Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

In Conversation

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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In Conversation: Carlos Garcia

In today’s conversation I’m discovering a bit more about Carlos Garcia, a talented Spanish interior decorator based in London and Norfolk.

Dear Carlos, I absolutely adore your interiors. What are your biggest sources of inspiration?

Eastern cultures with their vibrant colours and profusion of patterns, and English country houses; not necessarily the grandest, but those unsung heroes that still survive seemingly untouched by interior designers, those houses in which “generational layering” conforms the backbone of its decoration.


What is the latest home accessory you have bought?

A set of three 17th century Delftware vases and a 19th century Djizak suzani.


Favourite London store?

The new Robert Kime showroom in Ebury Street. It’s exquisitely packed with beautiful antiques and the most wonderful selection of fabrics. I adore using Robert Kime fabrics, they provide that lived in look so intrinsically associated to English country house living.

Robert Kime’s new London showroom. Source: Robert Kime


You’ve been working as an interior designer for more than 10 years. What’s the best advice you could give to someone who’s trying to start their career in the interior design field?

It’s important to choose the right “practice based” academic formation as well as gaining ‘hands on’ knowledge and building a reliable network of suppliers and trusted craftsmen.


Favourite Spanish interior.

So many to choose from! When visiting the family in Madrid, I often go to the Palacio Cerralbo, the rather unknown 19th century residence of the Marques de Cerralbo, keen collector and archeologist. The interiors are eclectic, lush, full of antiques, art, exquisite fabrics, a gloriously grand ballroom and a fascinating Arabic Room which reflects the influence of Eastern cultures in the West during the 19th century.

The Arabic Room. Museo Cerralbo. Source: Unknown


I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while and I love all the “every day” peeks into your beautiful homes. What do you like the most about this Social Media platform?

IG is a fascinating world. It offers designers an opportunity to showcase their work and style to a large audience. It’s also a way to connect with craftsmen, artists and like-minded designers.  I try very hard to keep it personal; I’m terribly grateful to those who take some of their valuable time to make comments on my pictures and try to answer those comments as much as I can. Incidentally, I have been on IG for a few years now and have made very good friends too!


A colour you would never be tired of.

Mustard yellow and that very stunning shade of green on the “Green Velvet Bedchamber” at Houghton Hall -‘Houghton green’, as I call it.

The Green Bedchamber at Houghton Hall. Source-Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House (David Cholmondeley and Andrew Moore, Derry Moore photography).


Thank you so much, Carlos!

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Images: Carlos García Interiors unless otherwise specifically stated.

In Conversation: Salvesen Graham

Today I’m starting a new conversation with Nicole Salvesen and Mary Graham, the duo behind Salvesen Graham.

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Salvesen Graham is an interior design and decoration practice specializing in classic interiors with a modern twist, working for both private residential and commercial clients in the UK and abroad.


Dear Nicole and Mary, thank you so much for taking part in my ‘In Conversation’ series. I love how your interiors look classic yet fresh and functional. Any tips for achieving this style?

It’s a case of looking at the past and the present at the same time. Our ethos is really to combine colour with texture and pattern, to create a richly layered room.

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Who are the past or present interior designers that inspire you the most?

With our background in design working on English country estates and large London properties we can’t help but be inspired by John Colefax and Sibyl Fowler, Robert Kime and Nina Campbell. They all have a way with pattern and colour and always stay up to date. We are also inspired by the American designers Michael Smith for his classical look and Steven Gambrel for his use of colour and working with the architectural details of a home.

Breakfast room with daybed by Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler. Source: Colefax & Fowler


One home accessory you can’t live without?

Cushions! It is something you can constantly be editing. Colour, texture, shape, size and quantity can all add interest!

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Favourite London interior?

We completely adore 5 Hertford Street, a private members club. The stunning interior at this Mayfair club succeeds in being both glamorous and understated.

5 Hertford Street. Source:: WSJ


I see you use a lot of green and pink in your interiors (I love this combo!) Any other favourite colour combination?

We have a love for teal, as you can tell from our branding and use it with pretty much any colour including mustard!

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Finally, do you have any advice for people who want to establish their own interior design practice?

Don’t underestimate the value of the experience you will gain from working under a great designer before you forge ahead on your own. We were both incredibly lucky to have done that and truly believe it is the knowledge we gained during this time that has enabled us to offer such a full service to our clients. It has also given us confidence in our designs.

Salvesen Graham Relaxing Morning Room in Decorated Spaces 2016 – House & Garden Festival. Source: House & Garden


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Thank you so much, Salvesen Graham!

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Images: Salvesen Graham unless otherwise specifically stated.