Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

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.

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

 

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

 

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The Whitby Hotel

Tim and Kit Kemp, founders of Firmdale Hotels have now opened The Whitby, their second New York hotel.

Situated in the heart of upper midtown Manhattan on West 56th Street near 5th Avenue, The Whitby is just two blocks from Central Park and on the doorstep of some of New York’s leading restaurants, galleries and museums, including MoMA. It is surrounded by world-class department stores, luxury designer boutiques and Broadway is just a short walk away.

The Whitby Hotel is a celebration of contemporary art and design. There are 86 individually designed bedrooms and suites, each with floor to ceiling windows, many with a private terrace and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Interiors have been designed by Kit Kemp, acclaimed for her individual and unique way of arranging spaces with a colourful and carefree spirit. There is also The Whitby Bar and Restaurant, an Orangery, book-lined Drawing Room, private outdoor terrace as well as three beautifully designed private event rooms, a 130 seat state-of-the-art cinema and a fully equipped gym.

The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel

The Anrep Room at The Whitby Hotel
The Anrep Room, located on the lower ground floor. The walls are decorated with beautiful Anrep mosaic prints, the originals of which can be found in the flooring of the National Gallery.

 

The Whitby Hotel

 

The Whitby Hotel
The Araminta Room is located on the lower ground floor and features walling specifically designed by English artist Melissa White.

 

The Whitby Hotel
The Reading Room

 

The Orangerie

 

The Orangerie

 

The Orangerie at The Whitby Hotel
The Orangerie

 

The Whitby Hotel
The Whitby Bar

 

The Whitby Hotel
The Whitby Bar

 

The Whitby Hotel
The Whitby Bar

Reservations are now open.

18 W 56th Street
New York
NY 10019
T: +1 212 586 5656

whitby@firmdale.com

Firmdale Hotels

Images: The Witby