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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.

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Tadao Ando

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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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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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

Easy on the Eyes...

Francesca Vannucci

OUR RARE Arredoluce ‘EYEBALL’ DESIGNED BY THE FOUNDER OF THE FAMED ITALIAN LIGHTING COMPANY - ANGELO LELLI. THE ADJUSTABLE PIECE CAN BE USED AS A TABLE LAMP, BUT IS EQUALLY AS STUNNING AS A PIECE OF SCULPTURAL ART. A MID-CENTURY TREASURE, KNOWN FOR ITS INCREDIBLE DESIGN AND ORIGINAL STYLE. cobra

Willy Guhl

Francesca Vannucci

TIME TO PLANT OUR GARDEN… AND WE PREFER TO DO IT IN WILLY GUHL’S CLASSIC SPINDEL PLANTER. THESE MID-CENTURY MODERN ICONS ADD ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST WITH THEIR PERFECT SYMMETRY AND DIABOLO SHAPE. AN INCREDIBLE PAIRNG FOR OUTDOORS OR IN.

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“WE CAN MAKE ANYTHING WE WANT, WE JUST HAVE TO HAVE IDEAS.” ~ WILLY GUHL

WE LOVE THE INDUSTRIAL CHIC OF GUHL’S BALANCED SHAPES AND BEAUTIFULLY PATINATED CEMENT. BELOW A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE WILLY GUHL PIECES, LIKE HIS INFAMOUS ‘LOOP’ CHAIR.

WILLY GUHL COLLAGE

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.

LAVERNE TABLE COLLAGE

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.

LAVERNE DESIGN INSPIRATION

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MODERNIST SYTLE BLACK METAL IS IN GORGEOUS CONTRAST WITH THE MATTE WHITE STUCCO WALLS IN THE STAIRWELL OF VILLA NECCHI.

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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…

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ALL ITEMS PICTURED ABOVE ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE THROUGH ROARKmodern AND 1ST DIBS.

 

ANIMAL MAGNETISM

Francesca Vannucci

WE ARE INSPIRED BY THE LUSH INTERIOR OF PIERRE BERGE´ AND YVES SAINT LAURENT'S PARIS APARTMENT. PICTURED BELOW WITH MODEL SYBIL BUCK FROM HIS VANITY FAIR PROFILE IN 1995 AND ONE OF THE MOST EXQUISITE PIECES FROM HIS EXTENSIVE COLLECTION – LEGER’S ‘THE BLACK PROFILE’.  HIS REFINED, ECLECTIC STYLE BROKE ALL THE TRADITIONAL RULES OF DESIGN… Yves Saint Laurent and Sybil Buck Vainity Fair 1995

WE LOVE THE WILD BEAUTY OF BOLD PATTERNS FOUND IN NATURE, THE PAIRING OF  RARE, ANTIQUE ZEBRA WOOD WITH OUR ZEBRA RUG, AN EXHILARATING COMBINATION. OUR 19TH CENTURY ZEBRA WOOD CONSOLE IS FABULOUSLY SEXY WITH INCREDIBLE AND UNUSUAL DETAIL.

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STUNNING LEOPARD ART DECO BENCHES BY GUSTAVE MIKLOS IN YVES’ PARIS APARTMENT FROM ARTNET.

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LIKE YVES, WE HAVE A DESIRE TO BREAK THE RULES OF TRADITION BY BRINGING TOGETHER A VARIETY OF STYLES. THE LUXURIOUS APPEAL OF AUTHENTIC LEOPARD AND ANTIQUE MUSKRAT FUR IN OUR ACCENT PILLOWS ARE A PERFECT MIX WITH THE EARTHY COLORED PATINA OF LACQUERED GOATSKIN FROM ALDO TURA’S ART DECO ERA ASHTRAY.

ALDO TURA AND FUR PILLOWS

A ZEBRA CHAIR IN MID-CENTURY STYLE, THE SIMPLICITY OF SILHOUETTE IS A HARMONIOUS BALANCE TO THE INTRICACY OF ITS PATTERN.

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DRAWN TO A WARM PALETTE OF EARTH TONES, WE FIND INSPIRATION IN PICASSO AND HIS LOVE FOR THE RAW SPIRIT OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM IN HIS PAINTING ‘GUERNICA’. A PASSIONATE EXPRESSION OF HIS ANTI-WAR BELIEFS, THIS MASTERPIECE DEPICTS THE TRAGEDY OF WAR AND THE INNOCENCE OF ITS VICTIMS.

Guernica - PicassoA CURIOSITY OF NATURE, OUR TIGER SKULL, MOUNTED ON A BLOCK LUCITE STAND, SIGNED BY THE HUNTER AND DATED – 1963 BOTSWANA, AFRICA.

TIGER SKULL

A STUDY FOR HIS MURAL SIZE MASTERPIECE ‘GUERNICA’ – PICASSO’S ‘HEAD OF A HORSE’ IS A MOVING DEPICTION OF EXPRESSIVE VULNERABILITY.

