Lh Iconic Design Picks Volume 2
Appease your desire for iconic design through Love Happens most favorite and fabulous selections. Crafted to to entice, these exquisite creations will enlighten your love for all things beautiful and luxurious.
Object of Desire
FORNASETTI ADAM AND EVE PLATES
Set of 24 Plates “Adamo & Eva”: Porcelain with Gold Hand Painted by Piero Fornasetti, Photos Courtesy of Fornasetti
The witty Italian icon Fornasetti graced us with the Adam and Eve plates for the first time in 1954, and since then it’s been a race to the plates. Known for his prolific creations, including paintings, interior design, architecture and more, Piero Fornasetti has created over 11,000 works, many of them printed with the face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri whose face he found in a 19th-century magazine and at once became drawn to recreate. This 24 set of simple gold plates is striking without the designer’s signature graphic stamp, but the delicate images of Adam and Eve separated and transferred onto each plate makes it a true object of desire. With the high art feel of Fornasetti’s paintings contrasted by the absurd separation of Adam and Eve’s body parts, these plates at once make you laugh and excite the designer in you. It’s one of those pieces that makes you wish you had designed it yourself — a true Fornasetti phenomenon.
GIO PONTI D.154.2 CHAIR BY MOLTENI & C
Nothing says Italy like sleek, sexy design that offers the strength of solid lines with the seductive nature of sensual, humanoid curves. Originally designed by the iconic architect and designer Gio Ponti, this chair was manufactured by Molenti&C and presented in his signature brightly colored fabrics for one of his favorite projects, Villa Planchart in Caracas in the mid-1950s. It’s cozy and commanding curves perfectly illustrate Gio Ponti’s amazing ability to create furnishings which are equally elegant and functional. Today the D .154.2 chair is available as part of Molenti&C’s Gio Ponti Collection and its iconic status reigns on.
The designer Ottavio Missoni portrayed in his studio in Sumirago, at the Missoni S.p.A., 1990. Photo by Giuseppe Pino / Courtesy of Missoni via Wikimedia Commons
Before Missoni, the runway scoffed at the idea of knitwear on a model, let alone bright, quirky colors zig-zagging across a t. Perhaps so did Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, but just a few years after they started their knitwear label, they were the household name behind the hottest 1960s look. Following the trends of the time, Ottavio and Rosita embraced color, sharp lines and most importantly, zig zags. They used innovative weaving techniques to bring the feeling of a late ‘60s aesthetic to high fashion. Though you may recognize them contemporarily from Target — their 2011 move to ultra-adorable high fashion was iconic in and of itself — the colorful, quirky chevron pattern got its start on the runway. Not only did the Missonis take advantage of the vibrant, psychedelic 60s look, but they defined it. Now beyond iconic, Missoni is responsible for the cozy and practical, but still flattering and sleek, knitwear that boasts big blocks of bright colors and eccentric stripes and chevron.
If Walls Could Talk
We know you’ve heard of it, and maybe you’ve even visited — but nothing is quite as iconic as Studio 54 in its hay day, when the likes of Diane Von Furstenberg, Andy Warhol, Cher and countless more fabulous celebrities partied at this New York nightclub. After 41 years of sleepless nights, iconic celebrity encounters and tons of dancing, Studio 54 remains a staple visit for lovers of high fashion and design. If you’re lucky enough to end up at this exclusive late-night spot, you’ll be in good company — and well-dressed company, too, so wear your nest!
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words by: Zoe Hannah
Article Originally Appeared in Love Happens Volume 2, 2018