Sunday, March 29, 2015

Paris: La Bastille – Rue de Charonne – Vint Neuf - Henri Turc.

Paris: La Bastille – Rue de Charonne – Henri Turc. What caught my eye on the Rue de Charonne in the 11eme arrondissement were not the trendy boutiques; Isabel Marant, Repetto, Feiyue, French Trotters, So We Are, but the curious and quirky upholsterer and decorator, Henri Turc, whose workshop/atelier gallery is called Vint Neuf and is in fact at number 29 of the rue.
Above.  The atelier Vint Neuf's window looks out onto Rue de Charrone, a plastic Spaghetti bar stool, bamboo lamps, mirrors and a Moldavian rose needlepoint carpet is draped on a French sofa.

Vint Neuf – Henri Turc. The simpatico craftsman specializes in mid century antiques and also has a great sense of humor, he was quite happy to have a chat on a warm sunny day.  Though he is better known for as an upholsterer, curtain maker and decorator he also deals, in his small workshop, in kitsch vintage pieces from the 1950s and ‘60s.
Above. Henri Turc beside some 1950s vintage curtains.

Vint Neuf – Henri Turc. 1950’s French ceramic fish lights from the Vallauris region in the South of France.

Vint Neuf – Henri Turc
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Paris: Breakfast at Le Nemours with Jose Levy and Friends

Paris:  Breakfast at Le Nemours with Jose Levy and Friends. When not traveling designer Jose Levy has breakfast and lunch hanging out at the classic Parisian Cafe Le Nemours by the La Comedie Francaise and the Palais Royal. It’s his casual “office”, a place to meet friends, have business meetings and to catch up on news and gossip.

At Le Nemours with Jose Levy. The designer’s breakfast consists of a Jambon Beurre Allongee and a cappuccino.  On the table, his Oliver Peoples, Gregory Peck sunglasses.

  photograph courtesy Jose Levy

Jose Levy for Manufacture de Sevres.  The eclectic designer has designed ceramics for Astier de Vilatte, crystal for St. Louis, furniture for Roche-Bobois and ready to wear collections.  

Jose Levy and Friends - Jose with French actor and filmmaker Louis Garrel

Jose Levy and Friends – actor and filmmaker Louis Garrel and director Stephanie Giannoli

 photograph courtesy Jose Levy

Jose Levy for Cristallerie St Louis - Les Endiables Cerdagne created by Jose Levy, a range of objects which are as stunning upside down as they are when standing right side up.!

photograph courtesy Jose Levy

Jose Levy for Manufacture de Sevres - Levy’s objects are suspended between two ages, immediate and tangible, displaying not only the modern but all that is possible.


Jose Levy and Friends – photographer Philippe Lacombe

photograph courtesy Jose Levy
Jose Levy for Cristallerie St Louis - Vase Mimosa
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Paris: Caffe Stern – Restaurant

Paris: Caffe Stern – Restaurant.  Open from 8.30 to midnight, is the Caffe Stern in the Passage des Panoramas, in one of the most famous covered Parisian passageways, featured in Emile Zola’s 1880’s novel Nana.  This Italian restaurant is situated in the old Stern engraver’s boutique closed in 2007, the historical monument whose interior was recently re-designed by Philippe Starck, boasts the cuisine of the Alajmo brothers, Le Calandre in Padova, Caffe Quadri in Venice, who together with David Lanher, the new entrepreneur of Parisian restaurants, Racines, Vivant, Paradis, have created the latest trendy, yet most delicious restaurant in Paris.
Caffe Stern: 47 Passage des Panoramas - 47 Galerie des Varietes, 75002 Paris.

Telephone: +33 1 75 43 63 10.

Caffe Stern. The restaurant is incredibly cozy for a Starck designed interior. The space is divided into small dinning rooms with embossed Codorvan leather on the walls. “The coming together of Stern and the Alajmo brothers is magic,” explains Starck. “Like the engraver Stern, the Alajmos cultivate excellence and originality. To honor this union, we barely transformed the historical landmark: we just improved the existing magic. The resulting environment is fantastic, probably the nicest and most enjoyable bacaro in the world. A visit to Caffe Stern by Alajmo is a journey through time, history, culture, and an invitation to create and strive for excellence. Our contribution is magic, poetry, surrealism and, of course, food.”

