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Catching Dreams...

Francesca Vannucci

A NATIVE AMERICAN LEGEND, THE DREAM CATCHER WILL FILTER OUT BAD DREAMS AND ONLY ALLOW GOOD THOUGHTS TO ENTER YOUR MIND. CALIFORNIA JEWELRY DESIGNERS JERRY FELS AND CURTIS FREILER APPLIED THEIR TECHNIQUE FOR DELICATE METAL WORK TO HOME DESIGN UNDER THE MONIKER C. JERE. THEIR WORK IS HAVING A RESURGENCE IN POPULARITY, AND THE INTRICATE DESIGNS HAVE BECOME COVETED COLLECTIBLES.

Curtis Jere - Dream Catcher

 

 

Details

Francesca Vannucci

INTRICATE CARVINGS OF CREATURES IN RELIEF, GILDED AND GLAMOROUS – A PAIR OF DOVES CARRYING LAURELS OF PEACE, SPHINXES IN REPOSE UNDER A DATE PALM AND GRIFFONS PRESENTING A PINEAPPLE, THE UNIVERSAL SYMBOL OF HOSPITALITY. THE FULL IMPACT AND SCALE OF THIS 19TH CENTURY MIRROR NEEDS TO BE EXPERIENCED IN PERSON… BUT THE DETAILS ARE LUSCIOUS, EVEN IN PICTURES. 

Mirror Detail Collage

Sea Things

Francesca Vannucci

CHARLES AND RAY EAMES BELIEVED THAT SMALL OBJECTS WERE IMPORTANT TO A SENSE OF WELL-BEING AT HOME, AND THAT QUALITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP OF EVEN THE MOST COMMON HOME ACCESSORIES IS ESSENTIAL. THE SEA MOTIF OF GOLD CREATURES FLOATING ON A BACKGROUND OF BLUE, WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED BY RAY EAMES FOR A TEXTILE CONTEST, AND WAS THEN USED IN 1944 FOR A SERIES OF TRAYS CREATED BY EAMES AND FELLOW DESIGNERS ALEXANDER GIRARD AND GEORGE NELSON.

INFLUENTIAL FIGURES OF 20TH CENTURY DESIGN, WITH A LEGACY THAT INCLUDES ICONIC FURNISHINGS AND ARCHITECTURE – IT’S THE ‘LITTLE THINGS’ THAT CAPTURE THE IMAGINATION, LIKE AN ORIGINAL ‘SEA THINGS’ TRAY, SO PERFECTLY SUMMER. 

EAMES -SEA THINGS

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!

PRIME GALLERY CROPPED

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

 

 

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.

Parvine Curie Sculpture

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.

 

Exposition Centre d'Art de Meudon - Curie

 

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.

Pair of Modern Chaises

 

 

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.

 

Sunburst Ceramic Mirror

 

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