested the day before, according to a news release issued Thursday by the

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