There is something utterly fascinating about professional crafts. Even if it's about ironing a shirt, or polishing shoes. I could watch them for hours... every single movement is so precise and somehow... beautiful. The mundane becomes art.
I hope I can visit this place one day... "Helgas Folly" in Sri Lanka. Don't compare this place with regular hotels... this is a eccentric clash of freaking art, old days joie de vivre and expressive fun: King Arthurs knights meet
Victorian meet the Adams family.
And woooow: "The Folly has a colourful history... Playing
host to many celebrities... Whose pictures together
with family members line the walls, amongst them
are Vivian Leigh, Peter Finch, Sir Laurence
Olivier, David Lean, William Holden, Gregory
Peck, Win Min Than, Sir Alec Guinness, Zandra
Rhodes, Paula Yates, Andrew Logan, Mahatma
Ghandi, Nehru, Indira Ghandi..."
She looks fabulous.
The owner is Helga de Silva Blow Perera (her son Detmar Blow was married to Isabella Blow). "COURTESY of 'Living in Sri Lanka' James
Fennell and Turtle Bunbury Thames and Hudson. "Helga
the owner decorated the house in a whimsical
tropical theme.." "emphasizes whimsy of life,
reflecting Helga's preference to juxtapose and mix
the pedigrees"..."she grew up in a world of colonial
tea pots, Hollywood gossip and Marxist revolutions"