From an article by Dina Broadhurst:
Built in 1956 in Caracas, Venezuela, Ponti envisioned the project from start to finish in an all-encompassing fashion, from the design of the furnishings and decorative objects, down to the articles of daily use.
Architecture and landscape were integrated using his modernist principles, and the exterior became as much a feature as the interior. The façade is alive, clad in white mosaic tiles appearing like a second skin, organic and at one with nature, while being referred to by Ponti as “sitting on the hill as gently as a large butterfly”.
The interiors were arranged to appear like a house with no walls, arriving behind the entrance to a flowing landscape with different ceiling heights and foldable walls, in which a giant mobile by Alexander Calder swings gently in the breeze.
Gio Ponti's Villa Arreaza, a.k.a. Diamond House. One of his finest private residences, and a masterpiece of 20th Century Modernism.
An incredible single owner collection will be hitting the auction block this week in Wright's sale of The Collection of John R. Eckel, Jr..
John R. Eckel, Jr. was a patron to the arts. Eckel acquired works with commitment, generosity and passion, amassing a collection that conveys the breadth and depth of the artists and designers he appreciated most. The works of Harry Bertoia, Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell, Edward Wormley and Vladimir Kagan figure prominently in this sale.
These are my favorite picks:
Rare pairs of A-Chairs and Janus tables by Edward Wormley.
A Paul Evans wall-mounted sculpture.
A Vladimir Kagan Tri-symmetric lounge chair.
Jean Prouvé Curved Compass desk.
An exquisite pair of woven stainless steel stools by Michel Pigneres.
Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm Grasshopper lounge chairs.
A stainless steel and glass occasional table by Ringo Starr.
Auction is Tuesday June 28th, see the full preview at Wright.
Sizzling editorial for the premiere issue of LoveCat Magazine.
See the full shoot at fashiongonerogue. Behind-the-scenes film is by Lily Erlinger.
A ssswwwweeeeet pair of Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs in black leather. Photographer and project unknown, if you know please leave a comment.
Via modern love's tumblr.
A sleek Atlas sofa featuring a steel frame finished in polished chrome, with loose down-filled seat cushions providing luxurious seating comfort.
This is example features custom teal blue leather, and has an uncommon 6-leg frame instead of the usual 5, indicating production to be most likey by the Swiss studio de Sede.
Via Modern Love, with many more great finds to come.
A 1972 short film that expresses Charles Eames' approach to the design process. The questions and answers were the conceptual basis of the exhibition 'Qu'est ce que le design?' at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais de Louvre in 1972.
Via Porch Modern's facebook.
From the upcoming ‘From The Basement’ session
Warren Platner crafted his own brand of luxurious and opulent modernism throughout the 1970s, utilizing brass, gold leaf, fur, and his famous sculptural wire chairs for Knoll.
See a great retrospective at Dwell.