1 Rossana Orlandi has a two-story contemporary and vintage furniture store, promoting young, and up and coming designers from around the world. She says she considers her business as more of a design hub, where people with different personalities and skills can meet and discuss ideas together. http://www.rossanaorlandi.com
2 Spazio Rossana Orlandi opened in 2002 in a former tie factory. The space is set around a covered courtyard, and divided between the design shop and the art gallery. This sun-dappled courtyard includes an eclectic mix of art installations and items for sale.
3 This is a "Gorilla in Cattedra" sculpture by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba. A lot of the creative one-of-kind curiosities have an animal theme, but the gallery and shop also include furniture, lighting fixtures, and ceramics. Rossana says the pieces she exhibits must "arouse emotion".
4 Rosanna uses the courtyard for many gatherings and receptions.
5 The courtyard is set up with an assortment of colorful outdoor furniture and chairs of all styles and sizes.
6 Here is the other side of the charming courtyard. The foliage added a very nice touch to the space.
7 Here is a view looking up into the vines above.
8 These ceiling lamps were made by Alvaro Catalan de Ocon, who traveled to South America, where he participated in a project initiative to fight plastic bottle pollution in the oceans. By using the surface of PET bottles as the warp on which to weave, local craftsmen would create these interesting lamps. If you look closely, the neck of the bottle remains intact and serves as the holder for the electrical components.
9 This was a very unique piece - a cabinet by artist, Emanuela Crotti. She used tiny found objects and embedded them into her design pieces using resin.
10 Here is a secretario desk - a one-person office with a glossy roll top by Nika Zupanc.
11 This is a brass desk by Nika Zupanc at Spazio Rossana Orlandi. This caught my eye - I loved the chair. Nika is a product and interior designer who focuses her artistic interpretations on contemporary design and culture.
12 The chair was simple in style, but the brass color added a dramatic detail.
13 Astier de Villatte's signature white tableware. The ceramic pieces were entirely made in Paris, France. Made of black terra-cotta clay, these pieces are durable and surprisingly light. The pieces were finished with a milky white glaze.
14 Here, a few John Derian decoupage plates were mixed in with pieces from the Astier de Villatte ceramics collection. John Derian Company was stablished in 1989. His decoupage plates, platters, paperweights etc., are all handmade in his New York City studio. http://www.johnderian.com
15 Rosanna has a very large bridal registry, so she often keeps many ceramic pieces on hand for display.
16 A white tableware room on the ground floor of the shop showed how versatile and how pretty white could be in the kitchen and on the dining table.
17 We spotted these right away - faux bois ceramic vases.
18 These white ceramic dinosaur cake stands were cute, and would be fun for a child's birthday party.
19 Take a close look at this piece... the ceramic animals were actually embedded into the table using resin - you can actually see the animals' feet stuck in the clear resin as if it was water.
20 Rossana Orlandi's second floor gallery was completely lined with old sample tie boxes. In fact, some of the boxes still contained fabric pieces.
21 Every room was filled with very interesting items - we all went our separate ways to explore every nook and cranny.
22 A large antique wooden clock hung on the wall of Rossana's gallery. The lights in front of the clock are called Stickbulbs - sleek, wooden beams in one to six foot lengths designed with interchangeable components. They were made by RUX using reclaimed wood and LED lights.
23 A piece of art called "Foiled Again". Tiny micro LED lights were embedded into this handcrafted work of Marcus Tremonto. The copper sheet remains bendable and can be reshaped again and again.
24 This window had a nice view to the back of the building - in part because the window was in a black room facing a lush green garden.
25 The curvature and design of this chair was fascinating - it almost appeared as if it would break with any added weight, but it was very sturdy.
26 This chair was covered in what seemed like a type of Sunbrella fabric, which would make it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. I liked the vibrant chartreuse color.
27 This was a mosaic chair designed by Yukiko Nagai. This is called "Poltrona Bouquet" and was made using marble, stone, Venetian glass, chestnut wood, fabric, resin and cement.
28 This is a "Bronze Age Chaise Longue" by Tjep. The company's founder is Frank Tjepkema, a Dutch designer based in Amsterdam, who works in interior and product design. He is most known for his collections, "Bronze Age" and "Clockwork Love".
29 Another interesting piece was this table - built out of small wood scrap pieces and put together to form a non traditional shaped dining surface. Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek created this table as part of a collection of pieces by meticulously gluing together tiny squares of wood cut from waste material.
30 This tray contained more pieces from the Astier Villatte white tableware collection.
31 There were a lot of interesting lighting fixtures throughout the gallery and shop.
32 I found these plates interesting. This patchwork of different plate halves were melded together to form whole plates, cups and saucers.
33 Dutch designer, Piet Hein Eek, used a metal stamping machine to hand fold and create the corners on these copper lights. He also makes these lights in steel grey and brass.
34 These hand folded lamps were also designed by Piet Hein Eek, and were hand folded and made in steel, copper and brass.
35 Globe lights by Floris Wubben. The unique texture on these pendant lights was from wetting then torching the face of ceramic globes.
36 We found this table interesting - a glass cabinet with some kind of filing or display trays in it.
37 Can you make out what the objects on the wall are? They are plywood print stools made by artist Piet Hein Eek. The hanging brass lamp is also designed by Eek and called a "Punched Wire Mesh Lamp".
38 Can you see me in the mirror?
39 Here is an antique ceramic lantern outside one of the windows.
40 In this glass cloche were all sorts of figures - cherubs, wild animals, dogs, cats, etc. It was topped with a ceramic egg on a plate.
41 Down one hallway were many ornate cardboard frames.
42 In them were simple sketches done of Rosanna herself, or Rosanna with someone else. Some of them were drawn right on the wall.
43 Here is another caricature of Rossana in her signature oversized white rimmed glasses.
44 Another cute find by Rosanna Orlandi.