Articles by: Daniele Perna

  • Art & Culture

    The Age of Design That Evokes An Emotional Experience: Connecting With The New Breed of Designers

    Photos (top to bottom): Clover Sofa By SwalaLine (; Glowing Vessels by Juva; La Luna chair by Kenneth Cobonpue (; Casablanca Chaise Longue by Baltus (; Sculptural floor lamp by Juva; Voyage bed by Kenneth Cobonpue

    New York City Based Multi-disciplinary Interior Designer Danielé Perna was invited to MIFE as a guest of the renowned International Sculptor/Designer, Miguel Sanson. Danielé’s aesthetic journey began upon arrival at the new terminal at Madrid Barajas International Airport. “I took off from the Delta International Airline terminal at JFK in New York City, displeased with the cramped interior entrance and aesthetics as a whole,” the designer recalls. “I landed at Barajas International Airport terminal 4, designed by British architect Richard Rogers, and immediately felt important, respected. The architectural interior design lifted my soul. ”

    Perna describes the new terminal 4 design at Madrid Barajas International Airport. “It has an undulating interior ceiling finished with bamboo strips creating a visually soft flowing sculpture, supported by many central angled columns referred to by the architect as ‘trees’. There are two styles of skylights - circular and oval - that provide diffused controlled natural light throughout the space. Outside, the roof cantilevers the edge of the interior to shade the exterior facades. The environment is an inside-out, symmetrical, a-symmetrical, serene sculpture. Rhythm and pattern pulls one through the space, moving from plane to baggage claim to car port. The design transports the eye from the macro to micro, first embracing the space in its entirety, then focusing in on the individual details. This architectural accomplishment is massive in scale. It is an impressive architectural interior that evokes a powerful emotional experience. Design of this nature is a complement to the human experience, expressing contemporary imagination at its highest level. I imagine it parallel to a designer's first experience in ancient times, standing in the Coliseum and Pantheon in Rome. Richard Rogers's will be one of the designers redesigning the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and will design Tower 3 at 175 Greenwich Street at the new World Trade Center site."

    Photos: Interior and exterior views of the new terminal 4 design at Madrid Barajas International Airport, designed by architect Richard Rogers.

    Perna feels it is essential as a US based designer to experience a show of this caliber because European designers have long introduced fresh ideas and inspired North American designers. Yet Perna found himself as one of the few US designers in attendance at the exhibition, now in its 23rd year. MIFE featured leading Spanish manufacturers, importers and 100 companies from Germany, Brazil, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Russia and Malaysia. In all, 551 companies participated, filling an exhibition space measuring 75,026 sq. ft. within nine halls. MIFE is one of the most important events on the European stage, along with the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile, Milano, (, Maison & Object, Paris ( 100% Design London ( and IMM Cologne, Cologne, ( for lighting, furniture and textiles due to the extensive exhibition spaces, diversity of design and products.

    Photos: Ceiling lamps Sphere in black lacquer and Spheric in brass with pheasant feathers by Fer House (; Fortuny Alar ceiling lamp by Cristina Linares; Orange Oriental Grande table lamp by Vincit (; Aramis table lamp by Sic Lumina (; Lunga floor lamp by Swalaline (; Filiparo Red table lamp by Thawaru (; Paris Gr. black table lamp by Vincit.

    Upon arriving at the exhibition complex, Perna immediately visited the Miguel Sanson exhibition area. The two designers reunited with excitement since last seeing each other in New York City in October 2005. Of Sanson’s work, Perna states, “Sanson has taken the basic form of a chair and has created a new aesthetic, formulating concepts instilled with angelic qualities, sometimes with a sense of humor, always with a story, for which he strives through a masterful sense of composition. Julie Sanson, sister and partner to Miguel, asked me to sit down in the Milenium Chair (top left photo below) to unfold the mystery and concept of the work. As I sat, she pointed out that the gold round disc at the top of the chair creates an iconic angels halo which can only be perceived while sitting, linking object and person as one, creating a second aesthetic. Sanson has also embarked on architectural sculpture for exterior environments. The scale of these sculptures is monumental. The through-line concept is based on the name ‘The Teachers.’ I had the opportunity to view the collection a second time while at MIFE and they have left a new and inspiring impression on me. ‘The Teachers’ are powerful in subject matter, composition and scale. Miguel Sanson is a visionary and his message is ahead of its time. He is a designer of the future that grounds us in the moment of the beautiful and asks us to recognize our existence.”

