Museum musings

Daily inspirational quotes by artists

“Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working.”

Matisse

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Rome’s historical centre reopens at long last

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At long, long last Rome’s historical centre reopens, and the Spanish steps are in sight and looking as lovely as ever.

The long anticipated softening, so to speak, of the Covid 19 stay indoors lockdown rules began in Rome on the 4th of May, which means one step forward and a very much welcome resemblance of life as it once upon a time was. Michelangelo wasn’t wrong when he said “Genius is eternal patience.”

Slowly, the coffee bars are also following suit and reopening. Soon enough, it’ll be time to click those heels three times and be transported back to your favourite Roman roads.

This is one of mine.

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Museum musings

Daily inspirational quotes by artists

Miro    Miro due

“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.”

Miro

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Museum musings

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Leonardo da Vinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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Museum musings

Daily inspirational quotes by artists

Magritte

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”

Magritte

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Museum musings

Daily inspirational quotes by artists

Picasso

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“Everything you can imagine is real.”

Picasso

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Museum musings

Daily inspirational quotes by artists

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“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

Henri Matisse

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Rome’s new luxury department store ‘Rinascente’

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Want to buy a Fendi bag, see an ancient Roman aqueduct, browse Italy’s best design brands and have a Campari all in the same building? Meet Rinascente, Rome’s new (well, newly reopened) department store.

Rome’s answer to Harvey Nicks or Selfridges, the reopening of the popular Italian department store has been a long time coming, after the closure of its Via del Corso branch 11 years ago. The 14,000-sqm store is spread out over eight floors, including a beautiful rooftop terrace and four restaurants, smoothie bar, chocolate bar, and elegant Aqua di Parma beauty counter.

Brands like Alessi, Kartell and Smeg dominate the basement with a display of all things beautiful and Italian design. Which brings me to the aqueduct, Aqua Virgo Aqueduct, one of Rome’s oldest engineering masterpieces dating to 19 BC, on display and uncovered during the building’s 11 years of construction and restoration works.

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Beautiful light display installation on the ancient brickwork of the Roman aqueduct dating back to 19BC.

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Where? Via del Tritone 61
On the Via Due Macelli corner of Via del Tritone.

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Who? Just about every luxury design brand, and not just Italian brands, there’s a Stella McCartney concession, YSL shoe wall, and Christian Louboutin make up.

Louis Vuitton has a shop within a shop that takes up two storeys and is known as il Palazzetto, and is the original main structure of the building dating back to the early 1900s, essentially a palace within the palace.

Official website: Rinascente on Via del Tritone

Rome wasn’t built in a day. These are the stats:

14,000 square metres

96 windows

1800 days of renovation

800 brands

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Green Fashion Week in Rome

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It’s all about fashion shows @ the ancient Roman Forums this week to raise awareness for Green Fashion Week, now in its 6th edition, following the success in LA, Dubai,  Abu-Dhabi and Milan. The Forum of Augustus and Hadrian’s Temple served as runways showing sustainable and responsible fashion collections of international designers, such as Flavia La Rocca, Kromagnon by Kristen Avery Long, Bav Tailor, Orushka, Gentile Catone and Nomadic Collector to name but a few.

A favourite is Gentile Catone’s absolutely stunning Gentile Catone line of pink satin skirts, shirts and waistcoats with flamingos and Garden of Eden style prints. The focus of Green Fashion Week is high quality and long lasting recycled or regenerated raw materials, reducing waste and inventing new ways to utilise goods at the end of their lifecycle, so is less stress on the environment.

Supported by the FSA (Fashion Service Association) and GD Major Entertainment, and The Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, responsible for environmental issues in Italy.

Be kind to the planet @Green Fashion Week 

https://www.greenfashionweek.org

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/greenfashionweek/

#organicluxury #slowfashion #greenfashionweek

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Design Boom: Bulgari interview

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Nicola Ferlei-Brown talks to Bulgari’s Creative Director Lucia Silvestri about her inspirations and creations for the ‘Festa’ collection, as well as Lucia Boscaini, the brand’s Heritage Curator, on the architecture of Rome and the DOMVS museum.

Read the interview at Design Boom: https://www.designboom.com/design/interview-bulgari-jewellery-festa-domvs-museum-rome-10-24-2017

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Photos: © Bulgari

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