tag archives: italy

 

my husband, bob, and i arrived in milan on the final day of the osvaldo borsani retrospective at la triennale di milano design museum.

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

the retrospective was designed and curated by the norman foster foundation and l’archivio osvaldo borsani (the osvaldo borsani archive), in partnership with the museum.

the design of the exhibition was exceptional.  over 300 objects were organized chronologically from 1925-1985, and installed along opposite walls of the U-shaped gallery.  archival materials, including drawings, documents, and photographs, hung opposite furniture and objects displayed on a cubic grid system inspired by american artist, sol lewitt.

the exhibition was also exceptionally well curated.  the documents corresponded with the objects.  so, it was easy to understand the creative context.

osvaldo borsani | 16 may-15 september | la triennale di milano | milan, italy

photo credit (c) agostino osio via tomoarchitects

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985) was not only a visionary twentieth century architect, designer, and industrial designer, but also the co-founder of the contract furniture brand, tecno.  however, as a residential interior designer, i was most interested in the furniture that he designed during the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s for arredamenti borsani varedo (borsani varedo furnishings) (abv), his family’s furniture business.

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

bar | travertine, walnut wood, parchment, glass, brass | abv | 1940’s | dimore gallery collection

sofa | wood, mahogany wood, velvet fabric | abv | 1935 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / interni / casa m | photographs 4 and 8, rendering 9

table | maple wood, glass | abv | 1939 | private collection

table | black lacquered wood, gilding, glass | abv | 1939 | nicolas kilner gallery collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

bar | maple wood, mirror, lighting | abv | 1939 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / anni ’40 | rendering 2

desk | walnut wood | abv | 1947 | atelier automobili amos collection

armchairs | wood, fabric | abv | 1948 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / collaborazioni | photograph 31

table | walnut wood, glass | abv | 1939 | jochum rodgers collection, berlin

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

wardrobe | maple wood | abv | 1940 | private collection

dresser | maple wood, mirror, brass | abv | private collection

table | walnut wood, silvered glass, lighting | abv | 1940 ) galleria michela cattai collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photograph 79

side chairs | walnut wood, fabric | abv | 1940 | galleria michela cattai collection

l’archivio di varedo / anni ’40 | drawing 15

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

bed | wood | abv | 1938 | private collection

cabinet | wood, glass, lighting | abv | 1941 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photograph 99

armchairs | wood, velvet fabric | 1944 | private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

bar | white lacquered wood | abv | 1939 | jochum rodgers collection, berlin

mirror with shelf | wood, glass, lighting | abv | 1948 | fragile collection

card table | wood, inlay | abv | 1942 | private collection

desk | wood, | abv, later tecno | 1953 | private collection

side chairs | wood, fabric | abv | 1938 | britt moran and emiliano salci collection

l’archivio di varedo / anni ’30 | renderings 23 and 27

l’archivio di varedo / interni / casa m | photograph 3

bar | wood, leather, velvet, murano glass | abv | 1940 | private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

mirror and shelf | gilded wood, marble, optional lighting | abv | 1950 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photograph 118

console | white lacquered wood, brass | abv | 1940’s | private collection, turin

armchair | wood, fabric | abv | 1941 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photographs 73 and 82

table | brass, wood or glass top | abv | 1948 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photographs 124 and 125

l’archivio di varedo / collaborazioni | photograph 26

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

sideboard | rosewood, bronze | abv | 1945 | private collection

table | brass, wood | abv | 1949 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / anni ’50 | rendering 21

console | gilded wood, marble | abv | 1947 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photograph 143

table | brass, marble | abv | 1941 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / anni ’50 | rendering 16

table | brass, wood or glass top | 1950 | abv | private collection

armchair | wood, velvet fabric | 1945 | private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

sideboard | walnut wood, inlay | abv | 1943 | private collection

console | maple wood | abv | 1945 | private collection

table | wood, marble or glass top | abv | 1947 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photograph 121

floor lamp | coated metal | abv | 1945 | private collection

table | wood, glass | abv | 1947 | private collection

armchair | walnut wood, fabric | abv | 1946 | private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

