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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.

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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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Details

Francesca Vannucci

INTRICATE CARVINGS OF CREATURES IN RELIEF, GILDED AND GLAMOROUS – A PAIR OF DOVES CARRYING LAURELS OF PEACE, SPHINXES IN REPOSE UNDER A DATE PALM AND GRIFFONS PRESENTING A PINEAPPLE, THE UNIVERSAL SYMBOL OF HOSPITALITY. THE FULL IMPACT AND SCALE OF THIS 19TH CENTURY MIRROR NEEDS TO BE EXPERIENCED IN PERSON… BUT THE DETAILS ARE LUSCIOUS, EVEN IN PICTURES. 

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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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Nerone Patuzzi Black Marble Table

Francesca Vannucci

NERONE PATUZZI IS THE BRAIN CHILD OF ITALIAN ARTIST/DESIGNER NERONE CECCARELLI AND GIANCARLO PATUZZI. THEY FORMED THEIR DESIGN COLLECTIVE  ‘GRUPPO NP2 ‘IN 1962. THE IDEA WAS A COLLABORATION OF CREATIVE MINDS – BRINGING THE WORLD OF FINE ART TO INTEGRATE WITH THE INNOVATIONS IN ARCHITECTURE. ITALIAN MARBLE TABLENERO BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A YOUNG PRODIGIOUS PAINTER. HE HAD MANY EARLY TRIUMPHS; HIS WORK WAS DISPLAYED IN SEVERAL KNOWN GROUP SHOWS AND HE EVEN CREATED ILLUSTRATIONS FOR FAMED SPANISH POET FREDERICO GARCIA LORCA. NERO WAS SOON A MASTER OF MANY DISCIPLINES INCLUDING SCULPTURE. HIS STYLE TRANSFORMED WHEN HE DISCOVERED ARCHITECT/DESIGNER CARLO SCARPA AND THE BAUHAUS SCHOOL. HE BEGAN EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW MATERIALS AND NEW PROCESSING TECHNIQUES. THE BOLD GEOMETRIC PATTERNS OF GRUPPO NP2’S DRAMATIC WORK STRONGLY RECALL AN ABSTRACT AESTHETIC OF THE CUBIST MASTERS.

Tenora by Georges Braque

IN THE LATE 60’S HIS CREATED ANOTHER ARTISTS COLLECTIVE WITH PATUZZI CALLED ‘FORMS AND SURFACES, LTD’, DESIGNED TO FOCUS ON THEIR WORK IN ART INTEGRATION. COMBINING FINE ART WITH THE INNOVATIONS OF TECHNOLOGICAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROGRESS, THEY DEFINED THE RESULTS AS “SOCIAL SCULPTURES.”  THE GROUP PATENTED A NEW METHOD FOR ENGRAVING MARBLE THAT USED HYDROCHLORIC ACID.  THIS TECHNIQUE ALLOWED NERO TO CARVE INTRICATE AND DELICATE FORMS THAT LEFT A HIGH CONTRAST IN COLOR. THE RESULTS WERE STUNNING PIECES OF ABSTRACT ART HOUSED ON EVERYDAY OBJECTS, THUS INTEGRATING ART INTO EVERYDAY LIFE.

OUR NERONE PATUZZI BLACK MARBLE TABLE ENGRAVED WITH A MODERNIST DESIGN, PICTURED ABOVE. MORE PRODUCT INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON 1ST DIBS

 

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Adolf Loos

Francesca Vannucci

Villa Muller
Villa Muller

ADOLF LOOS IS REGARDED AS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL PROPHETS OF MODERNISM. BORN IN WHAT IS NOW THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN 1870, LOOS WAS THE SON OF A STONEMASON. HE STUDIED ARCHITECTURE AND SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN HIS 20’S TRAVELING THE UNITED STATES, WHERE HE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE WORK OF LOUIS SULLIVAN- THE ‘FATHER’ OF SKYSCRAPERS AND MODERNISM.  HE RETURNED TO EUROPE INSPIRED BY THE EFFICIENCY OF AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE.

