Close to Avignone
At Domaine des Andéols, located just one hour from Avignon, clean lines, bold geometric spaces, and an evocative art collection reframe Provence. Its owners, Olivier and Patrizia Massart, spent the last 20 years collecting paintings, photographs, furniture, and objects, and then set out to create a place where they could share it all with artists, designers, friends, and guests from around the world. Today, Domaine des Andéols is home to more than 250 of their pieces, and each of the property’s 19 villas is inspired by an artwork, color, or theme. Outside, the sharp horizon of a turquoise pool and of sculptures that play with scale push the eye to see the landscape from a fresh perspective, while inside, the exquisite cuisine of the restaurant, “La Maison des Saveurs,” thanks to a bounteous Provençal garden.
At Domaine des Andéols, the organic shapes and colors that define the Provençal landscape take on new meaning in juxtaposition to its pure lines, bespoke spaces, and very personal collection of art and furniture. Each of its 19 villas has its own unique character—from Maison Toujours, which embraces a delicate palette of pale pastels and art that celebrates the female figure, to Maison Amoureux’s concrete grey walls, which provide the perfect background for Bertoia’s bright red 1952 Diamond chairs. Outside, oversize daybeds hide from the sun under triangles of stretched white canvas. Down the hill, a landmark tree is experienced from multiple perspectives: immense from below, but enveloping from within—where guests are invited to dine seven meters above ground in Domaine des Andéols’ tree house. Later in the evening, the carefully delineated angles of an illuminated indoor pool play against the endlessness of a starry night sky.
Paintings once found in museums now hang at Domaine des Andéols, while exhibitions, organized in collaboration with Parisian gallery Kammel Mennour, surround guests with the work of photographers such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Ellen Von Unwerth, and Daido Moriyama.