Tina Turner, the singer whose voice “raised the dead”, passed away on Wednesday after a long illness. She leaves behind an indelible memory of her talent. Between tributes, awards and travels, there was one place she was particularly fond of: the South of France.
Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Nice or Beaulieu, the queen of rock and soul knew the south like the back of her hand. A member of the jet set, she also wanted to live far from the cameras and the limelight. Accustomed to nightclubs, the red carpets of major ceremonies and the large southern stadiums that hosted her concerts, she preferred above all her home in Villefranche-sur-mer, far from the glare of the public eye and her fast-paced life, which she loved as much as she shunned.
Although the name Diva followed her throughout her career, a glimpse of her life in Europe offers a totally different perspective and a fresh look at this revolutionary artist. What she loved above all were the simple things in life: her husband, a meal with friends, a bit of reading and a bit of sunshine. All in all, the extraordinary quickly becomes ordinary when you want it to be.
A love of the Mediterranean
She owes her love of the South of France to her manager, who in the 90s introduced her to this warm little corner of paradise, where sunshine and pine thorns meet. For the first time, she rented a little pink house at the top of a mountain. Since then, France has never left her, and neither has she.
“Decoration is the first response to loss and upheaval“, and it was with the embellishment of her properties that Tina Turner cleared her head.
The queen of rock’n’roll admired the classicism of Greece and Rome. A great collector of Chinese art, she also studied Buddhism and needed to feel connected in every room of her home.
To help her rethink her last southern home, she called on two great decorators, Stephen Sills and James Huniford. They described her as “a born decorator“.
Her Côte d’Azur villa was a perfect blend of everything she loved best: pottery, Greek and Roman sculptures, columns, bronze chandeliers…
The 580 m2 villa features a huge living room with an antique fireplace. Each of the villa’s main rooms opens onto a patio or balcony, where you can relax and enjoy lunch in the sun. And that’s the beauty of cliff-top living on the Riviera. The artist’s 70 m2 Egyptian-inspired bedroom opens onto a secluded terrace with an uninterrupted view of the sea. “This is my refuge” said Tina Turner, “my favorite place in the house“. The house also features a large swimming pool, where the artist liked to take swimming lessons.
The South of France, the Côte d’Azur, the Riviera or the Mediterranean coast – all these names for a single place that Tina Turner fell in love with. The South made its mark on her, and she in turn made her mark on it.
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