Paola Navone "Accessorates" Merci, Paris In Milan!!!

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One of my favorite designers
has become the "accesoartor" supreme 
for the Merci pop-up store 
that arrived in Milan yesterday ....
to be part of 

I adore Navone's bold combinations of 
black & white graphic designs!!!

They are a wonderful compliment 
to the merchandise selection
that the concept store Merci is know for!!!!
(see blog 11/11/09)

Back to Istanbul ...... HAAZ is "Accessorator" Heaven!

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Design & taste are an integral part of shopping in Nisantasi,
an area that combines 
Madison Avenue & Fifth Avenue ....
with Istanbul style!!!!

HAAZ, a divine gallery/concept store that houses 
furniture, design objects, art, and antiques
is in the center of that area.

Featuring an divine international array of "style-mavens" ..... 
including Fornasetti, Tom Dixon, Moroso, 
Paola Navone, & Droog ......
the store is a mecca for 
all things chic!!!
 
Owner  Gokhan Avcyoglu retail mantra ......
"celebrates all things beautiful in the world of design."

I adored this store ad saw a zillion "must-have's" for my house!!!!!

Paola Navone Designs Everything & the Kitchen Sink!!!

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In addition to the fabulous "finds" at Lina Kanafani's London design store Mint, which recently moved to 2 North Terrace, Italian designer Paola Navone has created the most divine kitchen downstairs ....... and "accessorated" it with her trade-mark white ceramics!!!!! Steel grey, black, and accented with red, this streamline store kitchen, with it's geometric cement block wall, is stunning!!! I love the shots of red on the hardware accenting the shallow oval marble sink ...... and the strips of red metal securing the glasses, dishes, etc. on the kitchen shelves are sensational!!! The chic simplicity of this mini-kitchen is incredible ...... so much detail & style..... so little space!!!!!

 

I adore the variety of Paola Navone's design work (see blog 4/21/10, 4/23/10, 5/17/10) ......... 
she is one of the design world's fantastically fabulous "accessorator's!!!"

 

1935 Palazzo + 2010 Design @ Villa Necchi Campiglio!!!

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SNAKE COFFEE TABLE, CARLO CONTIN 2006 for MERITALIA

 

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BRASILIA TABLES, COMPANA BROTHERS, 2006 for EDRA

 

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MUMMY CHAIR, PETER TRAAG, 2005 for EDRA 

 

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MIRROR, ETTORE SOTTSASS, 2007 for GLAS ITALIA

 

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CHAIR, DOMINIQUE PERRAULT & GAELLE LAURIOT-PREVOST, 2009 for 
SAWAYA & MORONI

 

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NAKED LEGO TABLE, GILES MILLER, 2009 

 

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GEO ART CARPET, LUCA NICHETTO, 2009 for NODUS

 

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PROVA PRIMA DINNERWARE, PAOLA NAVONE, 2009 for RICHARD GINORI

 

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LEFT CHAIR, PIET HEIN EEK, 2005 ...... RIGHT CHAIR NAOTO FUKASAWA, 2009 for B&B ITALIA

 

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SATURN STOOL, EDWARD BARBER & JAY OSGERBY, 2008 for CLASSICON

 

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VALISE WARDROBE, MAARTEN DE CEULAER, 2008 for CASAMANIA

 

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PXL LAMP, FREDRIK MATTSON, 2007 for ZERO 

 

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CLAY CHAIR, MAARTEN BAS, 2006 

 

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THE ROCKING CHICKEN RIDE CERAMIC, JAIME HAYON, 2008 for LLADRO

 

Blending the historical richness of the architect of the houses and their 
antiques, with the work of contemporary designers results 
in an amazing design dialogue, which we 
were so lucky to experience!!! 

 

One of the fantastic things about getting stuck in Milan, while the Icelandic volcano spewed ash, was getting to visit two of the four Milanese House Museums, homes with a unique combination of period architecture and antiques, with the addition of contemporary design ...... old and new working in tandem, showing how contemporary furniture and objects belong everywhere!!!!

 

I was particularly taken with the Villa Necchi Campiglio, a residence built in the 1930's, designed by architect Piero Portaluppi. The interiors were created by a collection of important Italian designers and decorators of the period, including Albini-Palanti, Buzzi, Marelli, and Ulrich. After the war, an extensive collection of antique furniture was added.

 

"As such, today the Villa allows cutting-edge design to come face-to-face, and engage in an intelligent game of contrast, with both the pure lines of 30's design - as occurs, for example, through the sitting of the De Ceulaer wardrobe in the prince's bathroom - and with the antique elements, as demonstrated by the dynamic Wrong lamp that stands against the Louis XV armchairs and sofas in the Drawing Room."

 

Milan #8 .......... More Paola Navone, Design Star!!!!!!!

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The Tra la Briccole di Venezia exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan includes this charming piece from Paola Navone. Thematically the show is about the old wooden signposts embedded in the Venetian lagoon. Navone's description of her piece tells it's story far more poeticly than I can ..........

 

"Trees ravaged by time and water. An architecture placed between the sky and the sea.
Sculptures of an imperfect beauty. Nature and artifice. 
Riva 1920 invited me to bestow on these spectral trunks a second lease of life. A wonderful challenge.
I tried to imagine how many memories, thoughts, fantasies and dreams have drifted past them in their time.
These are the little objects I have concealed in the wood.
It is a gesture who neither superimposes the new not cancels the old: it simply adds other lives and interweaves them with the essence of the briccole.
A little goldfish, a gold-luck charm of bright blue glass, a Japanese cat, a little Yi Xing teapot, a little Chinese pumpkin, a big shell, a ganesh made of rag, a big lump of Murano glass, a purse with a panda's face, a turquoise egg-box, a ring of beads, a red cornet-shaped charm, an Agatha Christie book, a pair of sunglasses, a packet of seeds, a little bottle of Parma violets, a box of Leone pastilles, an ex-voto...
Many objects have floated past the briccole.
...Crumbs and thing collected with unhurried calm..."