A Fantasy Home on a Tropical Island

Photographer: Simon Upton
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Photographer: Simon Upton
A Fantasy Home on a Tropical Island

An alabaster light fixture is installed above a walnut table designed by David’s nephew Anthony Bennett in the great hall; the chairs are 19th-century Chinese, and the antique rug is from Tibet.

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Photographer: Simon Upton

The great hall features a sofa by Christian Liaigre for , a Chinese floor lamp from , an antique Buddha fragment, and a petrified-wood side table by ; a vintage Chinese kang bed serves as a cocktail table, and the walls are clad in indigenous vesi wood.

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The armchairs are by Minotti from , and the Tibetan rug is by .

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A collection of 19th-century Fijian war clubs hangs next to vesi-wood shelving in the library; the sectional is by Minotti from , the cocktail table is an .

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A Fantasy Home on a Tropical Island

Tibetan Buddha hands are displayed in the great hall.

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A Fantasy Home on a Tropical Island

The foyer features a collection of Burmese lacquered vessels; the walls are sheathed in local stone, and the bamboo flooring is by Teragren.

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A Fantasy Home on a Tropical Island

The Chinese table and stools in the library are antique, and the rug is by .

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The infinity-edge lap pool is tiled with mosaics by , the chaise longues are by Dedon from , and the carved-marble garden stools are antique.

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A mahogany dining table and Dedon armchairs from in the beach pavilion; the boat model overhead was made by an island artisan.

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The cooktops and hood are by the light fixtures are by George Nelson, and the island of vesi wood is topped with .

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A Fantasy Home on a Tropical Island

The kitchen’s Korean cabinet is antique.

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A Fantasy Home on a Tropical Island

The dining area features a table with a fruit-barrel base, Chinese-elm chairs, a Fortuny light fixture, and a wall of local stone.

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The walls of David’s bathroom are sheathed in mosaics, and the Inle tub features fittings.

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In Jill’s bathroom, a niche displays an antique alabaster Buddha, the walls and tub are tiled with mosaics, and the fittings are by .

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's mother-of-pearl wall covering creates a shimmering background in the master bedroom; the bed is by , the scroll table is 19th century, and the curtains are of a translucent fabric by .

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A chaise longue from and an antique marble stool in the bedroom.

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A Fantasy Home on a Tropical Island

The beach pavilion.

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A Fantasy Home on a Tropical Island

The house, inspired by classic Chinese forms and African tribal structures, overlooks the Koro Sea.

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Jill and David Gilmour at Sega na Leqa, their home on a private island in Fiji; Jill Gilmour collaborated on the interior design with , and the architecture is by .

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This article was featured in the April 2010 issue.

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