Monday, May 25, 2009

"The Comtesse de Ribes has brought her own vodka"

One of the truly memorable lines from Valentino: The Last Emperor.  Up there with "I was in bed with my catamite when the Archbishop came to tell me ..." No idea why it made me giggle so much but it did.However ... 

Today's post is not about catamites, comtesses or vodka, but is a continuation of yesterday's. I mentioned we were thinking of a low contemporary cabinet under the pictures on the "art wall" and here are the two options we are looking at. Both are by Poliform and both would work with transitional and traditional furniture.

It is a truism to say that the best of one period will fit well with that of another and in the last few years some decorators and designers seemingly have gone out their ways to make that truism the exception to the rule. Clearly, it is a matter of discernment and simply knowing when to stop and whereas it certainly is pleasant to be surrounded by things with personal associations I question whether every horizontal surface has to have its own landscape (so sick of that word "tablescape") of bibelots and every vertical surface festooned with layer upon layer of objets.

Ok, rant over. 

In the first photo the lamp is one of my all-time favourites - the Atollo - designed by Vico Magistretti in 1977. 

1 comment:

  1. These cabinets/sideboards are fabulous. I love the second one in particular. I have something like that in walnut and I confess, oh no, oh yes, to making a rather tragic tablescape up one end out of Fornasetti objets and a big black plastic crow. The rest of the surface is a constantly changing mess of fruit, drawings, books and flowers.