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Yayoi Kusama’s “Alice in Wonderland”

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On 28th January,  the Italian edition of “Alice in Wonderland” by Yayoi Kusama will be released, so I have decided to post some images of this dreamy book. We have already spoken about this genial Japanese artist in another post and in particular about her work for Louis Vuitton but she is so motivated to cover the world in dots, that I have no other choice but to dedicate to her another space. Mrs Kusama, an eccentric eighty-three year old (see picture below) has illustrated Lewis Carroll‘s famous tale and she has done it in her unusual and extremely appropriate way. Her art, in fact, is perfect for the story, it’s somehow childish, cheerful but also arcane and obsessive. “My art originates from hallucinations only I can see“, she said once during an interview. My thought being: if what we see in her drawings, sculptures, films, performing art, installations originates from her hallucinations, I would love to be able to see the hallucinations themselves, it would be an experience that would rival any existing drug, I’m sure.
in Furniture, Ispiration

A few good ideas for Christmas presents

 

 

    

I have to admit it, I’m not a big fan of the lead up to Christmas. I enjoy it when it arrives but I get quite nervous thinking about all the organisation. Perhaps it is because I come from a warm country and it feels less Christmasy, the pressure to buy the right presents and the pressure of pretending that I like the useless presents I receive, call me Scrooge but I can’t be bothered sometimes. However, in trying to embrace my inner Christmas I would like to list some affordable ideas for presents. TELL ME WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE VIA EMAIL O IN UN COMMENTO (related to design and decoration) and I WILL PUBLISH IT IN MY NEXT POST. You never know, the right people might read it 😉

in Furniture

Wedding list

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One of my best best friends has just got married, so I’ve decided to post some ideas about useful and practical wedding presents. He is an engineer, the kind of guy who is very clever and very rational, who buys objects only for their practicality and good value, so I’m not optimistic that he will fall in love with any of my ideas because, although they are practical, they are also guilty of being too vainly beautiful, but one of them might inspire some of you though.
How much is taste a factor when we fall in love? I mean, most of the time we fall in love with people we like, people who are to our taste: some like blondes, some like them fat, some shy, some quirky. Taste though changes over a life time, that’s perfectly normal and natural, so can we blame our partner if he or she changes their tastes at some point? 
While selecting the items for this wedding wish list, I came to the conclusion that, yes, taste can change and sometimes we don’t even understand what other people’s tastes are, therefore it’s important to buy a present that is of good quality and practical. Perhaps this is the secret for good marriage: marry a quality and practical person, a person who has got substance and a person practical enough to make us feel comfortable in discussing problems in the relationship. A bit like the presents I’ve picked: your taste might change or perhaps I haven’t meet your taste to start with, but they are quality, practical objects that you’ll always happily find a space for in your life.

Alessi:  kettle with bird Michael Graves

 Flos: table lamp Gun_Bedside Gun by Philipp Starck            
– Missoni Home:  linen
Kartell: table Jolly by Paolo Rizzatto 
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