VIVETTA Spring/Summer 2018

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Between history and legend, Andrey Remnev has inspired the 2018 Vivetta Spring-Summer collection.

Vivetta Ponti transfers his art onto the catwalk: his ancient, melancholic strokes, yet graphical and modern, his colours and the delicate and dream-like women, the main characters of his paintings.

 

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These noble, hypnotic ladies, suspended in a surreal atmosphere, emphasise his passion for detail and, more specifically, for embroidery. Vivetta’s dresses, just like canvases, portray a marvellous, enchanted universe, with a wealth of magical elements. A desecrating tribute to both the world of contemporary art and the Russian artist.

 

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A collage of refined hand-made decorations. Sophisticated sequin macramé and evanescent profiles. Dazzling Swarovski and pearl appliques. Precious brocades as well as bright, multi-coloured Haute Couture duchesses.

Remnev’s favourite motifs are directly transferred onto the dresses. Irises bloom on the fabrics, crossed by the featherweight flights of dragonflies, butterflies and swallows. In addition to these, there are also elements taken from the underwater and woodland world. In the eternal surreal interplay of transformism, nature overcomes the real dimension: fantastic animals such as fish and winged creatures blossom in splendid flowers.

 

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Skirts that are as light as clouds and volumes emphasised by puffy crinolines. Cascades of raw edged tulle. Transparencies and micromesh lace. The crystal-studded organza is gradually blurred with delicate, lightweight feathers. The lightness of these fabrics is contrasted with those of a sturdier nature. The bustier dress is rather striking with its exaggerated volumes in denim which is treated, woven and dyed by hand.

 

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The common thread linking these two inspirational worlds, which are only apparently poles apart, is actually jeans, that co-exist in this collection. Revisited, faded and embroidered denim with bands of coloured feathers is used also for the footwear: for a true total look. There is a clear reference to a typically-90s POP underground style in terms of fit, volumes and prints. Oversized garments and hyper-feminine outfits. Organza, fil coupé brocade and jacquard cotton that recall romantic tapestries.

 

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The little tassels that enrich them have also been taken from the world of furnishing and design.
Maxi T-shirts are worn over 1960-style mini-dresses adorned with minute, sparkling sequins. Flaming, acid-coloured embroideries with sporty elements also for dresses in silk satin. The emerald green dress, with a deep side split, matching feather train and boa is a real key piece.

 

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The cut and paste effect is ensured by the styling: a top recalling a baseball T-shirt, with contrasting lace on its sleeves and a red carpet-worthy skirt. Also the black dress, with its decorated white satin bodice, that in terms of cut and silhouette perfectly complies with the design codes of this mood, has been created by wearing a short T-shirt over a tulle skirt. The elements of decor which Remnev was so fond of, can be seen once again in the prints, on shirts and short dresses, that have been re-elaborated according to a decidedly more contemporary taste.

 

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The range of colours is amazing. The light, dusty hues of the purest dawns from soft blue to baby pink, clash with the unique fluo colours and plenty of gold, a clear reference to the precious pigments blended by hand and used by the artist himself, as in the past.
Accessories: high cuissard boots and bow mules, either glittered or in bright pastel colours. Delicate “profiled” ballerina shoes in clashing hues.

 

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http://www.vivetta.it/

 

A Dynamic Outdoor Collection

MATTEO THUN AND ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ DESIGN

“ALLAPERTO” FOR ETHIMO

A DYNAMIC, VERSATILE OUTDOOR COLLECTION DESIGNED FOR HOSPITALITY

 

GRAND HOTEL – The lux version

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Keep the bones – change the dress: by changing the outfits Allaperto’s body transforms. It dresses up for four different worlds and chooses particular accessories. One single shape, one structure appearing in different looks.

 

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Long Island, at ease. Elegant and refined, with its white lacquered wood and hand-woven seating, GRAND HOTEL masters classical luxury at its best.

Details: Lounge chair, small dining armchair and adjustable sun lounger. Metal structure and white lacquered wood. Seating in Etwick fibre of two-tone plastic straps. Waterproof fabric cushions.

White laquered wood for parts of the corpus and a classic white, hand-woven and recyclable synthetic seating serves as elegant base for trimmed timeless chair pads, cushions and rolls. Generous sunbeds come with canopies.

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Alpine scenery, snow-capped wood lands, sunlit terraces. Tailored for high-altitude settings MOUNTAIN embraces nature. It echoes its beauty and elements: from natural teak wood, to pure wool and cashmere.

Details: Lounge chair, small dining armchair and adjustable sun lounger. Metal structure meets nature.

