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Milan design fair

On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile (April 12-17) this week, Disney has put together a show of rooms inspired by its film TRON: Legacy.

Design companies including Studio Ito Design, LagoStudio, and AquiliAlberg have contributed creations, all of which were made using DuPont’s Corian solid surface, to outfit a ‘safe house’ inspired by movie character Kevin Flynn’s virtual home.

The project – which will be on display at Padiglione Visconti (via Tortona 58, Milano, in the Zona Tortona area) – features a bathroom with a tube mirror, a bedroom with a free-standing tree, and a futuristic home theater inspired by Flynn’s Arcade.

All rooms recreate the characteristic Tron feeling thanks to geometric forms and backlit elements.


Ligne Roset is proud to announce that their Ploum sofa, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec has won the title ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best 2011’ against stiff competition from the world of designer furniture. There were 4,433 product submissions from 60 countries from which the jury selected 650 winners, 50 of which were given the ‘best of the best’ distinction. This is the fifth ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best’ award that Ligne Roset has received since 2005, which is an amazing feat! The awards ceremony will take place in the Theatre Aalto in Essen, Germany on July 4th, 2011.

Ploum was one of the most exciting designer sofas to come out of IMM Cologne 2011. A spongy, rounded sofa that the Bouroullec brothers describe as being like ‘a ripe, voluptuous piece of fruit’, Ploum comes in a variety of colors, most notably in vibrant red, and is available as a loveseat or sofa. They put a lot of research into its creation, from the stretchy covering fabric and flexible foam material to its ample dimensions,making Ploum remarkable in terms of both style and comfort.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, designers of this award-winning sofa, collaborate with Ligne Roset and other manufacturers, while also working on architectural projects. They were discovered in 1997 with their ‘Dis-integrated Kitchen’ and have been working together on projects for leading and respected brands for over 10 years.

On the occasion of Easter, Hotel de Crillon suggests you to have brunch at the restaurant ‘Les Ambassadeurs’, on Sunday, 24th and Monday, 25th of April.

Make your reservation at

Hotel de Crillon

Ideally located on the famous Place de la Concorde, at the crossroads of History, arts and fashion, this 5-star luxury hotel is a former private residence offering discrete luxury in the heart of Parisian life.

Consider the marble, the mouldings, the crystal chandeliers and the guest rooms with their Louis XV-style appointments.. a masterpiece of French 18th-century architecture. Hotel de Crillon boasts a sumptuous classical décor revisited in the 21st-century style.


British design company LINLEY and French ‘sculpteurs de lumière’ LALIQUE have joined forces to create a unique, limited edition collection of jewellery boxes launching in both LINLEY and LALIQUE stores this spring. The boxes will also be available from LINLEY at Harrods. Marking the first collaboration between the two brands, the boxes epitomise the expertise of both: the fine work of LALIQUE crystal combined with LINLEY signature precious woods utilising the techniques of marquetry and inlay.

There are two boxes in the collection – The ‘Masque de Femme’ Jewellery Box & the ‘Perles’ Jewellery Box:

Made in Macassar ebony covered with vellum, the ‘Masque de Femme’ Jewellery Box is embellished with the iconic LALIQUE Masque de Femme motif, originally created by René Lalique in 1935 to adorn a fountain. It reveals the face of an enigmatic woman with delicate features surrounded by aquatic fauna. Twenty flower shaped crystals echo the beauty of this inlaid panel which is symbolic of the imaginative vision of its creator, who drew inspiration from both feminine and natural forms.

Masque de Femme jewellery box

The ‘Perles’ Jewellery Box contrasts the smooth satin-finish of LALIQUE crystal with the high gloss ebonised maple wood signature of LINLEY.

Perles jewellery box

Tajan is proud to present the upcoming Modern Art auction on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Espace Tajan. In addition to two exceptional sculptures by Auguste Rodin, we are proud to present paintings and sculptures of the highest quality by greats such as Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Emile Bernard, Germaine Richier, Emile Antoine Bourdelle, Ion Tuculescu, Serge Charchoune, Eugène Montezin, Edouard Cortes, Henri Lebasque, Marie Laurencin, Paul Signac, Georges Rouault, Charles Camoin, Henri Martin, André Derain, Pablo Picasso, André Dunoyer de Segonzac, Léopold Survage, Cherubino Pata, Louis Valtat…

Auguste RODIN (1840-1917)

Natalia Gontcharova (1881 – 1962)

Home Design Show

17-20 March 2011.  New York

The Kernel – David Harber

The Kernel is a very tactile garden sphere of river-washed puddle stones. A crisp slice has been removed from the sphere exposing a mirror polished stainless steel facade with a patinated kernel at the centre.

