Monday, May 24, 2010

Carlo Bugatti 1856-1940

by Lauren Stewart-Ebert

Carlo Bugatti

Carlo Bugatti was born on February 16, 1856 in Milan, Italy.

Bugatti studied at the Brera Academy and the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris in the 1870’s and began manufacturing furniture only ten years later in both Milan and Paris.

Bench by Carlo Bugatti, 1900.  Stained wood, pewter, inlaid copper and vellum details.

In 1880 he married Teresa Loriole and, over the course of the next several years, they had three children, Ettore, Deanice, and Rembrandt.

During this time Bugatti and family entertained a number of art world heavyweights including the composer Giacomo Puccini and the painter Giovanni Segantini.

The Snail Room, by Carlo Bugatti, 1902.  Oak, vellum, and bronze.

Chair from the Snail Room

Although Bugatti worked with ceramics, silverware, and textiles, his true calling was furniture designs. His first show was at the 1888 Fine Arts Fair in Milan. Later that year he had his first international showing at the Italian Exhibition in London.

Cabinet by Carlo Bugatti, 1900.  Walnut, tin, brass, parchment, ivory and ebony inlay.

His elaborate inlays with exotic wood, parchment, copper and mother of pearl were a huge success and he was awarded an honorary prize.

Asymmetric chair by Carlo Bugatti, 1902.  Walnut, copper applications, pewter, mahogany and copper inlay, hand painted vellum, and silk tassels.

Chair by Carlo Bugatti, 1902.  Walnut, vellum, copper, and silk tassles.
Double-sided desk by Carlo Bugatti, 1900.  Walnut, vellum, pewter inlay, and repousse copper. 
Sold at auction for $1.56 million.
Coffee table in the style of Carlo Bugatti, circa 1950.  Burled ash with tulipwood inlay.

Bugatti began showing worldwide and creating lavish interiors such as the Waldorf Astoria’s Turkish Salon.

The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City

He was awarded the silver medal at the Paris World Fair for his designs.

In 1904, Bugatti solid his Milan studio and moved to Paris with his family. There he worked with large department stores such as Maison Dufavel and Au Bon Marché.

When his youngest son, Rembrandt, committed suicide in 1916, Bugatti withdrew from public life. However, he continued to work privately and spent much of his time painting.

In 1935, Bugatti formally retired from the world of design.

By this time his son Ettore had come into his own right by founding the auto company bearing his family name. Bugatti spent the last years of his life with his son Ettore at the Chateau Saint Jean, the home of the Bugatti automobile company.

1937 Bugatti Type 37SC Atalante Coupe.  Sold at auction for $7.92 million.

Bugatti Type SC Atlantic from the Ralph Lauren Collection

Carlo Bugatti died in April of 1940 at the hospital in Molsheim. He is buried in the Bugatti family cemetery at Dorlisheim.

The Chateau Saint Jean in the early 1900’s

The Chateau Saint Jean as it stands today
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

The French National Team Prepares for the World Cup

The World Cup is only weeks away!

The French National Football Team.

To prepare themselves for the high altitudes they’ll experience while playing in South Africa, the French squad is taking to the Alps.

Trekking up the French Alps.

Having made their way to Tignes, a ski resort in the French Alps, Les Bleus acclimate to the thin air of high altitudes.

Manager Raymond Domenech is putting the team to the test with an array of exercises…


Florent Malouda leads the team up the mountain.


Nicolas Anelka and Hugo Lloris.

and target practice!

Anthony Reveillere lines up a shot.

Thierry Henry takes a quick break.

Les Bleus play Uraguay in the first match of the tournament on June 11th.

Be sure to check back with us for updates on the team’s progress throughout the competition!

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Meredith Pardue Makes Austin Home

It’s official! Contemporary artist Meredith Pardue has settled in Austin and set up her art studio in a loft in downtown Austin, TX.

Jean-Marc and Jean-Noel stopped by recently for a visit and got to see Meredith in action. She’s currently working on her upcoming exhibit “Decade” – running June 3-30, 2010 in our gallery. The opening reception with Meredith is June 3, 2010 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Please join us!

Welcome to Austin Meredith!
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Saturday, May 08, 2010

The 3rd Annual Marfa Film Festival

Marfa, Texas is a West Texas town of little more than 2,000 people. However, this week the tiny town welcomes hundreds of filmmakers, artists, musicians, and film aficionados for the 3rd annual Marfa Film Festival.

Over fifty feature films, experimental and short films will be screened at this year’s event.

The town is surprisingly no stranger to the attention of the film industry. “Giant”, “There Will Be Blood” and “No Country For Old Men” were all filmed on location in Marfa.

James Dean on the set of “Giant”.

James Dean on location in Marfa, Texas

“There Will Be Blood” was screened at the Marfa Film Festival in 2008 on one of the film’s sets.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Dillon Freasier on location in Marfa, Texas filming “There Will Be Blood”

Among the films screening this year are “Echotone”, a documentary about musicians in Austin, Texas (the Live Music Capital of the World) and Red Shirley, a film featuring musician Lou Reed and his cousin Shirley.

Black Joe Lewis performing in “Echotone”

Shirley Novick in Red Shirley

In addition to the film festival, many musicians and artists will be on hand to perform and display their works. 

Greg Miller‘s installation, “Crazy Horse”, will run May 5th through May 9th at the Crowley Theatre in Marfa.

Greg Miller at work

“Fun” by Greg Miller

“Motel” by Greg Miller

The Marfa Film Festival runs May 5th through 9th.
For more information visit Marfa Film Festival

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