BOOK END No15



 

A something in a summer’s noon

— A depth — an Azure — a perfume —

Transcending ecstasy.

So looking on — the night — the morn

Conclude the wonder gay —

And I meet, coming thro’ the dews

Another summer’s Day!

– Emily Dickinson –



Here are A-Gent of Style‘s picks of noteworthy publications for July.

Don’t forget you can hover your cursor over each image to see the rest of the book cover or click on the image to see the cover in full in a new window.




All books are available or can be ordered from The Bookshop at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour +44 (0) 20 7351 6854 / @theBOOKSHOPat

And if you’ve missed the previous instalments of Book End, you can catch up and see the other fantastic books A-Gent of Style selected over the months:Book End No1Book End No2, Book End N03Book End N04Book End No5Book End No6, Book End No7, Book End N08, Book End No9Book End No10Book End N011Book End N012, Book End N013Book End No14.


Happy reading!







GREEN WITH ENVY: BRUNO DE CAUMONT’S ‘LA VILLA VERTE’



 

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A-Gent of Style was delighted to be able to get his hands on his first copy of
Design Anthology a couple of few weeks ago at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Asia’s new, premier English-language interiors, design, architecture and creative culture magazine will be published quarterly and available internationally.
The brainchild of Hong Kong-based interior designer Suzi Annetta of Studio Annetta, Design Anthology claims to be “for design connoisseurs and bon vivants”. It is now officially on A-Gent of Style‘s list of noteworthy publications.


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Amongst the different, eclectic projects featured in Design Anthology’s first issue, ‘La Villa Verte’ is, according to A-Gent of Style, the most arresting of them all. Situated in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, this stunning house belongs and was decorated by the brilliant French interior and furniture designer Bruno de Caumont who settled a few years ago in the Vietnamese capital city, once a French territory, where he makes his own furniture, mostly with lacquer, one of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite finishes (see his retrospective on lacquer in interiors here).

Whilst there are sadly no exterior shots of the house (the project was also published last month in the French Elle Decoration), each room in ‘La Villa Verte’ – inspired by the verdant green colour of a local lotus flower – is set alight and suffused with vibrant, glorious colours, mostly solid and plain (bar the tiled floors and walls reminiscent of Andrée Putman, there are no patterned fabrics here; ok, one tiny black and white check on the sofa next to Caumont’s own wool rug), represented in either close tonal gradations à la David Collins (have you all got your own copy of ABCDCS yet??) or in wonderfully clashing combinations.


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In this 1950s house where no ornate mouldings or florid ceiling rose take centre stage, the pared down, uncluttered almost streamlined look redolent of some of European designers of that era (Gio Ponti’s blue masterpiece, the iconic Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento, springs to mind here when you see the blue bedrooms) is complemented with Chinoiserie and Japanned elements. Despite the vivacious palette and explosion of colours similar to India Madhavi’s, you could never tell this oxymoronically bold but tranquil house is located in the noisy scooter-ridden city centre.

Caumont’s own designs of lacquered wood furniture, taken mostly from his latest collection Annam consisting of 25 Asian-inspired pieces like his brass-sabot Thalos stools, benches and tables, find their inspirations from 19th and 20th centuries with reinterpretations of classical work and original creations, eschewing fleeting seasonal trends. Caumont’s pieces are juxtaposed with timeless objects and antiques, sourced locally or regionally (notice Caumont’s beautiful Georges Jouve-esque metal wall sconces).

A-Gent of Style wishes he had seen this delightfully charming house when he went to Vietnam a few years ago. For now, he will have to keep contemplating these glorious photographs.




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– Photographs from Design Anthology and Elle Decoration



OLYMPIA INTERNATIONAL ART & ANTIQUES FAIR 2014





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The 42nd edition of the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is now officially open and is taking place in London’s iconic Olympia Exhibition Centre until 15 June. A-Gent of Style attended the Preview Press Day yesterday and this year’s instalment can boast exceptional exhibits and design-focussed talks that will make this year’s fair an unmissable event for interior designers, decorating enthusiasts and collectors.


