Styling à la Florentine

When you enter a city trough the medieval gigantic doors, you know it is a special place.

Firenze (Florence)  is an epitome of the Italian Renaissance where even the hotels are built with the Renaissance in mind.


When the hotel room has a Renaissance themed frescoes on the walls, it must be Florence!


Florence has a very distinct style.

It is an open air museum that would take a visitor a few months to experience and appreciate all the gems that this city has to offer.

One of the least touristy places is the Medicis’ villa. There are so many primary spots that I think the Medicis’ villa hardly gets any traffic.

It is a unique feeling to experience such historical locations in a Zen atmosphere.


In this Zen environment, I have stumbled upon the most beautiful movie theater ever!IMG_1998

Doesn’t it just look fascinating?


It just needs a popcorn and a soda machine!

Talk about Form NOT Following the FUNCTION!


And if the movie is boring, one can always look up to the “sky” for more action!


What do you think? Would you like a home theater à la Florentine ?

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What Goes around Comes around

I discovered Gustav Klimt when I was around 11-12 in my brothers’ art history books. It was love at first sight! His fantastic ornaments and wild imagination always stayed in my memory as an eternal question: “Where did his inspiration come from?”


Of course I have read that he was very much inspired by Italian cities of Venice and Ravenna, but what does that actually mean?

I did not figure out the true meaning behind the inspiration until I experienced Venice.

And I do want to emphasize the “experience” part, because regardless of the amount of pictures, artwork and movies you see, experiencing Venice is a must! It divides your life into before you went to Venice and after.

But back to the Gustav Klimt.  His secrets started being revealed in San Mark’s Basilica, which was fully decorated with golden leaf mosaics called Gold Leaf Tesserae a technique which sandwiches a golden leaf between 2 pieces of glass, thus achieving absolute luminosity for the gold, which nothing can compare.


Seeing all that gold solved the mystery behind Klimpt’s golden leaf elaborate backgrounds. I don’t think any artist who witnesses all that artistic glory can stay indifferent and not be moved by it.

Even the recent collection of Dolce and Gabbana is heavily inspired by the golden mosaics at San Mark’s basilica. (Another proof that Venice is experiencing a serious cultural comeback).


Another unique inspiration of Gustav Klimt came from Murano Glass.


He probably saw the ““millefiori” is a style of Murano Glass that is defined by each layer of molten color being molded into a star, then cooled and layered again. When sliced crosswise, it has the appearance of many flowers, thus mille- (thousand) fiori (flowers).


Now all of a sudden his unusual ornaments fully made sense! It is a Millefiori!

The most exciting part was that last year the city of Venice honored the master and everywhere in Venice were exhibitions dedicated to Klimt. And as we all know: “what goes around comes around” and Murano Glassmaking masters created a whole new series inspired by Gustav Klimt’s work which marked a true comeback!