April 11th, 2007
When in Florence, Alison is going to take me to visit the Florentine silk factory and showroom of Antico Sertificio Fiorentino to get some inspiration for one of the wall finishes we will be doing in her studio. Fabric-inspired finishes, using stencils with paint, glaze, plasters, metallics or a combination of all of the above are some of my favorite wall treatments to both design and execute. I love to wrap a room with elegant allover pattern that looks as if it’s been aged over time. It’s a very “livable” look. Some of my favorite fabric inspirations over the years have come from the fabrics of the famed Mariano Fortuny.
His highly guarded secret methods have been attempted to be copied over the years by many, but no one has been able to equal the look of authentic antiquity. The factory now has been moved to an island location off the coast of Venice, and there is a Fortuny museum in that town.