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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

Willy Guhl

Francesca Vannucci

TIME TO PLANT OUR GARDEN… AND WE PREFER TO DO IT IN WILLY GUHL’S CLASSIC SPINDEL PLANTER. THESE MID-CENTURY MODERN ICONS ADD ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST WITH THEIR PERFECT SYMMETRY AND DIABOLO SHAPE. AN INCREDIBLE PAIRNG FOR OUTDOORS OR IN.

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“WE CAN MAKE ANYTHING WE WANT, WE JUST HAVE TO HAVE IDEAS.” ~ WILLY GUHL

WE LOVE THE INDUSTRIAL CHIC OF GUHL’S BALANCED SHAPES AND BEAUTIFULLY PATINATED CEMENT. BELOW A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE WILLY GUHL PIECES, LIKE HIS INFAMOUS ‘LOOP’ CHAIR.

WILLY GUHL COLLAGE

SUGAR BABY

Francesca Vannucci

“A Subtlety - The Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World." Domino 5_Fotor

ARTIST KARA WALKER HAS BEEN A FAVORITE FOR YEARS, BUT HER LATEST SHOW ‘A SUBTLETY’ AT THE DOMINO SUGAR FACTORY IN BROOKLYN, BLEW US AWAY WITH ITS IMMENSE SCALE, POWER, INTELLECT, AND THE COMPLEX LAYERS OF SYMBOLISM AND MEANING.

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THE MAGNITUDE AND PRISTINE BEAUTY OF WALKER’S SPHINX IS INSANE. A SUGAR COATED GIANTESS THAT IS A POWERFUL REMINDER OF OUR HISTORY.

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THE DOMINO SUGAR FACTORY, BUILT IN 1882, WAS, AT THE TIME, THE LARGEST SUGAR REFINERY IN THE WORLD. THE GIGANTIC STRUCTURE THAT STRETCHES 10 STORIES HIGH IS A MONOLITH RELIC OF AMERICANA, AN AMAZING CONSTRUCTION IN BRICK AND STEEL. THE RUSTED METAL WALLS STILL DRIP WITH MOLASSES…

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DOMINO DONATED 160,000 LBS. OF SUGAR TO THE MAKING OF THE SPHINX. KARA WALKER’S ‘SUGAR BABY’ IS ONLY ON DISPLAY UNTIL JULY 6TH, THE NEW YORK TIMES HAS MORE INFORMATION ON THE EXPERIENCE, NOT TO BE MISSED.

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.

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

LA Modernism Show

Francesca Vannucci

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEKEND AT THE LA MODERNISM SHOW, SPONSORED BY PS ARTS. A GLIMPSE AT THE ROARK modern BOOTH FEATURING SOME OF OUR FAVORITE MODERNIST PIECES - DON HARVEY SCREEN, JEAN-MICHEL FLOOR LAMP AND A STUNNING ITALIAN ROSEWOOD CONSOLE.

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BRINGING ITALIAN GLAMOUR TO THE WEST COAST WITH OUR WILLY RIZZO SOFA. A WHITE LAQUER SQUARE FRAME WITH A CIRCULAR INTERIOR, NEWLY UPHOLSTERED IN LINEN AND FOX FAUX FUR. THE ROUND OTTOMON IS A PART OF THE SET. FRAMED BY JEAN-MICHEL FRANK LAMPS AND GIACOMETTI STYLE SCULPTURE.

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THE ITALIAN DESIGNER BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER. WILLY RIZZO’S EXCLUSIVE CLIENTELE MADE HIM AN INSTANT DESIGN STAR WHEN THEY DISCOVERED (AND QUICKLY FELL IN LOVE) WITH HIS ULTRA-MODERN CREATIONS. HIS DESIGNS ARE PERFECT EXAMPLES OF THE GLAMOROUS SENSIBILITY BEHIND ‘LA DOLCE VITA’. BELOW, OUR WILLY RIZZO LAMP, SLEEK LINES AND AMBER PLEXIGLASS CREATE A SEXY, DIFFUSED LIGHT.

WILLY RIZZO LAMP

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE PIECES FROM THE SHOW…  A SET OF STUNNING ARCHITECTURAL POTTERY VESSELS FROM ELLEN DEGENERES’ HOME, WITH OUR GOOD FRIEND DIANA NATHANSON PERFECTLY FRAMED IN THE BACKGROUND.

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TINY NUMBER DETAIL ON A DELICATE PAINTING AND MODERNIST CHAISE LOUNGES MADE WITH TUBULAR STEEL AND COTTON ROPE, FROM KATZ MODERN.

