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Illuminated Sculpture by Jeff Zimmerman
USA, 2010

Sculptural High Back Petite Sofa
Italy, 1950
Pair of High Back Italian Club Chairs
Italy, circa 1955

Chandelier with Chrome Elliptical Rings and White Lucite Shaft
Italy, 1970’s

Pair of Sculptural Slipper Chairs Attributed to Billy Haines
USA, 1950’s

Charles Thwaites Painting on Board
USA, 1961

Stool by Hun-Chung Lee
Korea, 2010
“Mene” Lounge Chair by Hugo Franca
Brazil, 2007

“Diz” Chair By Sergio Rodrigues
Brazil, 2008
R 20th Century Gallery

Wooden Map of America

Pair of PK Lounge Chairs by Oul Kjaerholm
Denmark, 1070’s

Luxurious Recycled Leather Handbags by Ashley Watson

With a background in fine arts and design, and a passion for fashion Ashley Watson faultlessly blends her two talents.  She and her staff handcraft her one-of-a-kind leather products using exclusively recycled material. She began designing handbags with recycled leather in early 2005, inspired by the original features of soft and gently worn jackets purchased from charity thrift stores. She ultimately incorporates these features, such as pockets and seams, into each unique bag or wallet design.
With an extensive background in studio art, Ashley brings an innovative and environmentally sound approach to fashion design, creating products that are practical, sophisticated, and, above all, distinctive.

Ashley Watson Recycled Leather bags and wallets are sold in stores
across North America, and are now available in select stores in Europe,
Asia and Australia. also has some available online.

Handmade in Vancouver, Canada.

Eco Luxury by Bleu Nature

It has been a busy morning acclimating back into city life after five days with the family (and no cell reception) camping near Yosemite. As I was combing through piles of emails, I felt a little less homesick from my tent when I came across an email from Bleu Nature revealing their Acrylic Glass Collection.  A line of lamps and stools with nature encompassed inside.
Bleu Nature finds inspiration from the effect of passing time on natural materials, exploring erosion and wear, imperfect and random formations and uses the fine art of French craftsmanship to complete each unique piece.

This season, Bleu Nature explores the eerie repetitiveness inherent in driftwood and bone fragments. In line with its policy of reusing materials, and after successfully bringing out the “vegetal” aesthetics of driftwood, Bleu Nature has turned its attention to the stark lines and shapes of the animal world.

On that note, I’ll save the story about the bear that came searching our campsite for morsels of leftover rack of lamb for another time.
See more designs from Bleu Nature here.
Post Author Tamara Wallop
for Globally Gorgeous

Palma Collection Sustainable Jewelry from the Tagua Nut

The Palma Collection brings a jewelry line inspired by the desire to make a positive change.  The Tagua nut (pronounced Ta- qwa or Tah-gwa) or otherwise known as vegetable ivory comes from a genus of palm trees that are indigenous to the tropical regions of South America.

The exotic and original line is made from nature.  The fallen nuts are harvested from rain forest floor and polished and carved and French-dyed in an array of vivid colors. The nuts and the dyes are both non toxic.  I love the vivid colors but may like the natural look as seen in the earrings below even more.
As the nut is referred to as “vegetable ivory” it is therefore the sustainable alternative to ivory that is derived from animals.  Moreover, the responsible cultivation and harvesting of Tagua may actually contribute to rain forest conservation in South America.

Interesting Facts:
•    The Amazonian Indians believes that Vegetable Ivory, or Tagua Nut,
nut brings prosperity, happiness, love and abundance.
•    Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, and natives of South and Central America
used Tagua for emotional and spiritual health and well-being. To them,
Tagua is sacred.
•    Last century, until the breakthrough of the plastics, Tagua was
widely used for making buttons (even for U.S. Army uniforms).
•    Over the last twenty years Tagua use has once again has become
popular for those who want something more exclusive and eco-friendly
than plastic.
•    Tagua comes under different names like palm ivory, vegetable
ivory, corozo/corozzo, coquilla (Brazil), palmivoor, steennoot (Dutch),
steinnuss (German) and binroji (Japanese).

