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The incredible Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

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The incredible Yves Saint Laurent Museum (incredible should be inseparable part of the name) is one of those pieces of architecture that just sits perfectly in the location where it was built and looks like it has always been there even if it has a very contemporary feeling.

I have a thing for bricks, especially red bricks. It might be because I grew up in Rome, among the Roman ruins and fascist architecture that used bricks frequently. Recently I developed a soft spot for traditional grey Chinese bricks as well, often used by the beautiful architecture firm Neri & Hu.

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech was designed by Studio KO on a plot of land close to the Jardin Majorelle; it covers an area of 3,908 square metres and hosts 2 exhibitions, has an auditorium, a library, a coffee shop, a restaurant and a bookshop. It was commissioned by Pierre Bergé, who recently died, in memory of his partner, the legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

The architecture perfectly balances volumes and sinuous curves, different materials like the concrete of the reinforced structure, red brick made from industrial clay, the natural terracotta with a base in pre-cast terrazza of the outside facing and golden details.

Studio KO, founded by architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, hasn’t left anything to chance. The interiors are sublime. Bricks are used for patterns on the outdoor shell like wood is used to design patterns in the interiors.

Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech is an example of elegance, a happy combination of forms and colors, the perfect homage to a master of fashion and a genius creative mind. It is no doubt one of my favourite pieces of architecture from last few years.

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Photographs by Dan Glasser, courtesy of Studio KO.

in Interiors, Ispiration, People

Creativity is fuelled by curiosity

Many things have been said and many more things are going to be said about Karl Lagerfield now he is dead, I don’t think you need me to state the obvious.

I just wanted to pay homage to an incredibly creative person and reiterate that creativity, as I stated many times before, is fuelled by curiosity.

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Unskilled Worker’s art (Gucci already knows)

Everybody speaks about Gucci and Alessandro Michele and rightly so.

I have been following Lallo –as he called himself on Instagram- since he became creative director of Gucci in 2015.

I have always sustained that creativity needs to be fed by culture; the most creative people in the world are curious, they  read book, observe, travel, watch movies, learn from other artists.

Alessandro Michele is an incredible example of this concept. A photographer I work with showed me a few weeks ago some photos of his studio and the first thing that came to my attention was a long table covered with art books and different memorabilia.

His fashion is influenced by paintings, cinema, the world.

Alessandro Michele is also very good at discovering or using new talents, like  Jayde Fish , who he “met” in Instagram and whose illustration were used in SS17 collection but also before then.

Today it is the turn of Helen Downie aka Unskilled Worker , a British painter, discovered by photographer Nick Knight but soon made part of Alessandro Michele’s stuble.

P.S: And speaking about culture, her charcters’ eyes remind me of The Portrait of  Wally by Egon Schiele…

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in Arts+ Crafts, Furniture, Interiors

My picks from Tiffany’s Everyday Objects

I have never desired to have breakfast at Tiffany‘s even if I always wanted to look like Audrey Hepburn (I suspect I am not the only one…) and I have always found the classic Tiffany’s green annoyingly a shade to light to be cool so when I learned that Tiffany had launched a new Home & Accessories collection my expectations weren’t particularly high when I checked it out.

I was actually surprised though to see a few pieces that I would like, shiny and well made enough to remind you that they are made by a jewellery brand and to realise that the Tiffany green looks good on porcelain.

These are my favourite bits so far with prices in euros and dollars:

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Jayde Fish and Gucci, a dream come true

Once upon a time there was a girl called Jayde Fish who dreamt of working with the baroque, sophisticated, hyper-creative Alessandro Michele.

She had been admiring his work since he took the lead of the Italian luxury brand Gucci in 2015 and she felt that her artistic vision was intwined with Alessandro’s.

One day Jayde Fish decided to publish some of her marvellous drawings on Instagram with the hashtag #alessandromichele to state her source of inspiration.

After a while she received a message from Gucci. Alessandro Michele himself had seen a photo of her work, searched for more and wanted to use some of her art-work for Gucci’s new collection. “Do what you want with my work” she said because she totally trusted that in Michele’s hands that only something magical could emerge.