Partly covered with stained teakwood MOUNTAIN presents a bark netted seating topped with different paddings. A luxurious sleeping bag version padded with either shearling or pile cares for cosiness. The zipper makes it easy to slip in, a Velcro simplifies its fixing. To set a sign on the terrace the lounge chair, dining chair and the adjustable sunbed are covered in woven Etwick fibre or technical fabric with a typical tartan alpine pattern.

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http://www.matteothun.com/

 

 

 

 

The Devonshire Club London Designed By March & White

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A private members club has a peculiarly complex purpose. Add to this, 70 hotel suites above for the use of members and the logistics, functionality and performance require scientific analysis. Aesthetically, each room, each space of the club, needed to have a sense of the unique whilst being an episode in a larger, entire, piece.

 

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To commit to creating a large, significant and very valuable piece of art is to prepare to meet some very formidable challenges. Devonshire Club was no exception to the theory. At March & White, they always work with the best craftsmen using the very finest authentic materials to ensure everything is completed to the highest quality standard. Furnitureworks are a Sussex based craft furniture makers with a reputation for producing the very highest quality upholstery. Working closely with them. 

March & White were able to interpret the organic curves and forms of mid-century style into our own, absolutely contemporary furniture.

 

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The philosophy for Devonshire Club was to create an elegant and iconic destination for London’s city elite; a glamourous and subtly feminine space which confidently spoke of creativity, vibrancy and sophistication. Distilling inspiration from both mid-century modern design and couture, March & White created a series of distinctive spaces. These, each very individual, are, separate but still subtly connected in series, resulting in an intriguing journey from the moment of entering the club.

 

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The mood is one of glamour and elegance with a vibrant, and very contemporary, undercurrent. Their take on the primary colour palette is visible through our selection of fabrics and finishes, creating a unique version of the Mondrian palette that boasts a timeless feel throughout the entire club.

 

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http://www.marchandwhite.com/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/marchandwhite/

Hossein Rezvani

21 – ST CENTURY PERSIAN CARPETS

 

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Hossein Rezvani is the only brand to offer contemporary carpets Made in Isfahan, Iran, with up to 1.000.000 knots per square meter and is very proud to bring this cultural heritage back into today‘s contemporary living spaces.

 

 

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Hossein Rezvani carpets are produced exclusively with the best raw materials. Using Persian cork- and highland wool, the most durable and best quality wool in the world and pure natural silk. Also refrain from using mechanical or chemical treatments. Natural dyes are a must, which not only preserves the sublime characteristics of the high quality natural materials but also underlines the vibrant colors and shine of these timeless masterpieces. The result is a unique craftsmanship that carries the seal of quality „Made in Isfahan“.

 

 

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Persian carpets have always been and remain profoundly entrenched in Iranian culture and the daily lives of its people. For generations, the Rezvani‘s have produced and distributed masterpieces from their home country. Hossein, who is the third generation of a family to be involved in this profession, is dedicated and passionate about the rug industry and he gives the traditional Persian rug a contemporary twist. Each single rug designed by Hossein has the desire to bring forth something new that holds an emotionally touching and enduring value. 
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During manufacture, a significant value is placed on reinterpreting classic craftsmanship and combining this with design that is contemporary and simultaneously elegant. Another main aspect is to avoid mass production and rather to produce a bespoke rug that may be inherited by future generations of families. Thus, creating a modern classic for the 21st century.

 

 

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http://hosseinrezvani.com/

Instagram @hossein_rezvani

 

Equestrian Gift

Riedel Horse Decanter

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Riedel Crystal, the 261 year-old global leader in varietal-specific glassware (where form follows function as its wineglass shapes are created to enhance the experience and taste of a specific grape variety), also create stunning mouth-blown decanters. The sophisticated equine-inspired Riedel Horse Decanter stands at an impressive 23-5/8 inches tall with an equine profile decorating its interior – a true showstopper.Horse Decanter Kopie

Designed by 11th-generation Riedel Crystal CEO Maximilian J. Riedel, the Horse decanter was inspired not only by the Chinese Zodiacback in 2014, but also by the famous Royal Lipizzans, the rare, aristocratic breed, whose line, like the Riedel line, resided in Austria.

More than an object of beauty, the decanter is also a powerful tool, much like the energy and performance embodied by the Lipizzan breed. First bred by the Hapsburgs in the 16th century, the Lipizzan represent the prime equestrian specimen of the Baroque era and today remain symbols of pomp and circumstance throughout Europe. The decanter’s colour, defined by a single stripe of black crystal that runs the decanter’s length and outlines its interior equine profile, also takes its inspiration from the Lipizzan breed who are born black and turn white as they grow into adults.

