Friday, February 25, 2011

Vicente Wolf and Vancouver

Patricia Gray, Vicente Wolf and Albarosa Simonetti at Buildex, Vancouver Convention Center

I may be the last to talk about Vicente Wolf visit to Vancouver  since already Peter of The Cross blog and Maria of Colour Me Happy blog were faster than me in putting together beautiful posts so last but not least here I am with my version:
I joined Facebook about two months ago, still not sure why and what and how but I can tell you…it works! On Tuesday I saw a message from Vicente, scheduled to be in Vancouver the following day for a talk at Buildex, who was asking where to shop for Native art in Vancouver and several people responded to him, including me…so when he arrived I presented him with a list of places and after the talk I asked him if he would have liked to be accompanied around by Patricia Gray and myself  and we happily ended up going shopping  together. 

Vicente Wolf at Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

Patricia Gray and Vicente Wolf

Vicente Wolf

Of course we spent most of the time talking about design, you can imagine how I was mesmerized by being able to listen to this iconic designer at the Seminar and knowing him better during the excursion in different art stores.
To know more about him, read also Ivan Meade's great interview HERE.

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Interior design by Vicente Wolf
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Interior design by Vicente Wolf
At the end of the day he offered us drinks at the Fairmont Hotel, again an opportunity to exchange ideas, until his TV interview was approaching. The next day Patricia and I met him again by coincidence, while taking a break from the Trade Show having coffee at the Fairmont, just across the Convention centre.  At that time we thought he was already on the plane, flying back to New York but there I spotted him, walking into the Lobby with his hand luggage and we spent another enjoyable half an hour together. Since I greatly admire him also as an extremely talented photographer I had then another opportunity of asking him more about his passion.

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Interior design by Vicente Wolf
To end this post I just have to say that I was already very familiar with his work aesthetics, his superb books, his interesting blog…but in those two days I discovered that Vicente has also a great sense of humor, not just a great sense of style!

If you don't have them yet I encourage you to read his marvelous books
full of extraordinary ideas and images:
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Learning to See (Artisan, 2002)

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Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision of Design (Monacelli Press, 2006)

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Lifting the Curtain on Design (Monacelli Press, 2010)

I am sure you’ll enjoy them and learn something new from every single page.

Photography of VW in Vancouver by Albarosa Simonetti

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10 comments:

Dale at Hospitality Design Inspirations said...

I am SOOOOOO jealous!!! What an amazing opportunity that would have been for you.

I didn't even know he was in town until he was gone. :(

susan said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! Well done! I applaud your boldness. I am sure he was thrilled with what the two of you were able to share. What an endorsement of FB!

Maria Killam said...

Well we may have posted before you but you certainly got the inside scoop Albarosa!
x
Maria

peggy braswell said...

Well he had the best escort to see the town..what a grand post! love him and you! xx peggybraswelldesign.com

abby jenkins said...

Facebook is a great way to get things done! Bravo for you.
He is so talented, I love his aesthetic!

A CRITIC'S EYE said...

Fabulous.

MEADE DESIGN GROUP said...

You lucky girls!

Such a cool and memorable experience!

Patricia Gray said...

Hi Albarosa
It was a pleasure to spend time with you and Vicente and to get an education on Inuitartifacts!

Concrete Jungle said...

What a treat.... so green!

Claudia Juestel said...

What a wonderful experience! I have always admired Vicente, not only for his amazing talent, but also for his down-to-earth attitude and his sincerity.

Cheers,

Claudia

 
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