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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

John Stefanidis Fabrics: RICE


 A fresh design of scattered rice grains within a large check
- very
Zen
!


Available in Soft Pink, 
Cinnamon and Charcoal

 Rice in Soft Pink - used in a Florida bedroom


Available from:

London, UK - Tissus d'Helene
Showroom: Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7352 9977

Miami, USA - Monica James
Showroom: 40 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137
Phone: + 1 305-576-6222
Website: monicajames.com

Los Angeles, USA – Harbinger
Showroom: 752 North La Cienega Blvd,West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: +1 310 858 6884
Website: harbingerla.com

Melbourne, Australia – Tigger Hall
Showroom: 720 High Street Armadale Vic 3143
Phone: +61 (0) 3 9509 6456
Website: tigger hall.com

John Stefanidis Fabrics Website

Thursday, 22 December 2011

FABRICS: Celia Birtwell

'Celia Birtwell'recently published by Quadrille 
is a book about the wife of Ossie Clarke, David Hockney's muse and unmatched fabric designer. The book is very evocative of the 60's and 70's
The fabrics are too good to become dated.  I have used them frequently in my work and they always make me smile with pleasure...


Left: Celia drawn in crayon by Hockney




Right: An Image of Celia. A detail of this Cubist-inspired work showing Celia's face was featured on the cover of French Vogue, December 1985


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

BOOKS - for those who read paperback, hardback or kindle


Last week I received two books as presents

My bookish friend Victoria McDonaugh sent me Garden of the Brave in War – Recollections of Iran by Terence O’Donnell published by Mage Publishers Washington DC in 2003.  An enchanting book written by an American who lived in Iran for fifteen years, written without ever being condescending, he gives a vivid description of his life on a farm and Iranians in all their complexities and marvellous descriptions of the country’s beautiful landscapes.  Important to read when Iran is demonised by politics.


The writer, Polly Devlin, sent me Among Booksellers - Tales Told in Letters to Howard Hodgkin by David Batterham published by Stone Trough Books.  This book consists of letters sent to the painter Howard Hodgkin over the years.  These letters are quirky, lively and prove that booksellers are rather 'odd’ – to quote the author – odd in the most delightful way! 

Monday, 19 December 2011

John Stefanidis Fabrics: BUTNAIR

Sophisticated contemporary design with simple, spiral shapes.




Available in: Brown on White, Brown on Cream & Olive on Cream.


Available from:

London, UK - Tissus d'Helene
Showroom: Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7352 9977

Miami, USA - Monica James
Showroom: 40 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137
Phone: + 1 305-576-6222
Website: monicajames.com

Los Angeles, USA – Harbinger
Showroom: 752 North La Cienega Blvd,West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: +1 310 858 6884
Website: harbingerla.com

Melbourne, Australia – Tigger Hall
Showroom: 720 High Street Armadale Vic 3143
Phone: +61 (0) 3 9509 6456
Website: tigger hall.com

John Stefanidis Fabrics Website

Friday, 16 December 2011

DESIGN: SCAGLIOLA


Scagliola [from the Italian scaglia, meaning ‘chips’ is a technique for producing stucco columns, sculptures, and other architectural elements that resemble inlays in marble and semi precious stones.

Churches in Rome and elsewhere in Italy abound in scagliola columns that look like marble but ain’t – if they are cold to the touch, they are marble, if not they are scagliola. It is versatile – under used – you seldom find marble to equal what scagliola can do!  

Some examples of where I have used scagliola:
A yali on the Bosphorus in Istanbul
**** see January 2012 issue of The World of Interiors****
A JS designed lamp base
A  fireplace for contemporary house 

Detail of a fireplace in a country house






..Available in 80 colours no less!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

SHOPPING: TIES, SOCKS, SCARVES, KNITS, ETC

Quintessentially Neapolitan: Marinella, 54 Maddox Street, London, W1S 1AY  http://www.marinellanapoli.it....for the world's very best ties.
Quintessentially English: Drakes, 3 Clifford Street, London, W1S TLF  http://www.drakes-london.com/

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

BOOKS / DESIGN: The Golden Game

Alchemy played such a role in times gone by it should not be forgotten.  
Highly recommended: The Golden Game - Alchemical Engravings of the Seventeenth Century by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola

Friday, 9 December 2011

CARPETS AND RUGS


CARPETS & RUGS - the most romantic links to the past were made along the Silk Road for centuries.

Kilims from Anatolia in Turkey and The Caucasus; carpets from Persia, Bokhara, Samarkand, Tibet & Bessarabia.

Pile and cotton dhurries from India - Moghul designs in Agra carpets persist to this  day - European rugs and carpets made in Spain, Portugal [best for needlepoint rugs], England and France [Savonnerie and Aubusson], and Morocco and Tunisia and Egypt and China and America for palaces and tents.

At John Stefanidis Brands Ltd, we have designed rugs made all over the world.  There is always a moment of astonishment when a design, only previously seen as a small drawing with wool samples, is finally rolled  out.

A cotton dhurrie made for a house in Greece 
In my practice we have taken inspiration  from:

Moghul carpet 17thC


18th C. Savonnerie carpet
The Nigde carpet 17th C.




Turkish rugs first came to be known in Italy and the rest of the Western world after the Siege of Constantinople in 1204 during the First Crusade.  The rugs were portrayed in paintings: 
Nicholas Eliasz Pickenoy [1620]

The very best antique carpets, rugs and tapestries in London can be found at: 
  • C. John, 70 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2RA
  • S. Francis, 80 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6JD


The best rugs and carpets made now are from: 
  • Luke Irwin, 22 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8LJ
  • Sinclair Till, 793 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 3JQ owned by John Canessa
  • www.sinclairtill.co.uk

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

CIANCIMINO


Ciancimino: Gongshi - a Collection of Scholar’s Rocks, 85 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8PH www.ciancimino.com

Jean-Claude Ciancimino is a remarkable man.  For years, there was a shop on the Pimlico Road which excelled as the best source for Regency furniture of style and quality.  One day he switched – moved a few shops along and started selling the best of 1920’s, 1930’s and 20th century furniture and objects.  He, moreover, makes the most elegant side and occasional tables….and, suddenly, an exhibition of extraordinary scholar’s rocks!   

Monday, 5 December 2011

The World of Interiors: Istanbul Yali


TURKEY is very topical at the moment with its new political strategy
See Herald Tribune article of December 3


Not totally irrelevant is the house that I did in Istanbul which is featured in the
January 2012 edition of the World of Interiors:







Friday, 2 December 2011

TWO GREAT NEW COOK BOOKS


The Family Meal - home cooking from the legendary Spanish restaurant el Bulli.
Published by Phaidon







Heston Blumenthal at home
Published by Bloomsbury

Cooks take note ~ yummy recipes!

BOOKS: The Looming Tower