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‘Wabi-Sabi’ – A Japanese Aesthetic

a quiet movement that's time has arrived

Mix-rarefattoAxel Vervoordt

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As last year ended, I began to contemplate what the New Year might hold, and I had the opportunity to focus on a design aesthetic that has been of interest to me, yet I did not know it’s name.  Upon investigation I discovered it’s called Wabi-Sabi, a queer term yet so insightful and thought-provoking that it attracted me immediately.  Among the extraordinary designers who I looked to for inspiration on the subject, Axel Vervoordt stands apart as the true devotee of the aesthetic.   It is because of him that I have become a disciple.

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African Art: Contributions to Art & Culture

masks, fetishes, and tribal symbolism

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Photo Credit Charles Sheeler 1919

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The appeal of collecting African Art is not a contemporary phenomenon.  Colonialists were attracted to tribal art as trophies and for their ethnological interest.  As far back as the 15th century, individuals were known to collect these mysterious fetishes and ceremonial objects to satisfy their curiosities.

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Deck The Halls

adding shimmer & sparkle with fabrics, wallcoverings, and trims

Chandelier at the Metropolitan Opera HouseThe Chandelier at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House

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My life as an interior designer is all about details.  I love to go to extremes whenever possible.  With the drab winter season fast approaching, I’m feeling the need for some shimmer and sparkle. Since my home is a total reflection of my life, I embarked this week on a shopping excursion in search of just that rare entity: fabrics, wallpapers, and trims that lend dramatic effects by virtue of their reflective qualities.

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Fortuny in the 21st Century

The 'Grand Manner' lives on...

Photograph by Erik Kvalsvik from Fortuny Interiors by Brian Coleman.  Reprinted with permission by Gibbs Smith.

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From the curiosity and passion of one person – Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo – a design empire was created that encompassed fine arts, photography, theatrical design, lighting, fashion and textilesThe inventor, and the world he created over one hundred years ago, still thrives and advances today thanks to Maury and Mickey Riad, the brothers who operate his namesake firm.

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