    Photos: Center: Miguel Sanson sitting in his Anael chair. Anael chair: Sent-Art and be without waving to wait while the being senses take off on the heaven (To meditate) Clockwise: Milenium chair: to sit down in the dual thing. In the number two and to be crowned (Our time). Anastasia chair: Sente-Art and rap yourself in aerial presence (Subtlety); White and Black Chair: To sit down and to feel, the shade and the light, the light and the shade (Manifestation) Tauro chair: Sente-Art and fill with courage accept the reality (Courage) (

    Miguel Sanson is just one of the many of the new breed of designers. His quest - to change the way individuals perceive furniture design, whether as a piece of sculpture standing alone, or as a part of an interior. As the new breed of designers continue to search for inspiration while inspiring, as humanity evolves, we learn that it all comes down to a quality of life, where design has the potential to change our emotional state, the way we think, and choose to live.


  • Un'era di design che evoca esperienze emotive: una nuova generazione di designer

    Daniele Perna, il polivalente designer di interni newyorkese, è stato invitato al MIFE ospite di Miguel Sanson, scultore e designer di fama internazionale. Il viaggio estetico di Daniele è iniziato appena giunto al nuovo terminal dell'aeroporto internazionale di Barajas a Madrid. “Sono partito dal terminal della Delta International Airline dell'aeroporto JFK di New York City, dispiaciuto dell'effetto angusto dell'ingresso e dell'estetica in generale”, ricorda il designer. “Arrivato al terminal 4 dell'aeroporto di Barajas – progettato dall'architetto britannico Richard Rogers – mi sono immediatamente sentito importante, rispettato. Il design degli interni mi ha risollevato l'anima”.


    Nelle foto (dall'alto in basso): Clover Sofa di SwalaLine (; Glowing Vessels di Juva; sedia La Luna di Kenneth Cobonpue (; Casablanca Chaise Longue di Baltus (; lampada da terra scultorea di Juva; letto Voyage di Kenneth Cobonpue

    Perna descrive il design del nuovo terminal 4 dell'aeroporto di Madrid. “Il soffitto è ondulato, rifinito con canne di bambù che creano una scultura visivamente fluida, sostenuta da numerose colonne centrali angolari, che l'architetto ha definito 'alberi'. Vi sono due tipi di lucernari – rotondi e ovali – che riversano luce naturale diffusa e controllata in tutto lo spazio; all'esterno il tetto è in aggetto per proteggere le facciate dalla luce. L'ambiente nella sua totalità è una serena scultura esterna/interna, simmetrica/asimmetrica. Ci si ritrova attratti da uno spazio dominato da ritmi e motivi che scandiscono il passaggio dall'aeroplano alla zona di ritiro bagagli al parcheggio coperto. Il design trasporta l'occhio dalla grande alla piccola scala, abbracciando prima lo spazio nella sua interezza, poi concentrandosi su ogni dettaglio. È un risultato architettonico di dimensioni eccezionali, un interno di grande effetto che evoca una forte esperienza emotiva. Un design di questo genere è complementare all'esperienza umana, massima espressione dell'immaginazione contemporanea. Un'esperienza che credo essere paragonabile all'emozione provata da un artista dei tempi antichi, per la prima volta davanti al Colosseo o al Pantheon a Roma. Richard Rogers è uno dei designer incaricati di riprogettare il Jacob K. Javits Convention Center a Manhattan, e lavorerà anche nella progettazione della Tower 3 al n. 175 di Greenwich Street presso il sito del nuovo World Trade Center".

    Nelle foto: viste interne ed esterne del nuovo terminal 4 dell'aeroporto internazionale Barajas di Madrid, dell'architetto Richard Rogers.

    Per Perna è fondamentale che un designer statunitense abbia l'occasione di fare un'esperienza di questo livello, dal momento che i designer europei sono spesso portatori di nuove idee ispiratrici per i colleghi nordamericani. Eppure Perna è stato uno dei pochi designer statunitensi presenti all'esibizione, ora alla sua ventitreesima edizione. MIFE ha presentato il lavoro di importanti produttori e importatori spagnoli e ha visto la presenza di 100 aziende provenienti da Germania, Brasile, Belgio, Repubblica Ceca, Francia, Italia, Messico, Paesi Bassi, Portogallo, Regno Unito, Russia e Malesia. In tutto hanno partecipato 551 aziende, occupando uno spazio espositivo di 7.000 mq distribuito in nove padiglioni. Il MIFE è uno degli eventi più importanti sulla scena europea, assieme al Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano (, Maison & Object a Parigi ( ), 100% Design a Londra ( e IMM Cologne, a Colonia in Germania ( – tutte fiere dove l'illuminazione, l'arredamento e il tessile trovano ampi spazi espositivi per presentare prodotti e design creativi.

