AN ARTIST’S EYE: THE WORKS of HITOMI HOSONO with SIBYL COLEFAX & JOHN FOWLER and ADRIAN SASSOON





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Now that the Indian summer London has been graced with in the last few weeks is officially over and that the whirlwind of events brought by the London Design Festival and Fashion week have come to an end, there is yet another event not to be missed, starting today, before PAD and Frieze Masters enthrall the design and art communities next week.

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 Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler have once again come up trumps with yet another fascinating collaboration, this time ceramics, one of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite decorative objets. The iconic English design firm in association with Adrian Sassoon is pleased to present a selling exhibition of Hitomi Hosono’s latest work at their legendary Brook Street showroom from today until Tuesday 27th October 2015. The famous 18th century Mayfair townhouse and its elegant interiors provide the perfect setting for Hitomi’s magical and intricately carved ceramics comprising over 30 works inspired by the renowned Colefax and Fowler classic fabric collections.


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The Japanese-born, London-based artist is spearheading a new generation of ceramicists, appealing to collectors who value the art form as much as sculpture and fine art. It takes Hosono approximately three months to develop a new design and mould. Some of the smaller pieces take a month or so to make and then another three months to dry before firing whilst the larger works can take up to six months to dry before being ready to fire. Despite this painstaking process, the artist manages to achieve intricate and delicate results which somehow have something of the past as well as looking rather futuristic.


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Hitomi first studied ceramics at the renowned Kanazawa College of Art, later attending Danmarks Designskole in Denmark, before taking her MA in ceramics and glass at the Royal College of Art. The recipient of many awards, her work is in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Victoria and Albert and the British Museum.

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“I enjoyed time spent in the Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler townhouse” said the artist. “The sumptuous interiors populated by an incredibly diverse collection of antiques and works of art were fascinating. I found myself drawn particularly towards objects with a history of trade and the Far East. In this magnificent English house a sense of cross-cultural spirit has flourished.”

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“One Colefax and Fowler fabric pattern which caught my eye featured beautiful roses and pansies, which appeared to be moving as if blown by a gentle summer breeze. The softness and delicacy of rose petals is something that I wish to communicate in my own work and has led me to explore new forms and ways of aligning sweeping porcelain petal elements along a curve, emanating from multiple dense centres.”

“Hitomi’s work represents all I admire in contemporary ceramics” says Philip Hooper, design director for Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. “The craftsmanship, patience, vision and technical skill involved in creating these fragile pieces is almost beyond comprehension. I am thrilled that she has found so much inspiration in 39 Brook Street and that it has been a catalyst in helping her to create many new pieces that will be on show for the first time.”

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Brook Street: An Artist’s Eye

7th October – 27th October 2015
Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, 39 Brook Street, London W1K 4JE

Monday – Friday 9.30am-5.30pm

 

– Images courtesy of Adrian Sassoon –





BOOK END No18





“Nothing is so beautiful as spring. The glassy pear tree leaves and blooms, they brush / the descending blue; that blue is all in a rush / with richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.”

– Gerard Manley Hopkins –


Spring is palpably in the air so here is a fresh selection by A-Gent of Style of noteworthy publications.

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.




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 No14Book End N015Book End No16, Book End N017

Happy reading!





THE ONLY WAY IS…UP: LOOKING at CEILINGS



 

by Shelley Johnstone Paschke

by Shelley Johnstone Paschke

 

If the rug maker Edward Fields penned the floor the “fifth wall” in the 1960s, then ceilings have to become the sixth wall. A-Gent of Style tries to remind himself as much as he can to look up wherever he goes as there are always so many wonderful surprises above and up eye level.

Paying attention to the way certain buildings  are crowned can be exhilarating. We’ve all been wowed not only in our own country but also abroad on holiday by stupendous iconic domes, churches, halls of listed buildings and other constructions.

When it comes to the interior design of houses, hotels, bars, restaurants for instance, not decorating a ceiling can be a considered choice in order to allow the rest of the decor to sing for itself. Some interiors indeed dictate that ceilings should be left alone. But more than often, A-Gent of Style feels that untreated, off-white ceilings look a bit bare when they are ‘naked’, and looking forlorn, as if they are unworthy of any consideration by the designers and their clients.

