Campo marzio …. a little touch of rome in sydney

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The history …..

in 1933 an anonymous Roman craftsman carries out his work in the heart of Rome

after the second world war the quality and skill of the campo marzio bottega becomes well known in Rome

in 1930 Italians are invited by the fascist government to donate their gold to their country to finance their country’s entrance into the war … gold disappears from pens

the problem is solved by Italian craftsmen creating pens with nibs built in murano glass … Campo Marzio has an example of these gems in its collection of vintage pens today

war forces the shop to the Prati neighbourhood and the market is transformed by the ballpoint pen

Campo Marzio survives the industrialization of the 60’s and 70’s

during the 80’s it moves to the Corso Vittorio Emanuele

in the 90’s it moves back to the Via di Campo Marzio joining the great Italian and international fashion brands … their name becomes their ‘brand’ expanding to every corner of the globe

it’s success and uniqueness of concept was recognized on the occasion of the Jubilee of the Roman Church in the Year 2000 producing a special collection of rare and precious fountain pens for the Vatican

the brand represents quality writing instruments, business accessories and leather items with a rare collection of unique fountain pen models collected over many years.

This is a success story, or a story of survival … so interesting yet rather poignant !!

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Think exquisite quality, colour, style and a little bit of fun.  The shop in the Queen Victoria Building is a find and I have it in my little black book !!

Christian liaigre … the detail

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I have admired the work of Christian Liaigre since staying in the beautiful Hotel Montalembert in Paris in the early 90’s.  This hotel interior showcased his style and attention to detail … it was also very glamorous in a subtle and elegant way.

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The next time I became aware of his work was when he combined with Herbert Ypma in the creation of a book about his latest residential projects ‘MAISON’. This book captures photographically every detail of some eight projects around the world … emphasising the consistency of his work but most importantly the appropriateness.

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I read where he believes in the old adage that there are no great designers, only great clients.  Never a truer word spoken. According to Ypma, Liaigre redefined ‘modern’ when a modern interior was white walls and blonde timber …. Liaigre worked with dark timber and masculine colour palette of creams browns and greys.

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This is how Liaigre chooses to live … on the left bank in Paris … his favourite period of design, the 18th century.  Unusual given his minimalist interiors. He does explain that the 18th century was when there was the most creation … how could they do so much baroque and yet keep it coherent.  He feels it is coming back into fashion and manages to blend the extremes with his contemporary pieces from his own collection. 

I love his work with a passion but am not sure I love this exact choice of furniture. What do you think.

Wimbledon weekend

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How will we ever go on after the excitement of Wimbledon is over !! Oh well not long till the Olympics and more London fever.

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The views of London in the full flight of summer are always soooo enticing.

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The uniforms by Ralph Lauren so very stylish. Unlike other years however, the players didn’t provide a lot of excitement in the fashion stakes.

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Blue skies at last after all that rain … what a wet and soggy summer England is having.  Thank goodness for the magical closing of the roof.  I do love scanning the crowd for famous faces and the fashion … well Kate and Pippa mainly.

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Strawberrries and cream are synonymous with Wimbledon.  This little selection of Wimbledon food equally as suitable for those watching the final at home.

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Serena Williams is now Wimbledon champion for the 5th time and what a fabulous match. My money is on Federer this evening but the Men’s final is only a matter of hours away !!!

By the time you are reading this … the 2012 Men’s Singles winner will have his name on the trophy.

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This week’s neutral palette

 

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I simply adore this bedhead …. it is a beautiful and elegant shape, classic, stylish and not over the top.  Quite often I do bedheads with bronze stud detail ….. it is simple and just enough detail. I do laugh when I see this style of woven wallpaper in showrooms … I inherited a sitting room with this paper some 15 years ago when it was not so fashionable and paid a small fortune to have someone strip it off.  My husband does remind me of this on occasions when we come across it looking fabulous.  I am always clever enough not to point it out but do secretly love it now …. particularly when used like this.

