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Martyn Lawrence Bullard marble collection for Schumacher

Martyn Lawrence Bullard marble collection for Schumacher

 

Last Summer during Focus design fair, A-Gent of Style had the great pleasure to meet Martyn Lawrence Bullard at Tissus d’Hélène. There, the prolific celebrity interior designer (who’d already had a special feature on this blog) introduced us to his new collection and told us he foresaw that by mid-2014 the marbling effect will be everywhere.





  Six months later, his prophecy could not have been any truer. The marble trend has inundated every aspect of our lifes from fabrics and wallpapers to fashion, home accessories, dinner plates, jewelry, furniture or even lamps. With its cracked, veined and swirled illusory appeal, the phenomenon of marbleising everything has become so ubiquitous that A-Gent of Style couldn’t resist collecting images along the way.


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Being part of the zeitgeist himself, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the modern-day
Renzo Mongiardino, launched this year his latest collection of marble wallcoverings and prints exclusively for Schumacher. Inspired by the dramatic interiors of legendary decorator Renzo Mongiardino, the trompe l’oeil techniques of Italian palazzi, and the fine art of Venetian marbled paper, Martyn has created an exuberant family of patterns that reinvigorates a centuries-old tradition for the modern age. The line captures the look of finely veined stone as well as the swirling motifs of hand coloured paper. Vibrant mineral hues and a variety of scales ensure a versatility that captivates as a refined backdrop or takes center stage as a design element with verve. They are at once charmingly classic and thrillingly new.


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Those of you who are lucky enough to participate in London’s Design Week, which started yesterday at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, don’t miss the opportunity to hear and meet the inspirational Hollywood design guru himself who will be in conversation with House & Garden editor Susan Crewe on Tuesday and then at the Ann Sacks showroom to launch his fabulous tile collection. And should you miss Martyn, you can always catch him on ITV with his new series Movie Mansions.


But for now, come and enter with a  playful dose of whimsy and a worldly sense of grandeur the marble sensation.

“Delicious, dahlings!”




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Pair of Blue Marbled Pillows Brian Gennett


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By Maurizio Galante
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Braceo linen by Donghia
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Crema Toscana by Ann Sacks
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Faux Marbre by Studio Printworks
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By Kelly Wearstler
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Side table Stèle n°1 by Robert Normand
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The Tiger Paw wall light by Soane Britain
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Zinc Textiles  – Marbleous Dusk
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Vase Origami, design by Patricia Urquiola (Budri)
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Swirls wallpaper by Robert Crowder
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Juliska Firenze’s Marbleized One Cocktail Plate Set of Four
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Side tables by Jonathan Zawada (IrèneIrène)
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Metallic Marble Wallpaper by Calico Wallpaper
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Dinnerware from Neiman Marcus



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Surya rug by Accent Furniture
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By Muller Van Severen (Galerie Valerie Traan)
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Strata fabric by ZAK+FOX and APPARATUS
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SARTORIAL TOTEMS: REJINA PYO






Another week has rapidly come to an end and for those who followed on Tuesday A-Gent of Style‘s collaboration with Christie’s on the sale of
Les Trois Garcons, which he dubbed ‘The Camp Menagerie’, you might be interested to hear that the auction realised on Wednesday double its estimate, £1,515,250 (GBP). You can view the full results here. Be ready to be surprised.


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Those of you who were taken by A-Gent of Style‘s feature ‘Prickly Subject’ last October about the incredible millinery creations of Tokyo-born Maiko Takeda will no doubt appreciate today’s feature which explores the boundary between fashion and art, and more specifically between non-wearable garments and art works, fusing together elements of fashion and sculpture.

These striking avant-garde creations were designed by Korean-born fashion designer Rejina Pyo, an MA graduate in Fashion from Central Saint Martins.
A-Gent of Style discovered Pyo’s “Structural Mode” collection a week ago and was immediately smitten by what he saw, the architectural and slightly totemic shapes, the bold, saturated, neon-light colour pairings, the sharp, contrasting angles of her fabrications surprisingly made out of metal and plexiglass – and not fabrics as A-Gent first thought – and the parallels between Christian Dior’s gowns of the 1950s and the futuristic elements of Pyo’s.


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After working with Roksanda Ilincic and collaborating with the H&M owned ‘Weekday’, Pyo’s real breakthrough came when influential art collector and champion of emerging fashion talent Hans Nefkens spotted her and she won the Hans Nefkens Fashion Award in 2012 and presented her solo show at the Netherlands’ Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam from September 2012 to February 2013, which you can admire below. She is now Director at REJINA PYO and Consulting Designer at Cristopher Raeburn.

“I think art and fashion share a lot of things”, argues Rejina Pyo. “It’s something that you want to look at, there is often an element of surprise, it can be beautiful or ugly and ultimately, it is a matter of taste. The boundary between art and fashion is always somewhat blurred, so I wanted to experiment with a more direct approach. I did not want to create fashion garments that could be worn. Instead, I wanted to create sculptural artwork that is inspired by the forms of garments. So none of the pieces are wearable, although at first glance they look like dresses or garments. Then when you get up close, you can see that the pieces are actually made out of coloured aluminum plate, tinted acyclic, and horsehair bonded between silk and cotton.”



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Happy Friday everyone!

– Photo of Rejina Pyo and Han Nefkens by Diana Monkhorst, others by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen –






THE CAMP MENAGERIE: LES TROIS GARCONS AND THEIR CHRISTIE’S SALE





Another week and another collaboration for A-Gent of Style.



