Look! Impressive Details at Giorgione

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Blue wall. Fresco on plaster? Blue pigment changes from bottom to top and even water marks from leaks in windows add character.

Restaurant Style. We went to Giorgione for a friend's birthday and were pleased to see that Giorgio DeLuca's (of Dean & DeLuca) excellent sense of style was fully on display in his eponymous restaurant. The interior space is spare and elegant with details that impress and which we had never seen before.

What is particularly interesting about DeLuca's style is that he freely mixes high end and restaurant supply so that it feels luxurious but relaxed. An example of this is the custom nickel tables and the common glassware.

Here are a few details that we picked out for home inspiration:

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  • The tables that were plywood underneath and a thin sheet of nickel on top (we THINK it is nickel - it's much warmer than stainless)

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  • Closeup of the tables reflecting up throught the glasses

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    • This is the main view heading to the back of the restaurant

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    • Very nice wood counter stools

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    • Tile on floor was very unique. Looks like it would seem dirty here, but it doesn't. Gives brightness and character to the room and hides dirt very well for a white floor. We think it is some kind of marble....

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    • Cutlery was simple stainless. This knife had a very pleasing shape. Name on blade is Sambonet.

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    • Brick wall painted a flat off-white. Keeps the character of the brick. Shows variation with shadow. Clean and bright.

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    • This "mirror" actually was made of silver leaf sheets edge to edge behind glass. It reflected, but dimly. Very cool. Could easily DIY.

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    • You always find interesting design touches in bathroom. These small scale "spotlights" are used over the mirrors.

    (Thanks, Jen & John!)

    (ReEdited from 2005-05-23 - MGR)

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    Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.