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THESE ALMOST CAME HOME WITH US.

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ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PIECES FROM REFORM GALLERY – A PRISTINE WHITE LEATHER ‘PALO ALTO’ CHAIR BY BYRON BOTKER THAT WAS QUICKLY SNATCHED UP BY TRINA TURK.

REFORM GALLERY - BYRON BOTKER CHAIR

PRIME GALLERY IS LEADING THE PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM MOMENT. SPECIALIZING IN CALIFORNIA DESIGN, HIS INVENTORY IS CURATED FROM PRIVATE LOCAL ESTATES. A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES - A TONY DUQUETTE ABALONE TABLE MAKES A GLAMOROUS BACKDROP FOR THE DETAILED PAIR OF FIGHTING COCKS. TRIO OF STOOLS UPHOLSTERED IN SOFT METALLIC FABRIC WITH A SUBTLE STRIPE. CHANNELING THE MID-CENTURY GLAMOUR OF OUR FAVORITE DESERT OASIS!

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CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Francesca Vannucci

WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO BE INVOLVED IN THE UPCOMING 2014 LOS ANGELES MODERNISM SHOW AS HONORARY CO-CHAIR WITH INTERIOR DESIGNER JEFFREY ALAN MARKS.  ON DISPLAY WILL BE INNOVATIVE 20TH CENTURY MASTERPIECES, DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS THAT ARE SURE TO INSPIRE US! BELOW IS A LITTLE TASTE OF WHAT WE WILL BE BRINGING WITH US... Nathan Horwitt

 

EVERY SHOWROOM NEEDS ITS ‘FOLLY’ AND WE HAVE FOUND OURS! FROM LOS ANGELES NATIVE AND LEGENDARY ARTIST/DESIGNER TONY DUQUETTE, AMETHYST SCULPTURE WITH THEATRICAL DETAIL.

A WHIMSICAL SENSIBILITY IN OUR MID-CENTURY ARMCHAIRS, UPHOLSTERED IN SOFTLY TEXTURED COLOR – WE LOVE THE MORE UNUSUAL FINDS, LIKE THIS PURPLE PAIR.

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A MARRIAGE OF ART AND NATURE - GRACEFUL GEOMETRY IN A TRIO OF ARCHITECTURAL POTTERY HAS CLASSIC CALIFORNIA COOL...

AMERICAN MADE LUXURY WITH ENDLESS VERSATILITY, OUR HANDCRAFTED PLANTERS ARE ELEGANTLY CONSTRUCTED VESSELS. THE ICONIC SILHOUETTE OF THEIR DESIGN, GIVE THEM AN ENDURINGLY CONTEMPORARY EDGE, HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE PIECES, FROM LOS ANGELES IN THE 1950’S.

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POWER AND DRAMA IN THE WHITE ‘BONES’ OF DON HARVEY’S RARE SCREENS, THESE LARGE SCALE BEAUTIES HAVE A GLAMOROUS IMPACT AND EDGY SEX APPEAL.

A FUTURISTIC AESTHETIC AND ARCHITECTURAL PRESENCE, SET OF FOUR FULLY RESTORED SCREENS ARE LUXURIOUS STATEMENT TO USE AS ROOM DIVIDERS OR TEXTURED BACKDROPS.

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BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH PAOLO PIVA’S STRIKING COFFEE TABLE. MINIMALIST GEOMETRY AND MODERN ELEGANCE, AVAILABLE IN TWO SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT STYLES.

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A MASTERPIECE OF INTRICACY AND DELICATE METALWORK FROM THEIR FAMOUS ‘RAINDROP’ SERIES; BEAUTIFULLY ABSTRACT MIRROR FROM C. JERE.

THE COLLABORATION OF ARTIST/DESIGNERS CURTIS FREILER AND JERRY FELS, C. JERE ORIGINATED IN CALIFORNIA DURING THE EARLY 1960’S - THEIR HISTORY IN JEWELRY DESIGN IS CLEARLY PRESENT IN THE HIGHLY DECORATIVE IMPACT OF THE PIECE. A COLLAGE OF ENAMELED BRASS SURROUNDING TWO MIRRORED PYRAMIDS.

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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.

 

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.

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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

 

 

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.

