Sunday, November 24, 2013

Beyond Chic by Ivan Terestchenko

Internationally acclaimed Ivan Terestchenko studied Art History at the Ecole du Louvre and was a painter until the age of 30 when he switched to photography. He landed his first assignment with Vogue France. Soon after, Ivan gained recognition for documenting the private homes of artists and high profile designers for magazines worldwide including The World of Interiors, Casa Vogue Italy and The Wall Street Journal.

Ivan travels extensively, he has sailed twice across the Atlantic ocean and is a passionate surfer. He also paints and sculpts.

Beyond Chic gives a photographer's private view of the  homes, and collections, capturing the personalities of many iconic names in fashion and design.

This is truly a must have book for your collection and holiday wish list.

Cover: Giles Dufour's living room in Paris. Giles worked with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel for fifteen years.

A study in the Victorian home of Manolo Blahnik in Bath

 A nine-foot longboard signed by Richard Prince for Supreme appears as a work of contemporary art in the home of Stefano Pilato, the head of Saint Laurent's fashion house. 

A Murano glass chandelier in the Venetian home of Rosita and Ottavio Missoni in Italy

The home of Sculptor Nicole Farhi in London

Kevin Carrigan's dining room in Bellport, a village on the south shore of Long Island. Kevin is the Global Creative Director for Calvin Klein.

The home of shoe designer Christian Louboutin in Luxor Egypt.

Ivan's website: IVAN TERESTCHENKO photography
You may visit  Ivan's Blog: Ivan Terestchenko, Visual Diary

Purchase Beyond Chic: Great Fashion Designers at Home  and The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge 

Copy courtesy of The Vendome Press
Photographs courtesy Ivan Terestchenko

Thank you to my friends and followers who support The Arts

The Arts by Karena

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Staircases: The Architecture of Ascent

Staircases: The Architecture of Ascent, with an introduction by Oscar Tusquets Blanca contains 236 beautiful images of unique staircases, many photographed specifically for this book. We are taken through the centuries and see architecture as varied as that of the ancient staircase of the Maya pyramid at Chichen Itza to The Baroque  Jordan staircase in The Winter Palace  at St. Petersburg to the stunning spiral at the Flemish Centre for Contemporary Art Glass in Lommel, Belgium.  A most informative tome on the significance of many grand staircases around the world.

The Navy (later renamed The Nelson Stair) Staircase at Somerset House in London designed by architect William Chambers. c.1775

One of the stunning cast-iron staircases in the State Law Library of Iowa in Des Moines. (1884)
The staircase of The Palazzo Canossa in Mantua, Spain was built in the 17th Century, then refurbished in 1779 by Paolo Pozzo. The statuary evoke the spirit of the Baroque.

Built by Edward Riedel, Christian Jank, and Georg Dollman, this is the stunning  staircase leading up to the apartments of Ludwig II of Bavaria at his castle in Neuschwanstein. The decorative details combine both the Gothic and the exotic. Designed by Julius Hofmann in 1881. 

This Art Nouveau staircase and entry detailed with mosaics, stone, and wood with exposed steel pillars is in a Victor Horta ( architect) townhome built for the Tassel family in Brussels.  (1892)  Classified in 2000 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

I M. Pei's stunning staircase at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar (2008) 

This book is a must have on the holiday wish list for both men and women.
Authors: Oscar Tusquets Blanca, Martine Diot, Adelaïde de Savray, Jérôme Coignard, Jean Dethier

Copy courtesy of The Vendome Press  
Images courtesy of The Vendome Press

Thank you to my many readers who avidly support The Arts 

The Arts by Karena

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany by Paul Doros


This equisite book, The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany is one of the most mesmerizing books I have ever read. Including 225 Color Illustrations many that have NEVER been published, the sumptuous photography of this art glass will take your breath away.

This Art Glass was produced between the 1890's and 1920's. Louis Comfort  Tiffany coined the phrase "Favrile Glass" and considered this hand blown glass to be "his Signature Artistic Achievement".

These glass works in their jewel tone palettes shimmer inside and out with the finest of detailing !

This superb book shows us a most unique range of art glass, from delicate flower forms to "Lava"  Glass with purposeful drips enhancing the forms.

There are numerous examples of stunning "Cypriot" vases. At times Tiffany had his glassworkers and scientists spend so many hours refining new techniques, that the art glass had to be priced in the "Collector Range" even back in that era. 

This did not keep buyers away however. The desire of this one of a kind gorgeous glass works has kept it in numerous private and museum collections throughout the world; bringing prices unheard of at auction.  