There is a multitude of ways to give a ceiling an interesting and original treatment. They can be painted in a matt matching colour or in contrasting high gloss lacquer; they can be upholstered in grass cloth, silk velvet, ceramic tiles even in tin tiles, or wallpapered in stripes or a floral design; tented rooms enveloped in only one fabric are currently having a revival too; wooden panels are timeless. And who could resist having a specialist painter or an architectural plasterer embellish a room with a unique and original commissioned design?

So let us look today at ceilings, one of the unsung jewels of design:

Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

Francis Ford Coppola’s Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

 

by Jorge Elias

by Jorge Elias

 

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via bennisongillynewberry instagram

 

by Sara Story from the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House

by Sara Story

 

by David Mlinaric

by David Mlinaric

 

Charme Restaurant by Golucci International Design, Beijing, China

Charme Restaurant by Golucci International Design, Beijing, China

 

Villa Planchart, Caracas, by Gio Ponti

Villa Planchart, Caracas, by Gio Ponti

 

by David Mlinaric

by David Mlinaric

 

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via martynbullard instagram

 

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via markdsikes instagram

 

Pugin's house The Grange in Ramsgate

Pugin’s house The Grange in Ramsgate

 

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by Jaime Parlade

by Jaime Parlade

 

by Howard Slatkin

by Howard Slatkin

 

Milton Hall, Cambridgeshire

Milton Hall, Cambridgeshire

 

The U.N. Plaza apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Schneider by Burt Wayne and John Doktor

The U.N. Plaza apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Schneider by Burt Wayne and John Doktor

 

Valentino’s villa near Sienna, Tuscany by Renzo Mongiardino

Valentino’s villa near Sienna, Tuscany by Renzo Mongiardino

 

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by Commune

by Commune

 

Steven Gambrell

Steven Gambrel

 

by Barry Dixon

by Barry Dixon

 

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Nicola Del Roscio's villa in Gaeta, Italy, with 18th-century frescoes thought to be by the artist Sebastiano Conca

Nicola Del Roscio’s villa in Gaeta, Italy, with 18th-century frescoes thought to be by the artist Sebastiano Conca



by Jacques Garcia - Pavilion Champ de Bataille

by Jacques Garcia – Pavilion Champ de Bataille

 

Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, by Giotto

Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, by Giotto

 

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Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

 

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William Morris's Red House

William Morris’s Red House

 

by Eddie Lee

by Eddie Lee

 

by Mario Buatta

by Mario Buatta

 

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Patrick Gallagher's apartment in Rome's Palazzo Taverna

Patrick Gallagher’s apartment in Rome’s Palazzo Taverna

 

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Hearst Castle, California

Hearst Castle, California

 

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Jean Louis-Deniot

 

Osterly House - Middlesex by Robert Adam

Osterly House – Middlesex by Robert Adam

 

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by Cathy Oswandel

by Cathy Oswandel



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Castellini House, Milan

Castellini House, Milan

 

by Catherine Kwong

by Catherine Kwong

 

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via Lonny

 

Mantova House by Giampaolo Benedini

Mantova House by Giampaolo Benedini

 

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from Country Living

 

by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

 

by Tobi Fairley

by Tobi Fairley

 

by Kelly Wearstler

by Kelly Wearstler

 

Chatsworth, England

Chatsworth, England via instagram

 

by Kelly Wearstler

by Kelly Wearstler

 

Sudley Castle

Sudley Castle

 

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Lorry Newhouse's Manhattan home with a Rose Cumming wallpaper on the ceiling

Lorry Newhouse’s Manhattan home with a Rose Cumming wallpaper on the ceiling

 

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Mantova House by Giampaolo Benedini

Mantova House by Giampaolo Benedini

 

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Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire

Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire


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St Nicholas Church, Peper Harow

St Nicholas Church, Peper Harow

 

by Sacha Bikoff

by Sacha Bikoff

 

Churburg Castle, Northern Italy

Churburg Castle, Northern Italy

 

Churburg Castle, Northern Italy

Churburg Castle, Northern Italy

 

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by Richard Keith Langham

by Richard Keith Langham

 

by Cathy Oswandel

by Cathy Oswandel

 

 Efendi Hotel, Istanbul

Efendi Hotel, Istanbul








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