Thursday, March 26, 2015

Paris: Caffe Stern – Restaurant

Paris: Caffe Stern – Restaurant.  Open from 8.30 to midnight, is the Caffe Stern in the Passage des Panoramas, in one of the most famous covered Parisian passageways, featured in Emile Zola’s 1880’s novel Nana.  This Italian restaurant is situated in the old Stern engraver’s boutique closed in 2007, the historical monument whose interior was recently re-designed by Philippe Starck, boasts the cuisine of the Alajmo brothers, Le Calandre in Padova, Caffe Quadri in Venice, who together with David Lanher, the new entrepreneur of Parisian restaurants, Racines, Vivant, Paradis, have created the latest trendy, yet most delicious restaurant in Paris.
Caffe Stern: 47 Passage des Panoramas - 47 Galerie des Varietes, 75002 Paris.

Telephone: +33 1 75 43 63 10.

Caffe Stern. The restaurant is incredibly cozy for a Starck designed interior. The space is divided into small dinning rooms with embossed Codorvan leather on the walls. “The coming together of Stern and the Alajmo brothers is magic,” explains Starck. “Like the engraver Stern, the Alajmos cultivate excellence and originality. To honor this union, we barely transformed the historical landmark: we just improved the existing magic. The resulting environment is fantastic, probably the nicest and most enjoyable bacaro in the world. A visit to Caffe Stern by Alajmo is a journey through time, history, culture, and an invitation to create and strive for excellence. Our contribution is magic, poetry, surrealism and, of course, food.”

Friture de Legumes et Nuages de Riz Noir
Sauce Froide a l’Estragon et a la Betterave Rouge

Dinner guests. Hostess Rosita Missoni with her girlfriends, Claude Brouet and Monique Marx

Raviolis de Burrata au Bouillon de Fruits de Mer et Quartiers de Tomates

Grilled Pinapple with Ginger Ice Cream

 Citrus Fruit Salad with Mango Ice Cream and Black Olives

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Milan: Palazzo Reale – The White Shirt According to Gianfranco Ferre

photograph courtesy Gianfranco Ferre Foundation

Milan: Palazzo Reale – The White Shirt According to Gianfranco Ferre. In the spectacular Sala delle Cariatide in Palazzo Reale the exhibition The White Shirt According To Me Gianfranco Ferre, until April 1, is curated by Daniele Degl’Innocenti, it is organized and produced by Palazzo Reale and the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation jointly with the Prato Textile Museum. The exhibition is devoted to the talents of the late Gianfranco Ferre, one of the most illustrious names of the international fashion scene of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Conceived to showcase, the creative and sartorial poetics of Ferre’s work, the exhibition uses various art forms to guide the visitor on a discovery of the white shirt, authentic paradigm of his style, highlighting the most innovative design elements. A constant presence and major theme throughout Ferre’s career, the white shirt became, for the designer a “hallmark of my style” and a “contemporary lexicon of elegance.” The shirt is an element of continuity, elected as an icon of style, design culture and creativity of the “architect of fashion” and undisputed protagonist of Made in Italy. On this garment the designer focuses the aptitude to transform and innovate the language and aesthetics of fashion.
Above. The main section of the exhibition is dominated by the shirts as sculptures bathed in light. The idea is to bring out the full beauty of the shades of white, the interplay of light and shadow, thereby attaining an evocative plastic effect. Taffeta, crêpe de chine, organza, satin, tulle, cottons and silks, mechanical embroidery, lace, hand stitching, macro and micro decors follow one another in a crescendo of pure mastery and counterpoise.
The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferre. Aiming to give force to the different figurative languages inherent to Ferre’s work in examining, taking apart and rethinking the shirt, the exhibition itinerary at once plays with and makes the most of various materials, they include; drawings, technical details, sketches, photographs, advertising and editorial images, videos and installations. The focus is on twenty-seven shirts - an army of sartorial masterpieces that exemplify about twenty years of Ferre’s creative (Ready to Wear collections 1982-2006).
Mario Boselli, president of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana with his wife Pucci and Rita Airaghi, board member and director of the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation, “… rendering homage to Gianfranco Ferre means showing how pure creative genius can find the highest of expressions through rigorous design. It means rendering homage to a passionate work culture and to the finest craftsmanship. In addition, it means offering new generations of designers the opportunity to learn by listening to the voice of an all-time Italian fashion great. To facilitate the transmission of skills and values, what better occasion than an exhibition which was conceived so that everyone can enjoy it?” Rita Airaghi writes.
Consultant of the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation Giovanni Vidotto

The curator of the Prato Textile Museum and also curator of exhibition  Daniela Degl’Innocenti is surrounded by her team, Simona Laurini, Azelia Lombardi, Leonardo Salvini and Adrianna Sarti.

President of the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation, Alberto Ferre and his wife Charlie with Beppe Pisani president of Serikos.
The White Shirt According to Me,  Gianfranco Ferre – Orlando – Fall/Winter - Pret a Porter - 2001 - silk taffeta, cotton tulle.

