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Giancarlo Valle’s Favorite Things

Giancarlo Valle’s Peruvian-Italian heritage and childhood spent in San Francisco, Caracas, Chicago and Guatemala informs his design, interiors and architecture practice. Defined by an ecllectic combination of the playful, historical and contemporary, Valle’s work can be viewed at the Tribeca gallery, Annex Giancarlo Valle, he opened in the spring. Here, he shares a few things that have caught his eye, including an Ineos Grenadier 4x4, an Ivar Johansson relief, a Gap T-shirts, and more

Ivar Johansson


Swedish Grace Faiance Ceramic Wall Relief

“I love ceramic on a wall. It adds depth and can tell a great story. For our weekend home in Connecticut, I commissioned 80 ceramic pieces from a contemporary artist and wrapped the walls of our dining room with them, almost like a wallpaper.”

Officine Universelle Buly


Opiat Dentaire Apple Toothpaste

“I pride myself on having never had a cavity. This Buly toothpaste makes my daily routine just a bit more enjoyable. It has great sink appeal, too.”


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Grenadier 4x4

“It feels like a throwback to the future—a rugged truck with no fancy screens, very little tech, just power and reliability. It’s exactly what I want in a car.”



Classic Crew T-Shirts

“Gap T-shirts are my uniform. I don’t think anyone makes a better classic tee. They’re inexpensive, reliable, and pair as well with jeans as they do with trousers. I stockpile them in both white and navy. One important caveat is that they must be ironed.”

Tore Wretman for Svenskt Tenn


Lidded Vessel Iron Fish

“Cooking with cast iron is the best. I love Svenskt Tenn, and this fish shape is a charming addition to dinners in the country, especially on nights when we grill.”

Clive Aslet


The Arts and Crafts Country House

“This book has to be one of the best surveys of Britain’s Arts and Crafts movement. There is an incredible balance of simplicity and grandeur in these homes.”

Studio Giancarlo Valle

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Paloma Mirror

“I named this piece after my daughter. The prototype hangs in her bedroom. The frame is carved cedar. We recently added a mini Paloma mirror to the collection, so there’s now a mama and mini.”



Smooth Sailing Gentle Cleansing Bar

“This soap is our everyday staple. It’s gentle enough for children and pretty enough to set out for guests. With roman chamomile, it is amazing for sensitive skin with a very subtle scent.”



Portobello Notebook in Panama

“I am always sketching—a chair, a room, a doorknob. I take a notebook with me pretty much everywhere and archive them when they fill up. I like that this one can be monogrammed. It makes a perfect heirloom.”



Blanco Tequila

“We discovered this incredible tequila on a trip to Hotel Esencia, which is owned by longtime client and friend, Kevin Wendle. It was cofounded by the grandson of Don Julio and is so easy to drink.”

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