March 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
Like the broader art sector the prices of drawings rose through the bubble and fell during the financial crisis. According to Artprice, however, drawings resisted much of the insanity on the way up and was thus protected on the way down. By the art market peak, this medium picked up a price increase of only 27 percent, compared to 93 percent of contemporary art from 2002 through 2008. Since the broad market decline, drawings have fallen only 11 percent, while the global art index plummeted 36 percent (as of October 2009). Last year, the number of drawing sold actually increased by 10 percent, standing out in a dismal art market.
Old Master drawings have brought new life to the sector, particularly thesale of Raphael’s “Head of a muse,” which sold for £26 million at Christie’s last December, setting a world record. The Chinese market is helping the sector along, as well, with the copious capital it brings to the market.
March 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
Nearly 1,000 years old, Palazzo Sasso has been restored time and again by architects and developers who couldn’t help but be touched by its spectacular location, and driven to revive its crumbling walls.
Located 55 kilometers from Naples city centre, this hotel is housed within a 12th century Moorish style palazzo. Set on a cliff, around 1000 feet above the sea level, this accommodation offers stunning views of the Mediterranean and the nearby fishing villages.
Comfortable and classy rooms, delectable fare at the in-house restaurants, a heated pool, a jacuzzi, and a spa with Turkish steam bath and beauty treatments are some of the things you can look forward to during your stay here. The hotel has played home to many kings, queens and aristocratic guests in the past. The venue is closed from Nov 1 to March 17 every year.
March 27, 2010 § 1 Comment
Opened in 1720 in Venice’s Piazza San Marco, Caffé Florian has become the city’s symbol. It happens to be the oldest cafés in Italy where Italian noblemen and politicians used to spend leisure time at Florian. During the 19th century, people like Lord Bryon, Goethe, Marcel Proust, Modigliani used to sit at Florian’s tables and sip from Florian’s delicious coffees & teas. Caffé Florian offers a wide range of unique handcrafted products such as different kinds of coffees&teas, room fragrances, accessories as silk scarves and ties.
March 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
Founded in 1776, Raimondi di Pettinaroli is one of the oldest shops in Milan. The store sells antique and modern luxury papers, printed material guaranteeing the highest quality and best craftsmanship ever. The beautiful store is located in Milan’s 6 Corso Venezia.
March 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
An exhibit of the 20th century’s most stunning one-of-a-kind cars
Atlanta’s High Museum of Art explores the bespoke car as a work of art in the exhibit “The Allure of the Automobile” that opened this past weekend. Known for its strong decorative arts content, the museum celebrates the one-of-a-kind European and American cars of the 20th century for their fine forms as well as their historical significance.
From the Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow and the 1937 Delage D8-120s to icons such as the 1961 Ferrari 250 Short-Wheelbase Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod and the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray—put the emphasis on craftsmanship and detailed styling, divided into pre- and post-World War II categories. Porsche contributed the rare 1938/39 Porsche Type 64 to the exhibit, which marks the first occasion that the shell of that lustrous Porsche body has left Germany. “This exhibit isn’t about cars,” said Michael Bartsch, vice president and COO of Porsche.
The Allure of The Automobile runs through 20th of June 2010.
March 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
On one of my latest shopping wanderings, i stumbled upon MOR Cosmetics out of australia, and am absolutely taken by their packaging (products seem fabulous too, but haven’t had a chance to play with them much). Awesome story of how a talented visual merchandiser and industrial/interior designer team up to create a stunningly beautiful line of soaps, scents, cosmetics, and more. The lip glosses are presented in fun pyramids, making for a beautiful stocking stuffer or gift add on… the lip balm tins are SO pretty in their ornate oval tins… and the gift tins even more so, and they are a great size to reuse around the house. Of them all, the Little Luxuries collection is definitely making my “perfect random gifts” list! See lots of pics of my favorites of their packaging on the next page…
March 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
Murano glass has been a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano for centuries. Located off the shore of Venice, Italy, Murano was a commercial port as far back as the 7th century. By the 10th century it had become a well-known city of trade. Today Murano remains a destination for tourists and art and jewellery lovers alike. A Murano chandelier will add a bold, unique sense of style to your home. Among the fine Italian crystal glass makers, Murano holds a special place. This is due to its unique history of viewing glassmaking as an art form of the highest caliber.