LA VIE EN…ROSE WINE





Sending all my A-Gentees sun, rosé, fun and relaxation for the weekend from the French countryside.



Happy Friday!





DEPARTING



 

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” — Antoine de St. Exupery

That would make A-Gent of Style very UNhappy then.

Nothing like booking a last-minute ticket to France for a long weekend.






BUTTER & SAGE IN SHOREDITCH







A-Gent of Style gladly came across Burro e Salvia last weekend in Shoreditch.

 The new, low-key Italian shop/deli/workshop/dining area is situated in the trendy Redchurch Street (Shoreditch House, The Boundary, Maison Trois Garçons, Aesop, Murdoch etc) and is a little gem of authenticity and simplicity that will bring lifestyle and culture in your life.



It was quite refreshing, both figuratively and literally, to walk into this small pastificio (a traditionally small front shop making fresh pasta) on a hot, sunny day. Expect to find here only fresh, authentic, seasonal Italian staples which are all made by friendly staff with great dexterity in front of you every day.





Burro e Salvia is small: the shop/deli/preparation area at the front is bare, minimal and uncluttered and is predominantly off-white. I particularly liked the different size, recycled cardboard ‘Carton Pendant’ lights with their bright red flex and flirty contours that give the room some character and focus on the main ingredient: the food.












When A-Gent was there, two ladies were kneading, rolling, stuffing, folding these little parcels before displaying them on the counter, ready for take-away or to be cooked on site and eaten in the room at the back. Nothing can beat being in Italy and seeing old Italian ‘mamas’ making pasta in the streets but seeing this process in central London was a delight.


















The dining area at the back has only two tables for two people and a large communal table. Just like the food, the decoration is fresh, homely, simple and sunny: a soothing palette of cream with accents of Sicilian lemon (the same one as the clever branding), unfinished oak parquet, natural light flooding in from the skylight, and rustic, antiquey furniture of unmatching wooden tables and metal chairs (some of which Xavier Pauchard) and a bulky vintage dresser. Notice the painted chandelier on the back wall and the table mats that look like sheets of rolled out pasta ready for cutting.








The menu changes daily; on our visit, there were tagliatelle, ravioli, tajarin and gnocchi. Their accompanying stuffing and sauces are to die-for. Purely for the sake of research, I tried two dishes: Agnolotti Cavour  (small Ravioli-like pasta) in the eponymous butter and sage sauce, and Tagliatelle with pistachio pesto and prosciutto. Both were tasty and flavoursome and had a lot of texture.








If you are after a return to Italian basics and in need of some Dolce Vita in your life, pay a visit to Burro e Salvia.




 

THE MC-QUEEN BEE



 





Alexander McQueen never fails to astound and the British fashion house’s latest collection was undeniably the bee’s knees at the Spring/Summer 2013 shows.

A-Gent of Style loved everything Sarah Burton (the creative director since the designer’s untimely death in 2010) created: the highly feminine and erotic nature, the intricacy of the craftmanship, the use of tortoiseshell plexi, the modernist honeycomb head pieces and motifs, the bejewelled bronze bees, the wasp-waisted silhouettes, the bustiers, harnesses, cages and bodices, and the honey and toffee-based palette with gold and black gloss.


Have a look for yourself at these objects of desire and see what the buzz is all about…




















































Start making a beeline for this unique collection!





BEDTIME STORIES: FOUR-POSTER BEDS



 

by Thom Felicia

by Thom Felicia


 
A-Gent of Style was doing some research lately about bedrooms and incidently accumulated an array of pictures with show-stopping four-poster beds, some of them replete with drapery and canopies.

Whilst they gained huge popularity in the 15th century but might conjure up images and be indicative of wealth, formality, grandeur, Chinoiserie, stately mansions or kitsch Rococo, four-poster beds are today favourite amongst interior decorators and are generally speaking less ornate or gilded and more accessible and popular than The Great Bed of Ware. They can of course still be traditional, elegant, romantic and dressed up but also simple, breezy, fun and versatile thanks to the help of new materials, ideas and technology. The beds or canopies can take any shape or form, be bare or draped in swags and tails of sumptuous or bold fabrics but they never fail to complement a bedroom, add texture, character and interest but also weight and gravitas.

They certainly are the best place to be cocooned and found comfort or solace.

Here is A-Gent‘s selection of some of the most stylish and daring four-poster beds by famed decorators.

The world of design never seems to stop evolving and fascinate!



Mark D Sikes

Mark D Sikes

 

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

 

BY Ruthie Sommers

by Ruthie Sommers

 



by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

 

by Celerie Kemble

by Celerie Kemble

 

by Nicky Haslam

by Nicky Haslam

 

Jean Cocteau

at Jean Cocteau’s

 

by Miles Redd

by Miles Redd

 

by T. Keller Donovan

by T. Keller Donovan

 

James and Whitney Fairchild

at James and Whitney Fairchild’s bedroom’s

 

by Mary McDonald

by Mary McDonald

 

by Alease Fisher

by Alease Fisher

 

by Billy Baldwin

by Billy Baldwin

 

by Leonard Stanley

 

by and with Miles Redd

by and with Miles Redd

 

by Rubén de Saavedra

by Rubén de Saavedra

 

by Veere Grenney

by Veere Grenney

 



by Genevieve Faure-Gili

by Genevieve Faure-Gili

 

 

by Hutton Wilkinson

by Hutton Wilkinson

 

by Charlotte Moss

by Charlotte Moss

 

Loyd Ray Taylor and Charles Paxton Gremillion, Jr.

at Loyd Ray Taylor and Charles Paxton Gremillion, Jr.’s

 

Lee Radziwill

at Lee Radziwill’s Oxfordshire bedroom

 

by Michael S. Smith

by Michael S. Smith

 

by Jeffrey Bilhuber

by Jeffrey Bilhuber

 

by Mario Buatta

by Mario Buatta

 

by Beaudesert

by Beaudesert

 

by David Hicks

by David Hicks

 

 It’s time to get up and get on with the day!


 

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