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A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily. 

We're big fans of Paolo Ventura, the Brooklyn-based, Italian born artist who creates hand-painted photographs using objects found in flea markets and on eBay, among others, to create dreamlike pieces. Sometimes in the form of dioramas, the smallest details play off each other and appear life-sized.

Not surprisingly, Ventura has been inspired his entire lifetime; Born to a famous Italian children's book illustrator and author from the 1960's and 1970's who created worlds of creativity and imagination for his sons..."invented worlds" became a part of the everyday. Adding to the fun childhood, Ventura's free-spirited grandmother resided with the family and often took the children on field trips to the circus.

Usually cloudy and surreal, the works are set in indescribable places but usually take place around the time of World War II. This master of reinvention is one we give a big "two thumbs up to"!

Paolo VenturaAndrea E Paolo, Exhibition: L’Homme à la valise until July 27, 2014. Studio Fotokino | 33, allée Gambetta Marseille, France.

Image courtesy of: tyylit

We love "Man with Suitcase" which was specifically created for an exhibition at Studio Fotokino.

Image courtesy of: Tyylit

It's the tiniest details that make Ventura's work unique. ”It’s my obsession,” he says. The intricate sets he creates are made from clay, cardboard, foam board and plastic. In this diorama, we can see that Ventura delicately scratched away the paint to convey worn floorboards of a cafe. In another, patches of wallpaper hang from worn plaster. And finally, the gear attached to the dead soldier is all historically accurate.

Image courtesy of: The F Stop

It isn't Surrealist because his work makes it feel as though it can come to life at any moment.

Primo Giorno del Carnevale , 2016. Unique hand-painted photograph and collage.

Image courtesy of: Artsy

Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: PAOLO VENTURA ITALIAN ARTIST

The best reading room ever!

February 17, 2017

We found a special place in Prague that's probably new to most... a giant, wooden zeppelin that was built to be used as a reading room. This wooden airship actually "floats" between two buildings at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art; it's a permanent installation that will be home to museum-organized talks and will host writing workshops to compliment current exhibitions.

Named "Gulliver", as homage to Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", this is sure to quickly become a destination for Prague locals and visitors alike. A more amazing place to crack open a book is hard to find... hopefully, it'll beckon youngsters to put aside their electronics for a while.

120 people can fit inside this wood and steel zeppelin structure designed by Czech architect, Martin Rajnis. It took Rajnis 2 years to actually see the finished "airship" come to fruition and it's a nice contrast to the Centre's modern warehouse design. We think this newly opened installation will quickly become a Prague "Top Ten" destination!

This light-filled room is especially gorgeous on a sunny day!

Image courtesy of: Lonely Planet, photographed by: Matej Divizna

This ingenious permanent structure is 42 meters long and 10 meters wide.

Image courtesy of: Lonely Planet, photographed by: Matej Divizna

In itself a work of art, the zeppelin is representative of the early 20th-century's optimism and unparalleled technological advancements.

Image courtesy of: Lonely Planet, photographed by: Matej Divizna

The Czech architect, Martin Rajnis has won many awards. We can certainly see why!

Image courtesy of: Finnish Architecture

Posted in: Culture
Tagged: PRAGUE ZEPPELIN DOX CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

Recently opened, the new Shanghai Natural History Museum is an architectural feat. Perkins + Will spent 9 years on perfecting the design, development and construction after winning an international design competition. Drawing upon traditional Chinese cultural references was important; thus, the building beautifully represents the harmony between humans and nature. Taking inspiration from the ancient Chinese tradition of mountain water gardens, China's natural landscape was stunningly "minimized".

The circular design allows for easy movement within, and the interior organization is made easier by the nautilus shell design which, in nature, is one of the truest geometric forms... perfect for a natural history museum.

More than 10,000 artifacts (representing all seven continents) are displayed in the bright, light-filled building. The 30-meter atrium is welcoming and the adjacent glass wall mimics the cell-structure of both plants and animals. 

And finally, the design is environmentally friendly... the building is bioclimatic by maximizing the sun's output for solar power; nearby, the courtyard pond provides evaporative cooling. The interior temperature is regulated via geothermal and rain water is collected from the vegetated roof, stored in the oval pond and recycled.

Perhaps most importantly, with an additional 20 exhibition spaces, this space won't soon get outgrown!

At almost 500,000 square-feet, there are plenty of places for you to explore the natural world.

Image courtesy of: Design Museum

This central wall mimics the cell structure of plants and animals. Doing double-duty, the light which filters in through the panes brightens the entire atrium 30-foot atrium.

Image courtesy of: Design Museum

The lobby is representative of the interior's elegant beauty. Set within the Jing'an District, the museum is centrally located and close to the famous Jing'an Sculpture Park.

Image courtesy of: Archilovers, photographed by: James and Connor Steinkamp

It would be difficult to call this enormous building completely sustainable; but, it does boast some major "green" features. Kudos to that!

Image courtesy of: New Atlas, photographed by: James and Connor Steinkamp

Posted in: Architecture
Tagged: MUSEUM SHANGHAI PERKINS + WILL

Pierre Frey was founded in 1935 by it's namesake. The company has designed beautifully luxurious textiles for over 80 years. With 7,000 items under its large umbrella, the company has an amazing collection of fabric, wallpaper, furniture and decorative objects. With three other prominent brands under Pierre Frey: Braquenié, Fadini Borghi and Boussac, it's no surprise that the scope is so wide-reaching.

Now run by Frey's son, Patrick, and grandsons, Vincent, Pierre and Matthieu, this design company has stayed close to its roots by continuing to make the majority of their products in a Northern France factory... thus ensuring the high standards they demand... remain.

We love the innovative vintage designs that have been renewed for the 21st century. We love the colors and prints that were recently featured. And, we love the authenticity and loyalty to French design that Pierre Frey maintains! 

Moon Lin F2768002. 100% Linen, color- Argent

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Ellipse fabric by Pierre Frey. Made from 40% acrylic, 60% polyester. (F2494005)

Image courtesy of: Pierre Frey

Fabric- F2719001 Mott. Embroidery with metal and silk and slightly raised polka dots.

Image courtesy: Pierre Frey

Fabric Moon Laine, F2767001. A beautiful print with a metal circular effect. Made from 80% wool, 20% polyester, color is bronze.

Image courtesy of: Pierre Frey

Posted in: Interior Design
Tagged: Textiles French Pierre Frey

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