    Nelle foto: lampade a soffitto Sphere in lacca nera con piume di fagiano, plafoniera di ottone di Fer House (; lampada a soffitto Fortuny Alar di Cristina Linares; lampada da tavolo Orange Oriental Grande di Vincit (; lampada da tavolo Aramis di Sic Lumina (; lampada da terra Lunga di Swalaline (; lampada da tavolo Filiparo Red di Thawaru (; lampada da tavolo nera Paris Gr. di Vincit.

    Giunto al salone espositivo, Perna si è immediatamente recato al padiglione di Miguel Sanson: una felice riunione dopo l'ultimo incontro a New York City nell'ottobre 2005. Sul lavoro di Sanson, Perna commenta: “Sanson è partito dalla forma di base di una sedia e ha creato una nuova estetica, formulando concetti pieni di qualità angeliche, a volte con senso dell'umorismo ma sempre con una storia, ottenuta grazie a un fantastico senso della composizione. Julie Sanson, sorella e partner di Miguel, mi ha invitato a sedermi sulla Milenium Chair (in alto a sinistra nella foto qui sotto) e mi ha svelato il mistero e i concetti che sostengono il lavoro. Mi stavo sedendo, e Julie mi ha fatto notare che il cerchio dorato sulla parte alta della sedia, che ricorda l'aureola degli angeli, è visibile solo quando seduti e unisce l'oggetto e la persona creando così un secondo elemento estetico. Sanson ha anche iniziato a creare sculture architettoniche per esterni, di scala monumentale. Il filo conduttore del concetto deriva dal nome, The Teachers. Ho avuto modo di rivedere la collezione durante la mia visita al MIFE e mi ha suscitato un'impressione nuova e ispiratrice. The Teachers è infatti una scultura intensa, sia per il concetto che rappresenta sia per la grandezza della composizione. Miguel Sanson è un visionario e il suo è un messaggio d'avanguardia. È un designer del futuro, che ci ancora alle meraviglie del presente e ci chiede di riconoscere la nostra esistenza".

    Nelle foto: al centro, Miguel Sanson sulla sua sedia Anael; in senso orario: sedie Milenium, Anastasia, White and Black, Tauro ( Sedie giustamente descritte con poesia dal designer spagnolo: Aneal: Sent-Arte y estar sin esperar mientras el ser siente alzar su vuelo sobre el Eter. (Meditar) Milenium: Sent-Arte en lo dual, lo repetitivo. En el número dos y coronarse. (Nuestro tiempo)  Anastasia: Sent-Arte y envolverte en aérea presencia. (Sutilidad)

    White and Black: Sent-Arte y sentir, las sombras y la luz, la luz y la sombra. (La manifestación)

    Tauro: Sent-Arte y llenarte de coraje asumir la realidad. (Valor)

    Miguel Sanson è uno dei tanti nuovi designer della generazione attuale. Il suo obiettivo: cambiare la percezione che il pubblico ha del design di arredamenti, sia questo una scultura fine a se stessa o parte di un interno. Mentre questa nuova generazione di artisti prosegue nella sua stimolante opera e nella sua continua ricerca di ispirazione – seguendo al passo l'evoluzione umana – ci rendiamo conto che alla fine si tratta semplicemente di dare qualità alla vita, una vita in cui il design ha la capacità di modificare il nostro stato emotivo, il nostro modo di pensare e, infine, ci permette di scegliere come vivere.

    Courtesy of Daniele Perna Designs

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  • Art & Culture

    Manhattan Interior Designers Interior Architects: Interior IQ

    We have hand picked interior designers and interior architects who offer their services to clients in the metropolitan New York area.  INTERIOR IQ includes contemporary designers who specialize in both commercial and residential interior design, and whose work has a voice all their own.  All of the designers included in this collective have distinct styles and philosophies, however are united by talent and vision.  Inclusion on this collective is complimentary, and is based solely on each designer’s portfolio.



    Borrowing from various cultural influences from his earliest childhood, Alberto Pinto, an inescapable actor of interior design, has built his works on the interbreeding and mixture of genders from more than baroque to less than bare.

    11, rue d'Aboukir

    75002 Paris, France

    Tél: +33 (1) 40 13 00 00


    Amy Lau Design creates refined, elegant, and optimistic spaces that are more curated than decorated. Since its inception in 2001, the design studio has attracted prestigious residential and commercial clients like Elvis Costello and Elie Tahari. This year, New York magazine included Amy Lau as one of The Next Grade, and House Beautiful named her a young designer to watch. Traditional Home recognized her as a fresh Designer honoree, and Metropolitan Home included her in a special section devoted to who’s next. She has also been featured in Elle Décor, the New York Times, New York Spaces and House & Garden.