Theater director Paolo Castagna and architect Gianni Ravelli who designed the exhibition at Palazzo Reale with entrepreneur Claudia Buccellati 

photographer Giovanni Gastel

Architects and designers, as well as, classmates of Gianfranco Ferre, Franco Raggi and Daniela Puppa

The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferre – Scomposta – Fall/Winter - Pret a Porter – 1994 – silk taffeta, nylon tulle.

Albertina Marzotto

Barbara Berlingieri architect Piero Pinto and cook and cook book author Lorenza de’ Medici

Honorary president of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana Beppe Modenese

The White Shirt According to Me,  Gianfranco Ferre Picaresque – Fall/Winter – Pret a Porter – 2001 – silk taffeta, cotton tulle, cotton tape, cotton and stretch satin, leather, cotton tabby.

  Marta Brivio Sforza

Interior designers Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini
Gimmo Etro

The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferre – Origami – Spring/Summer – Pret a Porter – 2004 – nylon tulle, silk chiffon.

 Journalist Daniela Morera and Fabio Bellotti
Curator of the Salone Satellite Marva Griffin Wilshire

Noris Morano Orsi and Kartell’s president Claudio Luti

The White Shirt According to Me,  Gianfranco Ferre - Gianfranco Ferre - drawing - Canone Inverso - Fall/Winter - 1986 – ink, marker on paper.

Theater set designer Margherita Palli

Daniele Cordero di Montezemolo and his daughter Clotilde

Silvia Gavina

The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferre – Sailor Glam – Spring/Summer – Pret a Porter – 1982 – silk organza, honeycomb patterned cotton pique.

  The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferre – Gianfranco Ferre – drawing - Sailor Glam – Spring/Summer – pencil on paper.




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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Murano – Linea Arianna: A Honeybee Garden – Judi Harvest

 Photograph courtesy Judi Harvest

Murano – Linea Arianna:  A Honeybee Garden – Judi Harvest. In the garden of the glass works, Linea Arianna in Sacca Serenella on the island of Murano, American artist, and environmental beekeeper Judi Harvest, has established a Honeybee Garden as part of her permanent site-specific installation, Denatured: Honeybees + Murano. She is committed to raising awareness of both the global environmental threat to honeybees and the local threat to the artistic heritage that is represented by the closing of glass factories in Murano. 
Above.  The Honeybee Garden, planted two years ago, took six boatloads of soil, one hundred carpets of sod, five hundred flowering plants, thirty fruit trees  and a one hundred year old Pomegranate tree, now in  full bloom, the flowers, birds, butterflies and honeybees have all settled in to this former abandoned field. This is a very good sign, as the honeybee colonies not only doubled in size but also the morale and the business of the factory improved.

  Photograph courtesy Judi Harvest

A Honeybee Garden – Judi Harvest.  The colors of the four beehives were inspired by the colors of the houses on the nearby island of Burano. Honeybees recognize their home by color (and by the scent of their queen).  On the lawn using an elegant Murano hand-blown plate, Judi has created a water pool for the bees. "Widely regarded as one of the most intelligent insects on the planet, bees can use their mathematical prowess to communicate the exact location of nearby food to their hivemates via a technique called the Waggle Dance, discovered by Karl Von Frisch in 1943.  The honeybee is the only insect that communicates by dancing.

 Judi Harvest: Denatured: Honeybees + Murano. Next to the Honeybee Garden an exhibition room with Judi Harvest’s honeybee artworks, which are hand-blown on site in the Linea Arianna  glass factory. Below classic Murano chandeliers on the shelf some of the one hundred Honeybee Vessels.


  Judi Harvest: Denatured: Honeybees + Murano.  Judi in front of her painting called Swarm, 2008, oil paint, resin and copper dust on linen.  The New York-based artist has worked and exhibited in Venice since 1987. She studied painting at the New York Studio School and began working with master glassmaker Giorgio Giuman at the Linea Arianna glass factory in Murano  since 1988. Along with exhibitions of her paintings and glass sculptures in Venice, she has created three glass-based public artworks in the city. One of which, Venetian Satellite, 2006, is currently on view in New York in the lobby of the West Chelsea Arts Building.

Judi Harvest: Denatured: Honeybees + Murano.  Hand blown sculptures:  Alveare d’Oro – Fico Scuro – Gigante – Alveare Scuro

Judi Harvest: Denatured: Honeybees + Murano.  “Artist” Miele Di Murano, honey made in the Honeybee Garden, numbered and signed by the artist sits besides a hand-blown glass sculpture of a bee.

Honey Vessels – 2013 - Murano glass and wire

Photograph courtesy Judi Harvest

 Linea Arianna Glass Factory.    In the furnace of the Linea Arianna glass factory owner, Giorgio Giuman and his sons, master glass blowers Marco and Michele with Judi Harvest.

 Photograph courtesy Judi Harvest

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