Born from a friendship and admiration of one another’s work, Daniel Roseberry, the Creative Director of Schiaparelli, and the artist F Taylor Colantonio have created a suite of sculptural bronze furniture, upholstered in a precious silk embroidery. Inspired by the ‘Toilet of Venus’ motif, a neo-classical artistic trope in which the goddess Venus is depicted in her celestial bedchamber, the bronzes are made in Italy using the ancient lost wax technique. They are presented in sealed raw bronze, un-patinated, which indicates an impeccable quality of bronze as no imperfections can be concealed. The embroideries are designed by Daniel Roseberry and made by hand in corded silk with gilded leather appliqués at the Schiaparelli atelier in Paris, with hundreds of hours required for each piece. The works can be viewed by appointment in Paris, in the salons of Schiaparelli, on the third floor of 21, Place Vendôme.
Produced to order in a numbered edition of 8 pieces, the collaboration is a continuation of Elsa Schiaparelli’s historically important legacy of working closely with artists to create objects which live between surrealism and functionality, and blur the boundaries of art, design, and haute couture.