    185 Varick Street, Suite 500

    New York, NY  USA  10014

    Tel: (1) 212.645.6168


    Axis Mundi is a tight-knit multidisciplinary design firm founded by John Beckmann. The firms architectural, interior and furniture designs have been featured in numerous international publications, such as The New York Times, Surface, Wallpaper, and Domus, among others.

    315 West 39th Street, Suite 805

    New York, NY USA 10018

    Tel: (1) 212.643.2608


    Bates Masi + Architects, responds to each project with extensive research in related architectural fields, materials, craft and the environment for unique solutions as varied as the individuals for whom they are designed. The focus is neither the size nor the type of project but the opportunity to enrich lives and enhance the environment. This attention to all elements of design has been a constant in the firm’s philosophy. Projects include urban and suburban residences, schools, offices and furniture, many have been recognized by AIA Design Awards and numerous publications.

    138 Main Street, 2nd Floor

    Sag Harbor, NY USA 11963

    Tel: (1) 631.725.0229


    The studio merges compositional, technological, spatial and philosophical disciplines into an overall vision. The scope of its projects does not stop at the architecture of buildings, but also includes the design of interiors, furniture and product design.

     270 Lafayette Street

    New York, NY  USA  10012

    Tel:(1) 212.343.9898


    Clodagh Design is one of the world’s leading innovative design services studios renown for creating environments that celebrate the “experience of living”. Based on feng shui and in combination with environmentally friendly materials and art finishes, Clodagh Design integrates the natural elements of earth, water, fire and air into each project. The resulting design fuses a respect for the ancient with a clean, sleek modernism to create environments that are truly timeless, life enhancing, sensual and low maintenance.

    670 Broadway, 4th Floor

    New York, NY  USA  10012

    Tel: (1) 212.780.5300


    Danielé Perna Designs is a contemporary full service multi-disciplinary interior design studio specializing in custom residential interiors, provocative brand conscious commercial interiors, fireplaces and furniture. To create an interior that realizes clients’ dreams, visions and goals, the true aesthetic nature and intuition of each client is revealed through a tailored process. We then adapt and apply innovative design solutions using concept, color, composition, materials and decor.

    2 Horatio Street

    New York, NY USA 10014

    Tel: (1) 212.414.8830


    Design,  Archiecture,  Press,  Biography

    Via Perugino 26 20135

    Milano, Italy

    Tel: +39 02 504 104


    Since the company was founded in 2001, the name ICRAVE has become synonymous with creative energy-driven spaces that actively engage visitors in their environment. ICRAVE has established a high profile client list in hospitality and retail, and a reputation for delivering many of Manhattan's top nightclubs and restaurants.

    411 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor

    New York, NY USA 10014

    Tel: (1) 212.929.8373


    Interior Designer Tony Ingrao is known for his unique approach to style. Ingrao believes that style is singular, growing from a particular person, place and circumstance— design being a playful process of discovering each client’s personal style. Ultimately, Ingraos projects are open open-ended conversations between the taste of his clients and his own intuitions and expertise. With high-profile clients like Kim Cattrall, Jack Walsh and Howard Stern, it is no wonder that Ingrao is sought after by many.

    17 East 64th Street

    New York, NY USA 10021

    Tel: (1) 212.472.5400


    Karim Rashid is a leading figure in the fields of product, interior, fashion, furniture, lighting design and art. His clients include Umbra, Issey Miyake, Prada, Nambe, Magis, Mikasa, Edra, Frighetto, Herman Miller, Foscarini, Artemide, Idée, Bozart,Shiseido, Giorgio Armani, Leonardo, Nienkamper, Yahoo, Zerodisegno, Copco, Method, Guzzini, and Danese, among others.

    357 West 17th Street

    New York, NY USA 10011
    Tel: (1 ) 212.929.8657


      A designer with the soul of an artist, Kirar approaches each new project with ingenuity uncommon in the industry. Each Laura Kirar project is unique, however the common thread of luxurious materials, elegant details, and timeless design remains Laura Kirar's signature.

    611 Broadway, Suite 810

    New York, NY USA 10012

    Tel: (1) 212.274.9906


    Martin Raffone’s Interiors are known for their comfort and elegant sensibility, with a bit of wit. By paying particular attention to architectural detail and craftsmanship he artfully combines modern and traditional furnishings in rooms that are comfortable, polished and subtly striking. Martin Raffone Interior Design provides a full complement of services to clients—from interior design and decoration to directing the work of architects, construction firms and landscape designers to produce highly livable and enriching interiors for home and office.

