Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

When I was invited to discover Laboratorio Paravicini tableware alongside its founder Constanza Paravicini at Pia Rubio store in Madrid, I got really excited. I’ve discovered this Italian brand through Instagram and I’ve been obsessed with everything they make since then. Meeting Constanza and her creations couldn’t happen on a better place. Pia Rubio is one of the most tasteful stores I’ve ever seen. I knew it was going to be a great morning, and my expectations were met.

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Pia and her wonderful team welcomed us with a great breakfast, most of the cakes were made by Un bizcocho para Teo, and everything was just divine (from presentation to taste)

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Meeting Constanza Paravicini and being able to talk with her about all the beautiful products they do was a truly an honor.

Pia Rubio and Constanza Paravicini

 

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini’s journey started 20 years ago when Constanza wanted to create plates that could bring back to the everyday tables the atmosphere and warmth that was lost to the industrial porcelain production. She works in her workshop in Milan alongside with her daughters and 4 artisans.

The team is small and Constanza tells me her desire is to keep it that way. Laboratorio Paravicini produces its own thin, White ceramic biscuit, on which they hand paint or apply screen or digitally printed designs. The final glazing is then applied over the decorations by high fire, and the result is a ceramic plate suitable for everyday use, indelible, non-toxic and dishwasher safe. In some cases, the decoration is obtained by pressing a dry samp onto the biscuit when it is stil soft. The subsequent glazing will fill the excavated profile creating delicate chiaroscuro effects. Every finished plate is a small work of art.

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Thank you Pia Rubio team, and also thank you Pepa Yuste (@myvintagecorner) for inviting me to this wonderful morning.

Below I’m sharing some other beautiful products that you can find at Pia Rubio (and on the website too!

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

For more information visit:

http://www.piarubio.es

http://www.paravicini.it/en/

Images: Gloria González

 

In Conversation: Salvesen Graham

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

Salvesen Graham- Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

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.

Salvesen Graham - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

 

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!

Salvesen Graham - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

 

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!

Salvesen Graham - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

 

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

 

Salvesen Graham - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Thank you so much, Salvesen Graham!

For more information visit: http://www.salvesengraham.com

Images: Salvesen Graham unless otherwise specifically stated.

Chinoiserie Fantasy

The Russian Empress Catherine the Great commissioned The Chinese Village in the 18th century as a chinoiserie fantasy. Ten guest pavilions encircling the pagoda complete the village, which is meticulously maintained to its original appearance.

.As no historical documentation exists for the interiors, when Kirill Istomin was asked to decorate one of the cottages, the clients (who have worked with him on several projects) gave the designer carte blanche. The result is as magical as this special place deserves to be. The ultimate weekend cottage for any chinoiserie lover.

 

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

 

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

A chinoiserie inspired Summer pavillion by Kirill Istomin

Images: Kirill Istomin.  Photography: Fritz von der Schulenburg.