OCELOT PILLOWS

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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A MODERN MIX

Francesca Vannucci

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ART DECO ACCENTS ARE PAIRED WITH THE SLEEK PLANES OF A MODERNIST CHAISE LOUNGE, ANCHORED BY OUR 19TH CENTURY FRENCH MIRROR. THE PRISMATIC SHAPE OF A BRUTALIST PARVINE CURIE SCULPTURE IN THE FOREGROUND IS A DRAMATIC PRESENCE.

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WITH AUSTERE PURITY IN THE FRAGMENTED FORMS AND GEOMETRIC SHAPES, PARVINE CURIE’S CREATIONS HAVE FEMININE WARMTH. PLASTER COVERED IN AN ENCAUSTIC BLACK FINISH - OUR SCULPTURE, IN THE STYLE OF CURIE, IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN A STUDY FOR A MUCH LARGER BRONZE. CURIE’S WORK IS AN ECSTATIC EXPRESSION OF HER LIFE EXPERIENCES.

 

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AN ELEGANT BALANCE OF NEUTRAL COLOR AND LEVEL PLANES, OUR PAIR OF MODERN CHAISE LOUNGES ARE VERSATILE PIECES, EASY AND LADYLIKE. UPHOLSTERED IN A CRÈME LINEN WITH MATCHING BOLSTER PILLOWS.

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WITH VINTAGE MODERN FURNITURE QUICKLY BECOMING THE NEWEST FORM OF COLLECTIBLE ART, THIS PAIRING OFFERS A MUTED STATEMENT, VERSATILE IN THEIR TIMELESS APPEAL.

 

ART DECO AND 19TH CENTURY

 

THE ABOVE TRIO DISPLAYS A HARMONIOUS MIX OF ORNAMENTED ART DECO AND CLASSIC 19TH CENTURY STYLES… THE RICH HUE OF ROSEWOOD MAKES OUR SIMPLE SIDE TABLE A GRACEFUL ACCENT PIECE WHILE THE MINIMALIST NATURE OF OUR 19TH CENTURY FRENCH DIRECTOIRE MIRROR FEATURES THE ORIGINAL PATINATED GLASS.

 

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OUR SUNBURST MIRROR IS AN ICON OF THE DECO ERA, WITH GLAMOROUS EMBELLISHMENTS AND BLACK GLAZED CERAMIC. ALL ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARKmodern AND 1st DIBS.

 

REFERENCES: PARVINE CURIE'S WEBSITE

 

ALMA ALLEN

Francesca Vannucci

A NATIVE OF CALIFORNIA, ALMA ALLEN WORKS FROM HIS HOME NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK.  HIS CREATIONS REFLECT THE RUSTIC CANYONS AND EXPANSIVE NATURE OF THE DESERT. USING MATERIAL THAT HE SOURCES LOCALLY, THE BROAD SPECTRUM OF SHAPES AND FORMS FOUND IN HIS WORK DIRECTLY RESPONDS TO THE FOUND OBJECTS. OUR NEWEST SCULPTURES BY ALLEN HAVE A MODERNIST APPEAL… THE GENTLY ROUNDED EDGES ARE CHARACTERISTIC OF HIS SENSUAL STYLE.

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WHEN WE FIRST DISCOVERED ALMA ALLEN, WE WERE SO INTRIGUED THAT WE MADE A PILGRIMAGE TO HIS STUDIO. THE INFLUENCE OF NATURE IN ALLEN’S WORK IS UNDENIABLE.

CARVED FROM FOUND WOOD AND SIMPLY ADORNED WITH A PAIR OF ROUNDED FORMS IN RELIEF, ALMA ALLEN’S SCULPTURE INCORPORATES THE ORGANIC PATTERNS OF HIS MATERIAL, SUMMONING THE RUGGED BEAUTY OF THE MOJAVE DESSERT.

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HIS STYLE HONORS BOTH FORM AND FUNCTION. THIS YEAR ALLEN WILL BE ONE OF THE WHITNEY MUSEUM A 2014 BIENNIAL ARTISTS. THEY DESCRIBE HIS SCULPTURES AS “REMARKABLY COMPLEX AND BEGUILING”. 

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ALLEN’S LARGER SCALE ‘WALNUT’ IS A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ARTIST AND HIS MATERIAL. BELOW HIS ‘PILL’ IN CALIFORNIA CARRARA MARBLE AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARK MODERN AND 1ST DIBS.

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REFERENCES USED: WHITNEY MUSEUMALMA ALLEN WEBSITE

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.

