Wednesday, July 29, 2009

1920-1960 armchairs

Jacques Emile Ruhlmann (1878-1933).Louis Sue (1875-1968) & André Mare (1885-1932)Louis Sue (1875-1968) & André Mare (1885-1932)
Sant' Elia Chair, Giuseppe Terragni, 1933A Maurice Dufrene armchair, mahogany, 1925.Designed by louis Herman De KoninckGobert, Bruxelles, 1923
An armchair designed by Luigi Vietti in 1936An armchair fom 1936A beautiful armchair in Macassar eboby from the 30's.

1940An armchair in beech from the 40'sAn André Arbus (1903-1969) armchair

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Sunday, July 19, 2009


Gigondas is a charming small Provencal village in the southern Rhone region of France. Its name comes from Latin: "Jocunditas" means pleasantness and charm.

St Catherine d'Alexandrie, the village church, dates from the 11th century.

Gigondas lies at the foot of the " Dentelles de Montmirail," a mountainous ridge named for the lacy shape of its peaks. In the photo below, taken from one of these peaks, you can see my beautiful wife and the valley below carpeted with vineyards.

Gigondas wine is much like Chateauneuf du Pape but much less expensive. It's a very good buy.

We recommend " Moulin de la Gardette", the small family vineyard of Jean-Baptiste Meunier.
The average age of the vineyard is more than 30 years and it's grown without chemical weed killer. The grape harvest is handmade. Moulin de la Gardette wines are fruity, elegant , full-bodied and ages very well. Their price is very moderate. An excellent value!

La Petite Gardette 2007

Rich with fruit, smooth with a good lenght. An excellent inexpensive wine.

Gigondas "Cuvée Tradition" 2006

A full-bodied red. Grapes from vines between 20 and 60 years old.

Gigondas "Cuvée Tradition" 2007

80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault. wait 2 or 3 years before dinking it

Gigondas "Cuvée Ventabren 2006"

70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% cinsault; deep ruby texture, nose of black fruits, it should drink for 15 years.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Designer Lighting

Three classical lamps by FLOS (You can't go wrong choosing one of them):
Chasen T designed by Patricia Urquiola a Spanish designer and architect who lives in Milan. She designed for many well-known firms.
Taccia a great classic designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962. It hasn't aged a day!
Ktribe T designed by Philippe Stark in 2007.

Cloud Floor by &'COSTA, an innovative Italian company, casts a gentle light . It was designed By Carlo Zerbaro ( he founded &'COSTA in 2000) and Alessandro Trentin. La Foule by "dix heure dix", a French design company, is a wall lamp in painted steel and printed glass, designed by Fabrice Berrux. When it was first presented it received an enormous acclaim.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Elegant Maids of Yesterday

There are few direct accounts given by servants in the 18th and 19th century. Most of the time what we know comes from a third party who gives either a very positive or revolting version of their life. The artists who created the paintings below show different portraits of maids who are very elegantly dressed in sophisticated fabrics, lace and simply superb caps. They are probably servants of the highest society of their time as few people were able to afford such a luxury.

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