Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Splendour of Scarlet




Sometimes life takes care of you and fulfills your dreams.
India was at the top of my travel list for years and when a friend asked me to join her on a trip to that country I immediately took the opportunity.
While we were finalizing the booking I found, by pure chance, browsing design magazines online,  an article whose title was:
"From India to Milan to London"...
I am from Milan
I was going to India in a month, 
Do you think I skipped it or I read it? 
Right answer...I read it, 
and I discovered a luxury brand of furnishings, most designed in Milan and crafted in India: Scarlet Splendour, established in 2014 and already fast rising internationally.



Scarlet Splendour founders, sibling team Suman Kanodia and Ashish Bajoria, here with 
Matteo Cibic, one of their Italian designers.  

Of course I corresponded immediately with the company and set an appointment with them so 
when I arrived in Kolkata I went to their showroom to see and touch the pieces that intrigued me so much on my computer's screen, because I just needed to verify if I would be enchanted when I would see them in person.

Well... I was... so please enter with me in the magic world of Scarlet Splendour!


The General is a desk which, with its graphic design, its elegant details and superb craftsmanship could be a focal point in any room.


Monsieur Verdoux, a full bar with resin inlay and fine red leather inside, how fun can it be? Definitely a conversation piece and very useful too for entertaining.


The Sheik, a gorgeous cabinet, sleek and elegant, part of the collection Vanilla Noir.


Luce Naga is a series of lights, from floor lamps, like this one, to wall ones to ceiling ones: 
all 24 Karat gold plated and hand blown glass from Murano.


Woman in Paris is a dressing table which will make you smile every morning! Karesansui is a rug inspired by sand Zen gardens.


 And here I am in Kolkata, happily surrounded by lush rugs, beautiful pieces of furniture and lights!


Fool's Gold console is part of another line of furniture, pure brass, pure luxury.

If you wonder about my dress: it is a Peg Steley creation, the perfect outfit for India climate, cool and comfortable, simple and elegant, dress up, dress down... a true "Travel-dress".




Just a few words about the designer whose creations first caught my attention: Matteo Cibic, already a star in the world of design, nephew of Aldo Cibic, one of the founders of the iconic Memphis movement. Of course growing up Matteo was also inspired  by his uncle, he is always thinking out of the box and a vulcano of ideas.


Matteo Cibic
Scarlet Splendour is already very successful in Europe and of course in India, with many mentions on major magazines from Architectural Digest to Elle decor to Wallpaper and so on…(just check HERE) but they are not known in North America…yet!
Luckily I was asked to represent them in Canada, starting with the province of British Columbia and here I am diving into a new business along my principal one of Interior design.

Life is full of surprises and I am so excited to have discovered and be able to introduce to you a unique line of furnishings, with a magic blend of antique and modern, irony and seriousness, 
made by highly skilled artisans and designed by the best.




Photography: Portrait of  Matteo Cibic by Emilio Tini

©2016 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things". 
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Velvet Lady



The Velvet Lady is costume designer Dada Saligeri who was my elementary schoolmate, we lost touch but after (quite a few…) decades we met again and spent a few days together, as it happens in life: we lose friendships, we make new ones, we cross paths, we reconnect again…

In my last trip to Milan I went to visit her to admire her latest collection of velvet, stunning textiles woven with metallic threads, which give an extra layer of texture and shine.


 



 Turandot by Giacomo Puccini at The Met

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi at The Met

She was involved for years in designing costumes for major productions, including operas, many represented at The Metropolitan in New York, Rigoletto, Aida, Turandot, La Traviata, just to name a few.
She was at times working for these productions with her husband, Gianni Quaranta, director, production designer and set designer for theatre and cinema who, amongst many prizes, won an Oscar for the charming movie “A room with a view”.

  To say that her apartment was a joy to visit is an understatement, starting with the beautiful Liberty street facade.


 

Then entering through the main carved wooden door I found myself in the elegant courtyard.
Many Milanese buildings from past centuries have gorgeous courtyards and even luxurious gardens, hidden from the view of people passing by on the street…


 


Another elaborate entrance inside the courtyard leads to the marble stairs,  with gracious wrought iron and decorated glass windows.


  
 Now entering the apartment I am greeted by this mirror frame, where Dada has decided to put ribbons of silk, how beautiful and creative.


 

An antique cane bench against a faux marble wall is adorned by a heart pillow in her velvet creation. This home has a heart!




 



I could not refrain myself from taking pictures also of interior decoration, objects, antiques, collections…I was fascinated about the stories behind every piece, like the magnificent 1930’s crystal vase above with metal decorations, belonging to her mother.





The walls were full of oil paintings, sketches, drawings, like the clown drew by Franco Zeffirelli, with the dedication “To dearest Dada, a true friend”.


 


 
Being in love with Sicily I noticed the two small ceramic heads, a classic and popular subject, related to a centuries old story of a tragic love.

Now a few examples of exquisite and original velvet, different colors, textures but all extremely elegant and timeless.






 

How not to mention that also the elevator has red velvet seats and transports you not just from floor to floor but also to a past era of theatrical luxury.
If interested in any pieces of those fabulous textiles please contact me and I will put you in touch directly with the designer.

©2016 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August in the City



 If you are still in the city here are some ideas on how to enjoy Summer outdoor.
Mogambo by Paola Lenti is a great umbrella with a useful attached small table 
where to put drinks or objects.


 If you are so lucky to have a patio the chairs Palma by Nardi are light, 
easy to clean and can be piled up. 


 Chairs Tropicalia by Moroso are fun and the colors transport us to the fabulous Fifties.


 Colors everywhere to celebrate Summer. See...you don't need a large space,
even a balcony will do.


 Just a simple table and chair by Emu can create the right atmosphere for breakfast outdoor.


 Chaise-long Harp by Roda have different positions to be able to sit and read 
or lye down and have a nap under the sun.


Well...we can all dream about having this terrace but we can use easily these blues and whites 
to create the illusion of being at the beach on every large terrace or small balcony in the city.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Latest design trends in Milan


Exciting design as always in my first city, visiting showrooms, walking on the streets, discovering new stores I can tell you that Milan is more alive than ever with culture, fashion, style.
Vibrant or more muted colors are everywhere, definitely not a city for neutral hues, as is a return to the best of the past reinterpreted for our time.


                                                      







Hervé Van der Straeten exhibition in Milan at Robilant + Voena Gallery

 At Nilufar Depot I found these two exquisite chairs, designed in 1949 
by Giulio Minoletti for an Italian train, the ETR 500.

 Taking a picture of delicate 1950’s lights through a mirror at Nilufar Depot.


Still at Nilufar I saw a gorgeous sleek bronze bookcase created by the talented 
Osanna Visconti di Modrone.




And they showcased also in a splendid mirrored room the talent of Baciocchi architect, the firm behind all Prada showrooms and other major projects worldwide.





A visit to Studio Castiglioni is always a must in Milan (see my previous post HERE).  
In the picture Achille's daughter, Giovanna Castiglioni and I at the entrance to the Castiglioni Studio.


Did I say trends in the title? Well… actually I have not seen trends, 
only timeless style and elegance.

All photographs © by Albarosa Simonetti. Last image by Alda Pereira.
Do not use without permission.

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