Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Month: April 2017

L’Hôtel Marrakech by Jasper Conran

Owned by Jasper Conran, L’Hôtel Marrakech is  without a doubt one of the most stylish hotels in Morocco. This historic 19th Century Riad combines superb Moroccan craftsmanship with pieces of Jasper’s antique furniture, textiles, lighting and art – some of which were acquired from the personal collections of Bill Willis and Yves Saint Laurent.

Originally the central part of a Caidal palace, L’Hôtel Marrakech comprises five spacious suites surrounding a uniquely wide courtyard garden and swimming pool. This charming retreat combines delicious food, great comfort and service whilst capturing the elegance of hotels of the1930s.

In Conversation: Vladimir Kanevsky

Vladimir Kanevsky creates porcelain flowers that have become an “objet du désir” for many. His sculptures are delicate, beautiful and easy to love: who wouldn’t like a bouquet of flowers that lasts forever?

Howard Slatkin , the late Oscar de la Renta, Carolyne Roehm or Deeda Blair are among his clientele and he is preparing an upcoming exhibition at the Hermitage Museum.  On today’s conversation, we are getting to know this fascinating artist.

Dear Vladimir, I’m a big fan of your sculptures. Who or what is your greatest influence?
Probably not from the field of flower making but most definitely real flowers, early 18th century porcelain and architecture. Sometimes even modern sculpture. For example on a recent excellent Picasso sculpture show in MoMA I noticed how he deals with something that I’d call gesture, freedom of gesture. I am trying to achieve it. This is a universal idea and genre does not matter.


You were an architect in USSR; when you arrived in America, you answered an ad for a ceramic maker—what prompted you to answer the ad? Was ceramic something that had ever interested you growing up?

Yes, it was an ad from the decorator Howard Slatkin. I needed some temporary work and asked a friend of mine to call and make an appointment. I started to experiment with very primitive ceramics back in Russia, but not with porcelain. There is a huge difference. After meeting Howard I had a month to buy simple equipment and learn porcelain making. I am still learning.


What was the first object you sculpted on porcelain?
I started with porcelain melons and papier-mâché cabbages of all things. Very primitive flowers started almost a year later. Eventually I developed a library of techniques and concepts.
I had to develop different techniques for almost every new flower. It is easy to see how different are for instance Lily of the Valley and Rose, Foxglove and Hollyhock, Lilac and Morning Glory. Some of them were rather simple, but some needed literally years to develop.

What are the steps you follow to create a new sculpture?
First I study the real thing, sometimes on my backyard. Then I photograph and scan the plant in my computer. I have a huge database of flowers and old botanical drawings. I also ‘sketch’ in real porcelain and real metal. When you sculpt, all sketches mean nothing until you touch the clay, stone  or metal and your hands start feeling the material. I (with help of my assistants) usually make a lot of flowers of a certain kind and put them away. Recently we rebuilt our studio. It is right in our house which is very convenient for my wife and me. We both work 10 – 12 hours a day.


Vladimir Kanevky’s studio







Source: Carolyne Roehm


Thank you so much Vladimir!

Images: Vladimir Kanevsky unless otherwise specifically stated.

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Aerin for Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma has partnered with Aerin Lauder to create an exclusive collection that reflects the tastemaker’s signature style. Inspired by her philosophy that living beautifully should be effortless. The collection showcases blue and white tableware, rattan trays and ice buckets, pretty cushions, woven furniture…Palm beach chic at its very best!

Aerin for Williams Sonoma


Aerin for William Sonoma



Aerin for Williams Sonoma
Sea Blue Appetizer Plates, Set of 4


Aerin for Williams Sonoma


Aerin for Williams Sonoma
Ikat Napkins, Set of 4


Aerin for Williams Sonoma


Aerin for Williams Sonoma


Scalloped dinner plates, Aerin for Williams Sonoma
Scalloped Dinner Plates, Set of 4


Aerin for Williams Sonoma
Woven & Silver Ice Bucket with Tongs


Aerin for Williams Sonoma
Seashell Cheese Knives, Set of 3


Aerin for Williams Sonoma
Manchester Settee


Aerin for Williams Sonoma


Aerin for Williams Sonoma


Gilded Bamboo Gallery Frame , Aerin for Williams Sonoma
Gilded Bamboo Gallery Frame


Aerin for Williams Sonoma


Aerin for Williams Sonoma
Woven Basket Cachepot