Daniella On Design

Francis Upritchard & Martino Gamper

 Showing art and design, wife and husband New Zealander artist Francis Upritchard and Italian furniture designer Martino Gamper often collaborate, bringing some intriguing dialogues between art and design. I have fist seen the collaboration of the two when in 2012, they created a public housing project in London’s Hackney district. Now the two collaborate in …

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Conversations on Design with André Leon Talley

I was honored to be asked to curate the first event in a new program “Conversations on Design” at DeLorenzo Gallery, one of the world’s leading design galleries. The program, initiated by the Gallery’s dynamic, spectacular, and  charismatic Director Adriana Friedman (below) comes to bring to stage some of the most talented, successful, intriguing, and …

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David Bowie

In Space Oddity, the single which icon rock-and-roll legend David Bowie released in July of 1969, he sang about Major Tom, a fictional astronaut who casually slips the bonds of the world to journey beyond the stars. It has since become seminal to the fear, mystery, imagination, and fascination with travel and discovery of the …

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Wave City like Inception 

​Poetic design is everywhere today and it has come to largely define collectible contemporary design. Remember the memorable scene in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster thriller Inception when the power to bend dream according to the architect’s dream? “Wave City Coffee Table” by London-based designer Stelios Mousarris was inspired by this scene. The table, made of wood …

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Helena Rubinstein: the Ultimate Collector

She was the ultimate collector, legendary cosmetic entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein, and she assembled the finest collection of African Art. When it came to collecting, she demonstrated a sophisticated taste for blurring boundaries between art, fashion, and design. Taste to her was a form of power and she was a postmodernist long before the birth of …

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Franco Albini’s INA Office Building

Franco Albini (1905-77), the Italian rationalist architect was one of Italy’s most talented members of the avant-garde. His work was always elegant, fresh, minimalist, and very ‘Italian,’ both during the interwar and postwar years. While Albini is mostly known today for his iconic Albini Desk, which he designed in 1929 of combining steel, glass, and …

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