After a chance meeting in a Parisian jazz bar in 1988, Mariza Scotch and Dièry Prudent fell in love. Here they are 27 years (and one daughter) later, in a striking four-storey Brooklyn brownstone that captures their inspiring journey together.
Photography Stefan Ruiz
Dièry: Putting in floor-to-ceiling windows onto the garden, and renovating the kitchen, was a challenge, taking a year instead of six months. Mariza was in labour in the hospital and I was receiving calls on my cell phone from the contractor.
Mariza: I’m a handbag designer and I used the same creative process when designing this house. Both a handbag and a house have to be functional, hopefully last for a long time, age well, and add joy to everyday life. I think they’re very connected.
Dièry: I live with someone who not only designs handbags but life as we know it.Mariza: It’s a very special neighbourhood. In some ways, it resembles where we lived in Paris, with the mix of people and the artists who are attracted to the area.
Dièry: I grew up in this neighbourhood, not far from here, so I was a bit more familiar with Brooklyn than Mariza was. The area has come a long way since then and now it’s landmarked.
Mariza: This house has seen many people from all over the world. I think that’s where the energy of the house comes from. For Dièry’s 40th birthday party, American trumpeter Roy Hargrove performed here.
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