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What can I say other than I am very much looking forward to the weekend …. lingering leisurely over my coffee rather than bolting it down in haste as I snatch a few moments to rewrite my list of things to do and places to go.  I do however, make sure my hasty coffee is always a particularly good one. I plan my route around Sydney based on known, tried and true cafe’s both old and new. 

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Givenchy as always … the colour, the detail, the cut …. pure elegance !!!

Have a restful weekend.

Christian lacroix for designers guild

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The House of Christian Lacroix, synonymous with the flamboyant and glamorous world of Paris and London is led by creative genius Sacha Walkhoff. He has been second in command to Lacroix for some seventeen years yet this is their first home furnishing fabric collection …. and it just happens to be for Designers Guild.

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The first successful collection ‘Arles’ has now been followed by ‘Air de Paris’.  These collections comprise fabulous and adventurous fabric, wallpaper and accessories.

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I love Walckhoff’s description of the new collection as ‘ the story of many journeys …. the journey of one woman from Arles to her new home in Paris …. in the journey we pick up mementos en route and reference to iconic elements…’

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Designers Guild fabrics are available in Australia so seek out the Christian Lacroix collections for a touch of glamour.

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18th biennale of sydney …. location location location !!!

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The city’s largest contemporary art event, the Biennale of Sydney, is currently happening at some very exciting locations around the harbour and inner city.

Major venues include the newly redeveloped Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia, World Heritage listed former shipyard and prison, Cockatoo Island and Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay. For those who haven’t visited the MCA yet, this is the
time to do it …. and for me, I am fascinated at the thought of the ferry trip to Cockatoo Island.

According to co-artistic director Gerald McMaster ‘We’ve selected artists who often cross disciplinary boundaries, artists who enjoy collaborating and some who work with unusual media  …. those who look to their cultural heritage,
those who connect with the spiritual and aesthetic and those with a love of the natural world’.

This event from 27 June until 16 September, 2012 presents more than 220 works by over 100 artists from around the world …. the latest in contemporary art right here on our doorstep … our very beautiful doorstep.

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Also follow Moira Roth’s digital blog project.

Fortnum and mason diamond jubilee tea salon

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Very exciting to discover the refurbished Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum and Mason.

Designer David Collins has created a beautiful environment to sip tea or bubbly and enjoy the delicacies …. a tradition synonymous with Fortnum’s.

Since the opening up of the Far East for trade from the west, Fortnum and Mason have sourced the finest teas …. making a choice is the difficulty.

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The fourth floor was always home to the St James restaurant … now one can enjoy the elegant Georgian surroundings of the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.

Tea will arrive at your table with a timer that will ring once to indicate that it has reached the perfect brewing time !! and accompanied by the perfect delicate sandwiches and cakes …. linger and enjoy.

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Hotel plaza athenee, paris …. a stylists dream

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I fell in love with these images as soon as I saw them however just couldn’t help but wish all hotel rooms felt this inviting.  It seems that no matter how much money one pays for that touch of luxury, hotel rooms do seem a little lacklustre. Yes it is the finishing touches …. flowers, candles, magazines and the extra scatter cushions …. and yes I have spoken about it before.  For any number of reasons this is the area that seems to have been eliminated from either the brief or the budget or both.  Therefore it is the boutique hotel with the fastidious attention to this sort of detail that we seek out …. the hotels that appear in glossy magazines and coffee table books.

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These images show the beautiful Plaza Athenee in Paris …. a stylists dream ….miles of silk curtaining, elegant panelling and architectural detail, glamorous chandelier and sumptuous furniture.  Why aren’t all hotel rooms filled with armfuls of fully blown roses, french champagne on ice and fragrant room candles !!!!

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French and country …. 3 more days !!!

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Hopewood Country House is open again for the Annual Stocktake Sale for French and Country and Suzie Anderson Home.  It was gorgeous to visit at the weekend and also to know that it is on for 3 more days.  So much to see and take in.  Suzie is very clever with her styling … every room delicious to look at … all so tempting.  There were none of the tell tale signs of a sale when I was looking.

The highlands are looking a picture … Suzie’s setting is particularly beautiful  … it is well worth popping in for a viewing or down from Sydney for the morning … and you won’t be disappointed in the delightful morning tea being served.

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