VERANDA RETREATS BOOK SIGNING AT DENNIS & LEEN IN LOS ANGELES

VERANDA celebrated the launch of the new design book, VERANDA RETREATS, by Senior Editor and Author Mario López-Cordero for an exclusive book signing event at Dennis & Leen in Los Angeles. Editor in Chief Clinton Smith and Mario greeted and mingled with guests as they enjoyed custom cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and live entertainment from electronic violinsit Jennifer Spingola. Notable guests included Orli Ben-Dor, Madeline Stuart, Suzanne, Rheinstein, Richard Hallberg, Daniel Cuevas, Amy Meier, and Brad Clark. 

VERANDA RETREATS features iconic havens that beautifully reflect the allure of living well. From gorgeously appointed rooms to inviting outdoor spaces Mario’s book is an invitation to enjoy luxurious homes at their very best

 

HE SAID, SHE SAID - ITALIAN STYLE & DESIGN

Interview by ROHL in partnership with VERANDA and Alessandra Branca

Italian heritage and craftsmanship are core to the ROHL brand. More than 33 years ago, many of their first design discoveries were from Italy.  Today ROHL continues to work with their Italian partners to create the world’s finest decorative plumbing for the kitchen and bath.

So how does Italian style inspire others in the design industry? ROHL asked Veranda Editor in Chief, Clinton Smith – and Elle Décor “A” List winner, interior designer, Alessandra Branca.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ITALIAN CITY AND WHY?

AB: Rome of course…but I am a little prejudiced! The light, the life, the history, the architecture, the art, the food, the fact that all these are experienced together every day without fault. I love to try new paths and get lost to discover new parts of my hometown each time I am home. And amazingly because of the layers and layers of history I am still able to see something new each time!

CS: I love the magic and mystery of Venice. Even with so many tourists, the city can easily cast its spell on you

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT AND DRINK IN ITALY AND WHY?

AB: Any place… I like simpler places because they celebrate the freshness and are still dedicated to authenticity. Italians LOVE their food and thankfully still make every effort to maintain a link to its history and authenticity.

CS: That’s impossible to answer—each region has so many amazing dishes!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ITALIAN DESIGN INSPIRATION?

AB: The architecture of ancient Rome strikes me as so modern in many ways. The interiors of the Farnese palaces and Medici Villas remind me of the importance of art and architecture and the quality of design. This teaches me daily that quality is everlasting. Newness is still a thread to the newness of the past.

CS: I love everything from the classic beauty of Villa La Rotonda near Vicenza to the cutting-edge contemporary design coming from Milan. 

WHAT IS YOUR #1 TRAVEL RECOMMENDATION FOR PEOPLE TRAVELING TO ITALY?

 AB: Pick a place and then get lost there. Most any place whether the bigger cities or the smaller villages in the country will amaze you but if you are tied to a guide book or your iPhone you will miss the joys of discovery. And being in the moment.

CS: Stay a day longer than you think you should and leave the guidebook in the hotel for a day just to explore the paths less traveled.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ITALIAN MERCHANT/ARTIST YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AND WHY?

 AB: I love anything handmade as there is so little of it left in the world. From baskets in Sardinia to cocktail napkins from the embroidery shops to the glassmakers in Venice. Supporting all those little family businesses and the traditional crafts is so important.

CS: I love Chiarastella Cattana's beautiful textiles. From tablecloths and napkins to pillows and bed coverings, each piece is exquisite. 

To hear more from Alessandra Branca and Clinton Smith, join ROHL and VERANDA on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at the Chicago Design Summit. ROHL and VERANDA will be hosting an exclusive presentation on the special beauty of the ROHL Italian Collections and discussing the legacy of Italian design. The event is open to the trade and is being held in the ROHL Suite (163) of LuxeHome at the Chicago Merchandise Mart. Click here to attend.

SAMUEL & SONS SHOWROOM OPENING

VERANDA and Samuel & Sons partnered to celebrate the opening of Samuel & Son’s new showroom at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles on March 22. VERANDA was thrilled to help introduce Samuel & Sons to the Los Angeles design community, VIPs and friends of the magazine. VERANDA Editor in Chief Clinton Smith hosted the evening, which also featured designer Lori Weitzner and her new Bejeweled collection for Samuel & Sons.

SUTHERLAND PERENNIALS BOOK SIGNING

VERANDA and Sutherland Perennials Studio hosted a book signing for Editor in Chief Clinton Smith’s book, The Romance of Flowers. Guests were invited to their newly decorated showroom in the San Francisco Design Center which beautifully displayed the latest spring collections. Creative cocktails and hors d’oeuvres made for a lively evening enjoyed by all. 

ALLAN KNIGHT BOOK SIGNING

VERANDA was thrilled to partner with Allan Knight and Associates in Dallas for a book signing to celebrate Editor in Chief Clinton Smith’s book, The Romance of Flowers. Guests enjoyed a fabulous evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the book came to life through creative and stunning floral arrangements throughout the showroom.

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN ORCHID DINNER

VERANDA partnered with the New York Botanical Garden for its annual Orchid Dinner on February 23. Top interior designers curated and styled table settings for the gala, which raised more than $600,000 for the New York Botanical Garden’s esteemed orchid research collection, which helps maintain the highest horticultural standards of orchid conservation.

Gala Chairs Kamie Lightburn, Tina Swartz, Sharon Jacob Table by Danielle Rollins