LOOS BEGAN A PROLIFIC CAREER AS AN ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER, BUT HE WAS MOST KNOWN FOR HIS PHILOSOPHICAL VIEWS ON DESIGN. LOOS BELIEVED THAT BUILDINGS ARE A REFLECTION ON OUR MORALITY. DESIGN SHOULD BE INFORMED BY FUNCTION. HE ESSAY ‘ORNAMENTATION AND CRIME’ BECAME A FUNDAMENTAL TOOL FOR THE MODERNIST MOVEMENT, INSPIRING THE BAUHAUS SCHOOL AND CLEARLY DEFINING THE IDEOLOGY BEHIND MODERNISM.

Constrained Sensuality Chair
Constrained Sensuality Chair

THE ESSAY DESCRIBES HIS “PASSION FOR SMOOTH AND PRECIOUS SURFACES.”  LOOS STATED THAT ORNAMENTATION HASTENED THE TIME FRAME IN WHICH AN OBJECT OR DESIGN BECAME OBSOLETE. HE BECAME ONE OF THE EARLIEST ADVOCATES FOR THE MARRIAGE OF FORM AND FUNCTION IN DESIGN.

Villa Muller Exterior
Villa Muller Exterior

HE BELIEVED A HOUSE SHOULD BE CREATED FROM THE INSIDE OUT, WITH THE FUNCTION OF THE ROOMS DICTATING ITS AESTHETIC, AND THE SHAPE OF THOSE ROOMS CONSEQUENTLY SHAPING THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE. HIS DESIGNS, HOWEVER, WERE NOT STARK- IN FACT THEY WERE RICH IN ORGANIC ORNAMENTATION DERIVED FROM THE NATURAL PATTERNS FOUND IN HIS FAVORED MATERIALS OF MARBLE AND WOOD.

Adolf Loos Daybed
Adolf Loos Daybed

OUR STUNNING DAYBED BY ADOLF LOOS IS DATED FROM THE EARLY 1900’S, THE VERY BEGINNING OF HIS ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER. IN RICHLY LACQUERED MAHOGANY THAT SHOWCASES THE BEAUTIFUL NATURAL PATTERNS OF THE WOOD. THE FIRM MATTRESS IS COVERED IN A SAGE GREEN VELVET, MAKING THIS BEST USED AS A DAYBED. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US ON 1ST DIBS.

*REFERENCES AND IMAGES: WIKIPEDIA http://bit.ly/MsaKVS, THE GUARDIAN UK http://bit.ly/1mUEQvO

ETTORE SOTTSASS

Francesca Vannucci

ETTORE SOTTSASS IS CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE LEADERS OF 20TH CENTURY ITALIAN DESIGN. HE COMBINED HIS CLASSICAL EDUCATION WITH A PENCHANT FOR POP CULTURE AND BECAME A MASTER FOR CREATING A SIGNATURE LOOK IN VARIED ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES. WHIMSICAL AND SOPHISTICATED, STREAMLINED AND MODERN. ETTORE SOTTSASS

WITH HIS SMALLER CERAMIC CREATIONS NOW SELLNG FOR THOUSANDS AND LARGER SCALE HOME GOODS (LIKE HIS INCREDIBLE “TAPPETO VOLANTE” FLYING CARPET SOFA) VALUED IN THE TENS OF THOUSANDS, WORKS BY ETTORE SOTTSASS HAVE BECOME HIGHLY COVETED COLLECTIBLES.

 

ETTORE SOTTSASS MILAN APT

SOTTSASS DEVELOPED PARTNERSHIPS AND CREATED DESIGNS THAT SPANNED MANY GENRES FROM ARCHITECTURE TO CERAMICS TO HOME ACCESSORIES AND EVEN ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS. OUR SET OF THREE ITALIAN MADE CYLINDRICAL VASES IN THE MANNER OF ETTORE SOTTSASS WITH A MOTTLED MATTE GREEN GLAZE ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARK modern AND 1ST DIBS.

 

*IMAGE COURTESY OF OKOLOWEB.