30 May 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

I follow Trendland, and there has been a LOT of black and white cropping up lately…I mean a LOT.  It’s a classic we never tire of, it can be wonderfully modern, or completely over the top.

Stripes and ‘sploges’ are really the best.  Richard Wright’s installation at the Dean Gallery in Scotland was magic.

Love this surrealist take on the Breton sailor top.

And, everything Janet Wardley does for Harvey Nichols windows is genius.

I might be cribbing this sometime soon…as you will see below, these simple graphics are enchanting when done on mass scale.

I’ve long admired the ceilings of the Ephrussi de Rothschild Palazzo now owned by the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France.   Its a treat that the French generally let one take pics in their historical houses since guide books are usually so focused on the fine arts!  The arcade is covered with fine decorative line work, the whole effect being that of inlaid ivory really.  It warrants a visit should you find yourself in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat any time soon.

4 Responses to “Back to Basics…”

  1. avatar Karena says:

    Simply glorious Collette. I love back and white. In design, fashion, drawings, photography and now architecture!

    A New very Exciting Giveaway from Tracy Porter will start on the 1st!

    Art by Karena

  2. avatar Blue says:

    Thank you for the photograph. We intend to visit this ex-Rothschild house this winter on our way to Lucca and points south. I’m so looking forward to that wonderfully pink exterior. Villa Kerylos is also on the itinerary.

  3. avatar Colette says:

    Blue – thats great – both are divine, Kerylos especially so, but there is also a wonderful ceiling the the Ephrussi with a spiral of steel over silk – hard to describe, but let me know what you think! Its on my list of things to ‘crib’ eventually ha ha. Colette

  4. avatar Gaye Tapp says:

    I have too. so again we are channeling- B&W. I have a story percolating on it but-big stripes the classic and controlled kind of B&W. let me know what you think. it is really what you do with them- they can be so proper and and then go bonkers- surrealist breton? omg! what a waspy and wonky mix of both. pgt

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