console | mahogany wood, glass | abv | 1949 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photograph 138

l’archivio di varedo / collaborazioni | photograph 39

sideboard | rosewood, bronze | abv | 1945 | private collection

armchairs | wood, wood or bakelite armrests, fabric | abv, later tecno | 1946-1953 | private collection, and prada collection

l’archivio di varedo / anni ’40 | rendering 36

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photographs 115, 116, 135, and 142

table | rosewood, glass  | abv | 1947 | private collection

table | maple wood, engraved glass | abv | 1946 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photograph 119

l’archivio di varedo / collaborazioni | photograph 5

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

console | mahogany wood, white granite | abv | presented at the IX trienniale | 1951 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photograph 137

sofa | abv, later tecno | 1952 | private collection

armchairs | wood, wood or bakelite armrests, fabric | abv, later tecno | 1953 | private collection

l’archivio di varedo / anni ’50 | drawing 24

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photograph 144

l’archivio di varedo / collaborazioni | photographs 25 and 38

l’archivio di varedo | interni | casa n | photograph 3

table | wood, onyx | abv, later tecno | 1953 | private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985)

bar | mahogany wood, bronze | handles designed by lucio fontana | abv | 1949 | dimore gallery collection

console | wood, marble | abv | 1944 | private collection

triennale side chairs | wood, fabric | abv | presented at the IX triennale | 1951 | dimore gallery collection

l’archivio di varedo / prodotti atelier | photograph 136

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

are you inspired to begin collecting borsani furniture from the 1930’s, 1940’s, or 1950’s?

if so, you could consider bidding on the triennale table and chairs offered in the italian design auction at christie’s in london on 17 october 2018.

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985) | a ‘triennale’ dining suite, designed 1951 | estimate GBP 12,000.00-18,000.00

thinking italian design | sale 16017 | lot 17 | christie’s london | 17 october 2018

photo credit christies

 

or, maybe on the tables offered in the important design auction at phillips in london on 18 october 2018.

osvaldo borsani (1911-1985) | pair of side tables | circa 1948 | estimate GBP 5000.00-7000.00

important design | sale uk050318 | lot 30 | phillips london | 18 october 2018

photo credit phillips

 

last year, umbrellas (ombrelli).

september 2017

via mazzini and via garibaldi | pietrasanta, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

this year, butterflies (farfalle).

september 2018

via mazzini and via garibaldi | pietrasanta, italy

viale versilia | marina di pietrasanta, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

or actually, mariposas.  after a sculpture by spanish artist, manolo valdés.  from manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation), the annual summer art exhibition sponsored by the comune di pietrasanta (town of pietrasanta) from 16 june-4 november 2018.

manolo valdés | mariposas | aluminum | 2015

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

valdés’ works are contemporary interpretations of classic works with art historical importance, by masters such as velázquez (1599-1660), rembrandt (1606-1669), or matisse (1869-1954).

henri matisse (1869-1954) | femme au chapeau (woman with a hat) | 1905 | san francisco musuem of modern art (sfmoma) | san francisco, ca

photo credit sfmoma

manolo valdés | retrato (portrait) | oil on burlap | 2017 | opera gallery | dubai, united arab emirates

photo credit opera gallery

manolo valdés | pamela | aluminum | 2015

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pontile di tonfano (tonfano pier) | marina di pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit contini galleria d’arte via facebook

foreground: manolo valdés | irene | bronze | 2006

background: manolo valdés | caballero | bronze | 2005

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

manolo valdés | double imogen | marble and steel | 2016

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

manolo valdés | clio dorada | brass and steel | 2017

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

manolo valdés | regina II | bronze | 2005

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

piazza del duomo | pietrasanta, italy

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

click here to read my previous post about the pietrasanta contemporary sculpture park.

