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18.11.11

INTERIORS: ITALY | UNO







 







It's no secret that top of our wish list is a place in the Italian countryside. It's not that hard to see why, with the way of life there, the scenary, the houses - whether a villa in Tuscany or an old farmhouse in Le Marche. For years now, we've looked at run down houses for sale and dreamt of what we could do with it. . . . . one day.
We were recently given 'The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia' from a friend and design extraordinaire, Martin Brudnizki. The book manages to capture the simple, the authentic yet luxurious spaces that make up the Italian countryside. 
They'll be plenty more Italian inspired posts to come.

Photos by Mark Roskams

16.11.11

INTERIORS: FABRICS BY JOHN ROBSHAW

VINTAGE GUATEMALAN WOVEN PILLOW 

 VINTAGE ABACA PILLOW

THAI HILLTRIBE








ART: FONDATION MAEGHT

LES RENFORT | JOAN MIRO


 OISEAU LUNAIRE | JOAN MIRO

ALBERTO GIACOMETTI


ALEXANDER CALDER

 FONTAINE | POL BURY

ARC | JOAN MIRO

LA FOURCHE | JOAN MIRO

JOAN MIRO

GEORGES BRAQUE

The Fondation Maeght was set up in Saint-Paul De Vence in 1964 by Marguerite and Aime Maeght and houses some of the most important works of art by 20th Century European artists, such as Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Miro  and Giacometti. Some of the main areas of  the space include a Giacometti courtyard, a Miro labyrinth and a pool by Braque. 
Unfortunately we haven't had the chance to go but of the museums we haven't visited, this is without doubt the one we'd most like to see. 


http://www.fondation-maeght.com/

15.11.11

INTERIORS: OERELY HALL | SHROPSHIRE BY ALEXANDER WATERWORTH INTERIORS


ALEXANDER WATERWORTH INTERIORS started work on this Grade II listed, 7 bedroom country family house at the end of the summer, 2011. Main works include the overseeing of a side extension, mirroring the Victorian extension on the east side of the property, an extension to the back of the property, a new master bedroom en suite as well as new pool and pool house in the walled garden. JAMES WATERWORTH ALEXANDER INTERIORS WATERWORTH JAMES ALEXANDER INTERIORS JAMES WATERWORTH JAMES WATERWORTH INTERIORS
COMPLETION: SPRING 2012  

14.11.11

ANTIQUES: ITALIAN GILTWOOD AND POLYCHROME PAINTED CABINET


A late 16/17th decorative cabinet. The piece was sold through Chrities in New York 2003. Standing only 22 inches high, it has a gallery over the foliate with carved pilasters either side of the centered door. The plinth has been added later, you can tell by the difference in the colour of the timber, with ball feet supporting it.
Due to its size, it would never be a show stopper within itself but is a stunning piece and with the right kind of placing would look incredible in various different surroundings.

INTERIORS: ELLE DECOR ITALY






We saw this a few years ago in Elle Decor and the kitchen in particular has always been  something of interest. There are rare occasions when a space really gets to you which is sometimes indescribable and this was one of them. We haven't yet had the chance to really utilise this as a design inspiration but we hope soon we can. The idea of using a simple old oak cupboard, in this case we think an italian, certainly western european, 18th century piece, mixed with a contemporary island seems to work so well in its settings. Modern art hangs in a traditional space with contemporary and antique pieces enhancing the beauty of the space and perfecting what so few get truly right, the marriage of mixing old and new. 

INTERIORS: MANDOLIN RESTAURANT | MIAMI




With Basel | Miami coming up shortly, we thought we'd add our favourite restaurant out there. It's not going to win design awards any time soon, but that's part of the reason why we love it, that, the fish and the fact that's it's one of the few places to escape Miami.
In stark contrast to the rest of the south beach glitz, Madonlin Aegean Bistro is about as unpretentious as it gets. It certainly isn't the most obvious of hot spots when driving past, with limited seating at the back of the 40's house and dining outside in the heavily foliaged courtyard. The Mediterranean feel to the space mirrors that of the food on offer, with fresh sea foods being offered throughout the menu. Although the food and interior is simple, the customers aren't and the restaurant will be full of the art worlds finest during the fair. 


ANTIQUES: WALNUT COMMODE




The commode above is typical of those found in Northern Italy around the late 17th, early 18th century and is one of our favourite pieces out there. Details include a rectangular moulded top which sits above a frieze depicting Vitruvian Scrolls and lozenge, diamond shapes, details are equally positioned on the three drawers with the unit sitting on bun feet. The top piece was sold through Christies and looks remarkably similar to that of Axel Vervoordt's in his Venitian Palazzo. For those in the know, these kind of pieces aren't something one comes across on a regular basis and we really wouldn't be surprised if it were the same piece. 

ART: ROME + KLEIN | 1956-60




One of our favourite photographers taking photos of one of our favourite cities and  is currently being shown in Paris - a great excuse to head out there for a long weekend at the end of the month! 
William Klein was only in his late 20's when he arrived in Rome but was already established in the arts world and had the opportunity to wonder the streets of Rome over these years, shown round by some of Italy's top art members. 
A lot of things have changed since these images were taken yet Klein manages to capture an everlasting modern day feel to his images. It really makes you want to be there, be apart of the scene, part of the photo, experiencing like Klein did.


Showing at MEP, Paris from October 5, 2011 - January 8, 2012
http://www.mep-fr.org/