This book also gives us the story of the iconic Tiffany as a young man, his years as an artist, and interior designer, and the creation of Tiffany Glass Company starting with the expansion of leaded glass windows  so much desired. 

The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany by Paul Doros courtesy of  The Vendome Press
Photography by David Schlegel
Images Courtesy of The Vendome Press

This book is a must have for anyone in with an interest in The Arts. 

Please leave a comment for the author and photographer of this fine book.

The Arts by Karena

Saturday, November 9, 2013

House Proud by Valorie Hart: Unique Home Design in Louisiana

Introducing  House Proud a book that celebrates homes and life in New Orleans and the surrounding areas in Louisiana. When I think of a particular region in the United States or the world, for that matter. A certain style of architecture pops into my mind. 

Now we know that every city has a variety of architectural examples, from Colonial to Contemporary; however New Orleans architecture is infused with "that certain  brand of hospitality and history not to be seen in other cities.

Author and Designer Valorie Hart. She is known as The Visual Vamp, the title of her very popular blog. 

Valorie has an innate sense for bringing together High and Low; melding them seamlessly and adding in all of the most important layers of a clients cherished collections into what is a most unique and interesting home....a start to many conversations at any gathering.

These wonderful images will do the talking, as I want each and everyone of you to put this book on you Holiday Wish List! You will find some or many  things that mesmerize you in every room! 

Ghost Chairs virtually disappear and bring into focus the console, art and silk panels!

Collections displayed on a cobalt blue wall

Ahh those floors and the luxe fabric on this antique chaise/ daybed!

Unique candleholders catch the eye and the chandelier, amazing!

The burst of fuchsia with this classic gold toned serving cart makes my heart sing!

House Proud may be purchased Here! 

Please leave a message for Valorie about her book and the images she has presented so generously

Published by Glitterati New York
Forward by Debra Shriver
Photography by Sara Essex Bradley
Review Copy provided by Glitterati 

Thank you to all of my friends and followers who support The Arts!

The Arts by Karena

Monday, November 4, 2013

“In with the Old, Classic Décor from A – Z” by Jennifer Boles of The Peak of Chic

In With The Old 
Classic Decor from A to Z
By Jennifer Boles
Renowned Blogger; The Peak of Chic!
A favorite blog of many in  decor and the arts.

My Friend Jennifer of The Peak of Chic
Jennifer shows us in this wonderful handbook how to make a home layered with details many of us forget to use in this modern decor world.
She has thought of everything to give your home the bespoke touch.

The Orangerie: A spot for flowers and plants, a sunroom, bringing nature into our lives is another piece of perfection

Scented Candles Use them Everywhere for a Signature touch of Fragrance. Nest is a Favorite of Mine.

Unique Side Chairs of all Periods Make a Statement.Use a wonderful trim and even embroidered Monogram for a custom touch. 

Painted or natural wood, you cannot go wrong with one or more  in every room.

Striped walls, Murals, Chinoiserie, Whimsical wall coverings. There is a place for any or all. A Powder Rom is the perfect place for a dramatic design. Try it and you will be surprised.

The Banquet: so many uses in Living Room, Study, Kitchen Nook, etc!

Book Plates
Customize your Library, these small details are what makes you and your home stand out amongst the rest.

A Ticking Stripe adds interest yet keeps a Canopy Draping from becoming too overdone. The curve to the headboard adds interest. If you love "More is More" use embroidered crewel, tassels, a luxurious trim. When it comes to fabrics  and passamenterie the choices are endless. Make it yours and make it out of the ordinary!

I could go on; however my suggestion is  to add this book to your collection. When deciding on decor for any room; page through and add an item or more ands see what a difference these suggestions will make!

Visit Jennifer at her Blog, The Peak of Chic

Please leave a comment for Jennifer and do add this amazing book to your Holiday Wish List!!

Thank you to my friends and Followers who support The Arts!

Art by Karena

Review Copy Courtesy of Crown Publishing
Images Courtesy of Crown Publishing

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Tastemaker Tag Sale Featuring Howard Slatkin

Be sure to visit One Kings Lane for Howard Slatkin's Tastemaker Tag Sale! 
Starting today November 2 at 8 am PST, running until November 5th 8 AM PST.

Consisting  of books and  assorted furniture, tabletop, accessories and collectibles. A collection you will find amazing in its scope. The sale proceeds will benefit three of Howard's favorite charities.

Art by Karena

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