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Easy on the Eyes...

Francesca Vannucci

OUR RARE Arredoluce ‘EYEBALL’ DESIGNED BY THE FOUNDER OF THE FAMED ITALIAN LIGHTING COMPANY - ANGELO LELLI. THE ADJUSTABLE PIECE CAN BE USED AS A TABLE LAMP, BUT IS EQUALLY AS STUNNING AS A PIECE OF SCULPTURAL ART. A MID-CENTURY TREASURE, KNOWN FOR ITS INCREDIBLE DESIGN AND ORIGINAL STYLE. cobra

Heavy Metal

Francesca Vannucci

WE ARE HAVING A HEAVY METAL MOMENT. A COLLECTION OF BEAUTIFUL ABSTRACTION, GEOMETRIC DETAIL ON OUR BRUTALIST LAMP AND THE MINIATURE PERFECTION OF A GIACOMETTI STYLE SILVER SCULPTURE… C. JERE IS MOONLIGHTING AS A MIRRORED TRAY.

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STUNNING STAR BURST ACCESSORY BY CALIFORNIA DESIGN DUO CURTIS JERE - PRIMARILY KNOWN FOR MODERNIST WALL SCULPTURES, THERE HAS BEEN A RECENT RESURGENCE IN THEIR POPULARITY.

WE LOVE A MORE RARE C. JERE FIND, LIKE THIS PAIRING OF A MIRROR AND CONSOLE. BRUTALIST STYLE IN DARK METAL WITH JAGGED ‘RAYS’, THIS PAIR HAS SERIOUS SEX APPEAL.

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NEW YORK FATHER AND SON DESIGN TEAM PHILIP AND KELVIN LAVERNE CREATED MID-CENTURY METALWORK MASTERPIECES THAT HAVE A SIGNATURE LOOK AND UNEXPECTEDLY GLAMOROUS STYLE.

BEAUTIFULLY ETCHED WITH MODERNIZED VERSIONS OF A CLASSICAL MOTIFS – GREEK, EGYPTIAN AND ETRUSCAN INSPIRED FIGURES. FROM LAVERNE’S 'MICHELANGELO' SERIES.

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THE LOTUS FLOWER SYMBOLIZES PURITY AND GREAT BEAUTY. IT REPRESENTS LONG LIFE, HEALTH, HONOR AND GOOD LUCK. OUR SWEET BRUTALIST LAMP, IN THE SHAPE OF A LOTUS PLANT, PERFORATED BRASS AND DELICATE DETAIL. BRINGING LIGHT, BEAUTY AND MAYBE EVEN SOME LUCK…

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BELOW ARE A FEW MORE MOMENTS OF ‘HEAVY METAL’ DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM LAVERNE. THE PERFECT BALANCE OF ART AND DESIGN – WE LOVE THE INTRICATE DETAILS OF THEIR ETCHINGS AND THE DISTINCTIVE PATINA, DEVELOPED USING A ‘SECRET FORMULA’ FOR AGING METAL. WE WOULDN’T MIND HAVING ANY ONE OF THESE STUNNING PIECES.

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HEART OF DARKNESS

Francesca Vannucci

INDULGE IN THE MYSTERIOUS APPEAL OF THE DARK SIDE. REFINED AND POWERFUL, THE TIMELESS APPEAL OF BLACK ACCESSORIES IS ENDLESSY CHIC, THE PERFECT CANVAS FOR DELICATE FILLIGREE OR THE DETAILED WHIMSY OF ART DECO DESIGN. AN UNADORNED STATEMENT IN JEAN MARAIS POTTERY IS A SOPHISTICATED OFFERING FROM A PASSIONATE AND VERSATILE ARTIST. HOD Collage

 

THE DARK COOL SANCTUARY OF THE BATHROOM IN THE HISTORICAL VILLA NECCHI IS QUITE POSSIBLY OUR FAVORITE ROOM IN THE ANCIENT PALAZZO. WE CAN IMAGINE LOSING OURSELVES FOR HOURS IN THE ECHOING CHAMBER OF SLEEK DARK TILES AND LUMINOUS WHITE AND METAL DETAIL.

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GOTHIC BEAUTY AND FIERCE GLAMOUR OF FRENCH DESIGN MAKES A GRAPHIC STATEMENT. THE ‘STARBURST’ MIRROR IS A CLASSIC MOTIF BUT FRESH AND MODERN IN MATTE BLACK.

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OLD WORLD DECADENCE DONE TO UNDERSTATED PERFECTION BY MILANESE ARCHITECT PIERO PORTALUPPI IN HIS EPIC VILLA NECCHI. THE MIX OF METALS AND DARK WOOD HAS A MASCULINE SENSUALITY.

