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Sensual Form

Francesca Vannucci

THIS IS HOW WE WANT TO LIVE… SURROUNDED BY CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI’S OBJET D’ART, MOVEMENT AND EMOTION IN BEAUTIFULLY SCULPTED FIGURES.  A GLIMPSE INTO HIS STUDIO IN THE 15TH ARRONDISSEMENT, PARIS, HOME TO THE ICONIC ABSTRACT SCULPTURES, AND TO THE RIGHT, ONE OF HIS MORE CONTROVERSIAL PIECES - A PORTRAIT OF PRINCESS X.

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Brancusi 1

THE SENSUAL FORMS AND EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION OF BRANCUSI. ART THAT CHANNELED “THE ESSENCE OF THINGS.” 

Brancusi 2

Brancusi 2

A LANDSCAPE VIEW OF BRANCUSI’S STUDIO…

Brancusi Landscape

Brancusi Landscape

Tadao Ando

Francesca Vannucci

A CRUCIFORM IS CUT THROUGH 15 INCHES OF CONCRETE, EASTERN LIGHT ILLUMINATES THE MINIMALIST SPACE. SELF TAUGH JAPANESE ARCHITECT TADAO ANDO IS KNOWN FOR CREATING STRUCTURES THAT WORK IN HARMONY WITH THE LANDSCAPE, INCORPORATING ELEMENTS OF NATURE, LIKE LIGHT, CREATING SPIRITUAL HOMES FOR WORSHIP AND TRANQUILITY.A MASTER OF SPACE AND LIGHT, HIS CREATIONS ARE BUILT ON THE CONCEPT OF ZEN AND SIMPLICITY – ONE OF HIS GREATEST WORKS IS THE CHRISTIAN 'CHURCH OF LIGHT' IN IBARAKI, JAPAN.

Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando

Henry Moore

Francesca Vannucci

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS BRITISH ARTISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, MODERNIST SCULPTOR HENRY MOORE IS KNOWN FOR MASSIVE SEMI-ABSTRACT CREATIONS. SENSUAL STUDIES OF THE HUMAN FORM, RECLINING FIGURES AND BEAUTIFULLY BARE FACES ARE SIGNATURES OF THE ARTIST. Henry Moore 1_Fotor_Collage_Fotor 2

HIS PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING THE LARGE SCALE WORKS INVOLVED CREATING MINIATURE MAQUETTES, SOME SMALL ENOUGH TO FIT IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND, LIKE OUR STUNNING SET OF HENRY MOORE FACES. MOUNTED ON A LUCITE STAND, SERENE BEAUTIES THAT ARE TINY, TREASURED COLLECTIBLES.

ANOTHER OF MOORE'S TINY MASTERPIECES. AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARKmodern.

Henry Moore

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.

Architectural Pottery

 

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.

Don Harvey Screens_Fotor

 

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

PIVA TABLES

 

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.

Curtis Jere - Raindrop Mirror

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.

Giacometti Style Sculpture

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.

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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