21 March 2013

everything old is new again (a designer's eye at the getty villa)

last weekend, the talented, scott tjaden, one of st. louis' top designers was visiting LA, and that proved a perfect opportunity for two interior designers who were facebook friends to become IRL friends. we spent an afternoon together surveying the fabulous collection of roman antiquities at the getty villa in malibu, and naturally, my eye went to the timeless design of many of the objects in the collection. here's my brief pictorial overview of ancient modernism:
proof that chunky jewelry is a timeless look
i think i saw this in the made goods booth at high point last market
and this vessel could easily be in the kelly wearstlers's home accessories line
z gallerie brass tchotchke, or priceless ancient roman figurine?
is this fab pendant circa 1960 or AD 60?
do you think charles & ray eames based their iconic shell chair on a ancient roman design?
marble mosaic has proven to be a timeless classic
2000 years of klassic klismos
classic modernist form, 2000 years old.
i want this glass serpent for my desk.
and here i thought the w hotels invented backlighting onyx, but it was actually the ancient romans! (ok, this isn't ancient but it cracked me up nonetheless)
i swear i saw this bowl at barney's just last week
and last, here's to centuries of indoor/outdoor living and relaxing water features:


mary said...

Hi Christian, Thanks for making the connection. So true. I think that I will make a large bead rock crystal necklace--it's gorgeous. Haven't visited the Getty in ages--will go ASAP.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I don't know how you live near these places and have money to eat on! I would spend every dime I had!
Love every piece. Thank you for sharing, Christian.
Have a wonderful weekend.