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by Christine Barnett. London, UK
Baroque ’n’ Roll
It seems that all possibilities have revealed themselves in the art and fashion worlds, yet here’s somebody who manages to astonish us with innovation. My fabulous friend Fabio Ciquera, who is the Luxury Management & Strategies lecturer at the Istituto Marangoni in London, the Communication Director at CREEM Magazine (NYC) and the Press Officer for Angelo Galasso (NYC-Moscow-Milano-London), invited me to share the vision. What do legendary photographer Terry O’Neill, award-winning furniture design duo Jimmie Martin and Yana Uralskaya, founder of Visual Couture, an art and design concept boutique, have in common? If you’ve ever wanted to invite stars like Mick Jagger, Brigitte Bardot and Raquel Welch into your home … now you can sleep with them as well! The trio offers you an entree into an avant-garde fantasy world, with gold-leafed baroque furniture adorned with Terry O’Neill’s photographs on stunning one-off sofas, chairs, armoires and BEDS. Terry O’Neill needs no introduction, he has photographed the elite of the late 20th century – including the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and members the Royal Family. He is exhibited in national galleries and private collections worldwide. The unique collection, “Sleeping with the Stars”, premiered (on Tuesday, March 20) at the Rock&Raven Gallery at 7-8 Rathbone Place, London W1.The party was vibrant and the guests enjoyed previously unseen collection of furniture, flutes of champagne and Moscow mules prepared in-house. I have since been told that half of the collection goes to LA this summer. Watch this space. Jimmie Martin, aka Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar, came together in 2004 and made their name using contradictory styles. Did you watch the Super bowl? Remember the clothes? Check! The throne? Ah, yes! Madonna chose them to design her stunning throne when she performed during America’s Super Bowl last month. All three were at the vernissage to give a personal touch to their collaboration; explaining their visions on icons, contemporary art and the need to find modernity in history. Yana Uralskaya, founder of Visual Couture, an art and design boutique that offers art collectors access to unique photographs, curated the exhibition, which runs until March 31.