Saturday, April 12, 2014

New trends at “I Saloni 2014” Milan.

 

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At gorgeous Palazzo Litta in Milan, open to the public for the Design Week, also called I Saloni and Fuorisalone, some new pieces of furniture with sleek shapes play with baroque decorations.

 

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Established & Sons celebrates its 10th year of presence at I Saloni with a new chandelier.

 

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Missoni creates a magic atmosphere.

 

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Dutch brand Moooi displays furniture and accessories against Massimo Listri’s stunning photography.

 

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Baccarat celebrates “250 years of modernity” with an exclusive and extravagant party in the church of San Carpoforo, in Brera area.

 

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Foscarini and Inventario create a playful exhibition at celebrated Poldi Pezzoli Home-Museum.

Photography by Donatella Simonetti and Lea Anouchinsky

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Architects live here!

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From April 8th to 13th at the 2014 edition of I Saloni, in Milan, an exhibition will  show how eight of the most important architects in the world, from Zaha  Hadid to Marcio Kogan, from David Chipperfield to Shigeru Ban… live in their homes. Maquettes, images, videos, interviews will give the public an idea of their private lives.

Mario Bellini Milanese house is pictured above.

The exhibition, curated by Francesca Molteni and Davide Pizzigoni, shows also the Parisian apartment of Italian “archistars” Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas.

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Images by Davide Pizzigoni, Maurizio Marcato.

Hope some of you will be in Milan these days to enjoy the 53rd edition of I Saloni. I have written many times about this important Fair and you can see all the articles in the Blog archive.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

English Clubs

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In April this year the internationally acclaimed and self taught designer Tom Dixon will be exhibiting for the first time at I Saloni, Milan.
He was already part for a few years of the Fuori Salone, major events around town, but in 2014 he will be also at the main exhibition in Fiera di Rho.
As he said the inspiration of his latest creations was the atmosphere of the historic London’s Club, often elegant retreats where culture, work, leisure can coexist, truly a home away from home.
Tom Dixon was recently in Vancouver at Inform Interiors and to know more about him you can read an interview by Scout Magazine HERE.
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

From Paris to Turin

 

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The French-Italian owner of this Parisian apartment lives and works in Turin, Italy, where she runs Verdelilla concept stores. Her passion is fashion but also decorating and it shows in her stores and of course in this eclectic and colorful home.

The above image shows the dining area and kitchen separated by a large French door but still visually connected. Note the chairs, all different, and the whimsical colorful one which is sold at Verdelilla.

 

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Vintage plum chairs and vibrant yellow velvet sofa but contemporary Zettel’z e Knuller ceiling light by Ingo Maurer.

 

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Black front door, black settee in a stark white hallway.

 

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The kitchen is traditional and contemporary at the same time, with a fun stenciled table top.

 

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Pale pink, a touch of fresh yellow and dark coffee tones for Foulards wallpaper by Élitis

 

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Traditional wood floor and classic fireplace, stark lights and Rocker.

 

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In a corridor a display of Black and White photography plus a red vase from Rossana Orlandi.

Images by Helenio Barbetta

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Brillante choice

 

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The 2014 Milan Furniture fair, also called I Saloni, is fast approaching.

The event this year will be even more “social” than before also due to the latest creation by Jake Phipps for Casamania: a whimsical light that will bring a smile to every face.

The pendant lamp appropriately called “Tweetie” represents a cage with birds and it is a fun reference to the birds cheering homes since the Egyptian civilization, then status symbol especially in English homes and of course a reference to our social-media-world.

The light is LED and the cage is gold plated to make it a precious object, the birds are by Bosa, one of the leader companies for innovative ceramic.

Tweet, Twitter, Tweetie…Tweet Tweet…if you like it!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Take a Walk on the Rugway

 

A few months ago I came across a Blog:  Doris Leslie Blau, written by rugrumination, and just the name made me smile. The Blog talks about interior design and styling and presents the point of view of Doris Leslie Blau firm, based in New York but famous internationally for their diverse selection of the highest quality antique carpets and exclusive custom designed rugs.

In the article, which I saved in my folders, it was intriguing to see how the texture and design of the rugs work just as well in fashion. So as their tagline says: "Take a Walk on the Rugway!"

Spring is near…

 

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Rebecca Minkoff dress and a Samarkand Rug, circa 1880

 

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Emerson dress and an Irish Rug designed by CFA Voysey, circa 1920

 

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Lela Rose dress  and an Art Deco Rug, circa 1930

 

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Honor dress  and a Persian Tabriz Rug, circa 1900

 

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Altuzarra outfit  and  Metal Blue Ombre Rug.

