June 15, 2019

I was reading about the late, great antiques dealer, collector and trailblazer Christopher Gibbs this morning, and fell into a world of exquisite interiors, vintage djellabas, fine wines and star studded hippie parties. Gibbs died last year, but his place in 60s counter culture lives on. My favourite anecdote was from one of many of his legendary fêtes, this one for the poet Allen Ginsberg. Gibbs made hash brownies for his guests, including Princess Margaret, who ended up in the hospital with what the palace called, “severe food poisoning.” His home in Tangier (below) is so worth having a mosey around. Another world. And read his brilliant advice on decor and life over at House and Garden. ”I like things in their natural state — people especially,” he said with a chuckle. ”As life goes by, that’s what I admire. Objects and people that are unmonkeyed with, that are themselves, not trying to be something else.”

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