Archive for July, 2015

I love being able to say that I live in the oldest house in Venice.

When I moved in, there wasn’t even an opening in the curb for the driveway.  Needless to say, a lot has changed since then.  Come to think of it, a lot has changed since these photos were taken too!

Too see more of Andreas von Einsiedel’s beautiful photographs, check out the project on my Houzz.com profile.




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In my last entry, The Trocadéro dream-flat, I referenced Eileen Gray’s Transat armchair (shown above.)  I have such respect for the chair and its brilliant creator that I will give it a little spin-off post.


One of the true masters of furniture: Gray’s body of work and recognition were compromised by the gender inequality of her era.  This chair was conceived for the brilliantly relaxed 1920s house, E 1027, she designed with her boyfriend Jean Bodaovici on the French Riviera (shown below.)


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Amanda Levete, architect, discusses the Transat chair (from the Victoria & Albert Museum website)

“To create, one must first question everything.” -Eileen Gray

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My designer friends have probably already seen French designer François Champsaur’s recent apartment interior in the Trocadéro neighborhood of Paris, but it features two furniture makers that deserve a mention so I am posting it anyway.

In we go!


The shelves were designed by Champsaur for Pouenat


The dining table and bench are designed by Christian Liaigre (below) paired with LC8 stool from Cassina.  The light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman, the fittings are by Dornbracht, the countertops on the custom cabinetry are by Bulthaup, and one wall is sheathed in Carrara marble


Shown above is the Infante lounge chair designed by Liaigre.

Back to the apartment…

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The one and only Transat armchair (above) designed by Eileen Gray.

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The wonderful arts education organization of which I am a proud board member: Inner-City Arts will be throwing its annual summer party on July 25th!  The effect I have seen their programs have on children and educators continues to inspire me.  And they’re not messing around with the food, wine, and entertainment either!  Check out this link and the flyer for delicious details (Guerrilla Tacos, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Silver Lake Wine, and more!) and please share with others.

It will be a night to remember!

All proceeds support free arts education for underserved youth.


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