“The function of art is to unveil the enormous economic, cultural and emotional forces that materially interact in our lives and that constitute the real space in which we live.”
Roberto Matta was a celebrated painter and an equally talented furniture designer. His furniture design was strongly interconnected with his art, each creation was the result of a vision, no matter how it was labeled.
“With the completion of the Casa Lucano in 1951, a large apartment in the elegant Fiera district in the northwest of Milan, Gio Ponti reached the apex of his quest for the Fantasy Home, a type of house that echoes both Italian Metaphysical and French Surrealist art of the early and mid-twentieth century within the domestic realm. This approach has almost no equivalent in pre-war Europe except perhaps in Le Corbusier’s Beistegui apartment (1929-31) and Carlo Mollino’s Devalle apartment (1939-40). It is a testimony to the inspired patronage emerging from the dynamic cultural environment of that period. Soon after the war, Ponti harnessed those currents with resounding success in Milan, where he engaged in constant dialogue with his peers and his patrons among the enlightened Milanese society.”
The Swedish design group Magniberg launched its first collection this year – a bedwear collection that combines textures and colors. Their aim is to bring complexity into bedwear along with “take it directions outside of the boundaries of sexes; a meeting between expressions of the modern world; playing on contrasts; breaking rules and classical norms”. Above and underneath you can see the styling of Magniberg’s lookbook, which is truly impeccable and simply fantastic. Read more about Magniberg here.
The black and white sliding wall with rotating components.
In 1968, Carlo Scarpa was invited by his close friends, Laura and Gianni Tabarelli, to the slopes of the vineyard village of Cornaiano near Bolzano, Italy. The couple, who were regular patrons in the circles of the Italian design elite, founded their furniture showroom through which they sold Gianni’s pieces. At this point in time, Scarpa had already established a name for himself within the world of architecture, and having built up a strong relationship over the years, they asked him to design a house for their family alongside his longtime collaborator, Sergio Los. The result is a work that has been rarely seen with timeless furnishings and works of art.
“Igelkottsvasen” by Gunnar Nylund from ca 1970s. Beautiful chamotte vases find on auctions. I have four of them at home in different colors, shoot an e-mail if you are interested in purchasing one (or several).
The Line, which also is goes by the name The Apartment, has recently opened up their third store in the US – this time outside New York in the very classic vacation area of The Hamptons. However this is only a pop-up store in the heart of Amagansett, which unfortunately closes its doors at end of the summer. If you haven’t got the possibility to swing by any of the three locations (Soho NYC, Los Angeles or Hamptons), make sure to pay a visit to their online store where you must certainly will find something dreamy to purchase (or look at) as above items.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen opened up The Row’s New York flagship store a couple of weeks ago with the very posh but discreet address; 17 E 71st St, New York – just down the block from the Frick Collection. It’s the second home of the luxurious brand and the very sleek and minimalistic three-story townhouse does not only show the sister’s latest collection and essentials, the brand’s eyewear collection with Oliver Peoples along with the new shoe collection. The very tasteful space also includes artwork by Jean Michel Basquiat, Borge Jorgensen and Keith Haring, which is for sale – including the furniture.