Sunday 28 August 2011

    wire whimsy


    I’m Carousel dreaming ~ coveting one of these gorgeously whimsical wire ‘lampes’ or table settings by the artist,

    Pascale Palun who works in her studio Vox Populi in Avignon on the  French Riviera.

    Romanticism and poetry are just some of the elements of Pascale Palun’s unique world.

    Romeo et Juliette


    In Vox populi, she has brought together linen of old and vintage objects,

    highlighting the passing of time, improbable wire assembled structures

    and objects (decorative items, lamps, and jewellery) of her own creation.

    A world full of grace and quirky beauty.

    Pascale Palun started creating lighting and decorative objects made from old materials when she took a break after 10 years in the fashion industry to raise her son. Since then, she’s done interior design for John Malkovich and makes regular appearances at the bi-annual Maison & Objet trade show, leading to commissions from around the world.

    Her philosophy is that each piece should be “unique, made by hand and imperfect.”

    L’Orguel lamp art by Vox Populi $1700

    {Images via  Vox Populi and French and Country}

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    Sunday 21 August 2011

    Liana Yaroslavsky’s Charming French Atelier


    More Liana infatuation! Enjoy this re-posting featuring the artist’s atelier from Swell City Guide.

    Liana fondly refers to her atelier as her “little nest.”

    It is a warm, tranquil and inspiring place where she is able to channel her inner peace

    and deeply connect with her artistic ideas and creativity.

    High ceilings, white walls and parquet flooring the color of honey create a haven where she can escape and tend to her creations undisturbed. Only the sun peaks in through large windows, its rays reflecting off of floor-length mirrors and elegant crystal chandeliers that bathe the atelier in peace, clarity and light.

    The spacious, 105m² workspace also doubles as Liana’s showroom where admirers and the curious can gather to view her exclusive table creations. Her extraordinary collection is unlike any other, as novelties like glass baubles, crystal bubbles and entire chandeliers are somehow magically encased in a transparent veil of glass. Once inside Liana’s atelier, the connection between its luminous character and her ingenious table collection is revealed.

    And here is an excerpt from Design Ties that captures Liana’s compelling and fascinating life story.

    Liana was born in Leningrad and lived a young life filled with art, music, and end evenings at the Kirov Ballet. Her grandfather played the piano, her grandmother painted waterclours, and her father was an art book editor.

    When Liana turned 9, she and her mother emigrated to Israel, leaving her father and grandmother behind in Russia. Ten years later, Liana did military service, going for 4:00AM runs and learning how to use weapons. And at the same time, she was taking dance and art classes and becoming a model. By the age of 20, she had been married and divorced. Before taking a divorce, consider visiting the page of divorced at 30 to know the considerations in that matter.

    She left Israel to go to New York with a film director. She learned sculpting, painting, and graphic design at Parsons School of Design and joined the largest graphic arts studio in New York City after graduating. Then she promptly quit to marry a Frenchman and move to Paris. She became the artistic director at a graphic design agency there, and eventually created her own studio. And then as she wondered if someone would discover her, she discovered herself.

    Liana had a Murano chandelier she had fallen in love with, but she didn’t know what to do with it. One day, she decided to change her coffee table. She took the chandelier, turned it upside down, spread out the branches like flowers on a bed of 19th century watercolours, and put it all into a plexiglass cube. It was Liana’s first creation, and the start of the realization of her dream to create art.

    {Images via Design Ties & Swell City Guide}

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    Friday 19 August 2011

    table decadence :: Liana Yaroslavsky


    Liana Yaroslavsky is a Paris-based artist and designer who proves that the beauty of traditional chandeliers can be found on the floor as well as on the ceiling.

    The “Haute Couture Coffee Tables” collection by Liana

    combines baroque decadence with modern materials, and are assembled in her Parisian studio.

    Yaroslavsky has created a series of artistic coffee tables with a limited edition of 12 in each story. The plexiglass coffee tables are filled with antique chandeliers that have been dismantled and recreated in an exciting, eye-catching way. Materials such as Murano glass chandeliers, Napoleon III tapestries, Versailles floors and Bohemian crystals are some examples of the unique nature of Yaroslavsky’s deliciously decadent work.

