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ethereal: marked by unusual delicacy or refinement

light: a particular expression of the eye

above, Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, oil on canvas, c. 1665 -1667, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands, 18.25″ x 15.25″ ~ photo from artinthepicture.com

When architect and interior designer John Saladino was asked to create an interior inspired by cinema, he decided upon the 2003 film Girl with a Pearl Earring directed by Peter Webber. This visually stunning cinematic experience explores the life of 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer and the events surrounding the creation of the painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” Each frame of the film is a painting in and of itself, quietly capturing the beauty that inspired Vermeer’s masterpieces. Drawing inspiration from Vermeer’s purity of light and form, John Saladino created a masterful interior using a carefully orchestrated color palette, sumptuous fabrics, layered textures, and dramatic lighting. I hope you enjoy this artful interior as much as I do…I find so much joy in the exploring the details of his design…simply breathtaking

“I followed Vermeer’s philosophy, which was to take vernacular objects and imbue them with transcendence…I tried to give these rooms an almost ethereal light.” ~ John Saladino from an interview with Veranda, Jan-Feb 2010

below, quotes from, The 2009 Designer Visions: Cinema Style at Soho Mews, sponsored by Veranda ~ Interior Design by John Saladino

Editor-at-Large of Veranda, Carolyn Englefield, speaking about the Saladino showhouse, “the townhouse really is very reflective of Veranda’s brand, which is timeless design and something that is classically modern at the same time, and I think it has a real understated elegance…”

below, “This is the living room, and so what I did here is to create a feeling of time from the past…the scratch coat brown plaster walls, which is really cement plaster, is quite ancient and that was even used by Romans…”

below, Speaking of the heavy muslin curtains separating the living room and the kitchen, “What I’ve done here is to be theatrical…”

above and below, Speaking of the kitchen, “The wonderful wood floors here were given to us by Exquisite Surfaces…and so I think that the stainless appliances and the modern pewter all sort of work together, so that I’m not really turning my back here on the modern world, I’m simply using some references from the past that I’d like to think bridge that area between Vermeer and the 21st century…”

above and below, Crackled paint detail ~ the scratch coat brown plaster walls speak so perfectly to the texture and color of the painting

above and below, “I do believe honestly that when you don’t have natural light, you have to compensate with mirrors, so here I’ve used the largest possible mirror to open up the space and because I think the floors are so beautiful I’ve left them just as plain as possible so that you really enjoy them as you ascend the stairs…”

below, “The little delft pieces, of course, are alluding to Vermeer’s life and what he would have had at his house…”

“I am always thinking of how light affects how we use a room, and I believe Vermeer did the same thing…at least I hope I followed in his footsteps…”

photos from Veranda

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It’s a dark rainy Friday in the Northeast so to lift my spirits I thought I’d post about something colorful, vibrant and full of life! The story of Marie Antoinette, brilliantly re-imagined by writer and director Sofia Coppola, is one of my favorite films! Her impressionistic view of the young teen thrown into a life of extreme expectations and opulence is both visually stunning and refreshingly modern. Sofia bravely contrasts the etiquette and excess of Versailles with bright colors and bold music. The result, a period film for the 21st century! I happen to love the idea of history with a modern twist! I applaud Sofia for her courageous choices and innovative approach to filmmaking. She has a special gift for story telling and a thoughtful eye for detail. The beauty of Versailles is breathtaking as are the lavish sets and costumes. Tres belle!

below, Sofia Coppola with Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoniette

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With thoughts of Paris still on my mind, I want to share with you some images from the PBS documentary “La Danse”. Master documentary film maker Frederick Wiseman explores the creative process behind one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, Le Ballet de L’Opera de Paris. In his signature style, he quietly captures the intimate relationship between dancer and choreographer. Theirs is a visual give and take that is both stunning to watch and even more fascinating to see evolve. The photographic still shots of Paris and the Palais Garnier opera house are as beautiful as the dance itself. I promise, it will take your breath away…

“Since movies are about movement, I wanted to make a movie about a group of dancers and choreographers who represent the highest level of achievement in the conscious use of the body to express feeling and thought.” ~ Frederick Wiseman

To view the trailer, click on PBS.org

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yves saint laurent

One of my favorite documentaries is Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris (2002). It focuses on the creative process and detailed construction of the artisan’s last women’s collection in 2001. I believe the film is the first of its kind, exploring the behind the scenes evolution of a couture collection. From the meticulous work of the dressmakers fitting the models to the final runway show, it is a journey worth taking. For me, it’s the quiet introspective moments in his Paris studio that make the film so compelling. Since its release in 2002, there have been many fashion documentaries to follow in its footsteps ~ Valentino: The Last Emperor, The September Issue, The Story of Fashion with Karl Lagerfeld, just to name a few. I applaud director David Teboul for his innovation and for inspiring so many in the world of fashion and film making.

above, photo from Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris

In 2008, the design world lost one of the greatest couturiers of the 20th century, Yves Saint Laurent. The new documentary film L’Amour Fou by Pierre Thoretton looks at the heartfelt 50 year long relationship between the legendary designer and his partner, Pierre Berge. There is a fantastic interview with the french film maker on digitaldaze ~ here is an excerpt

“Digital Daze: So it was just out of sheer interest for their love story? Pierre Thoretton: Yes, I started making a film about the art collection they had purchased over years – but I soon realized that what made the most sense was them. The collection was all them, it was their oeuvre, it was an intimate reflection of their couple, not a demonstration of power or money. It was entirely led by their taste, by their desire to be surrounded by things they love.”

Theirs is truly a story of love, loyalty and beauty

above, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge

photos from the New York Times

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