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AN UNUSUAL AND INTRIGUING MIX - ART DECO OPULENCE THAT HAS A SURPRISINGLY MODERNIST APPEAL…CLASSICAL GRANDEUR IN SIGNED JEAN MARAIS VESSELS, MADE OF CLAY AND GLAZED WITH A GUN METAL BLACK FINISH.  ORNATE GLAMOUR IN OUR JAMES MONT FOO DOG LAMPS AND THE DELICATE INTRICACY OF BRONZE FILIGREE IN A PAIR OF EARLY 20TH CENTURY LAMPS.

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A BELIEVER IN UNEXPECTED PAIRINGS, EXQUISITE ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND THE MARRIAGE OF ART AND FUNCTION, JEAN-MICHEL FRANK WAS A VISIONARY OF INTERIOR DÉCOR. THE MODERN DRAMA IN HIS BLACK OAK CABINET FEATURES THE LUXURIOUS DETAILS HE WAS FAMOUS FOR. LINED IN CEDAR WITH ADJUSTABLE SHELVING, THIS STUNNING PIECE IS EXCEPTIONAL BOTH FOR ITS UNUSUAL SIMPLICITY OF DESIGN AND FOR ITS IMPRESSIVE SCALE.

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MODERNIST SYTLE BLACK METAL IS IN GORGEOUS CONTRAST WITH THE MATTE WHITE STUCCO WALLS IN THE STAIRWELL OF VILLA NECCHI.

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HEAVY METAL. AGED TO PERFECTION, AN EMBOSSED TRIPOD TABLE FROM THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY IS BEAUTIFULLY WEATHERED. A PERFECT ACCENT PIECE FOR A DRINK, OR A LAMP, OR BOTH…

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ALL ITEMS PICTURED ABOVE ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE THROUGH ROARKmodern AND 1ST DIBS.

 

URBAN JUNGLE

Francesca Vannucci

A FEW OF OUR CURRENT OBSESSIONS... A STUNNING 18TH CENTURY SCREEN MADE WITH PANELS OF EMBOSSED LEATHER AND OUR ITALIAN FLOOR LAMP IN A REMARKABLY PRESERVED VINTAGE GOATSKIN. THE COCOON LAMP, DESIGNED IN MODERNIST STYLE, OFFERS A BEAUTIFULLY DIFFUSED LIGHT.

THE VERSATILE APPEAL OF LEATHER IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE ELEMENTS. WE FEATURE THE MATERIAL IN MANY OF OUR PIECES, FROM DECORATIVE CLASSICS TO CONTEMPORARY ITEMS.

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SUMPTUOUS LUXURY IN A PAIR OF RECTANGULAR OCELOT PILLOWS. THEIR LAVISH NATURE HAS GLAMOROUS AND TIMELESS APPEAL.

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A SCENE FROM OUR SHOWROOM - DUNBAR SOFA UPHOLSTERED IN RICH RUST COLORED VELVET HAS A MASCULINE SENSUALITY. RADIANT BACKDROP IN A BRIGHTLY HUED ROTHKO STYLE PAINTING AND ACCENTS OF CRÈME AND WHITE OFFER SUBTLE TEXTURE; A 19TH CENTURY MIRROR AND PAIR OF MODERNIST LAMPS ARE AN UNUSUAL BLEND THAT ADD INTEREST.

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WE FEATURE TRADEMARK ECLECTIC MIXING OF CONTEMPORARY PIECES AND TIMELESS DESIGN, LIKE THE STRIKING PAIRING OF CHEETAH PATTERN ON PATTERN…

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White Wash

Francesca Vannucci

WE ARE CURRENTLY COVETING THE LOOK OF WHITE PLASTER... THE CLEAN PALETTE IS A PERFECT BALANCE FOR EXPRESSIVE ORNAMENTATION AND STRIKING ARCHITECTURAL SILHOUETTES. WHITE PLASTER BLOG IMAGE ROARK

THIS VERSATILE MATERIAL IS INGRAINED IN OUR CONCIOUSNESS FOR IT’S ALMOST OTHERWORDLY PRESENCE. WE ASSOCIATE IT WITH THE ANTIQUITIES OF ROMAN AND GREEK ARCHITECTURE, BUT WHITE PLASTER TOOK ON A WHOLE NEW LIFE IN 20TH CENTURY INTERIOR DESIGN.

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THE SMOOTH, MATTE LOOK HAS A SURREALIST APPEAL; IT’S NO WONDER IT BECAME THE PREFFERED MEDIUM FOR ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS LIKE SALVADOR DALI, JOHN DICKINSON AND THE GIACOMETTI BROTHERS. THE MATERIAL ALLOWED THEIR CREATIONS TO TAKE ON FORM THAT GIVES THE ILLUSION OF MOVEMENT.

