© 2014 VAROLA, West Hollywood
“The Italian is an individualist.” – Meyric R. Rogers, Italy At Work: Her Renaissance in Design Today, (exhibition catalogue) 1950.
Varola is pleased to present a selection of Italian (and Italian-inspired) fine furnishings, lighting and accessories entitled Italian Style: 1930s - 1980s, guest curated by Los Angeles-based Oculus Gallery.
This exhibition pays homage to the historic exhibition Italy At Work: Her Renaissance in Design Today, curated by Meyric Rogers. Rogers led a team that traveled up and down Italy in the spring of 1950, seeking out the Italian crafts people in the odd places where they live and work, and selected objects that made up the exhibition. Italy At Work toured several major US museums in the early 1950s and had a significant impact on consumer taste across America.
Italian Style traces Italian design from the inter-war years through the Postmodern era, demonstrating the influence of traditional “arti artigiane” (craft arts) through the early years of the Marshall Plan, the small-scale production of modern goods of the 1940s and early 1950s and finally, the emergence of pan- European approaches through the 1960s, '70s and '80s.
Italian Style: 1930s – 1980s features Italian works from Fontana Arte, Stilnovo, Cassina and Paolo de Poli, American-made pieces that utilize handcrafted elements imported from Italy, and also Dunbar’s decidedly Italian-inspired La Gondola sofa by Edward Wormley.
About Oculus Gallery:
Utilizing sources culled over years of travel, research, and relationships, Oculus Gallery focuses on an eclectic mix of recent contemporary art, furniture and decorative art by renowned Italian and American designers from the 1940s through the 1980s.
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Italian Style: 1930s - 1980s
Curated by Oculus Gallery
January 25 - March 16
Edward Wormley, La Gondola, Sofa, Model no 5719, ca.1957, Mahogany, Upholstery, Brass, Courtesy Oculus Gallery.