News Apr. 2009

2009 Kips Bay Boy's and Girl's Club Show House, Room 25/26

Italy serves as source of both inspiration and resources for our bedroom.

Italian artist, Mario Ceroli (b1938) designed and built three of the principal pieces of furniture in the 1970s featured in our bedroom.  Ceroli, a renowned sculptor and artist, has also won praise for his set designs, including sets for Shakespeare’s  Richard III at Teatro Stabile in Torino, and Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, staged at Milan’s famous La Scala Opera House.  His theatrical sensibility is evident in his fantastic Russian Pine Bed entitled "La Bocca della Veritas" (the Mouth of Truth).  Ceroli is also responsible for the Russian Pine Compass Table, as well as a Long Table and two sublimely proportioned Chairs that are surreal in design and execution. All three pieces come from the collection of Stockholm modernist furniture dealer, Paul Jackson. Adding to our stable of Italian creations is a wonderful black studded wardrobe from the 1970s courtesy of Gallery BAC.


All of this is set in a room with a raised alter like platform set behind a classical balustrade based on a wonderful bedroom in Gabriele d’Annunzio’s  Il Vittoriale.  D’Annunzio was an Italian poet, journalist, novelist, dramatist, and daredevil whose controversial role in politics were said to have dramatically influenced Italy’s direction in the early decades of  the twentieth century.  During the 1920s, he constructed and furnished Il Vittoriale, an elaborate villa perched high above Lago della Garda, where incredible collections of archaeological treasures, books, art, and furniture of every description are housed in a assemblage of uniquely Italian stripped classical architectural vessels.


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