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REFERENCES USED: WHAT JAMES IS WEARING, FOUNDATION GIACOMETTI , THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

MACHINE AGE LAMP

Francesca Vannucci

MACHINE AGE LAMP 'NDS' ROARK OUR MACHINE AGE LAMP IS AN EXPRESSIVE EXAMPLE OF 20TH CENTURY DESIGN, WITH BOLDLY DECONSTRUCTED GEOMETRIC FORMS. A BEAUTIFUL NOD TO CUBISM WITH ITS EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION  AND A LOVELY PAIRING WITH MARCEL DUCHAMP'S 'NUDE DESCENDING STAIRCASE.' AVAILABLE ON 1STDIBS IN A GILT LEAF OVER PLASTER.

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ILLUSTRATING A SEARCH TO FIND AND INTERPRET HIS OWN PERCEIVED ‘REALITY’, ALBERTO GIACOMETTI IS ONE OF THE MORE HIGHLY REVERED AND EXPERIMENTAL ARTISTS OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY. THE ABOVE SCULPTURE, CREATED IN 1926, FROM A BRIEF PERIOD WHEN GIACOMETTI ABANDONED FIXED SUBJECTS AND DELVED INTO THE ABSTRACT, RELATING TO OUR MACHINE AGE LAMP AS IT RECALLS THE PERFECTLY HIGHLIGHTED, BOLD SHAPES OF HIS ‘CUBIST COMPOSITION’.

*References: Architectural Digest, Encyclopedia Britannica, Foundation Giacometti

 

 

SALVADOR DALI

Francesca Vannucci

EARLY IN HIS CAREER SALVADOR DALI WAS A PRIMARY FIGURE OF THE SURREALIST MOVEMENT, HIS EARLY WORK HELPED DEFINE THE PERIOD. WHEN SURREALISM BECAME CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH STRONG LEFT WING POLITICS, DALI WAS CONSEQUENTLY THROWN OUT OF THE MOVEMENT FOR HIS AMBIGUOUS POLITICAL STANCE. UPON HIS EXPULSION FROM THE GROUP HE FAMOUSLY STATED, “I MYSELF AM SURREALISM” - FROM THEN ON HE CONSIDERED HIMSELF A LIVING EXAMPLE OF HIS PARTICULAR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION, 'INHABITING' HIS ART. DALI 1

DALI DEVELOPED HIS TALENTS IN MANY FORMS OF ART AND DESIGN INCLUDING FILM, ARCHITECTURE, WRITING, SCULPTURE AND HOME DESIGN. IN THE 1930’S DALI BEGAN TO DESIGN ITEMS FOR THE HOME, COLLABORATING WITH FURNITURE DESIGNERS LIKE JEAN-MICHEL FRANK. BELOW IS A ONE OF HIS MOST ICONIC CREATIONS THE ‘MAE WEST LIPS SOFA’, A RESULT OF HIS OBSESSION WITH THE ACTRESS.

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THIS PAIR OF WHITE, WAXED PLASTER LAMPS ARE ATTRIBUTED TO SALVADOR DALI AND DATED IN THE 1970’S. THESE MID-CENTURY FLOOR LAMPS ARE TALL AND MAKE AN AMAZING STATEMENT TOGETHER.

SALVADOR DALI LAMPS ROARK

AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARK IN OUR STORE ON 1ST DIBS.

*IMAGE CREDIT - THE GUARDIANUK AND PINTEREST

MAISON CHARLES

Francesca Vannucci

FOUNDED IN 1908 THE MAISON CHARLES EXPERIENCE IS A FAMILY TRADITION WITH A RICH HISTORY THAT SPANS THE LAST CENTURY OF DESIGN. AT ITS INCEPTION THE DESIGN HOUSE WAS KNOWN FOR CREATING BEAUTIFUL BRONZE VINTAGE REPRODUCTIONS. DURING THE MID-CENTURY PERIOD THAT COINCIDED WITH THE SECOND GENERATION OF MAISON FAMILY DESIGNERS, THEY DEVELOPED A WHIMSICAL AESTHETIC THAT BECAME HIGHLY RECOGNIZABLE. MAISON CHARLES ORGAN LAMP

THE INOX COLLECTION ‘ORGAN’ LAMP WAS DEVELOPED IN THE LATE 1960’S AND BECAME THE VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THE BRAND. A GLAMOROUS PIECE FROM THE HOUSE OF MAISON CHARLES, IN BRUSHED STAINLESS STEEL, MADE IN FRANCE BY REWIRED FOR THE US. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US AT OUR STORE ON 1ST DIBS