Monday, December 15, 2014

Sala Bianca 945- The Beauty of White

One of the most beautiful, original and extraordinary shows of the season was the recent Sala Bianca 945 show presented by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino. The event (see here) was held at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The show pays homage to Valentino's famous white collection from 1962. In fact, Jacqueline Kennedy chose one of the dresses for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis, launching Valentino's career into the stratosphere. One of the most iconic photo images from the collection is shown below in the studio and home of Cy Twombly in Rome.  One of the chicest fashion images ever. 

The Haute Couture collection is a tribute to purity of line and form, subtle and surprising contrasts in the fabrics and of course sublime craftsmanship. Seeing the show inspired me to think about some of my all time favorite white rooms that also represent the elements from the collection. Of course many of my favorite white rooms are from Stephen Sills!

Cy Twombly in his Rome apartment and studio. 

Stephen Sills

Stephen Sills

Timothy Whealon

William Hodgins

Darryl Carter

Vignette by Stephen Sills

Albert Hadley

John Pawson

Stephen Sills

William Hodgins

Sills and Huniford

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Michael Leva

Victoria Hagan

Jed Johnson

Pamplemousse Design

Axel Vervoordt

Stephen Sills

Mark Cunningham

Carlos Aparicio

Howard Slatkin

Bruce Budd

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Kime and Place

I have always been a huge admirer of Robert Kime ever since I was introduced to his work by way of his sublime fabrics. What I love most about Kime's work is how unpretentious and comfortable his rooms are whether its his own charming farmhouse or a grand palace or country estate for Prince Charles. His rooms always have a sense of time and place as if they have been there for generations. They are not trying to be anything but comfortable and elegant. You cannot put a date on them because they are simply timeless and always gracious. Like the late Bunny Mellon, Kime has a gifted eye for the extraordinary and honest. The most recent T Magazine included the following photos from his country home, Docker Nook, and his apartment in London.