Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Reading List…Antiques In Italian Interiors Volume II



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,” (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.



Book Details:

Antiques In Italian Interiors Volume II

By Roberto Valeriani

Photographs by Mario Ciampi

Published by Verba Volant Ltd.






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  1. With Or Without Shoes

    June 3, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Not my style for my place but I adore watching this kind of art.

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  2. Liz

    June 3, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    antique furniture is gorgeous

  3. sandy

    June 3, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Love the table with the statues; just this table in a room, and the decoration is all done :)

  4. Archana

    June 3, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    You must be the only one who is not carried away by the kinfolk / Scandi interiors.

  5. Lis

    June 3, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Trying to wrap my head around the total number of hours of labor/genius, it took to create every room. Infinity and beyond. Not to mention, what lives/stories had to cross paths to create such rooms. Uh-may-zing… =)

  6. Mavis

    June 3, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    No wonder modernism happened!

  7. Blog Alto EStilo

    June 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Que lugar Lindo de bonito, AMEI

  8. milex

    June 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    This is so captivating for my eyes.

  9. Mónica Sors

    June 4, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Like this style ;)


  10. Karen4

    June 4, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I could get lost for hours in this book! I, too, imagine what it would be like to have lived in rooms like these. That’s why I love museums such as the Pitti Palace, Doges Palace, Versailles (yes, it’s not Italian, but their furniture is also exquisite!) and the like. Thank you for introducing this new volume.

  11. dario fattore

    June 4, 2015 at 8:39 am

    fantastica l arte con tutte le sue sfaccettature

    dario fattore –

  12. Cristiana

    June 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Beautiful. Just one comment, “bella figura” in italian it’s a figurative way to say (you make a) a good impression.

  13. Hunter Goss

    June 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Whenever I see a book like this, I can’t help but think about all the skills necessary to create the interiors and furnishings – - a truly unfettered connection between concept and object.

  14. Imogen

    June 5, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Yes, i could’t live with it, but it’s sublime in its own way. I think the finest example of this kind of opulent interior is in the Doria Pamphilj Gallery/Palazzo in Rome, for which there are no words…

  15. Peti Lau

    June 7, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Brava* Stunning!

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  16. Ayesha Rajpoot

    June 7, 2015 at 4:53 pm

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  17. Susannah I. Sherwood

    June 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I always perceive this decor as so much stage setting, intended for public anterooms akin to the American parlor of a century ago, that is, not for daily living but rather to impress in social gatherings. In my mind’s eye, the true, comparatively comfortable living quarters are hidden behind the gilded mirrors and stiff damasks.

  18. ER Albay

    June 11, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Whenever I see books like this with a lovely interior decorations I can’t help my self of imagining that I am actually touching those unique designs.

  19. Frip

    October 13, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Like this style too ;)

  20. Alejandra

    March 16, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Hello, I love the color palette is in every room of this wonderful Italian palace, the colors of the walls blend perfectly with the furniture. It’s like the jewelry of colors that enhances our clothing.

  21. Ford Focus

    October 22, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Amazing ….i see books like this with a lovely interior decorations I can’t help my self of imagining that I am actually touching those unique designs

  22. Ritoot

    February 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Gorgeous website, such a nice article because we like this, Stylish Outfits are very beautiful

  23. John

    May 22, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I like your reviews and collection, thanks for share.

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