    274 Centre Street, 7th Floor

    New York, NY USA 10013

    Tel: (1) 212.243.2027


    SIXX DESIGN, using their signature style, "Vintage Noveauxx", (a mix of the extremely modern with vintage for an inimitable look) New York--Husband and wife team Cortney and Robert Novogratz are SIXX DESIGN. Over the last ten years, this appealing and artsy couple (and parents of six young children!) has developed and designed several unique properties in Manhattan, rebuilding (often from the ground up) entire blocks in the city, turning funky into fabulous, with every detail considered and executed with the utmost taste and confidence.

    Cortney & Robert Novogratz

    New York, NY USA

    Tel: (1) 917.385.0603


    Stephen Roberts is an Australian designer based in New York. With over eighteen years of international design experience, including five years as a founding member of the design and architecture group D4Design, followed by four years as Director of Store Design, Worldwide, for Prescriptives in New York, the firm of Stephen Roberts inc. brings together a wealth of experience.

    250 West Broadway, 4th Floor

    New York, NY USA 10013

    Tel: (1) 212.966.6930


    In the world of design, Vicente Wolf has been at the top for over 30 years. From the spacious light-filled loft in New York City, where his company is headquartered, Wolf and his staff build on his passion for design that’s guided by integrity and simplicity. He maintains this focus throughout his many creative endeavors: photography, art collection, interior design and global travel. Wolf’s portfolio offers a snapshot of the ultimate American aesthetic, from multinational conglomerates to private homes, from hotels to restaurants.

    333 West 39th Street

    New York, NY USA 10018

    Tel: (1) 212.244.5008


    Environments,  Brands,  Products

    515 West 20th Street, 4W

    New York, NY USA 10011

    Tel: (1) 212.580.7090


    RD RICE: Building Homes of Distinction

    R.D. Rice is a full-service construction management and general contracting firm dedicated to delivering the highest level of quality and finish in home and building renovation. Established in 1995 by R. Douglass Rice, the company has transformed more than one hundred of the most spectacular apartments, town houses and homes through out New York- and the Tri-state area.

    As a company, we are inspired and motivated by the creative challenges presented by our clients’ architects and Interior designers – and we are committed to realizing inventive ideas with the utmost in quality. Our goal, however, is to not only realize innovative designs, but to produce them with a level of craftsmanship and integrity that meets or exceeds traditional standards of quality.

    532 West 30th Street

    New York, NY USA 10001

    Tel: (1) 212.268.1414

    INTERIOR IQ courtesy of Danielé Perna Designs

    [email protected]





  • Art & Culture

    Drawn to The Canvas: Grzegorz Stec’s Controlled Violent Brushstrokes

    On the evening of April 25th I set off to attend the opening reception for an exhibition of paintings by the native Polish painter, Grzegorz Stec at the Consulate General of The Republic of Poland in New York City.  A colleague and friend, Mr. Marek Osinski, who was the exhibit coordinator, graciously extended the invitation, so I did not bother to look at the artists work before going to the exhibition.

    Initially, I thought it would be an interesting event because of the location - the historical and beautiful, De Lamar Mansion on Madison Avenue - a residence built in 1906 by architect Charles Pierrepont Henry. It is a stunning example of New York Beaux-Arts residential architecture. If anything, viewing an art exhibition in an interior of this period would be an emotional charge and a good experience in itself.

    My wife and business partner, Lynn Zilka, and I approached the entrance in awe of the architectural glamour and humbly walked through the front door.  After going through security we ascended one flight up a dramatically wide turning staircase with a red carpet. We arrived but needed to make a transition from the staccato of Manhattan and our workday to the world of the De Lamar Mansion buzzing with Polish socialites, dignitaries, Olympic medalists, futbol stars, a world renowned supermodel, film and television stars, video crews, journalists, photos flashing and art enthusiasts. So before looking at the work we decided to indulge in a refreshment, a traditional Polish Bison brand grass vodka apple martini. After settling in for a moment and washing down this delicious elixir it was time to look at the works.

    Koncert, (1989 25 x 90 cm)  

    I was immediately drawn to the painting titled Koncert, (1989 25 x 90 cm) a panoramic view of emotion. As I stood viewing the piece it was as if all the individuals in the room vanished, and I found myself struck by a singular focus - a Zen energy state - no longer could I hear or sense any movement in the space. Rather the image evoked music and I felt and heard the ambient Avant-Garde music composer and performer, Steven Roaches album ‘On This Planet’ playing in my mind. It was fantastic to experience a phenomenon of this nature trigged by Grzegorz Stec paintings. The composition first caused a strong emotional reaction following the intellectual analysis. The painting is a large scaled fogscape in black and washes of gray moving towards white light. In the foreground and background there are characters playing the violin, one dark and one light. A vast expanse separates them. The painting in one glance captures the stark separation, the negative and positive, dark and light of our reality.

