tag archives: christian louboutin

i keep noticing geometric patterns that remind me of the blue and white ceramic tile that italian architect *gio ponti (1891-1979) designed for the parco dei prinicipi hotel in sorrento, italy.

hall | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | laurel pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credits royal group and dwell

bar | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | starburst pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credits royal group and dwell

 the parco dei principi hotel, which opened in 1962, is considered one of gio ponti’s masterpieces.  the hotel was restored from 1999-2004, and is now a listed building.  gio ponti designed not only the architecture, but also the interiors of the 96 room hotel.  so, the parco dei principi could be considered a mid-century modern precursor of 21st century design hotels.  for the interiors, which have a blue and white design scheme, ponti designed 30 patterns of 20 x 20 cm (7.87 x 7.87 in) ceramic tile.  the maiolica tile, which was originally manufactured by d’agostino in salerno, italy, has now been re-issued by la riggiola.

by rotating the tiles, ponti created four different patterns from this design

photo credits royal group and dwell

junior suite | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | pinwheel pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credits royal group and dwell

‘shortlist’ | world of interiors magazine | march 2015 | page 45

rockman & rockman | cube 6 side table

photo credits world of interiors

rockman & rockman | cube 1, cube 6, and cube 7 side tables

photo credits rockman & rockman

prada | fall/winter 2015 fashion show

photo credit the sartorialist

classic room | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | tetrahedron pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credits royal group and dwell

‘antennae roundup’ | world of interiors magazine | march 2015 | page 19

beija flor | tetrahedron pattern printed vinyl PVC floor covering

photo credits world of interiors

alexandra champalimaud for the rug company | gaelic yellow and gaelic brown rugs

inspired by carved stones found while traveling in india

photo credits the rug company and the rug company

pentreath & hall | tetrahedron pattern wrapping paper

based on stone floor and marble patterns by 18th century designer, batty langley

photo credits pentreath & hall

dining room | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | losenge pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credits j p moser and dwell

christian louboutin | sole print panettone wallets

photo credits christian louboutin

deluxe sea view room | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | circular pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credit royal group

‘all-star lineup’ | elle decor magazine | march 2015 | page 134

amethyst artisan | eclipse cement tile

photo credits elle decor and martyn thompson

 

amethyst artisan | eclipse cement tile

photo credits amethyst artisan

my husband, bob, and i stayed at the parco dei principi hotel when we visited the amalfi coast.  like the interiors and the architecture, the location is spectacular!  the hotel is built on a cliff, overlooking the bay of naples.

parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

rendering | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

photo credits royal group

 the beach, where we relaxed every evening before dinner, is located at the bottom of the cliff.

beach | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

photo credit royal group

‘blue sky,

blue sea,

blue islands,

blue maiolicas…’

-gio ponti

  *about giovanni (gio) ponti (1891-1979)

italian architect gio ponti could be considered one of the most influential 20th century designers.  his most famous building is probably the pirelli tower in milan, italy.

 gio ponti | pirelli tower | milan, italy | 1958

photo credit gioponti.com

gio ponti was also an industrial designer.  he designed porcelain for richard ginori, lighting for artemide, fontana arte, and venini, as well as furniture for domus nova.  the superleggera chair no. 699, produced by cassina since 1957, is probably his most famous furniture design.

gio ponti | superleggera chair no. 699 | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

photo credit dwell

ponti, who established domus architecture, art, and design magazine, was also a writer, an editor, and a publisher.

cover | domus magazine | january 1931

photo credit gio ponti archives

i have to admit to being the fortunate owner of a few (okay, pretty many) pairs of christian louboutin shoes.  my taste in shoes parallels my taste in furniture.  simple, classic, yet modern designs.  silhouette pieces.

christian louboutin | simple pumps 70mm

christian louboutin | ron ron zeppa 85mm

photo credits christian louboutin

‘a shoe is a shape,  first and foremost:

if its structure is good, it can be enriched with all manner of details,

a house is the same.’

-christian louboutin

christian louboutin

photo credit showstudio

christian louboutin is renovating his house in paris.  as part of the renovation, he is installing pyramid shaped skylights that were inspired by the silhouette of parisian rooftops.  the pyramid skylights that enrich the structure of his house could be compared to the spikes that enhance the shape of his shoes.  a trend setting, yet classic detail.

spikes also enhance the shape of jonathan browning’s anjou table.  it seems that shoe shapes and furniture silhouettes are actually quite similar.

pyramid skylights

christian louboutin renovating his house in paris

jonathan browning | anjou cocktail table

christian louboutin | fifi spikes 120mm

photo credits todd selby | jonathan browning | christian louboutin
compare the similarities between the silhouettes of christian louboutin shoes and holly hunt furniture.
bana 140|red patent|cl

holly hunt | peso side table

holly hunt | peso side tables

christian louboutin | bana 140 mm

photo credits holly hunt | christian louboutin

between christian louboutin and cappellini.

nendo|cappellini|ribbon taboret

nendo for cappellini | ribbon stools

nendo for cappellini | ribbon stool

christian louboutin | june 100 mm

photo credits cappellini | nendo | christian louboutin

india madhavi bishop stools | hyde park townhouse | london, united kingdom | interior design by shh

india madhavi | bishop stools

christian louboutin | flo 120 mm

photo credits shh | india madhavi | christian louboutin

do you think that the similarities are striking?

click here to read the selby’s 15 january 2013 interview with christian louboutin, which includes photographs of his house and studio in paris.