Wednesday, January 20, 2016

UNA NUOVA ROMA | A New Rome

You can feel the coming of an aesthetic change in the air. It’s a casual glance you notice of any time period, place, color, or an embrace of a long ago forgotten object.  Day by day it circles the world by internet, ship, plane, museum, auction house, collector, and designer. It starts to take shape and ripen, then you see traces of it everywhere. This cusp of explosion is where Neoclassicism currently nests.

Blame it on the rise of Italian fashion houses spreading the gospel of antiquity and Roman beauty for the last three years. It seems the world of interior design can’t resist this dip into the classics any longer either.

Photo Courtesy of Fendi & Valentino
Photo Courtesy of Jean-Noel Fray
Piazza d’Italia con Arianna by Giorgio Chirico / Photo Courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery 
Photo Courtesy of Valentino 

 Photo Courtesy of Jean-Noel Fray

Photo Courtesy of Jean-Noel Fray

Photo Courtesy of Jean-Noel Fray
This year, the house of Fendi marries architecture, interior design, and fashion in one push. The house moved their headquarters into one of Rome’s most beloved architectural monuments, the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. This masterpiece of travertine marble is pure perfection when viewed at all angles. Inspired by Neoclassicism the square structure is an ode to the colosseum created by Benito Mussolini as a symbolism of Fascism.

Originally meant to be showcased in the 1942 world exhibition, which was cancelled, it stands as a glimpse into what Italy and Rome
might have visually become had the fascist regime not fallen.  An inscription at the top of the building is taken from a speech Benito Mussolini gave on the 2nd of October 1935, it reads, ”A nation of poets, of artists, of heroes, of saints, of thinkers, of scientists, of navigators, of migrants.”
 

Photos Courtesy of the House of Fendi
Photo Courtesy of the House of Fendi
Photo Courtesy of the House of Fendi
Photos Courtesy of the House of Fendi

To commemorate the opening of the new headquarters, the House of Fendi has been hosting an exhibition since October entitled, “Una Nuova Roma” or a “A New Rome” to showcase the history of the building.  Works for art relating to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana from Gino Severini, Marci Sironi, Enrico Prampolini, Francesco Messina, and other artists will exhibited. 

 

The new interdisciplinary aesthetic of  “Una Nuova Roma” or “New Rome” is based on delicate interplay between Roman antiquary and classical modernity. The results specifically in interior design and architecture are eternally moving and tender. The visual equivalent of blowing a kiss to the history of Italy.

 

Photo Courtesy of Elle Decor
 Photo Courtesy of Jean-Noel Fray
Photo Courtesy of Elle Decor
Photo Courtesy of Gucci

Though we revel in our exquisite French antiques, it’s impossible to resist the romance of Italian antiques. In ode to “Una Nuova Roma”, we’ve assembled incredible pieces to help structure the perfect indoor masterpiece. Perfectly stated in words of Augustus, “I found Rome built of bricks; I leave her clothed in marble.”



Click Pieces Above for Direct Links, L-R 1) Murano Green Vase 2) Art Deco Set of Four Bridge Chairs 3) Antique Pair of Painted Wood Columns 4) Antique Bust of Hermes in Plaster
Photo Courtesy of Elle Decor

Click Pieces Above for Direct Links, L-R 1) Murano Glass & Brass Chandelier 2) Vintage Murano Glass & Brass Sconces 3) Colorful Murano Glass and Brass Picture Frame 4) Italian Art Deco Etruscan Horse Sculpture 5) Italian Modernist Console Table

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Jean-Noel Fray
Photo Courtesy of Gucci

Photo Courtesy of Jean-Noel Fray
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