 

you may know that genova (genoa), italy was a maritime republic whose economic power peaked during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.  at that time, the genovese aristocracy developed a public network of private palaces to host state visitors.  42 of the palazzi dei rolli (palaces of the lists) are now unesco world heritage sites.

the renaissance and baroque palazzi share similar architectural and design elements.  many of the buildings are three or four stories tall.  the entrance halls have grand staircases.  stuccos and frescos decorate the interiors.  courtyards and loggias overlook the gardens.

during the first half of the 18th century, a dazzling hall of mirrors (galleria degli specchi) was added during a renovation of the palazzo stefano balbi (1643-1650), now the museo palazzo reale (royal palace museum).  models included the galleria colonna (mid 16th century) at palazzo colonna in rome, the galerie des glaces (1679-1686) at chateau de versailles in france, and the galleria degli specchi (1730) at palazzo doria pamphilj in rome.

domenico parodi (1672-1742) | galleria degli specchi  | palazzo stefano balbi (palazzo reale) (1643-1650) | via balbi, 10 | genoa, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

rear facade | loggias | palazzo stefano balbi (palazzo reale) (1643-1650) | via balbi, 10 | genoa, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

rear facade | garden | palazzo stefano balbi (palazzo reale) (1643-1650) | via balbi, 10 | genoa, italy

photo credit visitgenoa.it

front facade | palazzo stefano balbi (palazzo reale) (1643-1650) | via balbi, 10 | genoa, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

some of the rolli, like palazzo stefano balbi, are now occupied by public institutions.  others are used as municipal or business offices.  some have been converted into apartments.  or, are still private residences.

some of the palazzi are only open to the public during rolli days, a bi-annual event in may and october.  so, we planned a walking architectural tour of the rolli.

12 of the unesco accredited rolli are located on via garibaldi, le strade nuove (the new streets).

le strade nuove | via garibaldi | genoa, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

palazzo agostino pallavicini (palazzo cambaiso pallavicini) (1558) | via garibaldi, 1 | genoa, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

palazzo gio battista spinola (palazzo doria) (1563) | via garibaldi, 6 | genoa italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

palazzo nicolosio lomellini (1559-1565) | via garibaldi, 7 | genoa, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

palazza lazzaro and giacomo spinola (palazzo cattarneo-adorno) (1583 and 1588) | via garibaldi 8-10 | genoa, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

palazzo nicolo grimaldi (palazzo grimaldi-doria-tursi) (1565) | via garibaldi, 9 | genoa, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

palazzo luca grimaldi (palazzo bianco) (1530-1540) | via garibaldi, 11 | genoa, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

    palazzo rodolfo and gio francesco brignole sale (palazzo rosso) (1671-1677) | via garibaldi, 18 | genoa, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

did you know that via garibaldi 12, one of the most innovative modern design concept stores in europe, is located on le strade nuove?

via garibaldi 12 | palazzo baldassare lomellini (palazzo campanella) (1562) | via garibaldi, 12 | genoa, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace and via garibaldi 12

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links to travel information:

unesco | le strade nuove (the new street) and the system of the palazzi dei rolli (palaces of the lists)

palazzi dei rolli | unesco and palazzi storici di genova (historical palaces of genoa)

rolli days

museo palazzo reale (royal palace museum) | via balbi, 10

via garibaldi 12 design store | via garibaldi, 12

 

during our recent holiday in italy, my husband, bob, and i decided to visit cantina antinori nel chianti classico (antinori winery in chianti classico) enroute from firenze (florence) to the beach at forte dei marmi.

in 2012, the antinori family moved their corporate headquarters from florence to bargino, which is located in the chianti classico region of tuscany.  palazzo antinori, which was designed by an apprentice of filippo brunelleschi (1377-1446), had been the residence and headquarters of the antinori family since 1506.

giuliano da maiano (1432-1490) | palazzo antinori (1461-1469) | piazza antinori, 3 | florence, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

kim and kim from antinori’s california winery, antica, kindly contacted their italian colleagues to help us book a private tour and wine tasting.  for our tasting, bob and i were able to request wines from any antinori estate.  we especially looked forward to tasting the 2015 solaia toscana IGT and the 2015 tignanello toscana IGT, which recently received a 97/100 point rating from wine spectator magazine.

architectural model of antica napa valley winery in the courtyard of palazzo antinori

