In 1971, after the success of his last catwalk show, Albini took refuge in Tunisia.
Enchanted by the beauty of the place, he bought a house in Sidi Bou Said.
“A big house where one can live in isolation, even when there are guests; an Arab house near the sea, but high on a hill; a house that finally has no telephone, with the smells and colours of North Africa, which can’t be found anywhere else in the world.”
The Arab-style house is set around a large central patio which is covered by an awning. Under the awning is the dining table. The walls are white, the window and door fixtures are blue, with fake windows made of mirrors framed by antique sepia colour tiles.
Inside, the walls are decorated with black and white Spanish tiles that also cover the bases of the beds and couches. The latter are upholstered in a black and white striped Etro fabric, designed by Albini himself. Large zebra skin rugs lie on the wicker floor.
“I’ve always liked playing with black and white,” said Albini
The decorative motifs of the furnishings are a mix of local style and Art Deco: lamps restyled on traditional models alongside Quranic votive paintings, Baum vases with gilded roses and bird-of-paradise flowers, pillows and bedspreads in silver-embroidered fabrics.
On the upper floor is the garden, with a star-shaped blue ceramic pool in the centre, and a wooden gazebo also painted blue (Albini called this colour Sidi Blue when he used it for his clothing designs), cushions in local fabrics and a Turkish coffee table.