See many more designs at their website here. Palma Collection

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-Saturday Shopping with Globally Gorgeous and 1st Dibs

Pair of Rare Curved Sofas by Harvey Probber
USA, 1950.

Large Arredoluce wall Lamp
Italy, 1950’s

Madrona Root Bench
USA, 1960’s

Massive Chipped Glass Chandelier
Italy, 1960’s

The Flagline Chair by Hans Wegner
Denmark, 1950’s

George Nelson Easy Chairs
USA, 1946
Totem Pole
USA, 20th Century

Pair of Ghost Chairs by Cini Boeri
Italy, 1987
Art Deco Style Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Rocking Chair
USA, c. 1960

Full House

Early 19th Century Jamaican Bedstand
circa 1820
Post Author Tamara Wallop
for Globally Gorgeous

Chic and Sustainable Eco Luxury Simplicity in Brazil

“Chic Simplicity-Luxury is Simplicity” is the motto of the Picinguaba Resort and it will definitely be going on the “Bucket List” for me.  Overlooking the peaceful bay at the heart of the Natural Park of Serra do Mar, the
tropical coastal forest running between Rio and São Paulo, about half an
hour’s drive south of Paraty. It faces the sea and a 3 km-long protected sandy beach. The hotel offers 10 comfortable rooms all opening onto the natural surroundings and the sea, including a dream honeymoon suite with en-suite jacuzzi and a breathtaking view of the ocean. The local road stops at the beach and one has to walk the last 250m to the hotel, nestled in the forest.  A place to truly escape and get one with nature, they have taken care to create an escape attuned to the spirit of the place, with nothing to disturb nature’s magic: no TV or telephone in the rooms, no Internet, no air-conditioning. Ahhhhhh.
Of course the Sustainability factor has something to do with the reason we chose to blog about this unique and chic place.  The village of Picinguaba is located in the heart of the Mata Atlantica rain forest, a unique ecosystem, part of which is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. Its conservation is capital for the future of our planet. Therefore they take special care to apply and promote environment-friendly ways, using biodegradable products, composting, using only reusable drink bottles and even making their own soap from kitchen oil residue. They take good care of their employees with salary and the benefits that have a marked influence on the economy of the village. Financing language classes and employing fisherman to catch local fish for the resort. The loyal members of our team not only get a salary, but also education and training and an opportunity for personal development.

Few places on earth remain so untouched.  Much of the surrounding rainforest is primary forest and classified as UNESCO World Heritage, since it is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Both the sea and the mountains too are blessed with a huge variety of fauna and flora. You may see dolphins, sea turtles, innumerable varieties of fish and birds, such as toucans, humming-birds, and even some endemic species such as ant-eaters, slothes, or leopards (but deeper in the forest and rarely seen!).
“It’s all about tropical nature.”
The idenity – the decoration, the architecture, the ingredients they use, the people who work here, the way they receive their guests comes naturally as it is also also the identity of Picinguaba, of the people born in this village, and that of Brazil. “We believe luxury is simplicity. Our simplicity is not the contrary of wealth, nor the contrary of sophistication. Bringing something to its simplest reality can be a rather complex process. Our simplicity is an unpretentious attitude, naturally pleasurable things and real vibes that together generate authentic happiness.” 
The rooms are simple but comfortable, walking out onto a vast garden with the sea as a backdrop. Overgrown luscious tropical flowers and plants form natural screens for the rooms, with humming birds as visitors.
Vila Picinguaba Village is friendly and relaxed, a welcoming locale of people living in harmony with nature, a rare balance.
They even offer Art Groups and Projects on their Farm in Catucaba.  They have made
room for an artist residence program and are hosting artists under the
exchange mode, where they can stay in a charming house (alone or with
their family), with an atelier at their disposal, as well as natural
food from the farm. They can stay from 10 days to 2 months and be
dedicated to create in this very special and peaceful environment, be
visited by our guests, and leave some of their art. 

Post Author Tamara Wallop
for Globally Gorgeous
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