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

florence architects, archea associati, won multiple awards for their innovative design, which conceptually and literally connected cantina antinori to the land.  but, construction took longer and was more expensive than anticipated.  (about 9 years, and 90,000,000.00 euros).  first, 35 acres of the site were excavated.  then, construction began on the hillside retaining wall.  but, the wall started to shift because groundwater made the soil unstable.  so, supplimentary geotechnical soil studies were conducted, the structural plan was re-engineered, and a 17,000 pile foundation was constructed.  finally, the hillside on top of the winery was restored.  and, the green roof was planted with vineyards.

green roof | cantina antinori (2004-2013) | bargino, italy | architecture and landscaping by archea associati

photo credit archea associati

 

locally sourced building materials, such as terracotta, corten steel (which weathers naturally), wood, and glass, also connect the architecture and the interior to the land.

entrance | cantina antinori (2004-2013) | bargino, italy | architecture and landscaping by archea associati

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

facade | cantina antinori (2004-2013) | bargino, italy | architecture and landscaping by archea associati

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

ristorante rinuccio 1180 | cantina antinori (2004-2013) | bargino, italy | architecture and landscaping by archea associati

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

the space is organized in tiers, illuminated by round apertures in the green roof or terracotta terrace.

balcony level offices and terrace level hospitality facilities | cantina antinori (2004-2013) | bargino, italy | architecture and landscaping by archea associati

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

a sculptural corten steel spiral staircase connects the rooftop, terrace, and subterranean levels.  but, the staircase had to be re-engineered and re-constructed after it collapsed under its own weight, causing additional construction delays and cost increases.  the antinori family considers the project as a long term investment.

spiral staircase | cantina antinori (2004-2013) | bargino, italy | architecture and landscaping by archea associati

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace and (c) pietro savarelli via archea

 

the gravity flow winery has a natural climate control system, designed to minimize environmental impact and maximize energy savings.  the subterranean wine cellars are naturally cooled.  the shape of the vaulted ceiling and the ventilated construction of the walls, which are made from terracotta tiles mounted on a steel grid substructure, promote natural air circulation.

don’t the cantilevered rooms provide a spectacular setting for a private wine tasting?

grazie mille to our host, martina!

wine cellar and cantilevered tasting rooms | cantina antinori (2004-2013) | bargino, italy | architecture and landscaping by archea associati

photo credit (c) leonardo finotti via archea
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cantina antinori nel chianti classico

via cassia per siena, 133 | localita bargino

50026 san casciano val di pesa, FI, italy

+39 055 2359700

visite@antinorichianticlassico.it

 

antica napa valley winery

3700 soda canyon road

napa, CA USA 94558

+1 (707) 257-8700 extension 1

 

what do you think of when you think of florence (firenze), italy?

probably, the cupola (dome) designed, engineered, and constructed for the duomo (cathedral) by filippo brunelleschi (1377-1446). 

view of florence from la leggenda dei frati restaurant, located in the giardino bardini (bardini gardens)

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

piazza del duomo | florence, italy

left to right:

arnolfo di cambio (1240-1310) | cattedrale di santa maria del fiore (cathedral of saint mary of the flower) (1296-1884)

filippo brunelleschi (1377-1446) | cupola di brunelleschi (brunelleschi’s dome) (1418-1434)

giotto di bondone (c. 1267-1337) | campanile di giotto (giotto’s bell tower) (1334-1359)

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

filippo brunelleschi (1377-1446) | cupola (1418-1434) | cattedrale di santa maria del fiore | piazza del duomo | florence, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

brunelleschi is considered the most important italian renaissance architect and engineer because of his pioneering double layered and self supporting dome design.

even brunelleschi’s uncompleted buildings, such as the basilica di santo spirito (basilica of the holy spirit), which has an unfinished facade, are considered architectural and engineering masterpieces.

piazza santo spirito | florence, italy

filippo brunelleschi (1377-1446) | basilica di santo spirito (1444-1488)

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

like santo spirito, which was brunelleschi’s last project, the facade of one of brunelleschi’s first projects, the basilica di san lorenzo (basilica of saint lawrence), was never completed.

