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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.

Villa Necchi

 

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.

Villa Necchi 3

 

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.

Villa Necchi 5

 

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.

Showroom 3

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.

SONY DSC

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

 

 

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