From the whimsical to the sublime, design this year focuses on painterly prints, sculptural form and a purity of color and material that elevates everything—even shoes and chandeliers—into lifestyle works of art. Whether classic or avant-garde, art now defines the way we want to look and live.
Murano to Manhattan
Venerable glass maker Barovier & Toso creates modern works of art using centuries-old techniques developed even before Venetian glass blowers relocated to the mystical island of Murano. Designed in 2009 by Alessandro Piva, the Manhattan pendant fixture has chrome-plated steel cornices suspended in space, providing frames for bubbles of multicolored blown glass that seemingly float in the air. Manhattan (price on request) contrasts ancient glass making techniques with state-of-the-art low-energy halogen spotlights built into its chrome base. Light Up Your Life, 1620 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 330-0442.
The Printed Word
Diamond in the Rough