WORLD OF CABANA

ART & CULTURE

Immerse yourself in artisanship from age-old techniques to modern craft, exploring the power and beauty of craftsmanship and culture in all its forms. You’ll also find insightful interviews with the makers, curators and collectors on Cabana’s Radar.

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Hopelessly Devoted to Shoes: Exploring 900 Years of Footwear

Sarah Hyde plays footsie with centuries of fashion, visiting an exhibition of fascinatingly varied footwear and examining our global obsession with beautiful shoes - the feet they fit and the stories they tell.

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Through the Looking Glass: Bernard Heesen's Magical Studio in Leerdam

Candy-colored glass, a melded coffee pot, astonishingly loud jazz and a running dog surround the magnificent artworks nonchalantly crafted behind the red door at De Oude Horn. Emma Becque explores a glass artist's whimsical atelier.

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Hidden Talents: The Stories of Mongiardino's Artisans

Renzo Mongiardino understood that behind every great decorator, is a team of skilled artisans. The Italian master's craftsmen were his closest confidantes, the recipients of his greatest respect and loyalty. Sara Pierdonà meets three of his inner circle, and discusses the preservation of craftsmanship, beauty and memory.

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Finders Keepers with Guy Tobin

Finders Keepers: Antiquarians and collectors share the stories of two extraordinary objects that have passed through their hands: their greatest find and the piece they'll keep forever. This week, antique dealer Guy Tobin, shares a beguiling, but troubling, find and a much-loved family favorite.

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A Fragile Legacy: The History, and Future, of Murano Glass

Francesca Simpson explores the intriguing millennia-long history and enduring appeal of Murano glassware, discovering a highly specialist, old-world craft now facing a challenging, uncertain future.

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Meet Valeria Cotoner

Madrid-born New York-based florist turned fashion designer, Valeria Cotoner, tells Camilla Frances about the challenges of breaking into a new industry during the pandemic, and the unusual inspiration behind her exclusive capsule for Cabana.

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Milan's Cabinet of Curiosities

Maddalena Tabasso's cabinet of curiosities is one of Milan's best kept secrets, an emporium of unique, often bizarre, objects and unexpected finds in the heart of the city. Sara Piérdona meets the creative duo behind the store.

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The Fabric of Friendship

"Our collections are a reflection of the kaleidoscope of colorful feelings and experiences [we carry with us]": RIANNA + NINA founders, Rianna Kounou and Nina Knaudt, speak to Violet Caldecott about theirquest for the extraordinary.

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The Benaki Gala

A night at the Benaki: Our creative partnership with The Benaki Museum reached a new high when Cabana curated the museum's annual fundraising gala. We presented our Benaki Tableware within the walls of the institution whose treasures inspired our designs, and to an esteemed audience including the Greek President.

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Holiday Gift Guide

THE CABANA GIFT GUIDE 2023 The best gifts you can give a loved one are those that show you truly understand the recipient: who they are and what they enjoy. With that in mind, we’ve rounded-up our favorite gifts for (almost all) the different people in your life.

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A Certain Nostalgia

Both uplifting and melancholic, Constanza Vallese’s flowers appear on paintings, ceramic tiles, jewellery, and now on a capsule of bronze furniture. The Argentine artist talks to Sara Pierdonà about her newest projects, and why she will never stop learning and searching for beauty.

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Finders Keepers with Max Rollitt

Finders Keepers: In this series, antiquarians and collectors share the stories of two extraordinary objects: their greatest find and the piece they'll keep forever. This week, antique dealer Max Rollitt reveals a huge masterpiece and a humble object that made him cry.

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The Art of Friendship

A decades-long friendship and strong creative partnership lies at the heart of Alma Zevi's accomplished monograph on the celebrated Swiss sculptor, Not Vital. Harriet Brennan talks to Alma - an art historian and curator, based in London and Venice - about the 10-year undertaking, and life ever since.

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The Poetry of Paper

For centuries, artisans have elevated paper making - a material many take for granted - to an art form far beyond functionality. Sara Pierdonà discovers the potential and poetry of paper, from tea ceremonies in Japan to marbling in Venice.

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Flora Soames on her Love of Collecting

In conversation with art historian, Marco Mansi, English decorator, Flora Soames, discusses her visceral relationship with the objects she collects and the importance of keeping memories alive.

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Painting Great Houses and Gardens

British portrait artist, Phoebe Dickinson, speaks to Violet Caldecott about her instinctive approach to painting and the challenges she’s overcome along the way, while preparing for her solo show ‘Great Houses and Gardens of England’. 

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The Wonderful World of SJ Axelby

As lockdown projects go, SJ Axelby's has been a roaring success. The British portrait artist talks to Camilla Frances, describing how she turned a health crisis - and her love of layered, colorful rooms - into a brilliant new career and two successful books.

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Decoding Chinese Carpets

Sara Pierdona travels through rural China, decoding the mysterious, mythological symbols in classical Chinese carpets and visiting one of the country's last remaining traditional workshops.

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A Hand-Blocked History

As Clarence House unveils a new collection of fabrics inspired by an early example of block printing, Rosanna Falconer explores the history and evolution of the ancient technique - from the first print, more than 1000 years ago, to the craft’s development throughout India.

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Finders Keepers with antique Doll's house doyenne, Liza Antrim

Finders Keepers: Liza Antrim, the doyenne of antique doll's houses, lives in a small village in the west of England surrounded by hundreds of magnificent miniatures that she's spent years collecting and painstakingly restoring. She tells Cabana about two of them: her greatest find and the piece she'll keep forever.

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Antony Little: An Illustrated Life

He only wears white Chelsea boots, hand-made by a cobbler in Naples, and devours books on classical antiquity, wildlife and botany. Orson Fry meets Antony Little, one of Swinging London’s most sought-after designers, and discusses his creative life ahead of his first solo show.

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Finders Keepers with Drew Pritchard

Finders Keepers: In the first of a new series of interviews with antiquarians and collectors, British antique dealer Drew Pritchard tells Camilla Frances the story of two extraordinary objects that have passed through his hands: his greatest find and the piece he’ll keep forever.

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A Life Well Collected

In his enchanting house in Sitges, a small coastal town near Barcelona, Spanish artist, Manuel Blesa, lives and works among the largest collection of traditional ceramics in Catalonia. Rebeca Vaisman visits him at home, discovering an artistic soul and a life exceptionally well collected.

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Wrapped in Design

Artist and illustrator, Fin Fellowes, is obsessed with wrapping presents, which led her to launch The Kensington Paperie. She tells Sophie Goodwin why perfectly wrapped gifts are an act of love, and why stationery is the most enduring aspect of any event.

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