Thinking again of Venice.
Our next mirror inspired by the five gold roses in the treasury presented to the Republic by the five different popes.
Rose, a jewel like mirror starts with a drawing and then is carved lime wood. Next it is caste in bronze and fire-gilded in the french 18thc style using modern methods.
This is known as bronze dore or ormolu.
The centrepiece is the mirror… in platinum, or, infused with colour which become like a gemstone.
Noir was the favorite colour of Yves St Laurent. My favorite mirror is NOIR. The frame of the Noir mirror is hand-carved in cherrywood. It is subsequently gessoed and painted in black bole, then burnished, using gilding technique. The glass is hand cast in black. One mirror is concave, the other is convex.
The Black Glass has two forms of antecedent:
Claude and other landscape artists would utilize the reflection on a blackened mirror to set the perspective for landscape and view, the reflection being from the surface rather than from behind the thickness of glass, allows for a finess of line with minimal distortion. This is known as “Claude Glass.”
John Dee, Queen Elizabeth’s Astrolger and necromancer, made use of a small convex black polished obsidian glass, as a crystal ball, it had, by repute, been looted from Aztec Mexico.
AD Monnaie de Paris
Colour spot mirrors. Hand made glass with infused colour.
Gueridons are a three legged table. Ours are made in bronze with a dark patina finish, or, gilded with rose gold, or caplain gold.
A Restless Life
Tulip table lamps with gesso finish and a painted emblem sign.
Salone del mobile
Gabriella Crespi and Marianna Kennedy celebrate the Salone Del Mobile 2016 at Galleria Rita Fancsaly, Milano. Cappellin Cawdor, a bespoke colour made for the gallery, based on the purple blue hues of glass made by Cappellin Venini & Co.
Murano is another venice. This island linked by bridges in the lagoon is a village of fire, fornace and glass – smalto, aventurine and lattimo to name a few. We took the artichoke vase by boat to Murano and chose 3 colours for a small edition by Nuova Biemmeci a small family of makers on the island. Each glass insert is made to fit inside the vase. Green,ultramarine and a colour we call purple cappellin.
The idea was to make a Mayfair shop for the eminent book dealers Maggs. Books have been my best friends so very pleased to make a beautiful shop to look at them. The centrepiece is a yellow lacquer table surrounded by arts and crafts chairs covered with violet horsehair. Simplicity is a good way to look at objects – or, as Coco Channel said “Simplicity is the keynote of elegance.”
Dirty Pond is the favorite colour of resin lamps amongst antique dealers and clients with historic houses. We did a one-off version of the Cawdor lamp in Dirty Pond. The trumpet lamp is in the same colour with a simple yellow lacquer and bronze console.
Lamps and Blinds Pop-up Shop for LDF at Pentreath and Hall
London Design Festival September 2015 at Pentreath and Hall, Rugby Street. Wonderful dinner was made by Charlie McCormick and table set with flowers from his garden.
Mirror in New York
Carved mirror gilded with caplain gold and handmade glass.
On fifth avenue overlooking the park trees sway – seasons change from spring to autumn.
Our challenge to make a mirror to complement Dunand, Hoffmann, Jean-Michel Frank.
Ever Present Paris
Spring window at Galerie Chastel-Marechal in Rue Bonaparte, Paris. We bought the flowers in honor of La Fête du Muguet from La Boutique des Saints-Pères an artisan florist on rue des Saints-Pères.
The Garden of Ninfa
In the spring of 2015 we went to my favorite garden.
Ninfa, was created by the Caetani family – hidden away in the great Pontine plain, it is a romantic ‘English’ garden set amongst Roman and Medieval ruins near the hill village of Sermoneta.
We were the first visitors of the season and the ruins were covered with delicate roses, cyclamens and violets carpeted the ground. Arum lilies fell over the stream which flowed through the abandoned village deserted during the middle ages due to malaria.
The feeling was magical and slightly melancholy. The ghosts of the Caetani ever present.
Wisteria, jasmine, roses and lavender prevail. Immense oaks, planes and beeches line the pathways. We will return in October to see the changes autumn will bring.
The Dites Moi
A walker alone in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris…it’s me!
Annie has just sent me this photo. It was taken in November 2011. I was in Paris with Annie Schlechter and we were meeting with Aline Chastel to discuss photos for an upcoming feature in WOI.
We wandered for hours sampling heavenly chausson aux pommes from Poilane and then to magasin sennelier on the quai Voltaire….
In Paris all the leaves were gone and the winter was closing in.
New website is now online
Tables for James Drake
ROYAL BLUE LACQUER WITH GILDED BRONZE LEGS.
JAMIE DRAKE BLUE WITH A GILDED EDGE.
STUDIO’S LATEST LAMPS
This is the new Trumpet Lamp, which is available in the same Variety of colours as the Spring Lamp.