                                            Figura II (2004)                          Figura I (2001)

    Moving through all of the black and white paintings with excitement and wonder (a tad overwhelmed), I walked over to view the color canvases. A powerful use of saturated color with controlled violent brushstrokes. The energy Stec projects in to his abstracted detail,  gestures indicating movement, a piece of clothing blurred through use of color and distinctive texture. Immediately the viewer associates these gestures with the human figure, dance, battling knights, festivals and beautiful period costumes.  

    Tree of Gender / Ciagta Jesien (1995 100 x  140cm)

     Some of the works drafted in an epic scale, massive landscapes, crowds of thousands, dramatic tension, and mythological, allegoric fantasies. At first glance one is not sure what they are looking at, but dive deeply into the world and clarity of the scene unfolds. The painting Tree Of Gender / Ciagta Jesien, 1995.  A dance of naive beings around the archetypal “tree of life” reveling the truth of what is currently taking place on our planet.  The trees branches and sky merge into one grotesque atmosphere blocking the heavens to the earth exposing the pollution and murder of mother earth.

    Drezwo 1 (2002 100 x 140 cm)

    In all of this discussion of darkness the opposed painting Drezwo 1 (Above) providing the viewer with a sence of hope and restoration of mother earth. A sky and branches expressing the beauty and connection to the heavens.

     Smierc Klauna (1991 58 x 91 cm)

    From The Author
    My strongest desire is that my paintings should arouse not only at a glance from a distance, but that they should reveal new values on closer examination - tiny details, puzzles. A picture should be sensual in its macro and micro - structure. It should bear a problem (you call it a theme) not just any problem, but one that is not indifferent in a purely personal sense. Better still, the theme should be allowed to qualify the form, and the form to influence the theme. Let them mutually complement one another. In order to achieve this, I'm convinced that inner being is a necessity- not contrived nor assigned. Despite my desires, it is almost impossible to complete a painting which would relay a horizon of experiences and at the same time provoke maximum aesthetic and intellectual satisfaction; a painting that would arouse and remind one of a secret.

    Perhaps all together this is unworkable? I think not. I have encountered such workmanship. When successful the contrary attitudes between the literary character of the composition and its plasticity is pointless. In my opinion, the purpose of these languages is not to describe various objects, but rather the varied aspects of those same objects. If this is the case, they should be allowed to infiltrate one another.- From Grzegorz Stec's letter to Józef Czapski, Cracow, April 5, 1988

    Stec, born in Cracow, Poland, in 1955 graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Arts in the Academy of the Arts in Cracow in 1981.

    Kuilsy 1 (1998 73 x 100 cm)

     Below photos from the event and more infomation

    Photo Plate Clockwise: Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York Mr. Krzysztof Kasprzyk, Grzegorz Stec- artist-painter and poet, Agata Ostrowska- polish Foreign Correspondent (Twoj Styl), International Executive Vice President Peter Makula, International supermodel Anja Rubik, standing next to the painting Chtopiec i Sztandary, Interior of the De Lamar Mansion exhibition space: Consul General Mr. Krzysztof Kasprzyk addressing the exhibition audience, Designer Danielé Perna, Marek Osinski- Exhibition Coordinator, Grzegorz Stec's North America  Sales Representative & Manager

    If you are interested in opening yourself up to powerful emotions and flooding your mind with endless analysis Kurier Plus Gallery will be exhibiting Grzegorz Stec art works From May 2nd to the 7th.

    Opening Reception Friday, May 2, 2008
    6:30 - 9:30 pm
    Kurier Plus Gallery
    145 Java Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11222

    Marek Osinski- Exhibition Coordinator, Grzegorz Stec's North America Sales Representative & Manager: [email protected]

    Article courtesy of Danielé Perna Designs:

  • Life & People

    Designer Danielé Perna Beneath the Surface

    Below is an excerpt from the full interview:
    Q: You used the term ‘interior intellect.’ Can you expand on that?

