Monday, May 23, 2011

Design Day Monday

It's Design Day Monday chez BHB
La Brochanteuse has brought us garden design from her trip to the Chateau Villandry

The formal parterre...lovely isn't it

wow, talk about fresh local ingredients
with a vegetable garden like this, you could practically feed an entire village

From her post
An imaginative twentieth century re-creation of a renaissance castle garden. The moated Chateau dates from c1536 and had a formal garden in the eighteenth century. The present garden dates from the years after 1906 when it was bought by a Spaniard, Dr Joachim Carvallo. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, he wished the garden to have a sixteenth century character. Great horticultural skill was deployed, especially in the use of vegetables. An arbour of grape vines leads to a great parterre, conceived as a Garden of Music. On the other side of the canal is a Garden of Love. Symbolising the moods of love, it looks rectangular from the chateau but is actually trapezoid. The aesthetically designed vegetable garden is based on an illustration from Du Cerceau's Les plus excellents bastiments de France (1576). Despite its origins, Villandry is the work of a twentieth century imagination.

And then we have interior design from Dwell
with a Mid-Century meets Manhattan Beach at the home of Matt Jacobson and Kristopher Dukes.


I love the minimalist approach in a town full of millionaires and their beachside Mcmansions.

And then we have graphic design with the work of Paul Crifo, the master of the movie poster.
I found these images on the Mr Movie Poster page on Facebook
Here is some of his better known work


and some of his less known work

a fashionable gent from the 1950s

and equestrian art

Of course we must mention fashion design
with the new Fall collection from Akris at Bergdorf Goodman
Now I know that Akris clothes are manufactured in Switzerland
but with the cashmere jacket priced at $3990, the top at $995 and the pants at $895
are these clothes handmade with spun gold by Gnomes, Heidi and William Tell himself?

And finally we get to the really important part of this post...jewelry design
Here is my new favorite piece

 an important sapphire, diamond, mother of pearl and black onyx cuff bracelet
my photos don't do justice to how awesome the piece is
because this bracelet is truly a work of art
It looks perfect with these mother of pearl and diamond earrings from Beladora.com
Happily... I have an an event to attend tomorrow night
you can probably guess what estate jewelry I will be wearing...
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6 comments:

The Preppy Princess said...

As always, I learn so much from my visits here. The Paul Crifo info is just wonderful, I truly didn't know his name, but definitely knew his work. The maze incredible, and the bracelet off the charts. Talk about a head turner!

Sending you a smile Miss BHB,
tp

la Brocanteuse said...

Thank you for the mention of my post on Chateua Villandry on your blog- happy that you like it. Have a lovely week. xo Colette ~ Afrique du Sud

Jill said...

Now that is a cuff worthy of being made by gnomes...the clothes, not so much!

Belle de Ville said...

Hi Princess, I love the work of Paul Crifo and oh that garden...

Colette, welcome to BHB and I love your blog.

Jill, I agree totally!

Miss Cavendish said...

Beautiful! Should the bracelet remind me of peacock feathers?

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

That is amazing! I love it and you look great xx

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