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I have long been fascinated by horses, both as animals of strength and performance as well as of elegance, in addition to the role they have played for generations in cultures throughout the world,” comments Maximilian. “With the Riedel Horse decanter, I strove to create a functional and powerful wine tool that simultaneously reflects the innate beauty, sophistication, and authority of a horse.

The decanter’s concave profile also aids in wine’s decanting process. After pouring wine into the decanter, shaking the vessel until a thin layer of bubbles forms helps to oxygenate the wine, dramatically improving its aeration and the flavour profile of the given grape varietal. As it opens the wine by “charging” it, the Riedel Horse performs a traditionally time-consuming task at high speed, while remaining regal and refined like the Austrian Lipizzans.

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https://riedel.co.uk/

Instagram @riedeluk

 

 

 

Sama Eyewear

Sama Eyewear  Sunglasses Are The World’s Finest And Most Exclusive Luxury Sunglasses For Men And Women.

We had the pleasure to interview the founder and eyewear designer Sheila Vance.

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What drew you to a Eyewear designer and specifically to starting your own brand?

There were several factors at work within when I decided to embark on a career in eyewear.  For as long as I can remember and since I was a child wearing glasses —  I felt that wearing eyewear ​was a “sentence” and a burden for people. I was different and stood out but not for a positive reason and children can be cruel so the downside of associations with eyewear always stuck with me. 

It was corrective and necessary but not joyful to find or buy because there was not a sense of fashion, fun and whimsy or a great way to express oneself like when buying a handbag or earring or necklace.

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Very early on in my career ​I had stores and was importing and selling accessories including sunglasses.
​I thought that this was perhaps the most important accessory anyone would put on every day, framing their face and highlighting their features, giving a first impression to the world but there was nothing truly beautiful or inspiring about it. I found quickly that most of it was a bit boring or basic, uninspired or low quality. I found myself often thinking of what could be better or different to make a specific frame into a fantastic accessory for the face. I thought that eyewear could and should enhance your beauty not detract from it. I wanted people to feel happy, fashionable, beautiful and joyful buying and wearing their eyewear. I knew that an eyewear wardrobe was possible of great shapes styles, materials ​and looks from a beach weekend to work week and boardroom or ball room cocktail or couture. Just like clothing and other accessories​. So my research began from there to understand the engineering and manufacturing. 
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Then came the loss of my son which was of course life altering. I was unable to think about continuing on life in the same way I had lived before. I needed a creative outlet and wanted to find a business that could be an ongoing source of income to fund the foundation I was starting in his name. It was almost a calling as a way to fill my creative needs, honor my commitment to the Sam Vance Foundation to support drug addicted youth in their path to sobriety as well as prevention and to introduce a concept of beauty to change the perception of eyewear in the world. I needed to find and connect to something beautiful and find something meaningful to believe in again. 

The idea of a better vision – a clear vision and a better future for those wearing glasses and those suffering with addiction​ all came together for me through eyewear and Sama was born.​

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From where do you get your design inspiration?
​For me, ​inspiration can come from anywhere. I travel extensively and enjoy art, fashion and textiles, architecture and design, nature hikes, and beaches around the world. I have found that jewelry, cars, and buildings have lines, curves, shapes, and details that I can translate into eyewear in meaningful ways. It is also easy to find inspiration daily in the amazing cultures and people I have met along the way in urban cities and remote locals globally.​
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From our our Sahara Collection which featured stained glass elements with ancient symbolism and rich colors of the desert to deCode: Los Angeles and our my newest technically advanced full metal Mechanix collection being introduced later this year, I continue to find inspiration in objects d’art, people and places I love and admire who push me to move the needle in terms of design and technology to new heights. 
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L​ocally in Los Angeles were Sama was born and raised so to speak,​ we created an entire collection that was inspired by the influencersdisruptorstastemakers and activists who make up the incredible city combining​ the golden luxe of Hollywood Glamour and star power with intricate specialized techniques for an overt the top look with hidden details representing how beyond the glitterati is the undercurrent of the culture to embrace issues and causes that difference in the world. 
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We are eclectic in our materials and often we have introduced materials that were not traditionally used in the eyewear and optical business.  Titanium, Carbon Fiber, wood buffalo horn, acetate and precious metals  ( gold and platinum) are the main core of our materials but we have also included leather, feathers, pearls and processes or techniques such as laser cutting and lamination, enamel cloisonne, beads and Swarovski crystals in our pieces.
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How would you describe the style of your Eyewear brand?