    A: Actually, it's concept that I've been contemplating for sometime. There is an intellect that I consider to be outside of our core – it is the collective consciousness that we have learned through our families, schools and society. This ‘exterior’ intellect is based on a set of values that are learned over the course of our childhood, and may or may not be true to who we are as individuals. The ‘interior intellect’ is everything that comes from inside us. It is the place inside us where most creatives derive their voice. It has the power to exceed our exterior intellects' restrictions and fuel passion. The exterior and interior intellects guide us to make decisions every day. It is my interior intellect that guides me to make unique aesthetic decisions in the design process.

    Transcript of YouTube excerpt:
    “What we sell…what we sell is creativity, and that is where the gray area starts to happen. How can we deny [it] – we are all in business. Every designer I know wants to make money – to make money means that you get to propagate your idealism, your ideology, and you get to move forward. The fact is that it comes from pure creativity. You cannot design something unless it’s coming deep from within your unconscious, and deep within your intuition. Deep within your emotional context…your interior intellect…”

    Danielé Perna Designs:

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  • Life & People

    An Insightful Journey To Italy's Campania Region Through the Eyes of New York Interior Designer Daniele Perna

    "Traveling in Italy's Campania region, where my great grandfather Giuseppe Perna immigrated from, is like visiting a living museum. Everything you perceive is a piece of art and history. Having the opportunity to visit factories that have produced and designed silk textiles for over two centuries is a re-affirming experience. Mostly, I was intrigued by the parallel relationship one can find in the design patterns of the fabrics to those of the regions tiles, interior design and architecture. Design is design: the principals remain the same, regardless of scale, scope or objective." Daniele Perna, Principal Designer, Daniele Perna Designs.


    Photos: (clockwise) Byzantine tile detail, Cathedral of Amalfi; blue angel in mosaic, Positano; Byzantine tile detail, Cathedral of Amalfi; majolica tile, La Tonnarella Villa, Sorrento; detail from 1966 street mural, Sorrento.

    Designer Danielé Perna, along with 19 other adventurous U.S. architects and interior designers, was graciously invited to Italy's Campania region on a silk trade mission organized by the Italy America Chamber of Commerce ( in collaboration with the Province of Caserta and the Association of Provinces and Chambers of Trade and Industry (I.R.V.A.T). The trip was financed by the Region of Campania. The five-day event began with a press conference at the magnificent Italian Baroque Theater at the Royal Palace in Caserta, where the President of I.R.V.A.T., Mr. Michele Lomuto welcomed the international guests with an emotional speech charged with his excitement for the unfolding event. In it's second year, this event will help the region's silk manufacturers propagate sales to U.S. interior designers and architects, and will inevitably stimulate trade.

    After the Press Conference, delegates were given a tour of the palace during which a guide detailed the history of the silk trade developed by Bourbon King Charles IV in the 17th century. Following the tour, the delegates were invited to the restaurant Le Colonne for a historical dinner. The meal was an authentic Bourbon reproduction of a typical menu served to the King and court at that time.

    Photos: (clockwise) steel gate doorknob, Amalfi; silk fabric from Giuseppe De Negri & C. SRL, Caserta; SIOLA ALOIS S.R.L.'s ARGO silk CHIMERA collection, Caserta.

    In the following days, the delegates were taken to some of Europe's oldest and most renowned silk factories and showrooms (8 in total) to view brocades, damasks, lampasses and lliseres in both historical and contemporary patterns. Visits included a viewing of each factory's line of silk textiles, a history of their origins, light regional fare and often ended with a tour of the factory where the actual silks are produced. They were hosted by factories such as TESSECI S.R.L. Tessitura Serica Cicala ( founded in 1875 by the Cicala family, which has been operating for 4 generations. A signature of the factory is the application of classical, traditional and modern designs using new technology at an ancient bourbon-weaving mill in San Leucio of Caserta. Another factory, SIOLA ALOIS S.R.L.’s ( philosophy is “to create beautiful innovative contemporary lines while conserving an entirely hand-crafted production process, successfully combining tastefulness, refinement, creativity and artistic passion.” Noted for providing silks used in the White House interior, the factory Giuseppe De Negri & C. SRL ( ) has its family knowledge rooted in the art of silk since 1789. The brand has been successful for more then one century in silk and the manufacturing of rich fabrics.

    Photos: the factory TESSECI S.R.L. Tessitura Serica Cicala, Caserta.

    After the factory tours, delegates were invited to journey to the beautiful and vast Amalfi coast to spend the last day at one of Italy 's finest hotel’s, Hotel Santa Caterina. ( A Visual paradise, each room is furnished in a different style of early 20th century pieces, Vietri multicolored ceramics, and color palates, with a modern and traditional flare of fantasy. The hotel sits at the top of a impressive cliff side, surrounded by orange and lemon groves. It is an enchanting period building in which light, space and color are an integral part of architecture. The designers and architects arranged among themselves a walking tour of each room they occupied, which revealed a cross section of interior design styles, themes and colors.

