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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.” 

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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

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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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.

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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.

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.

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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…

Heavy Metal

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

 

URBAN JUNGLE

Francesca Vannucci

A FEW OF OUR CURRENT OBSESSIONS... A STUNNING 18TH CENTURY SCREEN MADE WITH PANELS OF EMBOSSED LEATHER AND OUR ITALIAN FLOOR LAMP IN A REMARKABLY PRESERVED VINTAGE GOATSKIN. THE COCOON LAMP, DESIGNED IN MODERNIST STYLE, OFFERS A BEAUTIFULLY DIFFUSED LIGHT.

THE VERSATILE APPEAL OF LEATHER IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE ELEMENTS. WE FEATURE THE MATERIAL IN MANY OF OUR PIECES, FROM DECORATIVE CLASSICS TO CONTEMPORARY ITEMS.

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SUMPTUOUS LUXURY IN A PAIR OF RECTANGULAR OCELOT PILLOWS. THEIR LAVISH NATURE HAS GLAMOROUS AND TIMELESS APPEAL.

OCELOT PILLOWS

A SCENE FROM OUR SHOWROOM - DUNBAR SOFA UPHOLSTERED IN RICH RUST COLORED VELVET HAS A MASCULINE SENSUALITY. RADIANT BACKDROP IN A BRIGHTLY HUED ROTHKO STYLE PAINTING AND ACCENTS OF CRÈME AND WHITE OFFER SUBTLE TEXTURE; A 19TH CENTURY MIRROR AND PAIR OF MODERNIST LAMPS ARE AN UNUSUAL BLEND THAT ADD INTEREST.

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WE FEATURE TRADEMARK ECLECTIC MIXING OF CONTEMPORARY PIECES AND TIMELESS DESIGN, LIKE THE STRIKING PAIRING OF CHEETAH PATTERN ON PATTERN…

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A MODERN MIX

Francesca Vannucci

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ART DECO ACCENTS ARE PAIRED WITH THE SLEEK PLANES OF A MODERNIST CHAISE LOUNGE, ANCHORED BY OUR 19TH CENTURY FRENCH MIRROR. THE PRISMATIC SHAPE OF A BRUTALIST PARVINE CURIE SCULPTURE IN THE FOREGROUND IS A DRAMATIC PRESENCE.

Parvine Curie Sculpture

WITH AUSTERE PURITY IN THE FRAGMENTED FORMS AND GEOMETRIC SHAPES, PARVINE CURIE’S CREATIONS HAVE FEMININE WARMTH. PLASTER COVERED IN AN ENCAUSTIC BLACK FINISH - OUR SCULPTURE, IN THE STYLE OF CURIE, IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN A STUDY FOR A MUCH LARGER BRONZE. CURIE’S WORK IS AN ECSTATIC EXPRESSION OF HER LIFE EXPERIENCES.

 

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AN ELEGANT BALANCE OF NEUTRAL COLOR AND LEVEL PLANES, OUR PAIR OF MODERN CHAISE LOUNGES ARE VERSATILE PIECES, EASY AND LADYLIKE. UPHOLSTERED IN A CRÈME LINEN WITH MATCHING BOLSTER PILLOWS.

Pair of Modern Chaises

 

 

WITH VINTAGE MODERN FURNITURE QUICKLY BECOMING THE NEWEST FORM OF COLLECTIBLE ART, THIS PAIRING OFFERS A MUTED STATEMENT, VERSATILE IN THEIR TIMELESS APPEAL.

 

ART DECO AND 19TH CENTURY

 

THE ABOVE TRIO DISPLAYS A HARMONIOUS MIX OF ORNAMENTED ART DECO AND CLASSIC 19TH CENTURY STYLES… THE RICH HUE OF ROSEWOOD MAKES OUR SIMPLE SIDE TABLE A GRACEFUL ACCENT PIECE WHILE THE MINIMALIST NATURE OF OUR 19TH CENTURY FRENCH DIRECTOIRE MIRROR FEATURES THE ORIGINAL PATINATED GLASS.

 

Sunburst Ceramic Mirror

 

OUR SUNBURST MIRROR IS AN ICON OF THE DECO ERA, WITH GLAMOROUS EMBELLISHMENTS AND BLACK GLAZED CERAMIC. ALL ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARKmodern AND 1st DIBS.

 

REFERENCES: PARVINE CURIE'S WEBSITE

 

ALMA ALLEN

Francesca Vannucci

A NATIVE OF CALIFORNIA, ALMA ALLEN WORKS FROM HIS HOME NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK.  HIS CREATIONS REFLECT THE RUSTIC CANYONS AND EXPANSIVE NATURE OF THE DESERT. USING MATERIAL THAT HE SOURCES LOCALLY, THE BROAD SPECTRUM OF SHAPES AND FORMS FOUND IN HIS WORK DIRECTLY RESPONDS TO THE FOUND OBJECTS. OUR NEWEST SCULPTURES BY ALLEN HAVE A MODERNIST APPEAL… THE GENTLY ROUNDED EDGES ARE CHARACTERISTIC OF HIS SENSUAL STYLE.

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WHEN WE FIRST DISCOVERED ALMA ALLEN, WE WERE SO INTRIGUED THAT WE MADE A PILGRIMAGE TO HIS STUDIO. THE INFLUENCE OF NATURE IN ALLEN’S WORK IS UNDENIABLE.

CARVED FROM FOUND WOOD AND SIMPLY ADORNED WITH A PAIR OF ROUNDED FORMS IN RELIEF, ALMA ALLEN’S SCULPTURE INCORPORATES THE ORGANIC PATTERNS OF HIS MATERIAL, SUMMONING THE RUGGED BEAUTY OF THE MOJAVE DESSERT.

Alma Allen Redwood

 

HIS STYLE HONORS BOTH FORM AND FUNCTION. THIS YEAR ALLEN WILL BE ONE OF THE WHITNEY MUSEUM A 2014 BIENNIAL ARTISTS. THEY DESCRIBE HIS SCULPTURES AS “REMARKABLY COMPLEX AND BEGUILING”. 

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ALLEN’S LARGER SCALE ‘WALNUT’ IS A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ARTIST AND HIS MATERIAL. BELOW HIS ‘PILL’ IN CALIFORNIA CARRARA MARBLE AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARK MODERN AND 1ST DIBS.

Alma Allen Pill

 

 

REFERENCES USED: WHITNEY MUSEUMALMA ALLEN WEBSITE

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.

A.Giacometti Cubist sculpture 1926

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

 

 

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