Wednesday, June 10, 2015
I love how the balconies and windows of Milan overflow with flowers and vegetation! I show you these examples not because they are so special or unique but because it’s so common! It’s like a gift to the city because the people in that apartment get to enjoy it a little bit but it really just beautifies the city. It’s much more common in Milan than in Rome or Florence or almost any other city in Italy.
Come on New York we need to up our flower game!
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
It’s so odd that when I flip through a book like this, Antiques In Italian Interiors Vol II, I get lost in imagining what it must have been like to actually live in these spaces.
I don’t get so caught up in the chair designs or the frescos on the wall, but instead I think, how fun it must have been to create a space like this.
And unlike modern design which is so minimalist right now, I love the mix of colors and texture and pattern. It really is an education in truly beautiful design. Design for no other effect than beauty and to make a great impression on the viewer. There’s very little “form follows function” in this book and a lot of “bella figura,”Â (beautiful shape).
When I go to Florence this month I hope to meet with Mario Ciampi, maybe he’ll have a few interesting stories from photos in this book.
Antiques In Italian Interiors Volume II
By Roberto Valeriani
Photographs by Mario Ciampi
Published by Verba Volant Ltd.