Just as our materials are eclectic our style is eclectic too. For Sama ​”style” is a broad based word where we appeal to a global, luxury shopper who is a individual ​who is an influencer not an adapter. We are a brand for those who are noticed of we have a sharp, strong varied range of styles and collections from sporty to glamorous,  simple to ornate, simple and delicate and wild and bold. ​While I consider the Sama products and brands in a category of our own in the premium luxury market, each of our collections can be defined and described as​ ​individual, unique, distinctive and of the highest quality.

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If you had to choose a favourite piece you have designed, what would it be?

This is such a hard question to answer — because I love so many of our frames for so many reasons and because each pair has a story and a journey that is so personal to me. 

​Each and every design starts a new creative process with new directions, twists and turns. I have often said that we have a great love affair with our collection.
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And for me, with this being my life work – Sama Eyewear is ​basically a romance​ -​ epic almost – with so much time, attention, passion and love poured into each pair. From my first inspiration to paper sketches to computer work, the natural elements and materials we select and the details we pour into each pair back and forth over several continents touching hundreds of hands.
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For me, each story has the most beautiful ending.  It is hard to choose because once the story ends – I start the next with the same intensity, love and​ commitment and I am in a new romance. There are certainly specific pieces or collections we introduced to the market that were influential or award-winning. Some were disruptive or elevated the market and countless hundreds were copied. Basically, I want someone to find their love story with their perfect frames to create their wardrobe to compliment their life. Eyewear is the most important accessory we wear every day to express our individuality and style, highlight our features, frame the face and give us a picture perfect vision in life. Sama is part of that vision. 
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What is your life philosophy?

The name SAMA comes from the old Sanskrit meaning from no beginning no end.  A circle, a cycle, a continuation which applies to everything in life and something I believe. We can not look back, not change the past so every experience leads to the next and contributes to our path and pushing us onward and forward. I believe that we are always continuing on the journey and we need to take with us what is good no looking back no regrets​. I believe that everything happens for a reason.  A door may seem to close but another is absolutely opening even if you don’t see it at first. 

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We will only be our best if we surround ourselves with the best, brightest those who share the missions and visions we set forth in our “cycle” of business, friendships and life. We have only one life to live and since it is in essence a cycle with no beginning and no end, we need to be sure we include only the good in the cycle so it will continue with positivity and resulting good. I have come through considerable adversities in life and have found a path to a happy and successful life and business – but it did not come easy and it did not happen to me, I had to create the intentions and make it happen for myself with great people at my side​.

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https://samaeyewearshop.com/

Instagram @samaeyewear

MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD’S EXOTIC RED O…

Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed the Red O, a new flagship restaurant.

 

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Newport Beach is known as one of the largest upmarket shopping destinations in the United States. It’s was a perfect location for Master Chef Rick Bayless to open a flag ship for his modern Mexican cuisine style Restaurant Red O

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The 9000sq feet eatery was custom built for the sole purpose of fun. I designed the entry to include a tequila temple, a structure tented and vaulted reaching 14 ft. high with walls of limestone niches reminiscent of a Turkish palace, housing the rarest and most exotic tequilas in the world. This space opens up to the main bar, clad in textured leather panels above Mexican tiles, I mixed in custom designed lanterns from Morocco and designed a vast Chandelier centered above the bar hung with a hundred hand blow glass Hundi lanterns.

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The main dining room design was inspired from San Miguel, an ancient town in Mexico where the aristocrats from Mexico City built their summer villas in the 19th century. The tile work that clads the walls I custom designed with Ann Sacks, adding distressed mirror paneling to create sparkle and romance at night. The main ceiling was covered in ottoman style lanterns with pierced brass work bases that throw delicate shadows across the room at night. I designed a central banquet to incorporate a vast planter where exotic palms and tropical orchids could be planted to create life and flow into the space, while pierced work Jali type screens punctuate the vast windows and add to the light play during the day.

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The terrace has a retractable ceiling and was clad in concrete tiles, custom designed and inspired from patterns in the Alhambra palace. Panels of sheer drapery add romance and create areas of privacy for diners, whilst a vast tile clad fireplacecreatesa cozy atmosphere in the winter months or chilly evenings.

Chef Bayless prides himself on his delicate flavors and spices that infuse his cuisine like no other in this field , the design too I spiced up to match his ethos and created a Restaurant that has many different areas to enjoy, whilst feeling rich, exotic and inviting.

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http://www.martynlawrencebullard.com/

Instagram @martynbullard