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Founded in 1972, the event is the capital’s largest and most established art and antiques fair, featuring 180 specialist exhibitors from across the world. Presenting an extensive and eclectic range of high-quality, carefully vetted art, antiques, furniture and collectibles, the fair occupies an important place in the international cultural calendar providing a unique cultural, social and shopping experience for over 30,000 discerning international visitors.

Anthony Outred

Anthony Outred



With exhibits drawn from antiquity to the present day, and with prices ranging from £100 to £1 million, the fair is renowned as an unmissable event for seasoned collectors and connoisseurs as well as first-time buyers, dealers and interior decorators. Set in Olympia’s stunning Grand Hall, and featuring a glamorous Preview Day, late night openings and a VIP charity night in aid of CLIC Sargent, the fair is firmly established as one of the most prestigious fixtures in London’s summer season. Whether you’re enhancing an existing collection, sourcing a first investment piece, transforming your home or simply looking for decorative inspiration, Olympia’s eclectic and extensive offering caters for all. With prices ranging from £100 – £1 million, and with pieces dating from antiquity to the present day, Olympia is an unmissable occasion for collectors, specialists, designers and first-time buyers across the globe.


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Sue Norman


Glamorous events, inspirational talks, exquisite dining opportunities and an iconic location combine to make Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair the event of the summer season. As mentioned in the introduction, there are a few noteworthy interior design-related events that A-Gent of Style looks forward to attending.

The most exciting of all being ‘The Prince of Chintz: Spotlight on American Design’ with the legendary Mario Buatta, American Interior Designer and author of
‘Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration’ who will be flying from America especially for the talk. Don’t miss it. A-Gent of Style will of course be attending. Wednesday 11 June 12.30pm – 1.30pm.


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Other talks will include:

  • The Life of the House, How Rooms Evolve with Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill, Interior Designer, in association with BIID
  • Lynn Chadwick and Yorkshire Sculpture Park Celebrating the centenary of the sculptor’s birth
  • Tribal Rugs: Treasures of the Black Nomads
  • William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, an exhibition at the V&A


You can view the full list of events here.



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Worth a mention is also the special exhibition this year celebrating British art nouveau and arts & crafts designer, Archibald Knox, in association with the Archibald Knox Society to mark the 150th anniversary of Knox’s birth in 1864 presenting the greatest collection of Knox’s metalwork (featuring exceptional and rare pieces of Liberty & Co) originating from a number of private collections never before shown in the public domain ever seen in a single venue. There will be a talk on 7 June ‘Archibald Knox: Beauty & Modernity – A Designer Ahead of His Time
‘ (4.00pm – 5.00pm)


Archibald Knox Cymric Rose Bowl, silver & enamel, WH Haseler, c. 1905



The range of items on sale at Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair 2014 will span over 35 different categories of art, antiques and collectibles including: 20th century art and design / antiquities and numismatics / arms and militaria /
Art Deco and Art Nouveau / Asian works of art / books and manuscripts / canes and walking sticks / carpets and rugs / ceramics / clocks and watches / contemporary art and design / furniture / glass / jewellery / lighting / miniatures / musical instruments / natural history / photographs / pictures and posters / prints and maps / scientific objects / sculptures / silver / sporting items / textiles and tribal art.



Here some of A-Gent of Style’s favourite vignettes at the Fair:


Nicholas Bagshawe

Nicholas Bagshawe

 

Hatchwell Antiques

Hatchwell Antiques

 

Sue Norman

Sue Norman

 

Ajassa

Ajassa

 

Christopher Butterworth

Christopher Butterworth

 

Robert Barley

Robert Barley

Dinan and Chighine

Dinan and Chighine

 

La Pendulerie

La Pendulerie

 

Serendipity

Serendipity

 

Wakelin and linfield

Wakelin and linfield

 

Vivioli Arte Antica

Vivioli Arte Antica

 

 

 – Photographs by Flint PR and A-Gent of Style – 

 

 

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