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Tomorrow, 5 March 2014, at 10.30 am, Christie’s will be holding an auction of the private collection belonging to Les Trois Garçons. The flamboyant trio will let go under the hammer an important share of their incomparable collection of various objects taken predominantly from the content of their well-storied
Château de la Goujeonnerie in the French Vendée (who can forget the December 2011 issue of The World of Interiors exclusively featuring the château and the magnificent cover depicting the dramatic entrance hall enveloped in a hue of pale blue and its two taxidermy unicorn heads guarding the château like the Sphinx of Thebes), along with a small number of specially selected iconic pieces from their Shoreditch restaurant, London home, Loungelover bar and private collection.

Citing their hectic lifestyle and not having enough time to visit the château, the maximalist triumvirate has decided to part with their diverse collection (they have not sold La Goujeonnerie and it is now available for rental) amassed over the years from far-flung locales and diverse eras. It regroups Post War and Contemporary Art, 20th century design, sculpture, lighting, ceramics, soft furnishings and garden furniture, totalling 380 lots, an overall low estimate of £700,00 and boasts pieces ranging from as low as £500 up to £80,000 (the latter is by Jonathan Wateridges’ Constitution, an incredible 3D work of art depicting a submerged shipwreck, made of layering of paint on eight perspex sheets heightening the sense of perspective and depth, ultimately drawing the viewer into the scene). The exhibition opened to the public last Saturday at Christie’s South Kensington branch and will end today at 5pm (apology for the late notice; the exhibition was unexpectedly ready last Saturday morning instead of yesterday morning and A-Gent of Style worked round the clock to deliver this to you this morning).



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A-Gent of Style is delighted to have collaborated with the distinguished auction house for the second time (some of you might remember the Michael Inchbald sale last January) and to be featuring this noteworthy sale today on his blog.
Last Saturday morning, A-Gent made his way to Christie’s to meet Associate Director, Specialist Adrian Hume-Sayer who is in charge of the sale and who very kindly gave him a private tour of the freshly unveiled exhibition and allowed him to delve into Les 3 Garçons’ quirky and playful world, which came even more into life in the evening glow at last night’s glamourous party.

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For most of you, Les Trois Garçons need little introduction. The creative trio composed of Frenchman Michel Lasserre, Malaysian-born Hassan Abdullah and Stefan Karlsson from Sweden are the restaurateurs, antiques dealers and now interior designers (with a range of furniture) who shot to fame soon after opening the 1880s Victorian pub in Shoreditch’s Club Row, then not the hipsters neighbourhood of today, which they had acquired in 1966 and transformed by 2000 into the hip and uniquely camptastic restaurant we all know (as well as a home on the other two floors above the establishment) and which has since long been a celebrity destination for stars such as HR Madge-ness, Nicole Kidman, Grace Jones, Kate Moss, Damien Hirst, Tom Ford, Gilbert & George, Ronnie Wood and Yoko Ono, to name but a few. L3G, as their acronym goes, are also the owners of the glamorous cocktail bar Loungelover, newly converted cafe-come-design shop
Maison Trois Garcons, both situated nearby the restaurant in Shoreditch, on the trendy Redchurch Street (the very same street where the Klaus Haapaniemi store, featured by A-Gent of Style last November, is situated).



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The exhibition and sale are vast and plentiful. The oddball opulence on display saturates the senses and will not leave anyone indifferent. With hindsight, it can best be described as an Alfies Market on acid that would make Liberace’s homes look butch in comparison. So if it is the Kelly Hoppen-esque taupe interiors you like, you might want to look away now. The playful and exaggerated repository is an eye-catching bounty replete with an eclectic mix of Baroque, Rococo, Gustavian, Chinoiserie, Victoriana, Art Deco, and every other decade up to today. The objets range from bejewelled mirrors and gilted chandeliers, stuffed animals (definitely not for the taxidermy phobic), crane bronzes, baroque altar reredos, a James Bond-like globe lounge chair, a gilt brass palm tree floor lamp, an array of pineapple ornaments, Louis XV-style bergères, a Ming Dynasty Luohan figure, a 1930s Baguès beaded ship to a Roman gold-painted eagle, japanned black bombé chests inlaid with mother of pearl, a 1970s Italian dandelion glass ceiling and a rosewood desk attributed to
Paolo Buffa, and many many others.



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What struck A-Gent of Style the most in his research is how refreshing it is to see the carefree and decadent approach the self-proclaimed compulsive buyers have taken when choosing their objects, eschewing in most cases the provenance, value or investment and being driven solely by passion and impulse. “We don’t have rules”, they say. “We just go for what we like. It can be from China, Argentina, it can be
Art Deco, it can be contemporary, it doesn’t really matter. It’s about where we’ve been, who we’ve met. Price doesn’t come into it either; it’s more about the aesthetic of something rather than the value.” There is also a certain element of humour and self-deprecation in Les Trois Garçons and their collection that make people smile, if not laugh, which we all need more than often in our life and also in our home.

This rare sale offers a one-off opportunity to get hold of statement pieces that are bound not to go unnoticed whatever the setting is. A-Gent of Style urges you to visit the exhibition today and, failing that, you can view the full online catalogue here.



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A-Gent of Style would like to thank Christie’s and especially Adrian Hume-Sayer, the sale specialist, for all their help and support.


– Photos by Christie’s, Les Trois Garçons and A-Gent of Style







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