Monday, October 31, 2011

Right On Rietveld

Yellow makes me so happy!

'The Wild One' cabinet by Studio Job 2011; trolley by Gerrit Rietveld 1945;
Paintings by Lucio Fontana 1965

The Studio Job House  which incorporates

 a villa originally designed by Gerrit Rietveld
the man responsible for the iconic Zig Zag chair)
 during the 1950's for a 'left wing' weaving mill, 
in the then sleepy village of Bergeyk the Netherlands 
has been fully renovated including a new villa construction,
 and is now living its life as an open house style laboratory for art and design

Rietveld's iconic Zig Zag chair from 1934 along side buffet by Erik van Lieshout 2008

Labyrinth Bed by Treca de Paris 2005 with Swarovski Lamps

'Tit' Lamps by Studio Job for Venini 2010

'Tits' in the kitchen

1972 Ford Taunus GXL Coupe in the garage

images via wallpaper

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Muriel Brandolini - trailblazing woman of design

I can blame my absence from the The Decorator entirely on one thing.....

(well 'life' happens also, but....)

bella Brandolini

ever since unpacking this sturdy volume ordered only days ago.....
(wonderful service I have to say all the way from USA to little ol' me)...
I have been glued to these pages.

this is the story of a woman who had the need to create, and went with her gut feeling, no matter how seemingly unconventional her aesthetic may have been.  someone who has an instinctual capacity to create beauty in the boldest and most fearless way.  someone who knows how to be truly eclectic in ways most of us could not imagine.

I am refreshed and invigorated by these pages!  this has truly inspired me to be as good as I can be!

I am intrigued by the way Brandolini puts the most disparate elements of design together. Textiles, antiques, bespoke embroideries, appliques, and contemporary design in furniture and lighting all speak to her obviously in ways that most of us would never conceive.

bespoke appliqued coral wall

Paris flea market find......... Peacock chair

biomorphic wicker chair by Marc Newson
1950's FontanaArte chandelier

Brandolini custom shelving
Brandolini signature slipper chair

Just a random selection of images from this stunning publication.

Her exotic heritage combines Venezuela, Vietnam, Martinique and France and these multi-cultural sensibilities shine through.

So often I have been unknowingly captivated by her published work in magazines over the last few years. 
It is so wonderful to now know the story and the face behind this inspirational catalogue of work.

Bravo Brandolini!

words J Watson-Evans

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Post Modernism is Now!

The Decorator remembers
 some of these iconic postpunk, new wave,
 images from the 1980's.....

ID Magazine..... style bible zeitgeist

'Maternity Dress' by Jean Paul Goude & Antonio Lopez 1979

mobile floor lamp by Martine Bedin for Memphis 1981

Andy Warhol's Dollar Sign

Post Modernism never ends......
high style, colour and content!


24th September-15 Januaary 2012

images via V & A London


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