Interior design, fashion, style…are so often connected and I hope you’ll love these matches by Doris Leslie Blau as much as I did.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Contemporary art in a 17th century home.




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This is a stunning apartment in Milan, the building has centuries of history, but the furnishing and art collection are contemporary, a perfect example of how to blend different styles and periods.  On the table a sculpture by Marc Quinn.

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One of my favorite artists, the Anglo-Indian Anish Kapoor, created the vivid blue disc you can see in the entry hall, as many other works by him this one also reflects as a mirror. On the antique credenza a work by Francesco Vezzoli…what a scenography and magic atmosphere.

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On the antique console table a photograph by Vanessa Beecroft

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In the living room some beautiful romantic pink flowers give a different touch to an otherwise stark choice of furniture.

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Another living has a large, so comfortable tufted sofa, with an impressive oil painting by Kate Thyson above. I also love the wallpaper and the herringbone wood floor.

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A blue neon light, a work by Tracy Emin, harmonize with the portrait by Julien Opie, the large sofa help to relax the eye with its monochrome textile.

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A vignette of the kitchen with a splendid round table and contemporary steel stools. I find the grey on the wall a perfect backdrop, specially for its irregular brush strokes. Notice the carved double doors.

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Another surprise…the bathroom with old wood floor, salmon hue sponge-painted walls, an antique armchair and a stand alone tub. It looks like a living room!

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The large and functional kitchen, with stainless steel, Carrara marble, reclaimed cotto floor.

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A Mao portrait by Yan-Pei Ming, a Chinese artist the owner started to collect years ago, before he became famous. Obviously the Milanese art collector has a great eye for finding exceptional works of art. Decorating is her hobby, and it shows in the attention to details and the, at times daring, but always elegant choices!
Photography by Barbara Corsico
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

The joy of cooking Italian style


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I was recently in Seattle, WA, accompanying  my friend Interior designer Alda Pereira for a presentation and training for the Italian company Bertazzoni, famous internationally for beautiful and functional gas ranges, cooktops, ovens, ventilation hoods and accessories.

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I discovered not only a great technology for cooking with electric, gas or dual fuel ranges with clean lines, balanced proportions, and functional, ergonomic design but also beautiful colors contrasting elegantly with the stainless-steel worktop and hoods to create a really distinguished style in the kitchen.
I fell in love with the cast brass burner top and I was excited to find one when I came home with a bag of complimentary items and material.
What intrigued me was also that the colors are applied using special processes developed for the luxury automobile industry, Rosso Ferrari was the starting point.

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The event was hosted by Monde Home Products, a distributor of premium home appliances throughout the Northwestern United States and Western Canada, presentation and training ended with a delicious dinner, which was baked in Bertazzoni ovens.
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I have to say at times I was a little distracted by the aroma of huge baking pans of lasagna, and the flavor and taste was equally delicious.
 
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Not to mention the gorgeous to look at, and delightful to taste, special cake… did I say taste? I now admit I had two slices.
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You can too cook Italian style with Bertazzoni!
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Are you dandy?


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“I am Dandy. The Return of the Elegant Gentleman” is a new photographic book published by Gestalten with text by Nathaniel Adams and splendid  photography by Rose Callahan.

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The book documents the life (and lifestyle) of contemporary dandies, from different countries, cultures and social levels. They are designers, musicians, stylists,  teachers, lawyers…photographed at home or in their favorite public places.

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Well groomed, velvet slippers at home, eccentric accessories, soft gloves, three pieces suits, cufflinks,  immaculate handkerchiefs, always accurate choices in wardrobe and in interior decoration, the lifestyle of a dandy is elegant and unique, he does not follow trends, he creates them.
“Live life as a work of art” is their motto.
The interiors of their homes are personalized with images of the past, collection of art, not necessarily expensive but certainly pleasing the eye, objects of desire. Often textiles are luscious velvets, linen, always natural fabric…accompanied by the use of wood and leather. Contemporary pieces of furniture live together with vintage and antiques, colors are vibrant or subtle but always unexpected.

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Exquisite china, proper manners, every detail counts.

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Everything in the dandy’s life is studied to create an atmosphere  always  attracting and inspiring and yes, they love to entertain.

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Are you?
This post is dedicated to all the dandies I know, in real life and in virtual life. Scot, Mitch, Grant, Philip, Luchino, Hutton, Barry, Barnaba, and so many others…I hope you recognize yourself and send a comment my way! Perhaps you can also tell me what makes you a “Dandy”.
Now talking about gender or no gender: what would be an appropriate term for dandy ladies? Is there such a thing without dressing in men suits?
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