Friture de Legumes et Nuages de Riz Noir
Sauce Froide a l’Estragon et a la Betterave Rouge

Dinner guests. Hostess Rosita Missoni with her girlfriends, Claude Brouet and Monique Marx

Raviolis de Burrata au Bouillon de Fruits de Mer et Quartiers de Tomates

Grilled Pinapple with Ginger Ice Cream

 Citrus Fruit Salad with Mango Ice Cream and Black Olives

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Milan: Palazzo Reale – The White Shirt According to Gianfranco Ferre

photograph courtesy Gianfranco Ferre Foundation

Milan: Palazzo Reale – The White Shirt According to Gianfranco Ferre. In the spectacular Sala delle Cariatide in Palazzo Reale the exhibition The White Shirt According To Me Gianfranco Ferre, until April 1, is curated by Daniele Degl’Innocenti, it is organized and produced by Palazzo Reale and the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation jointly with the Prato Textile Museum. The exhibition is devoted to the talents of the late Gianfranco Ferre, one of the most illustrious names of the international fashion scene of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Conceived to showcase, the creative and sartorial poetics of Ferre’s work, the exhibition uses various art forms to guide the visitor on a discovery of the white shirt, authentic paradigm of his style, highlighting the most innovative design elements. A constant presence and major theme throughout Ferre’s career, the white shirt became, for the designer a “hallmark of my style” and a “contemporary lexicon of elegance.” The shirt is an element of continuity, elected as an icon of style, design culture and creativity of the “architect of fashion” and undisputed protagonist of Made in Italy. On this garment the designer focuses the aptitude to transform and innovate the language and aesthetics of fashion.
Above. The main section of the exhibition is dominated by the shirts as sculptures bathed in light. The idea is to bring out the full beauty of the shades of white, the interplay of light and shadow, thereby attaining an evocative plastic effect. Taffeta, crêpe de chine, organza, satin, tulle, cottons and silks, mechanical embroidery, lace, hand stitching, macro and micro decors follow one another in a crescendo of pure mastery and counterpoise.
The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferre. Aiming to give force to the different figurative languages inherent to Ferre’s work in examining, taking apart and rethinking the shirt, the exhibition itinerary at once plays with and makes the most of various materials, they include; drawings, technical details, sketches, photographs, advertising and editorial images, videos and installations. The focus is on twenty-seven shirts - an army of sartorial masterpieces that exemplify about twenty years of Ferre’s creative (Ready to Wear collections 1982-2006).
Mario Boselli, president of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana with his wife Pucci and Rita Airaghi, board member and director of the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation, “… rendering homage to Gianfranco Ferre means showing how pure creative genius can find the highest of expressions through rigorous design. It means rendering homage to a passionate work culture and to the finest craftsmanship. In addition, it means offering new generations of designers the opportunity to learn by listening to the voice of an all-time Italian fashion great. To facilitate the transmission of skills and values, what better occasion than an exhibition which was conceived so that everyone can enjoy it?” Rita Airaghi writes.
Consultant of the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation Giovanni Vidotto

The curator of the Prato Textile Museum and also curator of exhibition  Daniela Degl’Innocenti is surrounded by her team, Simona Laurini, Azelia Lombardi, Leonardo Salvini and Adrianna Sarti.

President of the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation, Alberto Ferre and his wife Charlie with Beppe Pisani president of Serikos.
The White Shirt According to Me,  Gianfranco Ferre – Orlando – Fall/Winter - Pret a Porter - 2001 - silk taffeta, cotton tulle.

Theater director Paolo Castagna and architect Gianni Ravelli who designed the exhibition at Palazzo Reale with entrepreneur Claudia Buccellati 

photographer Giovanni Gastel

Architects and designers, as well as, classmates of Gianfranco Ferre, Franco Raggi and Daniela Puppa

The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferre – Scomposta – Fall/Winter - Pret a Porter – 1994 – silk taffeta, nylon tulle.

Albertina Marzotto

Barbara Berlingieri architect Piero Pinto and cook and cook book author Lorenza de’ Medici

Honorary president of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana Beppe Modenese

The White Shirt According to Me,  Gianfranco Ferre Picaresque – Fall/Winter – Pret a Porter – 2001 – silk taffeta, cotton tulle, cotton tape, cotton and stretch satin, leather, cotton tabby.

  Marta Brivio Sforza

Interior designers Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini
Gimmo Etro

The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferre – Origami – Spring/Summer – Pret a Porter – 2004 – nylon tulle, silk chiffon.

 Journalist Daniela Morera and Fabio Bellotti
Curator of the Salone Satellite Marva Griffin Wilshire

Noris Morano Orsi and Kartell’s president Claudio Luti

The White Shirt According to Me,  Gianfranco Ferre - Gianfranco Ferre - drawing - Canone Inverso - Fall/Winter - 1986 – ink, marker on paper.

Theater set designer Margherita Palli

Daniele Cordero di Montezemolo and his daughter Clotilde

Silvia Gavina

The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferre – Sailor Glam – Spring/Summer – Pret a Porter – 1982 – silk organza, honeycomb patterned cotton pique.

  The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferre – Gianfranco Ferre – drawing - Sailor Glam – Spring/Summer – pencil on paper.




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