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How Designers Make Roller Shades Look Super Chic

Compared to a set of custom Roman shades or drapes, plain roller shades are the steal of the century—a few hundred bucks versus a few thousand, easily—and they beat out café curtains and slatted blinds for looks by a mile. But the turn-offs are real, too: that mechanical roller, sticking out like a store thumb; the plastic-y fabric you wish were more like actual linen; sterile colors and bad patterns only, apparently. It’s hard to decide if they’ll look frumpish or nice (or how to steer them towards the latter) but somehow, designers manage it. So we called on Kevin Greenberg, principal at Space Exploration design, for his best tricks of the trade when employing roller shades, starting with when to use them at all: “We use roller shades in our projects with modern or contemporary detailing because of their clean, discreet look,” he says. “They’re an especially good complement to windows that have deep jambs, and in situations where windows are detailed without trims or casings.”

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Look Inside This Furniture Dealer’s Chic Milan Apartment

“It’s quite unusual to have a garden in the middle of the town,” notes Milan-based design dealer Stefano Vitali.

So when, some 15 years ago, he came across a centrally located 1930s apartment with a lush plot of nature out back, he was sold. As for the long-vacant unit’s laundry list of imperfections? He’d take care of those in no time.

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Rachel Feinstein’s Latest Work Is A Dream Come True

Like a character in a fairy tale, during a 2000 trip artist Rachel Feinstein fell under the spell of Bavaria’s picturesque towns, sublime landscapes, fantastical castles, and rococo churches. Further enchantment ensued in Munich at Nymphenburg, the legendary porcelain factory on the grounds of the royal family’s once- upon-a-time summer palace. There she succumbed to her own maladie de porcelaine, the fabled “porcelain sickness” that possessed so many aesthetes in the 18th century.

 

Feinstein, whose work has included architectural stage flats, period room–inspired installations, and immersive environments, found herself drawn to the exuberant figurines modeled by Franz Anton Bustelli in the 1750s. But rather than the graceful, colorful characters themselves, the swelling, curvaceous pedestals upon which they stood were what moved her.

 
The artist working at Nymphenburg.

The artist working at Nymphenburg.

 
She shapes a pair of shoes alongside one of Franz Anton Bustelli’s commedia dell’arte figures, which inspired the project.

She shapes a pair of shoes alongside one of Franz Anton Bustelli’s commedia dell’arte figures, which inspired the project.

“What’s so fabulous is how one curve gives into another,” notes Feinstein, who envisioned replicating Bustelli’s organic forms at life size. “They practically killed me, because every time I would get something perfect from one side, I’d go to the other side and find it didn’t look right and have to fix the whole thing. I became obsessed with getting it perfect.”

So much so that she had her first attempts—fabricated in foam for a 2014 fashion portfolio in Garage, the biannual art-and-fashion magazine—destroyed. “The big question for me was, How can they really be like ceramic?”

 
Ottavio, glazed and awaiting shipment to the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, where it’s on view through February 17.

Octavio, glazed and awaiting shipment to the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, where it’s on view through February 17.

The problem of fabrication continued to haunt Feinstein until one day this past July, while working in her Maine studio, she suddenly thought, Why can’t I just do them the way Nymphenburg does? and shot off a note to the factory’s general email address. Even though Nymphenburg has a record of collaborating with contemporary artists, she was still surprised when a response came that same night. “I nearly fell off my seat,” she recalls. By summer’s end she had shipped her models to Germany, and she made her first working trip in September.

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Crafting and firing such large-scale ceramic pieces presents many technical issues. Feinstein credits Ingrid Harding, a Kentucky native who now heads the production department at Nymphenburg, for committing to the vision. While one of these pieces will be on view this month at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, Feinstein has big plans for further work, including a piece that will measure some 12 by 15 feet: “As long as Ingrid is into it, I have tons of crazy ideas.”

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