THE HEAD OF A HORSE - PICASSO

 

*REFERENCE IMAGES FOR PABLO PICASSO - FROM PABLOPICASSO.ORG AND THE GUGGENHEIM

 

 

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.

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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

PAOLO BUFFA

Francesca Vannucci

ONE OF THE MORE AFFLUENT DESIGNERS OF THE MID-CENTURY PERIOD, PAOLO BUFFA’S WORK HAS AN UNEXPECTED AND DISTINCTLY NEOCLASSICAL FEEL. DURING AN ERA KNOWN FOR ITS CLEAN ARCHITECTURAL LINES AND MODERNIST POINT OF VIEW, PAOLO INCORPORATED TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES AND BECAME KNOWN FOR HIS EXCEPTIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP.

PAOLO BUFFA CONSOLE FEATURING A BEAUTIFULLY TAPERED LEG, MANUFACTURED IN THE 1950’S, A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HIS SUBTLY DETAILED WORK, REGENCY-STYLE CONSOLE TABLE WITH INSET GLASS TOP. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US AT 1ST DIBS. 

ARCH DIGEST PAOLO BUFFA

THOUGH HE IS NOT ONE OF THE MOST REKNOWN NAMES IN DESIGN, BUFFA’S WORK IS GATHERING STEAM AND COLLECTING A FOLLOWING (AS WELL AS ESCALATING ASKING PRICES FOR HIS RARE WORKS) THAT ARE SURE TO MAKE HIM AN ENDURING FIGURE OF MID-CENTURY ITALIAN DESIGN.

“LARGELY UNDISCOVERED AND MOSTLY MISUNDERSTOOD.” ~ DOMENICO RAIMONDO ON PAOLO BUFFA IN ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST’S BRILLIANT ARTICLE ON THE DESIGNER .

Aldo Tura

Francesca Vannucci

ALDO TURA TABLE ARCH DIGEST
ALDO TURA TABLE ARCH DIGEST

ITALIAN DESIGNER ALDO TURA WAS AT THE FOREFRONT OF ONE OF THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS PERIODS OF DESIGN. ART, FUNCTION AND TECHNOLOGY CAME TOGETHER DURING THE MID-CENTURY AND THE RESULTS HAVE BECOME TIMELESS; ENDURINGLY MODERN, SLEEK AND FUNCTIONAL.

TURA'S WORK WAS EXPERIMENTAL IN NATURE. WITH A FREEDOM OF FORM, HIS DESIGNS WERE OFTEN WHIMSICAL AND IRONIC. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF HIS UNUSUAL EYE, THIS DECEIVING CONSOLE TABLE FROM DANIEL ROMUALDEZ'S CALIFORNIA HOME IN ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST.

GOATSKIN SCONCES
GOATSKIN SCONCES

A SIGNATURE OF ALDO'S WORK IS THE USAGE OF  MATERIALS THAT WERE EXTREMELY UNUSUAL FOR HIS TIME: LEATHERS, PARCHMENT, EGG SHELL AND WOOD VENEER. INSTRUMENTS OF TURA'S STYLE.

ABOVE ARE A PAIR OF STUNNINGLY SIMPLE, CHOCOLATE BROWN LACQUERED GOATSKIN WALL SCONCES BY ALDO TURA. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PRODUCT INFORMATION.

GOATSKIN ASHTRAY
GOATSKIN ASHTRAY

CREATED IN THE 1940’S… AN ELEGANT RECEPTICLE THAT RECALLS A TIME OF DAILY GLAMOUR.  ALDO TURA ASHTRAY IS NOW A COLLECTIBLE THAT SERVES AN ARTISTIC FUNCTION. IN LACQUERED GOATSKIN, IT HAS A RICH AND UNIQUE PATINA THAT ADDS TO THE VISUAL QUALITY OF THE PIECE. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US AT 1ST DIBS.

LACQUERED GOATSKIN TABLE

Francesca Vannucci

THE PERFECT MARRIAGE OF MINIMALISM AND GLAMOUR… TEXTURED HIDE AND JEWEL TONED COLOR RECALL THE POLISHED DARING OF THE 1970’S. LACQUERED GOATSKIN TABLE 1TURQUOISE LACQUERED GOATSKIN AND MODERN MID-CENTURY LINES MAKE FOR A COVETABLE STATEMENT PIECE OF ITALIAN DESIGN. THIS UNUSUAL MATERIAL AND THE MODERNIST AESTHETIC RECALL THE WORK OF DESIGNER ALDO TURA. FROM THE MID-CENTURY TRADITION OF ARTIST CRAFTSMAN, KNOWN FOR HIS USAGE OF INNOVATIVE MATERIALS AND BRIGHT HUES. FOR MORE PRODUCT INFORMATION VISIT US AT 1ST DIBS.

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/