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The Palais Bulles on France's Côte d'Azur was designed by architect Antti Lovag for Pierre Cardin and remains as avant garde as it was when it was built in 1989. Now available for rent, Pierre Cardin talks to us about this futuristic party pad.

While bubbles (Champagne, that is) regularly flow along the French Riviera, across diverse cultural festivities from Monaco to Cannes, one opulent residence in the area captures the bubble in architectural concept and design.

Pierre Cardin, the legendary French fashion designer and visionary culture vulture counts 60 years as a powerhouse in French fashion and design. In 1975, he commissioned Hungarian architect Antti Lovag (certain work in his « bubble style » has been classified as a historical monument by France’s Ministry of Culture) to create the Palais Bulles that took until 1989 to complete. Since that time, the 8,500 square meter estate and 1,200 square meter building has hosted many a party, product launch and private event. Located in the small village of Théoule-sur-Mer, near Cannes, the house hosts a capacity for 350 sitting guests, including 10 bedroom suites individually designed by contemporary French artists. Surrounding the multi-circular structure is a pool, gardens and 500-seat open-air auditorium all overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with a stellar panoramic bay view.

Palais Bulles is a morphic maze of corridors, rooms and round out looking views. Pierre Carding likes to compare it with the sensual shapes of the body of a woman. Like a phantasmagorical playground for adults, the spherical shapes are inherently festive. A Champagne-lover’s paradise.

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