    Photos: (top) view of Sorrento from La Tonnarella Villa at dawn; (bottom) cliff side view of Positano and majolica tiled dome of the church of Santa Maria Assunta.

    At the completion of the event, Danielé Perna was captivated, impassioned and revitalized by his experience. He continued his journey, driving down the Amalfi coast to Salerno, before backtracking to Vietri Sul Mare, Positano and Sorrento, each hillside village impacting him and contributing to his design sensibility.

    In addition to a number of stops, Mr. Perna visited the Pottery factory Artistica Ceramica Solimene designed by Architect Paolo Soleri in 1951.  ( “The building itself is reminiscent of a piece of textile design, a tactile facade with thousands of round protruding forms fabricated in earthenware in a terra-cotta color. The Visual effect is similar to the pattern and rhythm of the traditional terra-cotta roof tops you see throughout Italy and brings a historical context to the building’s aesthetic.” The pottery factory ( , has a vast array of floor tiles, dishes, sculptures, etc. and has drawn travelers to the small town of Vietri sul Mare for decades.

    Photos: pottery factory Artistica Ceramica Solimene in Vietri sul Mare, designed by Architect Paolo Soleri in 1951.

    In Sorrento he was a guest at the beautiful and hospitable La Tonnarella ( The residence was originally the summer Villa of the Gargiulo family built in 1930 and later transformed into a Villa hotel. Approaching the main entrance one assumes that they are entering a small hotel. Past a small foyer, there is a sign pointing in the direction of a set of hand carved posts. Turn left and walk through a humble hallway to a set of stairs moving downward, at the bottom the entrance is crowned with a dramatic Moorish arch, a Venetian sconce fixture and walls painted using a Naples cream-color. Walking past the entrance you arrive at an intimate interior with a stone renaissance style fireplace, a mahogany front desk and vast arches leading to a sitting area. A second arch leads to the main dinning room there the interior opens up to a bank of large windows with an exquisite view of Sorrento’s undulating mountains and the sprawl of historic Architecture throughout the coast line. The hotel and rooms have been renovated (though they are not updated on the hotel's website), into a blend of magical nooks and coves, painted in rich Mediterranean colors with majolica floor tiles in brilliant colors and patterns. There is vast assortment of Majolica tiles ( framed in cast iron hanging on the walls all through the Villa that are reproductions of antique tile patterns exclusively made for La Tonnarella. Most rooms have a large terrace, with cobalt blue lounge chairs, blue and white striped beach umbrellas, and offer spectacular views in every direction.

    Photos: La Tonnerella Villa, Sorrento

    Mr. Perna dined at the Restaurant Il Buco, Sorrento, ( in a interior with a cobblestone vaulted ceiling, crenelated molding with simple ceiling light fixtures that echoed it, featuring designer cuisine of Chef whose sir name is also Perna. The restaurant itself is set several steps down from the Piazza San Antonio in a former monastery building that dates to 700 A.D., with fine damask linens, sleek silverware and elegant wineglasses to go with a superb wine list, offering a variety of regional and intercontinental wines. The meal was a masterpiece of simplicity, good ingredients, and balanced dishes all with a designer’s presentation, and serviced by a knowledgeable and friendly staff.

    Photos: Il Buco Restaurant and Piazza San Antonio, Sorrento

    In Sorrento, the stylishly hip hotel, The Minerva, ( situated high on the sea-shore, commands a view of the entire Gulf of Napoli. Built in 1875 and reconstructed in 1932, it was later enlarged in 1993 and was near completion of an interior renovation during Danielé’s visit. Danielé explains, “I was walking down the hill from the Villa La Tonnarella and I noticed that the interior of the Minerva was under construction. I walked in the door and was excited to see a colorful contemporized southern Italo-Moroc design completed in the lobby. A construction worker approached me and asked politely if he could help me. I explained to him that I was a designer from New York City and loved the design work. He immediately became excited and decided to give me a tour of the entire hotel, pointing out details and opening room and balcony doors to provide a full experience of each interior. I left the hotel with a wonderful feeling, not only because I received a personal tour. In that moment again I was reminded why Italy is a great country and why excellent design has a prominent position in society here. The people have great heart, a respect, a deep understanding and genius for aesthetics and want to share the fruits of their labor with a stranger walking down the street and the world.”

    Photos: The Minerva, Sorrento

    "Culture is Italy's oil, and it must be exploited." Gianni De Michelis, former Minister of Labor, Italy

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