The Los Angeles house of inside designer Giampiero Tagliaferri is an object lesson within the wonders of Twentieth-century Italian furnishings and the affinities between Italian modernism and the midcentury-modern motion incubated in Southern California. Chockablock with treasures each acquainted and obscure, the decor encompasses work by luminaries on the order of Gae Aulenti, Vico Magistretti, Joe Colombo, Osvaldo Borsani, Angelo Mangiarotti, Mario Bellini, and Ettore Sottsass, together with furnishings by necessary however lesser-known abilities similar to Cesare Leonardi, Franca Stagi, Gianni Celada, and Gianni Moscatelli.
Tagliaferri is one thing of an Italian treasure himself. Born in Bergamo, the dapper, 38-year-old expertise spent years in Milan engaged on advertising technique and design for the trendy eyewear model Oliver Peoples. Six years in the past, after being named inventive director of the corporate, he relocated to L.A., the place he oversaw the design of greater than a dozen Oliver Peoples boutiques within the U.S., Europe, and Asia. “In school I studied enterprise and industrial design, so I discovered to strategy enterprise from a design perspective and vice versa. The Rome boutique was my first interiors undertaking. It made me understand that inside design is the place my true passions lie,” Tagliaferri says.
Though he continues to seek the advice of with Oliver Peoples, Tagliaferri lately left his place there to pay attention full-time on his newly minted inside design enterprise, tackling residential and business assignments within the U.S. and overseas. Much more than the shops he’s created, Tagliaferri’s seductive house in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood serves as probably the most compelling card for the designer’s urbane sensibility and incisive eye. Inbuilt 1939 by architect E. Richard Lind, a protégé and colleague of the good Rudolph Schindler, the home synthesizes parts of early California modernism with extra unique, ornamental inspirations garnered from far-flung locales. “From the surface, the home has a powerful Japanese vibe, like a ryokan. The glazing of the entryway virtually appears like a shoji display screen. However whenever you concentrate on the main points, you see the unmistakable affect of Schindler and his contemporaries,” Tagliaferri explains.
Though the construction and structure of the unique house stay largely intact, the designer fully reworked the character and complexion of the interiors with a cosmopolitan mélange of artwork, objects, and furnishings. Along with the aforementioned maestros of Italian design, Tagliaferri’s ensembles incorporate up to date items—together with planters and vessels by Adam Sirak, Jonathan Cross, Eric Roinestad, and Olivia Cognet—in addition to an idiosyncratic artwork assortment that spans Lucio Fontana and Sonia Delaunay to John Baldessari and Herb Ritts. A Senufo African hen sculpture represents a tip of the hat to Yves Saint Laurent–type savoir-faire, whereas swaths of emerald inexperienced and royal blue on the partitions of the kitchen and workplace, respectively, goose the subdued, natural palette of the house’s authentic California redwood paneling with splashes of Nineteen Sixties Italian Pop. Quintessentially American midcentury furnishings by George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, and Walter Lamb, together with Brazilian modernist items by Oscar Niemeyer and Ricardo Fasanello, increase the design lexicon past Europe.
“I’m within the cross-currents of modernism that join the work that advanced in Europe, South America, and the U.S. This home gave me the chance to discover the kinship and pressure amongst these disparate locations and eras, and the methods through which the sunshine and panorama of Los Angeles create a selected context and sense of place,” Tagliaferri says. The top results of these explorations is a house that celebrates the vitality and spirit of California whereas paying homage to the extraordinary legacy of the designer’s house nation and sympathetic design actions across the globe. Welcome to the world of Giampiero Tagliaferri.