Just as fascinating as mirrors, steps and stairways lead my eye hypnotically. The ancient stepwells of India were once sanctuaries for drinking, bathing, prayer and meditation- peaceful areas excavated and constructed beneath the surface of the earth to harness the ever fluctuating water table and seasonal rainfall.
I'm beginning to realize that I have a deep fascination with cut mirrors. There is a dazzling effect reminiscent of being captured inside of a cut jewel- every faceted surface glittering as the light is refracted and redirected in a myriad of directions and colors.
A complicated exaggeration of 18th-century styles, dripping with ornament and full of fantasy, from a peacock-tail mirrored door to a reconstructed Sicilian theatre turned dancehall, the Hotel de la Rochefoucauld-Doudeauville, also known as the Hotel de Boisgelin, belongs to the realm of our imaginations! Not just the evolution of a building, what we see here is an amalgamation of influences and inspirations, layer upon layer, often exotic, always opulent, the Hotel breathes Rococo embellishment from every turn.
You know that indescribable feeling you get when you stumble across something so amazing, so pristine and breathtaking, so beyond your imagination that it sweeps up every ounce of your being in a whirl and sends you spiraling towards planes of unknown bliss?! Yeah, that just about sums up my feelings upon discovering the fantastic windows displays of Bergdorf Goodman in New York city. To quote David Hoey, the creative genius behind the displays, "Windows should startle, like magic.”
For my inaugural welcoming post I wanted to start off with a personal inspiration; the master Mariano Fortuny. Not exclusive to just textile design, Fortuny exercised his creative genius across the board, from fashion design to theater design to lighting design. Its this all-encompassing passion for shaping every detail, for having a hand in creating every aspect, and an unrelenting vision that makes Fortuny a quintessential designer in my book.