    Decadence ~ Swedish chandelier, its crystal braiding falls like fine champagne from a gold leafed crown over the 18-century tapestry of Napoleon III with its serpentine arabesques.

    Maure de Venise ~ Black mirror occupies the floor base while a black crystal Murano chandelier rests on top, its branches shooting out through the plexiglass.

    L’Esquisse ~ 19th century watercolors are strewn about the base of the table under the 17th century Murano chandelier, its branches dispersed like a fallen star.

    Cocaine ~ a broken lustre white chandelier lies on a snow white tile base, like a junkie who succumbs to the merciless white lady.

    Le Bal ~ Inspired by the Tsar’s royal ball in Anna Karenina, Le Bal includes piano keys, wings made from real feathers, 19th century piano compositions, and two crystal chandeliers.

    Liana’s own description is quite poetic: “The scence, inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, centers around the Tsar’s royal ballet. Keys of a neglected piano form a circular fan around two white wings made from real feathers…we are, after all, at the Ball of Angels. 19th century piano compositions for lovers are scattered within the base of the coffee table.  The crystal chandelier (also 19th c.) are embellished with feathers. Allegro moderato, yes, but who is leading this dance? Who are the dancers? The answer is obvious: our own imagined memories.” 

    The ‘Haute Couture Coffee Tables’ collection by artist and graphic designer turned furniture innovator Liana Yaroslavski mixes baroque decadence with modern materials. Venetian chandeliers are dismantled, turned upside down and put back together to be encased in sleek plexiglass; precious and rare tapestries, original Versailles floors, Bohemian crystals and the like are incorporated into the mix like a still life painting of unexpected styles. Yaroslavski does all the fabrication and assembly in her Parisian studio, but the beginnings of her collection were unexpected even to the designer herself.

    After falling in love with and buying a Murano chandelier at Drouot, Liana had the brilliant idea of incorporating it in to an old coffee table she was in the process of rejuvenating. “I turn the chandelier upside down, spread its branches on a bed of watercolours and inserted the whole thing in a plexiglass cube,” she explains. “This is my first creation.”

    After years of development and the chemistry of creation,

    Liana Yaroslavsky has produced a collection of tables with a

    sophisticated mix of Versailles and Rock ‘n’ Roll aesthetics.

    And how we do adore them!

    Qld Homes

    {Images and source Liana Yaroslavsky website ` it’s beautiful with the most divine artist sketches}

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    Wednesday 17 August 2011

    say it with flowers


    Oroton Jewellery inspired by flowers for Spring.

     David Jones celebrated Spring with a night of fashion and old style pink lemonades….

    The amazing Anna Plunkett + Luke Sales from Romance Was Born,

    adorned each look with OROTON jewellery pieces, creating tribal warrior fashion warfare on the catwalk.

    And I adore these pretty keyrings.

    {Images via Oroton blog}

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    Saturday 6 August 2011

    please let me duck away


    Sometimes you just want to float away and duck all responsibilities!

    This wasn’t my favourite week but there were some beautiful moments…

    {Image la la lovely via pinterest}

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    Saturday 6 August 2011



    This painting is posted in homour of my mum. During a quiet moment at a family funeral this week, I remembered all the things I love about her and the importance of kin. I miss her often.

    Chrysanthemums :: Cheerfulness, optimism, rest, truth, long life, joy.

    Horace G. Hewes, Chrysanthemums  1880, oil on wood panel

    Chrysanthemum are considered to be a noble flower in Asian culture, with a history that dates back to 15th century B.C. Chrysanthemum mythology is filled with a multitude of stories and symbolism.  The chrysanthemum signifies a life of ease. Symbolic of powerful Yang energy, this flower is an attractant of good luck in the home. Named from the Greek prefix “chrys“ meaning golden (its original color) and “anthemion,” meaning flower.

