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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

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. 

architecture venice
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…

museum
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. 

wabi sabi
wabi sabi

Le Corbusier

Francesca Vannucci

A CONTROVERSIAL ARTIST AND ARCHITECT WHO PUSHED BOUNDARIES WITH REVOLUTIONARY THEORIES ON HOW MODERN LIFE SHOULD LOOK. INFLUENCED BY THE TIMELESS BEAUTY OF ANCIENT GREEK ARCHITECTURE AND THE PRACTICALITY OF THE MODERN MACHINE, LE CORBUSIER ENVISIONED A FUTURE WORLD WHERE NEED INFORMED STRUCTURE, AND SIMPLICITY, PURITY AND FUNCTION REIGNED.

Le Corbu Collage_Fotor

A BUILDING AS UNPREDICTABLE AND CHARISMATIC AS ITS CREATOr, NOTRE DAME DU RONCHAMP. A SPIRITUAL DWELLING FOR THE MODERN AGE, BEAUTIFULLY SCULPTURAL AND VERY UNUSUAL FOR THE FAMOUS ARCHITECT.

OUR ABSTRACT SCULPTURES, A PAIRING IN FRENCH PLASTER THAT FIT TOGETHER. THE UNIQUE FORMS RECALL THE ICONIC CHURCH.

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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.

La Spiral 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

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.

 

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.

Czech Cubism 2

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