“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.”
“After Jørn Utzon left the Sydney Opera project in 1966, he decided to settle on Majorca. The family first bought land up in the mountains, where Can Feliz is now located, but in the first instance, the local authorities would not permit him to build on the attractive mountainside. So instead Jørn Utzon bought land near Porto Petro, situated on a steep cliff facing the sea. Can Lis could then become a reality.”
Gorgeous pictures from Eileen Gray’s home called E1027 in south of France on Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, which took three years to build. The building is informed by Le Corbusier’s notion of the “house as a machine for living in” and was also was one of Corbusier’s favourite homes. He tried to purchase it several times without any luck. Gray’s vision of the home was that the “architecture must be its own decoration”. Eileen Gray was an Anglo-Irish artist, designer and architect and she died at the age of 98 in 1976 in Paris. Today her pieces are highly valued, for instance in 2009, a brown leather armchair standing just 24 inches tall sold at Christie’s for £19.4 million, setting an auction record for 20th-century furniture.
Pictures by Mary Gaudin.
“The Windfall series is made from applewood burls collected from apple orchards in Prince Edward County. Dark stripped off the bark and allowed the dense burls to dry out, he then filled in the cracks and smoothed them out. When finished he was reminded of the Japanese art Kintsugi. The philosophy that treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than disguising the repair.The forms are soft to the touch – sensuous lines reminiscent of Henry Moore.”