    Daisy-like with a typically yellow center and a decorative pompon, chrysanthemums symbolize optimism and joy. They’re the November birth flower, the 13th wedding anniversary flower.  A symbol of the sun, the Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the chrysanthemum’s petals to represent perfection, and Confucius once suggested they be used as an object of meditation.  It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will encourage a long and healthy life.

    Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb. Tao Yanming was the first historical breeder in 400 A.D. After his death, his native city was named ~Juxian~ meaning ~City of Chrysanthemums. It is believed that the flower may have been brought to Japan in the 8th century AD, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal and sat on the Chrysanthemum throne.  There is a “Festival of Happiness” in Japan that celebrates the flower. The flower was brought to Europe in the 17th century.

    {Image Horace G. Hewes via Debutantes Ball}

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    Wednesday 3 August 2011

    for a good cause


    In an interview with Margaret Olley she talked about the joy of giving.

    ‘I just don’t understand why it isn’t contagious!’ she said!

    And so I am posting the upcoming event to support the charity I work for that supports people with high need disabilities. I’d love you to buy a ticket and enjoy a lunch with lively discourse!

    And a big thank you to Anna at Absolutely Beautiful Things for posting this event and encouraging people to support it! x

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    Tuesday 2 August 2011

    sunshine in a dud day


    Some days just don’t behave! Today was one of those, and just when I’d had enough of life’s adventures

    ~ gashed knee after tripping and flying spectacularly through the air;

    pear shaped event pressure; and a funeral tomorrow…

    I saw this apt image on Absolutely Beautiful Things this afternoon when I dropped by Black & Spiro.

    My dud day got better when I visited Anna with my collection of Monte Lupo artworks.

    Anna is enamoured with the work of a Monte Lupo artist and the timing of my visit was perfect.

    Thank you Anna for putting some yellow in my day!

    {Image Dare Yourself Absolutely Beautiful Things via coco & kelley}

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    Monday 1 August 2011

    Absolutely Beautiful Things ~ bravo Anna!


    Anna Spiro’s online store opens beautifully!

    Now you can virtually pop into her online store to pick up some unusual treasures…

    As a fellow Brisbanite, I’ve enjoy the indulgent pleasure of  visiting Anna’s interior design store

    Black and Spiro lured by the eye-candy window displays

    and inspired by her Absolutely Beautiful Things blog.

    About the launch, she writes, “First and foremost I am a designer and I really wanted that to be reflected in our online store. I wanted to create something which was different and exciting. . . .  In an attempt to make this succeed I thought it would be wonderful to present a series of seasonal vignettes, which will showcase special things I have either found or had custom made…. I really want to showcase items in our store which are very special, unique and of high quality and once sold out it is our intention not to repeat items.”

    The way in which we are going to present the store is the most exciting part. Each season {Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn and maybe a few other special dates in between like Christmas and Easter} we will upload a beautiful image of our selected goods for that season which I have put together in a room scene/vignette. 

    The store is laid out as a “vignette” where each item is numbered, and you can click the product numbers for more details and purchasing info. Anna’s first vignette is the Winter look, comprising a mixture of one-off vintage/collectable items, custom made items and other limited edition pieces.

    And  I’m dreaming of a wild shopping spree…

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    Sunday 31 July 2011

    Mozart’s Sister :: Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart


    The Family Mozart. Nannerl sings, Wolferl plays, Papa dominates.

    I was fully immersed this lavish costume drama with elaborate sets and luscious music about

    accomplished singer, harpsichordist and violinist Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart

    is Wolfgang’s elder by five years and a musical prodigy in her own right

    who also composes some wonderful music.

    Mozart’s Sister

    French writer-director Rene Feret’s film about the sister of the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    is grandly set in 18th-century pre-revolutionary France.

    Written, directed and produced by René Féret, “Mozart’s Sister” is a re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart (played by Marie Féret, the director’s daughter), five years older than Wolfgang (David Moreau) and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, Nannerl has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold (Marc Barbe) tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French revolution Europe. Approaching marriageable age and now forbidden to play the violin or compose, Nannerl chafes at the limitations imposed on her, until a friendship with the son and daughter of King Louis XV offers an alternative.

