If you really want to treat yourself to a beautiful experience, the next time you are in the D & D Building in NYC check out the FORTUNY showroom. It’s almost brand new ( re-done last year) and it is the perfect
harmony of Old World meets New World.
This happens to be a talent of the Italians. They somehow can mixmaster-up classic Italian furnishings…wallpaper, fabrics, lighting, furniture, etc….centuries apart in design and come up with a totally successful look! However, no one does it better than FORTUNY does.
If you are not familiar with the Italian company of FORTUNY, started in 1922 by Mariano Fortuny here is a brief history:
Mariano Fortuny, was an extremely talented and prolific artist , who dabbled…and was successful… in lighting design, inventing, sculpturing, painting , fashion, and fabric design. His claim to fame was when he began his fashion business, designing elegant gowns with his own secret touches and tricks (still secret today!). After that he developed a fabric line that combined classical traditional patterns and nuances, which are in my book, the cat’s meow! They have remained a staple in the design world due to their superior execution and exquisite patterns, which have transcended time.
Now, FORTUNY is producing a contemporary line of furniture that is offered with their marvelous fabrics and the look is unbeatable! They have managed to combine almost a mid-century meets art deco look to the furniture pieces, but still to maintain all of the cutting edge opulence one associates with FORTUNY. The Puba Chair is a perfect example of this sensibility. AND dressed up in one of the elegant FORTUNY fabrics it just sits there and looks too handsome for words.
The designer Barry Dixon, who helped them with the design of the new showroom, also has a few pieces personally attributed to him. I particularly loved his Granada Ottoman, with it’s whimsical nail head pattern wrapping around the sides. Now I know you have never seen anything like that before.
AND there are some wonderful unfinished pieces, like the Tuscan Butcher Block Table. How very fantabulous would that look in a house in the Hamptons or up in the Berkshires?
AND they have the sophisticated Garbo Murano Chandelier/ Sconce, designed by Pietro Lunetta in umpteen variations and dezignlicious glass colors, with FORTUNY fabric encased in glass as the central rod on the larger chandeliers. Plus, the exotic Rui Chandelier…totally modern and original and dramatically gorgeous.
FORTUNY also updates their fabric line periodically, so you should take a peek at the new Colourisimo Collection if you want to see the latest and the greatest.The entire aesthetic just pleases me to no end, and is definitely worth a look see if you are shopping around for something new and fresh with a classical touch.
CIAO, CIAO ‘TIL NEXT TIME!