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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.

Vingnette 2_Fotor

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.

LAVERNE TABLE COLLAGE

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.

LAVERNE DESIGN INSPIRATION

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.

starburst mirror

 

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.

Pairs

 

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.

Black Oak Cabinet

 

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…

Heavy Metal

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

 

ANIMAL MAGNETISM

Francesca Vannucci

WE ARE INSPIRED BY THE LUSH INTERIOR OF PIERRE BERGE´ AND YVES SAINT LAURENT'S PARIS APARTMENT. PICTURED BELOW WITH MODEL SYBIL BUCK FROM HIS VANITY FAIR PROFILE IN 1995 AND ONE OF THE MOST EXQUISITE PIECES FROM HIS EXTENSIVE COLLECTION – LEGER’S ‘THE BLACK PROFILE’.  HIS REFINED, ECLECTIC STYLE BROKE ALL THE TRADITIONAL RULES OF DESIGN… Yves Saint Laurent and Sybil Buck Vainity Fair 1995

WE LOVE THE WILD BEAUTY OF BOLD PATTERNS FOUND IN NATURE, THE PAIRING OF  RARE, ANTIQUE ZEBRA WOOD WITH OUR ZEBRA RUG, AN EXHILARATING COMBINATION. OUR 19TH CENTURY ZEBRA WOOD CONSOLE IS FABULOUSLY SEXY WITH INCREDIBLE AND UNUSUAL DETAIL.

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STUNNING LEOPARD ART DECO BENCHES BY GUSTAVE MIKLOS IN YVES’ PARIS APARTMENT FROM ARTNET.

YSL APT - ART DECO BENCHES BY GUSTAVE MIKLOS

LIKE YVES, WE HAVE A DESIRE TO BREAK THE RULES OF TRADITION BY BRINGING TOGETHER A VARIETY OF STYLES. THE LUXURIOUS APPEAL OF AUTHENTIC LEOPARD AND ANTIQUE MUSKRAT FUR IN OUR ACCENT PILLOWS ARE A PERFECT MIX WITH THE EARTHY COLORED PATINA OF LACQUERED GOATSKIN FROM ALDO TURA’S ART DECO ERA ASHTRAY.

ALDO TURA AND FUR PILLOWS

A ZEBRA CHAIR IN MID-CENTURY STYLE, THE SIMPLICITY OF SILHOUETTE IS A HARMONIOUS BALANCE TO THE INTRICACY OF ITS PATTERN.

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DRAWN TO A WARM PALETTE OF EARTH TONES, WE FIND INSPIRATION IN PICASSO AND HIS LOVE FOR THE RAW SPIRIT OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM IN HIS PAINTING ‘GUERNICA’. A PASSIONATE EXPRESSION OF HIS ANTI-WAR BELIEFS, THIS MASTERPIECE DEPICTS THE TRAGEDY OF WAR AND THE INNOCENCE OF ITS VICTIMS.

Guernica - PicassoA CURIOSITY OF NATURE, OUR TIGER SKULL, MOUNTED ON A BLOCK LUCITE STAND, SIGNED BY THE HUNTER AND DATED – 1963 BOTSWANA, AFRICA.

TIGER SKULL

A STUDY FOR HIS MURAL SIZE MASTERPIECE ‘GUERNICA’ – PICASSO’S ‘HEAD OF A HORSE’ IS A MOVING DEPICTION OF EXPRESSIVE VULNERABILITY.

THE HEAD OF A HORSE - PICASSO

 

*REFERENCE IMAGES FOR PABLO PICASSO - FROM PABLOPICASSO.ORG AND THE GUGGENHEIM

 

 

Aldo Tura

Francesca Vannucci

ALDO TURA TABLE ARCH DIGEST
ALDO TURA TABLE ARCH DIGEST

ITALIAN DESIGNER ALDO TURA WAS AT THE FOREFRONT OF ONE OF THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS PERIODS OF DESIGN. ART, FUNCTION AND TECHNOLOGY CAME TOGETHER DURING THE MID-CENTURY AND THE RESULTS HAVE BECOME TIMELESS; ENDURINGLY MODERN, SLEEK AND FUNCTIONAL.

TURA'S WORK WAS EXPERIMENTAL IN NATURE. WITH A FREEDOM OF FORM, HIS DESIGNS WERE OFTEN WHIMSICAL AND IRONIC. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF HIS UNUSUAL EYE, THIS DECEIVING CONSOLE TABLE FROM DANIEL ROMUALDEZ'S CALIFORNIA HOME IN ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST.

GOATSKIN SCONCES
GOATSKIN SCONCES

A SIGNATURE OF ALDO'S WORK IS THE USAGE OF  MATERIALS THAT WERE EXTREMELY UNUSUAL FOR HIS TIME: LEATHERS, PARCHMENT, EGG SHELL AND WOOD VENEER. INSTRUMENTS OF TURA'S STYLE.

ABOVE ARE A PAIR OF STUNNINGLY SIMPLE, CHOCOLATE BROWN LACQUERED GOATSKIN WALL SCONCES BY ALDO TURA. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PRODUCT INFORMATION.

GOATSKIN ASHTRAY
GOATSKIN ASHTRAY

CREATED IN THE 1940’S… AN ELEGANT RECEPTICLE THAT RECALLS A TIME OF DAILY GLAMOUR.  ALDO TURA ASHTRAY IS NOW A COLLECTIBLE THAT SERVES AN ARTISTIC FUNCTION. IN LACQUERED GOATSKIN, IT HAS A RICH AND UNIQUE PATINA THAT ADDS TO THE VISUAL QUALITY OF THE PIECE. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US AT 1ST DIBS.

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