    Nannerl strikes a friendship with Princesse Louise de France (played by Marie Feret’s sibling, Lisa), who is one of the many illegitimate children of Louis XV. Louise with her sibling sisters have been banished to Fontevraud Abbey 250 km from Paris, while the sons, in contrast, remain at court. The two girls’ fates mirror each other as events shaped by the male-dominated world in which they live subvert their dreams. At Versailles, Nannerl comes into contact with the Dauphin of France (Clovis Fouin), the future Louix XVI, and a rather charming romance develops. However, the tone gradually darkens as the Dauphin becomes insanely intense.

    We are transported by stagecoach through a winter wonderland,

    to the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles and the more austere Abbey.

    For 40 years, René Féret has been France’s most autonomous filmmaker, serving as his own writer, producer and even distributor. For Feret, Nannerl, Mozart’s Sister is clearly a labour of love, drawing on the talents of his daughters and those of his wife, Fabienne, as producer and editor, and their son, Julien, as his first assistant and in a small onscreen role. Feret was permitted to film at Versailles. Mozart’s Sister is beautifully shot with grand costumes and locations.

    The music is a classical feast for viewers and central to the story. It is a wonderful companion to the film; from practice sessions, to salon performances including pure Mozart and fanciful pieces (by Marie-Jeanne Serero) portrayed as compositions by Nannerl, which she undoubtedly would have written but sadly did not survive her. Heather Cameron.

    I thought this review by Philippa Hawker beautifully captured the film.

    French director Rene Feret imagines, in an intriguing, deftly integrated mixture of biography and fantasy, realism and fairytale, what the world of this adolescent girl might have been like. Her name was Maria Anna and she was known within the family as Nannerl; she was five years older than her brother, musically gifted and part of the Mozart travelling show that went around Europe, astounding crowned heads, courtiers and fellow musicians. She was a virtuoso on the harpsichord and accompanied her brother; there is evidence, in his correspondence, that she composed music but sadly none of it survives.

    When Mozart’s Sister begins, the father, Leopold (Marc Barbe) is taking the family – his compliant wife (Delphine Chuillot), 14-year-old Nannerl (played by Feret’s daughter Marie) and nine-year-old Wolfgang (David Moreau) – to perform at the French court. The coach in which they are travelling is damaged and they seek shelter in a nearby abbey. They discover that several of Louis XV’s younger daughters have been dispatched there, to live a cloistered existence far away from palace life and without any contact with their parents.

    Nannerl strikes up a friendship with Louise (played by Lisa Feret, another of the director’s children), a year her junior – isolated, precocious, yearning for companionship. To her, the Mozart family seem almost ideal and she’s smitten with Nannerl, while what Feret shows us is a sense of warmth mixed with deprivation.

    Leopold is focused on his son, on presenting Wolfgang to best advantage and highlighting his musical gifts and compositions. It is not a harsh portrait of the father, although it is clear his ambitions and restrictions tightly constrain Nannerl’s life. Women are not equipped to compose, Leopold says, and they should not play the violin – and Nannerl wants to do both. We also see the combination of intensity and playfulness with which the children embrace the musical life that is all they know – they might be drilled to perform for their supper but there’s a lovely, fleeting night-time scene in which they exuberantly sing harmonies together, then rush to the keyboard to work out the composition.

    At Versailles, Nannerl comes into contact with the Dauphin (Clovis Fouin), the future Louix XVI, a seemingly remote and quietly tormented figure who is scandalised by his father’s sexual exploits. This is a more fanciful element of the story and it explores desire and repression in different terms;

    Nannerl is required to disguise herself as a boy to speak to the Dauphin, a pretence that gives her a taste of freedom, a partial sense of a world not normally open to her. It also gives her, briefly, a licence for musical exploration.

    I am now interested to know more about Nannerl and am interested to read In Mozart’s Shadow: His Sister’s Story by Carolyn Meyer

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