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This post comes as a great compliment to yesterday’s, although I had it prepared well before the terrrazzo themed post.  With terrazzo, I think of marble, Italy, and its architectural splendor.  After seeing Miuccia Prada’s collection for spring 2015 in Milan last month, it was added to the list of the Italian inspiration I’ve been having of late.  Frayed edges on brocade fabrics at Prada reminded me of the Fortuny fabrics of Florence, and artist Cy Twombly’s Roman home (see Part I).  From there, other influences of Italy (and a little of Greece) crept into my mind, including Greek-inspired furniture by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, plaster and metal pieces by Giacometti, as well as rooms by American designers Albert Hadley and Jeffrey Bilhuber, and textiles by New York-based Zak + Fox.  Once again one thing, or collection in this case, sparked a ton of ideas, and in turn a second part to my Roman holiday!

Prada spring 2015

Prada spring 2015

Rome

Rome

Cy Twombly's Roman home

Cy Twombly’s Roman home

Besides having the most beautiful furniture, marble pedestals with busts, and his own art, Twombly’s home in Rome features exquisite tile floors, nearly a different pattern in every room!

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

Prada spring 2015

Prada spring 2015

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

fabric by Zak + Fox

fabric by Zak + Fox

Prada spring 2015

Prada spring 2015

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

Prada spring 2015

Prada spring 2015

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

Prada spring 2015

Prada spring 2015

mosaic floors

mosaic floors

terrazo floors

terrazzo floors

vintage tile tables from 1stdibs

vintage tile tables from 1stdibs

I also think of mosaics and tile when thinking of Italy, and these tables would be chic in a Roman apartment, or beyond!

Giacometti

Giacometti

Albert Hadley

Albert Hadley

A chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings sits next to a floor lamp by Giacometti (or in the style of) in an apartment designed by the late Albert Hadley.

T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Prada spring 2015

Prada spring 2015

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Architectural drawings of classic architecture of Greece and/or Rome line the walls of a bedroom by Bilhuber.

Slim Aarons in Greece

Slim Aarons in Greece

Photographer Slim Aarons takes a selfie while leaning back in a chair by Robsjohn-Gibbings with ancient Greece in the background.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

One of Bilhuber’s first projects (above and below) was an Italianate estate in Pennsylvania, where he created the chicest tiled loggia, including metal palazzo furniture.  For the living room inside, an antique chair from Italy, and animal prints bring some Italian flair to the otherwise quietly chic room.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Fashion images from style.com

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