Design + Art + Interiors + Coolhunting Inspiration from Italy

Set 30, 2014 / 18 note

ROBERT DE NIRO PENTHOUSE BY AXEL VERVOORDT

Who said that antiques are out of fashion? Robert De Niro asked Belgian interior design and antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt to style his TriBeCa penthouse after discovering his work at the NYC Winter Antiques Show. The result is a stylish sanctuary based on the principles of wabi-sabi, using a refined palette of scavenged architectural elements, luxe textures, and muted colors. Main photos by David Prince for Vanity Fair and via Remodelista

Set 28, 2014 / 1 nota

VOGUE WALLPAPER EXHIBITION

This weekend I was in Milan to visit Vogue Italia 50th Anniversary exhibition: what a surprise when I saw the walls of the Condé Nast Headquarters in Milan’s Piazza Castello 27, the birthplace of Vogue Italia, completely decorated with a special wallpaper made up of more than 200 blown-up photographs taken from the most famous images featured on the pages of the magazine. Pretty much my ideal apartment (!!!) showing legendary top models such as Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington…captured by photographers like Patrick Demarchelier, David LaChapelle, Craig MCDean and Helmut Newton. It’s the first time that the magazine opens its archive to the public, who can visit the exhibition till October 5. Check Voguearchive.it to enjoy Vogue Italia’s entire history of 623 issues, from services, photographs and articles to advertising campaigns, portfolios and much more. And what a great idea having an apartment decorated with top photographers icon pictures!

Set 25, 2014 / 464 note

Lovely deco book covers :-) so stylish

(via typographie)

Set 24, 2014 / 7 note

POSH HOLIDAY HOME IN THE WEST COAST OF FRANCE

Again another fab house in Ile De Ré, off the west coast of France. Portrayed by Karel Balas, this is the holiday home of Laurence Simoncini, founder of Parisian concept store Serendipity. I love everything about its decoration, from the black fittings, to the desert like garden design which is easily maintained, from the sophisticated color palette to the wooden ornaments that just make you feel like part of the surrounding nature. Via Elle Decoration. Ph. Karel Balas

Set 23, 2014 / 4 note

COPPER, BLACK & BLUE FOR A COOL DESIGN BAR

Located on the Symi Island in Greece, LOS is a bistro bar and art gallery that inhabits a former sponge factory. The interior design, by NY Input Creative Studio, references the history of the island through subtle hints to its history and Greek culture. In the bar area an installation of copper pipes and light bulbs mimics the shape of a sponge, whilst the bar itself is a piece of art, composed of porous concrete in a freeform shape.

Set 22, 2014 / 4 note

JIELDE, THE MOST ICONIC WORKING LAMP IN THE WORLD

It’s a crush for any design-lover on earth…Apparently the story went like this: in 1950, tired of searching for a practical lamp to equip the machines in his workshop, Jean-Louis Domecq decides to design and construct his own lamp. A lamp that should perform well under heavy duty circumstances. In 1953 the Jielde firm is established and the company name is derived from the initials of the designer, JLD. In 1955 the first brochure reveals details of his remarkable joint construction: the electricity is transported through the joints by an ingenious mechanism with no wires, eliminating the risk of accidents due to breaking wiring, caused by the absence of durable synthetic insulation materials. This is what was really new about its design. Nowadays Jielde lamps are recognized to be iconic pieces of industrial French art they are still hand made in Lyon, France with the same original gesture.

Set 19, 2014 / 1 nota

SHOOTING FOR CONCEPT STORE COULEUR LOCALE

Paulina Arcklin did this amazing photoshoot for Couleur Locale, a webshop full of cool stuff, check it out!
Set 18, 2014 / 8 note

BOTEGA LIGHTING, WHEN INDUSTRIAL TURNS SLEEK

Taking inspiration from vintage industrial metal lamps, Enrico Zanolla, a young Venetian architect & designer, reinvented them by using ceramic, a warmer material, crafted by Italian artisans, mixed with metals like gold and copper. A surprise effect will appear turning on the bulb in the metallic finishes, concentric circles with different light intensity and colours are created thanks to light bounces, diffusion and reflections of surrounding space. So spot-on right now.

Set 17, 2014 / 2 note

ANCIENT ASIAN ART AT TREVISO ANTIQUARIA 2014

Out of all the new exhibitors of Treviso Antiquaria 2014, I especially enjoyed Galleria Thais - Antichità d’Orientean amazing collection of rare and antiques furnishings and pieces from China, Tibet, Japan and South East Asia. If you want to see more, it’s definitely worth visiting Villa Orna, an 18th century, old rustic stone house located just outside Brendola, not far from Vicenza, home to an amazing ancient Asian art museum where you will experience timeless emotions, charmed away by the Far-East magic atmosphere. The gallery owner, Gioacchino Obrietan, a fine collector and antique dealer, that has carefully selected each piece directly at the place of origin during its numerous research journeys, will tell you amazing stories about them. Huge crush on the Tibetan temple doors with tiger decoration!!!!

Set 9, 2014 / 4 note

VISIT AT THE GERVASONI HQ

Today I visited the Gervasoni HQ in Friuli in order to chose some of their top design lines for an upcoming design event that I am organizing together with sustainable luxury living guru Welldom. Lovely Gervasoni’s Head of PR talked me throughout some fab details about the materials used in some of their signature furniture, such as the Allu line woven in rawhide, a natural elastic material that only the brand is able to create, or the Gray table with waxed iron plate and feet in flamed Piasentina stone. And last but not least, among my favorites of the day, the Ghost amazing huge white sofa. Of course they are all by Paola Navone, the brand Creative Director. Can’t wait to see all my favorite pieces in the same room styled by La Centrale! Stay tuned for the upcoming event details…