The Kernel is a curiously strong outdoor sculpture which is painstakingly hand-assembled. From the central core, a light source emanates an enchanting fragmented patchwork over the landscape around.

A very modern garden sculpture.

DAMIEN HIRST Pain, 2010 Gold-plated stainless steel, glass and lab rubies 22 x 28 inches (56 x 71 cm)

*Detail view

Diamonds are about perfection and clarity and wealth and sex and death and immortality. They are a symbol of everything that’s eternal, but then they have a dark side as well.

Damien Hirst

To inaugurate the Hong Kong exhibition space, Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present “Forgotten Promises,” an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Damien Hirst. In recent years, Hirst has developed his familiar iconography – the skull, the diamond and the butterfly – to explore fundamental ideas about existence. His work highlights the duality that lies at the heart of human experience, from our inexorable struggles between life and death, beauty and decay, desire and fear, love and loss. While Hirst’s earlier “fact paintings” focused on the brutality and violence of life, using documentary images found in newspapers and magazines; or the beauty and agony of childbirth, taken from photographs of the birth of his own son; or the light-refracted brilliance of the world’s most famous diamonds, the new Butterfly Fact Paintings capture dramatic moments in the fleeting lives of different species of butterflies. For Hirst, the butterfly is a symbol of the beauty and fragility of life. Close-up images of butterflies, sourced from science libraries, are painted in oil with painstaking attention to realistic detail. “Why else would you do it, when you could just get a photograph that looks identical?” Hirst has said. “But it’s not the same thing, is it? A photograph is from a moment, a split second. Painting is about stopping to look at the world, considering it, and giving it more and more importance.” The exhibition also includes a series of brilliant diamond cabinets. Forgotten Sorrows, Lost Friends, and Tears of Joy (all 2010) seem optimistic, yet their titles suggest more contemplative notions of memory, melancholy, and loss. A group of paintings (2008-2009) including Age of Magnificence and Fading Magnificence have real butterflies entombed in layers of shiny metallic paint. For Heaven’s Sake (2008) is a life-size human baby skull cast in platinum and covered in 8,128 pavé-set perfect diamonds: 7,105 natural fancy pink diamonds and, on the fontanel, 1,023 white diamonds. This spectacular memento mori was cast from an original skull that formed part of a nineteenth-century pathology collection that Hirst acquired some years ago. For the Love of God (2007), a life-size cast of a mature human skull in platinum covered in diamonds, is currently on display at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by curator Francesco Bonami, as well as an interview with Hirst conducted by art critic Karen Smith.

Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol, England. Solo exhibitions include “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples (2004); “A Selection of Works by Damien Hirst from Various Collections,” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2005); Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2005); “For the Love of God,” Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2008); “No Love Lost,” The Wallace Collection, London (2009); “Requiem,” Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2009); and “Cornucopia,” the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco (2010). He received the Turner Prize in 1995. His work is included in important public and private collections throughout the world. Hirst lives and works in London and Devon, United Kingdom.

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Joy of Living exhibition

Joy of Living is a charity project that unites over 100 leading lights in the design community to galvanise support for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Design author Max Fraser has set the challenge to a cross-section of new and established UK designers to create a desirable artwork that expresses the Joy of Living – all starting from a simple sheet of A4 graph paper.The signed works will be exhibited and on sale in London’s inspiring space for art, culture and creative exchange, Somerset House, from 15 – 21 March. The project aims to raise £50,000 for Maggie’s, a charity that helps people to build a life beyond cancer, helping to manage the impact of a diagnosis of cancer and to live with hope and determination.

Because democratic values are at the core of Maggie’s philosophy, each artwork will be priced at £250, whether by a household name or a rising star. What’s more, the name of the designer will not be revealed until the piece is purchased, making sure that supporters buy a piece to which they have a true emotional response.

All artworks are available to view on the Joy of Living website.

These antique silver bathroom accessories provide the perfect finishing touches to any dressing table or bathroom. The lacquer accessories are avaiable in a vanity tray, soap dispensers, tissue boxes, cotton wool jars, and tooth brush holders.

Featured by Rute Estrela

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