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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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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. 

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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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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.

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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.

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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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GAETANO PESCE

Francesca Vannucci

IN AN EXCERPT FROM HIS BEAUTIFULLY CURATED WEBSITE, GAETANO PESCE EXPLAINS “HIS GUIDING PRINCIPLE: THAT MODERNISM IS LESS A STYLE THAN A METHOD FOR INTERPRETING THE PRESENT AND HINTING AT THE FUTURE IN WHICH INDIVIDUALITY IS PRESERVED AND CELEBRATED.” GAETANO PESCE VASE ROARK MODERN

A LIVING LEGEND OF OUR TIME, THE FAMED ITALIAN DESIGNER CONTINUES THE TRADITIONS OF 20TH CENTURY MODERNISM FOR A NEW GENERATION. WITH WORKS FEATURED IN MUSEUMS AROUND THE WORLD HIS PIECES ARE ALREADY HIGHLY COVETED COLLECTIBLES.

CRAFTING HIS WORKS FROM AN IMAGINATIVE AND SPECIFICALLY PERSONAL POINT OF VIEW, THIS PARTICULAR ITEM, ENTITLED ‘ROCK’ BY GAETANO PESCE, IS UNUSUAL AND HIGHLY DECORATIVE. CAST IN POLYURETHANE, THE VASE IS EMBLAZONED WITH GOLD COLORED TILES. A BEAUTIFUL PIECE AVAILABLE THROUGH 1ST DIBS

*WEBSITE USED AS REFERENCE- http://www.gaetanopesce.com/

SALVADOR DALI

Francesca Vannucci

EARLY IN HIS CAREER SALVADOR DALI WAS A PRIMARY FIGURE OF THE SURREALIST MOVEMENT, HIS EARLY WORK HELPED DEFINE THE PERIOD. WHEN SURREALISM BECAME CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH STRONG LEFT WING POLITICS, DALI WAS CONSEQUENTLY THROWN OUT OF THE MOVEMENT FOR HIS AMBIGUOUS POLITICAL STANCE. UPON HIS EXPULSION FROM THE GROUP HE FAMOUSLY STATED, “I MYSELF AM SURREALISM” - FROM THEN ON HE CONSIDERED HIMSELF A LIVING EXAMPLE OF HIS PARTICULAR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION, 'INHABITING' HIS ART. DALI 1

DALI DEVELOPED HIS TALENTS IN MANY FORMS OF ART AND DESIGN INCLUDING FILM, ARCHITECTURE, WRITING, SCULPTURE AND HOME DESIGN. IN THE 1930’S DALI BEGAN TO DESIGN ITEMS FOR THE HOME, COLLABORATING WITH FURNITURE DESIGNERS LIKE JEAN-MICHEL FRANK. BELOW IS A ONE OF HIS MOST ICONIC CREATIONS THE ‘MAE WEST LIPS SOFA’, A RESULT OF HIS OBSESSION WITH THE ACTRESS.

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THIS PAIR OF WHITE, WAXED PLASTER LAMPS ARE ATTRIBUTED TO SALVADOR DALI AND DATED IN THE 1970’S. THESE MID-CENTURY FLOOR LAMPS ARE TALL AND MAKE AN AMAZING STATEMENT TOGETHER.

SALVADOR DALI LAMPS ROARK

AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARK IN OUR STORE ON 1ST DIBS.

*IMAGE CREDIT - THE GUARDIANUK AND PINTEREST

MAISON CHARLES

Francesca Vannucci

FOUNDED IN 1908 THE MAISON CHARLES EXPERIENCE IS A FAMILY TRADITION WITH A RICH HISTORY THAT SPANS THE LAST CENTURY OF DESIGN. AT ITS INCEPTION THE DESIGN HOUSE WAS KNOWN FOR CREATING BEAUTIFUL BRONZE VINTAGE REPRODUCTIONS. DURING THE MID-CENTURY PERIOD THAT COINCIDED WITH THE SECOND GENERATION OF MAISON FAMILY DESIGNERS, THEY DEVELOPED A WHIMSICAL AESTHETIC THAT BECAME HIGHLY RECOGNIZABLE. MAISON CHARLES ORGAN LAMP

THE INOX COLLECTION ‘ORGAN’ LAMP WAS DEVELOPED IN THE LATE 1960’S AND BECAME THE VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THE BRAND. A GLAMOROUS PIECE FROM THE HOUSE OF MAISON CHARLES, IN BRUSHED STAINLESS STEEL, MADE IN FRANCE BY REWIRED FOR THE US. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US AT OUR STORE ON 1ST DIBS