Beautiful Venice, Beautiful Book

Beautiful Venice, Beautiful Book

During the Renaissance, Venice was a center for creating many beautiful things including books. Libraries were filled with volumes covered in superb gilt-edged vellum. Of course during this time Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Palladio and others were creating a few masterpieces of their own. Fast forward to 1966 where devastating floods destroyed art, architecture and yes, some very special...
Save Room! – Designing a New Restaurant in the Country

Save Room! – Designing a New Restaurant in the Country

I am always surprised when I see a new restaurant open that made no effort to create an inviting space for the dining experience. Even the most casual and humble of places need a bit of ambience. Sure, FOOD is the prime focus of any restaurant, but it’s the entire experience that makes people want to come back for...
Marquetry – Masterpieces in Wood

Marquetry – Masterpieces in Wood

Fine furniture over the centuries has taken on every conceivable form of surface decoration. Painting, gilding, tooled leather, carving, parchment, mirror, shagreen ~ you name it. One form that seems to be linked with every age is marquetry. Marquetry is the application of veneers to the structure of a piece of...

Design Miami: Africa Takes the Spotlight

For the past few years, I’ve joined the art-and-design-loving hordes for the annual December pilgrimage to Miami Beach for Art Basel and Design Miami. With the promise of masterpieces from the worlds of contemporary art and design, the side-by-side fairs attract a global audience, who never tire of the smorgasbord of talent (nor the plethora of...