A.Giacometti Cubist sculpture 1926

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

 

 

MODERNIST STEEL TABLE

Francesca Vannucci

“MODERNISM RELEASED US FROM THE CONSTRAINTS OF EVERYTHING THAT HAD GONE BEFORE WITH A EUPHORIC SENSE OF FREEDOM.” ~ARTHUR ERICKSON OUR STEEL COFFEE TABLE WAS DERIVED FROM THE MODERNIST SCHOOL OF THOUGHT, AND OUR PERSONAL BELIEF, THAT ART SHOULD BE SEAMLESSLY PRESENT IN OUR DAILY LIVES. THE EXPRESSIVE DYNAMICS AND FREE FORM OF THE ABSTRACT DESIGN GIVES DEPTH TO THE CLASSIC CENTERPIECE. FUNCTION AND FANTASY COME TOGETHER WITH THE COOL, TACTILE NATURE OF STEEL GIVING OUR TABLE A BIT OF AN EDGE…

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A CUSTOM CREATION INSPIRED BY A VINTAGE ORIGINAL, HANDMADE, ETHCED WITH ACID AND LOCKED INTO A SIMPLE BLACK WOOD BASE. IT IS AN ANCHORING PRESENCE WITH DELICATELY SUGGESTIVE GEOMETRIC DESIGNS.

 

BLUE NUDE MATISSE

 

THE BEAUTIFLLY ROUNDED EDGES AND ELONGATED FORM OF THE ETCHINGS REMINDS US OF THE SENSUOUS FORMS AND LYRICAL ABSTRACTION OF MATISSE’S ‘BLUE NUDES’. CREATED AT THE END OF HIS ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER, THE GOUACHES DECOUPEES DEPICT THE ROMANCE AND BEAUTY OF THE FEMALE FORM. FOR PRODUCT INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT US ON 1ST DIBS.

 

PAOLO PIVA

Francesca Vannucci

LACQUERED METALLIC PYRAMIDS INTERSECT AND THE PARTIAL TRANSPARENCY OF THE PIECE LENDS ITSELF TO A SUGGESTIVELY GEOMETRIC AND MINIMALIST PRESENCE. PAOLO PIVA 2

THIS PAOLO PIVA TABLE IS AN ICONIC DESIGN MOST CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE ARTIST, IT IS A SLEEK AND GLAMOROUS NOD TO THE FUTURE WHILE STILL RECALLING THE ARCHITECTURAL AESTHETIC OF MODERNISM.

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WE LOVE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CLASSICAL AND CUBIST ARCHITECTURE - THE TRADITIONS OF DESIGN DISASSEMBLED IN THE ABSTRACT, CREATING AN ASYMMETRICALLY BEAUTIFUL JUXTAPOSITION.

THE PIVA TABLE STRONGLY RESEMBLES THE INNOVATIVE WORK OF THIS PERIOD. AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARK MODERN AND 1ST DIBS

 

IMAGE CREDIT- CZECH CUBIST ARCHITECTURE IN PRAGUE FROM THE FOX IS BLACK

Oscar Niemeyer

Francesca Vannucci

FROM AUSPICIOUS BEGINNINGS AS A DRAFTSMAN FOR LE CORBUSIER’S MINISTRY BUILDING IN RIO, OSCAR NIEMEYER WOVE A TALE OF MID-CENTURY IDEOLOGY THROUGH HIS WORK, HIS LIFE AND HIS LEGACY. WE FIND NIEMEYER'S OTHER WORDLY EYE TO BE TIMELESS AND AN ENDLESS SOURCE OF DESIGN INSPIRATION… Oscar Niemeyer- Alvorada Brasilian Presidential Palace

WITH A SEXY AND UNEXPECTEDLY FEMININE POINT OF VIEW, NIEMEYER REBELS AGAINST THE TYPICAL MODERNIST TRADITIONS OF FORM FOLLOWING FUNCTION, INSISTING INSTEAD THAT FOR HIM, “FORM FOLLOWS BEAUTY.”

O. Neimeyer Staircase

HIS WORK IS A STUDY IN GRACEFULLY CURVED LINES THAT SEEM TO DEFY GRAVITY. THE FUTURISTIC AND SPARSE PANORAMA OF HIS MOST FAMOUS CREATION, THE CAPITOL CITY OF BRASILIA, HAS BECOME THE VISUAL DEFINITION FOR UTOPIA.

Brasilia Oscar Neimeyer

BUILT IN 41 MONTHS, FROM 1956 TO 1960, THE CITY IS STILL LOOKED UPON AS AN ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE AND A SYMBOL FROM THE HEIGHT OF THE MODERNIST MOVEMENT.

*Image Credits: Pinterest, Modern Design.Org