Annie Costello Brown, the jewellery designer du jour epitomises the cool creative L.A. scene we are lapping up right now…
Annie Costello Brown, or ACB has grown a feverish following among the fashion crowd. Yet it seems the designer herself is content without the spotlight, the big investors, and the large retailers…. Annie Costello Brown just wants to create, by hand, her finest work – to keep the label contained so that she is involved in every piece. An inspired strategy from a true artist – ACB jewellery is fearless – bold, strong, of scale. A sophisticated tribal vibe of geometric pieces made from precious metals crafted in gold, silver, brass and sometimes the purest of colour like the Matisse chandelier earrings in a magnetic bolt of cool oxidised cobalt. The cult following also wax lyrical about a weightlessness of the pieces that is hard to resist – a tactile creation that is easily adorned.
It appears Annie was destined for this gig. Raised on a houseboat in the San Francisco Bay area, Annie was influenced by a bohemian mix of artists, artisans and creatives. Her first job was an after-school bead-stringing affair. After enrolling in the San Francisco Art Institute for painting, it seems her first love kept calling. In 2006, the label was born. But it’s ten years later that it’s firmly on our horizon, wish list, and adding, with gusto to cart.
The contemporary Barcelona apartment of art dealer and gallery owner Miquel Alzueta reveals a creative life as an avid art collector and antiques enthusiast.
The tale of Miquel Alzueta is one of a passionate collector who has become a successful curator. Alzueta’s appetite for art, antiques, and interiors have evolved into a thriving business. Galeria Miquel Alzueta is an impressive 500m2 gallery space in a former factory in the heart of Séneca Street, Barcelona’s design district. The gallery combines contemporary art, with the most prestigious architecture, design, and antiques from the 20th Century.
It’s the private residence of Michale Alzueta and wife África Posse near the centre of Barcelona, however, that is possibly the greatest example of Alzueta’s design passions, his love of art, and an innate sense of restrained elegance.
Having long been attracted to art and furnishings from the modern mid-century era, during his time in Paris, Alzueta began to start appreciating and then collecting the influential French designers of the era such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, and Serge Mouille.
The apartment is a wonderful canvas from which the masterpiece has been crafted: white walls, unique geometric marble-tiled floors, high ceilings and 1940s French-inspired architectural detail. The space is grand, flooded with light and an overall sophistication. The layering of furnishings is considered and modern icons are mixed with the curator’s eye and a quiet confidence that is delivered with relative ease from those well versed in the art, antiques and design of the last century.