As I waltzed into Ralph Pucci’s showroom, I wasn’t sure what to expect…
But as soon as I did, I was instantaneously transported to a luxuriously imaginative penthouse in the clouds.
The event was to showcase GRANZIOLI X Murano blown glass designed by Fabio Maria Micucci. These blown glass pieces were glittering urns that appeared delicately ice-like from afar. Featured in a variety of colors (pictured) the focal pieces were iridescent mother pearl, reminiscent of alien-esque geodes.
The showroom itself is a sight to behold, with an array of carefully placed furniture pieces that could have been straight out of Salvador Dali’s living room. This is not a surprise, as Mr. Pucci is a New York staple within the arts scene. Photographs of the designer with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and other Studio 54 magnates grace the halls of his showpiece palace. This influence can be seen throughout his work, as many of his pieces have a contemporary spin on 70’s design. One can’t help but desire piece after piece as they wind around this surrealistic escape of sumptuous textures and sleek lines.
The event also featured photographs from Mr. Pucci’s exhibit The Art Of The Mannequin (currently on display at the Museum of Arts and Design), as well as a special dance performance by Elle Erdman and Lulu Soni.
The crowd was an artistic mix of cosmopolitan characters; Eclectic yet inviting, everyone had an interesting story to tell and was happy to tell it. The energy was buzzing and reverberated off the décor quite well. And even though you couldn’t sit down on the furniture (they were for sale), people felt comfortable staying a while – giving in to the intoxicating allure of interesting new faces set against an aesthetically pleasing backdrop.