Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Italian Love Affair

Elle Decoration, May 2005

Dear Zac,

It was in the May 2005 French Elle Decoration where I first read about Bulgari hotel in Milan. The interior as portrayed in the colorful spread is both sleek and understated. I was captivated by the image of the dramatic double-height lobby with its dark slate floor, complimented by designer Antonio Citterio’s timeless collection of seating with rather unusual proportion. I have always been a big fan of his design for the eminent Italia furniture maker, B&B Italia. It was love as first sight.

Four years later, I finally had the opportunity to visit Italy. It was a relatively short trip but I managed to squeeze in a two day layover in Milan. Aside from the luxury boutiques, I was motivated visit Milan by the prospect of experiencing the Bulgari Hotel in person. With the weak dollar, my dream to stay at one of the most stylish hotel in Milan remained just a dream. Instead of spending 700 Euro on one of their deluxe rooms, I treated myself a 12 euro bottle of Italian soda and a 10 euro cup of cappuccino at the hotel’s garden cafĂ©. Oh well, pictures are worth more than a thousand words. You be your own judge. Is it really all that?

Library - Taken with my new Leica

Library - Taken with my new Leica

A View from the garden cafe - Taken with my new Leica



Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Reading


Have you checked out the new coffee table book for Interior Designer, Orlando Diaz Azcuy? If not you must check it out.

Not only does the book have fresh pictures of Azcuy's body of work - it tells the story of his journey starting in Cuba, building his design firm in San Francisco for the last 45 years,  and ultimately residing in NYC. The cover of the book graces the Fritz Henningsen chair of my dreams - what a statement! 

Acuzy's modernist and romantic approach to design translates into homes filled with graceful antiques, rare contemporary art, and custom designs by Acuzy himself. He routinely creates rooms building on a neutral color palette and then sprinkles in the art and furnishings to tell the story.

I couldn't wait for Amazon so I bought the $60 book immediately (ouch). This goes to show you how good the book really is!


Isn't he cute!?! Makes me think I need some fun glasses for the fall.