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THE ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSOR

Francesca Vannucci

CARLO SCARPA WAS ONE OF ITALY'S MOST BELOVED, AND UNCONVENTIONAL, ARCHITECTS. BELOW, ONE OF HIS MOST BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS, THE ENTRANCE TO THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, INSPIRED BY AN ANCIENT ISTRIAN STONE DOOR. SCARPA DESIGNED A REPETITIVE THEME OF STEPPED RELIEF THROUGHOUT THE COURTYARD, UTILIZING THE ORIGINAL DOOR AS A GROUNDING CENTER PIECE. 

MADE FOR THE ACT OF ‘ENTERING’, THE SHALLOW RELIEF OF THE WALL CREATES AN ILLUSION OF MOVEMENT FOR THE VIEWER. A DEEPLY SENSITIVE ARTIST, WHO UNDERSTOOD THE POWER OF HISTORY AND ITS PLACE IN A MODERN WORLD, SCARPA’S ABILITY TO INCORPORATE THE ANCIENT DESIGN IN A SURPRISINGLY MODERN WAY IS THE KEY TO HIS BRILLIANCE AND LEGACY. 

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architecture venice

A MODERN CUBE STRUCTURE, CLEAN LINES AND LUMINOUS PLASTER WALLS, SIMPLY FRAMED IN STEEL WINDOWS – CREATED BY CARLO SCARPA TO HOUSE ANTONIO CANOVA’S NEOCLASSICAL SCULPTURE. 

A PERFECT JUXTAPOSITION OF CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AND CLASSICAL ART…

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museum

HIS MOST ICONIC MASTERPIECE, THE BRION CEMETERY, WAS A COMMISSION FOR GIUSEPPE BRION AND HIS WIFE IN 1968. THE PROJECT IS SOME OF SCARPA’S MOST CAPTIVATING AND EXPRESSIVE WORK.

A CIRCULAR MOTIF, HARMONIOUS THEME THROUGHOUT BRION, IS VISUALLY ICONIC, RECALLING JAPANESE DESIGN, THE BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY OF WABI-SABI AND INCORPORATING THE POWERFUL USE OF SPACE. A PRESENCE OF WATER IS A NOD TO SCARPA’S VENETIAN ROOTS. 

Brion
Brion

CHARACTERISTICS OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY WABI-SABI: BEAUTY IN IMPERFECTIONS, ASYMMETRY, SIMPLICITY, ASPERITY, AUSTERITY AND INTIMACY. 

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wabi sabi

Slashing...

Francesca Vannucci

IN 1947, ARGENTINE PAINTER LUCIO FONTANA CREATED A MOVEMENT CALLED SPATIALISM. AHEAD OF HIS TIME, HE ENVISIONED COLOR, SOUND, SPACE AND MOVEMENT COMING TOGETHER IN ONE COHESIVE ARTISTIC EXPRESSION. USING THE MORE TRADITIONAL FORM OF PAINTING, FONTANA DEVELOPED AN UNUSUAL TECHNIQUE OF SLASHING HIS CANVASES. THE PIERCINGS ARE INTENDED TO BREAK THE TWO DIMENSIONAL NATURE OF A PIECE, AND DRAW ATTENTION TO THE SPACE BEHIND THE PAINTING. Fontana

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

 

 

La Spiral

Francesca Vannucci

LA SPIRAL BY LOUIS DUROT IS A STUDY IN MOVEMENT AND GRACEFUL SENSUALITY. RECALLING THE ICONIC WORK OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, AN ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE FAMOUS FOR ITS ABILITY TO CAPTURE BOTH THE ORGANIC QUALITY OF NATURE, REFLECTING A NAUTILUS IN ITS SPIRALING LAYERS, AND MODERNIST GEOMETRIC PRECISION. THE BEAUTY OF EACH STRUCTURE PERFECTLY SERVES ITS FUNCTION… THE SCULPTURAL FORM OF THE CHAIR IS SURPRISINGLY COMFORTABLE, WHILE THE CURVING ROTUND OF THE GUGGENHEIM CREATES CONTINUITY IN THE VIEWERS EXPERIENCE.

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The Science of Art

Francesca Vannucci

PRECISION AND OPTICAL ILLUSION IN VICTOR VASARELY’S GRAPHIC OP ART. A FEELING OF MOVEMENT AND SHIFTING PERSPECTIVE IN ITS ABSTRACT GEOMETRY. VV 3_Fotor

VASARELY BELIEVED THAT SCIENCE REACHES THE LIMITS OF WHAT CAN BE EXPLAINED, AND THROUGH ART HE COULD MAKE IT VISUALLY COMPREHENSIBLE.

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A GAME OF SHADOW AND LIGHT IN SOME OF THE EARLY WORKS OF VICTOR VASARELY… HE EXPLORED THE POPULAR STYLES OF SURREALISM AND CUBISM BEFORE DECLARING THEM A ‘FALSE ROUTE’.

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MATHEMATICS, ARCHITECTURE AND ART COLLIDE IN THE WORK OF AMERICAN ARTIST SOL LEWITT AND HUNGARIAN VICTOR VASARELY. THE SIMILARITIES ARE UNDENIABLE - MODULAR FORM, THE SIMPLE OPEN CUBE, AN ESSENTIAL ‘BUILDING BLOCK’ FOR SOME OF THEIR MOST ICONIC CREATIONS. THE STRUCTURES VARY IN SIZE, SHAPE AND MATERIALS, BUT BOTH ARTISTS WERE DEVELOPING THEIR TECHNIQUES DURING THE SAME PERIOD, AND BECAME PIONEERS OF A MODERN, DIGITAL AESTHETIC.

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“THE NARRATIVE OF SERIAL ART WORKS MORE LIKE MUSIC THAN LIKE LITERATURE.” ~ SOL LEWITT

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NINO CARUSO

Francesca Vannucci

BEAUTIFUL IN BLACK OR WHITE… AN ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST WHO EXPLORED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND CERAMICS, TWO ABSTRACT SCULPTURES BY SICILIAN CRAFTSMAN NINO CARUSO. A LIFELONG SCHOLAR OF HIS CRAFT, CARUSO HAS A DEEP UNDERSTANDING FOR THE RICH HISTORY OF CERAMICS. FROM STUDIES OF EASTERN PRACTICES TO MODERN AMERICAN TECHNIQUE, AND EVEN THE ANCIENT TRADITION OF MAJOLICA, CARUSO’S WORK IS A REFINED AND MODERN, TIMELESS AND ELEGANT. IN GLAZED BLACK GUNMETAL OR MATTE WHITE - AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARK MODERN.

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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.

 

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

 

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.

Alma Allen Pill

 

 

REFERENCES USED: WHITNEY MUSEUMALMA ALLEN WEBSITE