Furniture. Thursday , January 25th , 2018 - 12:36:28 PM
Fluid draping and the fine details of fabrics rendered in marble — these are the hallmarks of classic 16th and 17th century Italian sculptors like Bernini and Michelangelo. Fast forward to 2017 and California designer Sean Knibb is putting a modern spin on the same concept with his Casa Canova collection. Knibb, a well-known landscape designer who has also made his mark with interior designs that “elevate” everyday items, became taken with 18th century sculptor Antonio Canova. Canova was a master of neoclassicism and is often credited with reviving the art of sculpture, which had diminished over time. His dynamic treatment of fabrics and draping was stunning.
Sometimes found in bedrooms, other times in bathrooms, vanity tables are often perceived as chic accessories. Their designs adapt to a variety of styles but, regardless of that, they always a certain bohemian flair about them. Vanity tables are always accompanied by a chair or a stool and a small makeup vanity can also include other accessories such as mirrors or extra storage. The vanity stool is just as important as the table or cabinet itself.
All over Italy, visitors stand gaping at the fluidity of the garments in classic statues. Similarly, it’s hard not to be astonished by the detail in these tables that Knibb has designed. You feel as if you will reach out and touch well-worn, soft fabric, yet instead your fingers meet with cool, solid marble. It’s as if opposites have morphed together into a single tactile contradiction.
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