Fabienne Ayina

Founder and Creative Director of pièce.
A Textured, Patterned Paradise in Morocco
Name: Nina and Mohamed and their kids, Alima, Maymuna, and Inès Location: Fes, Morocco Size: 500 square meters (5382 square feet) Years lived in: 2 years; Owned Nina, who left Los Angeles a few years ago, found both love and a paradise in Fes. She’s a textile designer, a sourcing consultant and the founder of Artisan Project, and she lives in a fabulous riad in the Old Medina of Fes with her husband, Mohamed—a Fez native, doctor, and Sunday painter—and their kids.
Aug 9, 2019
Jodi & Michael’s Sunny Hideaway in the Wilderness
Name: Jodi Capobianco & Michael Bell and their daughters Location: Parsonsfield, Maine Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; Owned After three years of looking for the perfect nest, Jodi (Martha Stewart’s former personal head gardener) and Michael (a busy landscaper) found their dream home: a sun-flooded wooden house on top of a mountain.
Feb 20, 2019
Laura & Bob’s Mix-n-Match Open House
Name: Laura, Bob, Conor, and Frederick Ker Location: Back Cove; Portland, Maine Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned When Laura and Bob moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Portland, Maine, they knew exactly what they wanted: to be closer to family and to have more space. They’ve not only created a stylish home for their family, but also opened Find, a buy-trade-sell boutique which has become a staple in the Portland shopping scene.
Feb 20, 2019
Anja’s Simple Studio Apartment in Berlin
Name: Anja Szmania and her dog, Mici Location: Wedding; Berlin, Germany Size: 45 square meters (484 square feet) Years lived in: 6 months; Rented Anja, a yoga teacher, has created an ideal home in a Berlin studio apartment. She was looking for the perfect home for her new life and needed a cozy space where she could regenerate herself, host dinner parties for friends, and feel at peace in between road trips.
Feb 20, 2019
Philippe’s Book-Filled Top Floor Apartment in the North of Paris
Name: Philippe Location: Haut de Belleville — Paris, France Size: 45 square meters (484 square feet) Years lived in: 32 years; Owned Philippe’s luminous and book-filled apartment is located on the top floor of a typical Parisian building hidden in a courtyard. Philippe, a writer and former director of the archives at France’s National Audiovisual Institute, has been working and living here for over three decades. As a result, the habitat is very cozy and personal.
Feb 20, 2019
Michel’s Vibrant Moroccan Home
Name: Michel Biehn Location: Old Medina — Fes, Morocco Size: 150 square meters (1,614 square feet) Years lived in: 6 years; Owned “Eight years ago, I needed to refresh my life, before becoming too old,” says Michel, the larger-than-life French expatriate textile expert, author, chef, hotelier and owner of Le Jardin des Biehn, who has taken up residence in the Old Medina.
Mar 14, 2016
Before & After: An Old Parisian Printing Factory Becomes a Creative Family Home
When Adrienne and Benjamin bought this old Parisian printing factory, the space was raw, dark, and badly in need of a renovation, but the volumes were beautiful and they knew there was potential. They took the challenge and after three months of renovations, an atypical, two-story open space was born. They changed the floor, brought in some light, built a stairway and did so much more.
Feb 24, 2016
Stephen’s Dramatic & Sultry Pied-à-Terre in Morocco
Name: Stephen di Renza Location: Old Medina — Fes, Morocco Size: 56 square meters (600 square feet) Years lived in: 4 years; Owned After years of dwelling in various locations — New York, Paris, London, Hanoi— it is in Morocco that American-born Stephen Di Renza came to a halt and settled.
Feb 23, 2016
Adrienne & Benjamin’s Renovated Printing Factory Home in Paris
Name: Adrienne and Benjamin and their children, Jeanne, Sacha and Rose Location: Belleville — Paris, France Size: 200 square meters (2,153 square feet) Years lived in: 12 years; Owned When they’re not playing electro-Balkan music with their band, Djam Orkestar, Adrienne, a passionate socio-anthropologist, and Benjamin, a fashion-loving lawyer, keep the magic and fanfare going in the old printing factory they revamped into a multifaceted duplex.
Feb 17, 2016
Three Friends Share a Sun-Kissed Apartment in Marrakech
Name: Silvia Michielotto, Jean-Pierre Mongard and Valeria Concari Location: Old Medina — Marrakech, Morocco Size: 110 square meters (1,184 square feet) Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Crises can sometimes turn out to be good; you can make new decisions, reboot the hard drive, explore new possibilities and do things you could not do before. Friends Silvia, Jean-Pierre, and Valeria did just that.
Feb 15, 2016
Amandine & Mihalis’ Quirky Industrial Exoticism in a Renovated Brooklyn Warehouse
Name: Amandine Isnard & Mihalis Gripiotis and Aristos Location: Williamsburg; Brooklyn, NY Size: 2,800 square feet Years lived in: 7 years; Rented Amandine is the Head of Product Development for Eve Lom, a European niche luxury beauty brand, and Mihalis is a journalist and the founder of the art-house film production company IFFI Productions. Their Brooklyn house was decorated to look like a film set, and as a result, has been used as a studio for various film projects.
Oct 31, 2015
Jen’s Haven In The Heart Of Nolita
Name: Jen Patryn Location: Nolita; New York City Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Rented When she’s not working on fashion shoots, creating visual stories, and advising major labels, Jen Patryn, a New York-based fashion editor, is traveling the world and wandering the mountains of Central America.
Oct 14, 2015
Amy & Noah’s Mid-Century Modern Ranch House
Name: Amy, Noah, River, Darby, and Isaiah Location: Portland, Maine Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: 9 years; Owned Far away from white and empty spaces, Amy and Noah celebrate the art of uniqueness, embracing blasts from the past, dramatic patterns and a modern era. The result is so refreshing that it left me speechless. Amy and Noah are the founders of Picnic, an indie music and art festival, and owners of Pinecone+Chickadee, a boutique full of quirky finds and old-time surprises.
Aug 22, 2015
Timothy’s Sun-Filled Brooklyn Brownstone
Name: Timothy Location: Bed-Stuy; Brooklyn, NY Size: 1,680 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Owned A home with global flair doesn’t necessarily have to mean a visually noisy space or an overwhelming, over-the-top collection of knick-knacks. Nomad-inspired homes can be tidy and effortless, and I can tell you that after this house tour you’ll want to book an around-the-world ticket to source beautiful material and wander in some faraway markets.
Jul 22, 2015