Even if you look very closely you will find it very hard to see that Zaida Sabatés immaculate marble, brass or tortoiseshell is faux.
Based in Barcelona, this decorative painter uses traditional techniques to achieve results that are nearly as good as the real thing.
Without forgetting the past and tradition, Sabatés looks at the present adapting classical decorative painting to current trends. In her portfolio you can find decoration for public and private spaces, old stucco recovering, painting and restoring furniture or the creation of scenographies for cinema, theatre or events.
Zabatés believes that decorative painting can be as classic or as contemporary as one wants and couldn’t agree more with her.
In a short period of time, Claire de Quénetain has achieved something that for many can take a lifetime: a signature and unmistakable style.
French-born Claire de Quénetain graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Art before setting up her own printmaking studio. Working across prints and textiles, her patterns mix light watercolour shades with bold dashes of colour to add a painterly feel to any space.
Inspired by flowers such as hortensias and lupines, her latest collection ‘Hortense’ showcases a range of fabrics and paintings that transform any room into a utopian garden.
One of the highlights of my recent trip to Rome was discovering ‘Antica Stamperia Trevi’ a printer that opened its doors in 1780.
What caught my attention was the simplicity of the place and the beautiful paper sets that I saw in the windows. I came in to ask if they were available to purchase as it looked more like a workspace than a store. Sergio Franci, the man in charge of this fascinating place, told me that I could buy them and carefully showed them to me.
While I was trying to decide which one to purchase, I started to talk to Franci. He was preparing some (very well presented ) small boxes with invitations and cards ready to be sent to his exclusive clientele from all over the world.
Since 1780 Antica Stamperia Trevi has been working for Kings, Queens, Popes, Cardinals, Ministers…yet this place is anything but pretentious.
The craftsmanship and savior- faire is what really stands out. Sergio only works with traditional techniques on a laborious process in order to keep the traditional Italian motto ‘Bello e Ben Fatto’ alive.
Grazie mille Sergio!
Antica Stamperia Trevi, Via dell’Umilta 84 , Roma.