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It is always amazing to see design objects that look so fresh and inventive now as they did when they were made by a a still today living artist . Maria Pergay is 83 years old and she arrived in France as an émigrée in 1937. She then studied costume and set design at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques in Paris and took sculpture classes with Russian-French artist Ossip Zadkine. She makes the most beautiful sculptural furniture out of stainless steel.
Metamorphose- AD Magazine invites 15 interior decorators to transform a 17th Century Parisian Hotel ParticulierLeave a comment
This is what they came up with….
Chahan Minassian‘s Garden below
Above: Pierre Yovanovich‘ Salon de Musique
Above and below : details
Elliot Barnes 1920′s vibe
Below: Bruno Moinard was inspired by Ovid’s Metarmophoses to create mythological sale a manger
Charles Zana‘s sculptural kitchen
After the Crillon Hotel you can own a piece of another Parisian Palace- the Plaza Athene. Interesting bids are definitely the illuminated bar designed by Patrick Jouin with the glass desk crafter by Patrick Desserme. Have a look at all the items on sale here: http://www.artcurial.com/en/asp/searchresults.asp?pg=1&ps=18&st=D&sale_no=2407+++Old Parisian hotel institutions are being renovated- for the better I hope – but I can no imagine if that will be the case. I think we all appreciate the charm of the old yet functional hotels- this is exactly what they were- I read an article saying otherwise. I believe it was in Forbes. Something triggered the massive renovation of Parisian Hotels- Royal Monceau, The Ritz….Have the mention that I loved going to Royal Monceau in the 90′s but I have not been back since it was renovated. Waiting to see what my favourite hotel in Paris, The Ritz will look like after renovation but I hope that once renovated they will not resemble expensive corporate hotels with no soul. Sniff sniff, bye old Paris….
Sis and I chez Ito, the opposite side of the room from above’s picture. You can check out the rest of Ora Ito’s home and interview here http://sarabrajovic.com/2011/03/interview-from-paris-designer-ora-ito/
Dynamo exhibit at Grand Palais, Paris. Xavier Veilhan, Dan Flavin, Anish Kapoor, Marcel Duchamp, etc, 09/04-29/07/13Leave a comment
Xavier Veilhan below
Find the photographs of the artworks in Paris metro stations, photograph them, post them here https://www.facebook.com/GrandPalais.RMN/app_119346054918778 and win….something!
This classified French monument historique has been in the Beauvau-Craon family since it was completed in 1732. The current proprietor, Princess Minnie de Beauvau-Craon, is a direct descendant of Prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon who in 1720 commissioned the architect Germain Boffrand to build it in the remote countryside near the Moselle and Meurthe rivers. A while back I was invited by the Princess’ daughter to visit the chateau and be a guest at the opening of the old school couture Givenchy, Venet and Balenciaga exhibit. Apart from meeting the chic Princess and having a feast for my eyes whilst walking around I had the immense pleasure of meeting Hubert Givenchy himself. I am rarely star struck. But I skipped a breath when I met him. He is tall, handsome and a very elegant man. And there is the association of course to his muse Audrey Hepburn. I think that today we sadly only rarely have the pleasure of meeting men and women that are elegant in character, manners and appearance. Why? Is it because our pop culture is selling us their packaged version of “fast-food” idols? And thus the youth thinks this to be model of lifestyle to aspire to? It’s as if there is a general consensus that Madame Hepburn or Monsiuer Givenchy types are not sellable? Is vulgarity cashing in nowdays? Is it because our lifestyle is becoming busier and faster and people don’t have time to stop, think , observe and appreciate subtlety? Is there way too much information and lots of people are getting lost or have lost identity? Is our civilisation evolving or regressing to cave men esthetics?(ie. Kardashians) I could go on and on with questions. Let’s leave at this and the beautiful history and tradition that Chateau d’Haroue brings with it into our century.
You can check out the rest of the article on Grazia UK:
And have a look at Lula’s lovely illustrations here:
I popped into Hom le Xuan’s showroom in Gstaad today. This Paris based interior designer, furniture and landscape designer of Vietnamese origins creates incredible furniture sculptural pieces and gives a magic touch Franco-Asian touch to interiors. In his own words he looks for ” artisanal symbiosis instead style fusion”.
Promenade 79, Gstaad from 15th December until March 4th
Marni chairs made by Colombian ex prisoners to be sold exclusively during Art Basel at Marni Miami storeLeave a comment
Question of imagination and not budget- head to Affordable Art Fair London in Hampstead, 1-4 NovemberLeave a comment
Picture from The Coveteur http://www.thecoveteur.com/sara_brajovic
Event- launch of VOGUE ON series books hosted by Alexandra Shulman and Quadrille publishing at Le CapriceLeave a comment
Vogue On is an influential and covetable series of short books from the fashion bible Vogue, celebrating the defining fashion designers of the last century. The first four books in the series illuminate the significance of Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen, each pioneers of their time, and draw extensively on the Vogue archive, the definition of portraiture and fashion illustration.