Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Zaida Sabatés: The Power of Faux

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.

Zaida Sabatés, Decorative Painting, Faux Tortoiseshell

Zaida Sabatés, Decorative Painting

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.

Zaida Sabatés, Faux marble bust

Zaida Sabatés, decorative painter

Zaida Sabatés, decorative painting, faux metal

Zaida Sabatés, Decorative Painting

 

Images: Zaida Sabatés

August favourites

With the rentrée just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to start a new section on the Blog.  ‘Gloria’s favourites’ is all about the things I’m coveting at the moment, my latest discoveries and the new items on my never ending wishlist. Here are this month’s picks, I hope you liket it!

1. Pigment – a French manufacturer of bespoke insulated coverings for thermal storage articles. They are also leather specialist for the interior decoration of the world’s finest yachts. I’m particularly obsessed with the rattan collection!

Pigment - a French manufacturer of bespoke insulated coverings for thermal storage articles. They are also leather specialist for the interior decoration of the world's finest yachts. I'm particularly obsessed with the rattan collection!

Pigment - a French manufacturer of bespoke insulated coverings for thermal storage articles. They are also leather specialist for the interior decoration of the world's finest yachts. I'm particularly obsessed with the rattan collection!

2. The Quattro Mani tabletop collection by Julia B. A limited edition of handmade tabletop using old world techniques to create a mix and match tabletop, combining linens, dinnerware crystal and silver. All made in Italy. Available to preorder on Moda Operandi

The Quattro Mani tabletop collection by Julia B

The Quattro Mani tabletop collection by Julia B

The Quattro Mani tabletop collection by Julia B

The Quattro Mani tabletop collection by Julia B

3. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Home CollectionThea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton wanted to evoke a “retro-vintage vibe” with Preen Home debut collection “Almost, says Thornton, “like visiting your grandmother’s home [with] all these amazing chintzy florals that all clash and don’t go”Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Home Collection

4. The Rachel L. Mellon Collection Exhibition at Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa – under  the direction of Hubert de Givenchy, Cristobal Balenciaga Museum presents to the public a careful selection of garments and documents that offers a different perspective of Balenciaga’s Haute Couture, through the personal filter of this extraordinary lady’s taste and way of life.

 The Rachel L. Mellon Collection Exhibition at Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa -

 The Rachel L. Mellon Collection Exhibition at Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa -

 

5. Alberto Pinto’s Collection at Christie’s – Fans of Alberto Pinto’s legendary table settings will be able to snag up everything from plates to napkins and dessert forks at a sale of his personal collection to be held at Christie’s Paris on September. Other items in Pinto’s apartment, including a Manolo Valdés sculpture or a console table and pedestal table by Claude Lalanne, will be among the star lots at the auction. 

 

Alberto Pinto's collection at Christie's

 

Noemi Marone Cinzano’s Portuguese Haven

Winemaker Noemi Marone Cinzano enlisted John Stefanidis to design inside and out her home in Portugal. Using playful patterns, bold colors, traditional elements and artsy details, Stefanidis masterfully takes the Mediterranean style to the next level.

Noemi Marone Cinzano's Portuguese Villa designed by John Stefanidis

Noemi Marone Cinzano's Portuguese Villa designed by John Stefanidis

Noemi Marone Cinzano's Portuguese Villa designed by John Stefanidis

Noemi Marone Cinzano's Portuguese Villa designed by John Stefanidis

Noemi Marone Cinzano's Portuguese Villa designed by John Stefanidis

Noemi Marone Cinzano's Portuguese Villa designed by John Stefanidis

Noemi Marone Cinzano's Portuguese Villa designed by John Stefanidis

Noemi Marone Cinzano's Portuguese Villa designed by John Stefanidis

Noemi Marone Cinzano's Portuguese Villa designed by John Stefanidis

Photography: Miguel Flores Vianna for AD