In September 2016 Gucci launched a collection populated with Jayde’s monkeys, tarots and parts of Jayde’s drawings.

“I have a fascination for the mystical, astronomy, astrology and religious culture” explained the Californian artist. “I feel that tarots are a beautiful way to think about what you are and what you want to be, every character has a deep connection with nature, the universe and the spiritual world and I feel that there is something romantic about it.”

I won’t add anything else, her drawings done in ink speak for themselves.

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Cool people at the Milan furniture fair

When I went to the Salone del Mobile in Milan, two weeks ago, I took some pictures of cool people visiting the fair.

I had so much fun even if the images are not great because my iPhone has decided to start performing badly after the update-

These people bring a smile to my face, they are walking examples of how beauty comes in different, original, unique forms.

I want to thank all the people who posed for me, the people whose photos I didn’t post and also the people who didn’t want to be photographed (one) and I apologize for being late in publishing; as usual, spring is a very busy period for me at work.

 

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Stella Jean’s studio

Some of you might recall that 2 years ago I wrote a post entitled “I ♥♥♥ Stella Jean”. Well I still really like her work and every time I am invited to a wedding I think that the perfect look for me would be a white man-like shirt and an African inspired shirt, alias the most iconic outfit designed by Stella Jean (see a photo of hers with ‘my outfit’ below).

A few months ago I met a very talented young woman, Giulia Bertuletti, who works as a video-maker, director and photographer (have a look at her videos in Vimeo) and she showed me the photographs below that she took at Stella Jean’s studio in Rome for the magazine Marie Claire Korea.

Because I have recently developed an obsessive interest for creative people’s working places, I decided to ask her if I could publish the photos on my blog and here we are.

I love the fabrics Stella Jean use and the combination of feminine cuts, masculine elements and African patterns.

Today I visited another really interesting artist’s studio (Gaetano Zampogna) and I might go back to take some more photos of it (in the meanwhile you can see a few in my Instagram).

Soon I will publish some pictures of the super creative studio of Davide Dormino. Stay tuned for plenty of inspiration!

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in Ispiration, People

I ♥ Iris Apfel

 I have my personal family tree composed of people who inspire me. They can be artists, fashion gurus, interior designer or carpenters, it doesn’t really matter what they do but how they think. It is generally filled with extremely creative people with a good historical sense and a quirky yet  sophisticated taste.  I read as much as possible about them, I watch all their interviews and they become my personal  mentors. I like to think of them as part of my inspirational ‘family’ tree. 
The new entry is Iris Apfel. She is a ball of energy and she has a brian sharper than a razor all at a modest 94 years old. Her collection of clothes and objects is incredible and she has a unique ability to put together different shapes, colors and materials and make them look like they were meant to be combined together. 
She is a genius in finding an elegant harmony in the ‘too much’ category.
Apart from being a textile designer, fashion guru, fashion consultant, stylist, she works as an interior designer as well; her house in New York is a very baroque example of her talent. 
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photos by Luis Monteiro for How To Spend It
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Jenny Rome’s fashion illustrations

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Good morning everyone, I hope you are well. I am much better, my energy level is back after a period where I was feeling tired and run down (as I wrote in this post) because of an abnormal high level of iron in my blood. Many people know about the consequences of a low level of iron in your blood but the opposite is actually as dangerous and invalidating; often it doesn’t depend on the diet (in my case for instance I don’t eat much meat) but on genetics. I am back to normal now, I have started practicing Ashtanga yoga again and I feel full of energy and optimism. I like being busy I have to admit, it means that things are happening or that you are working to make things happening at least. I like movement.
Today I thought of giving you another reason to keep following my blog, introducing you to this talented American artist called Jenny Rome (cool name by the way) and her fabulous fashion illustrations. The good news for all us, lovers of interiors, is that she sells prints of them in Etsy and Society6 at affordable prices! I tell you what, I am going to buy one right one. 
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