piazza san lorenzo | florence, italy

left to right:

filippo brunelleschi (1377-1446) | basilica di san lorenzo (1422-1461)

matteo nigetti (1570-1648) | cappella dei principe (chapel of the princes) (1602-1650) | le cappella medicee (the medici chapels)

michelangelo di lodovico buonarroti simoni (1475-1564) | sagrestia nuova (new sacristy) (1520-1534) | le cappella medicee

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

michelangelo (1475-1564) | sagrestia nuova (1520-1534) | le cappella medicee | florence, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

you may think of michelangelo (1475-1564) as the painter and sculptor of masterpieces.  such as, the frescoes of the last judgement (1536-1541) on the walls, and the genesis episodes on the ceiling (1508-1512) of the cappella sistina (sistine chapel) at the musei vaticani (vatican museum) in roma (rome).  or, the marble sculpture of david, now at the galleria dell’accademia di firenze (gallery of the academy of florence).

the original sculpture of david.

michelangelo (1475-1564) | david (1502-1504) | galleria dell’accademia | florence, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

and, the copy, which was installed in the piazza della signoria, outside of the palazzo vecchio (old palace), in 1873.

copy of david (1873) | piazza della signoria | florence, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

but, michelangelo was also a brilliant architect.

one of michelangelo’s earliest architectural projects was an [unbuilt] design for the facade of brunelleschi’s basilica di san lorenzo, commissioned by giulio di giuliano de’ medici (1478-1534), who later became pope clement VII (1523-1534).  the medici family was one of michelangelo’s most prominent patrons.  and, san lorenzo was the parish church of the medici family.  pope clement VII also commissioned michelangelo to design a reliquary balcony for brunelleschi’s sagrestia vecchia (old sacristy) at san lorenzo.

michelangelo (1475-1564) | reliquary balcony (1532) | sagrestia vecchia | basilica di san lorenzo | florence, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

view of brunelleschi’s sagrestia vecchia (1422-1428) from michelangelo’s reliquary balcony (1532)

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

in addition, pope clement VII commissioned michelangelo to design the biblioteca medicea laurenziana (medici laurentian library), which is located near the cloisters at san lorenzo.

michelangelo supervised the construction of the library from 1523 until 1534, when he relocated to rome.  giorgio vasari (1511-1574) and bartolomeo ammannati (1511-1592) completed the library according to michelangelo’s plans.  including, the multi functional wooden benches/bookstands/cupboards.  and, the lime wood ceiling that was carved by giovanni battista del tasso (1500-1555).  niccolò di raffaello di niccolò dei pericoli (1500-1550), michelangelo’s pupil who was also known as ‘il tribolo’, designed the red and white terracotta floor as a reflection of michelangelo’s ceiling design.

michelangelo (1475-1564) | reading room | biblioteca medicea laurenziana (1523-1571) | basilica di san lorenzo | florence, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

michelangelo repeated the ceiling design from the reading room, which is considered a masterpiece of mannerist architecture, in the vestibule.

michelangelo (1475-1564) | vestibule | biblioteca medicea laurenziana (1523-1571) | basilica di san lorenzo | florence, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

the monumental staircase that michelangelo designed for the vestibule is considered a model for baroque architecture.

and, michelangelo’s architectural masterpiece.

michelangelo (1475-1564) | vestibule | biblioteca medicea laurenziana (1523-1571) | basilica di san lorenzo | florence, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

[michelangelo was] ‘supreme not in one art alone, but in all three.’

-from the life of michelangelo by giorgio vasari

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links to travel information:

giardino bardini (bardini garden)

il grande museo del duomo (the great cathedral museum) | cattedrale (cathedral) | cupola (dome) | battistero (baptistry) | campanile (bell tower) | cripta (crypt)

basilica di santo spirito  (basilica of the holy spirit)

galleria dell’accademia (gallery of the academy) | david

piazza della signoria | copy of david

basilica di san lorenzo (basilica of saint lawrence) | basilica | cappelle medicee (medici chapels) | biblioteca medicea laurenziana (medici laurentian library)

firenzecard | the official museum pass of the city of florence