I can't talk about hand-blocked wallpaper without thinking of Marthe Armitage's beautiful papers. She is one of those people I want to be when I grow up. Plus she is so exactly right when she talks about why we all need to draw. Even though what Banquet does is finished on a screen, its all starts by putting pencil to paper and that's everything.
... i will use these astrology themed state rooms designed by piero fornasetti for the ocean liner andrea doria as a template. sadly the andrea doria lies on the bottom of the ocean, and my yacht exists only in my imagination, but still i dream.
(we will also have a proper spa, like on the belafonte...)
In the 1840s, when Marie Taglioni went on pointe for a few seconds in La Sylphide, her momentary weightlessness became an icon of the transcendent power of ballet. A pair of her shoes sold for 200 rubles and was cooked and eaten by her admirers.
In the winter of 1835 the carriage of Marie Taglioni was halted by a Russian highwayman, and that enchanting creature commanded to dance for this audience of one upon a panther's skin spread over the snow beneath the stars. From this actuality arose the legend that, to keep alive the memory of this adventure, so precious to her, Taglioni formed the habit of placing a piece of artificial ice in her jewel casket or dressing-table drawer, where, melting among the sparkling stones, there was evoked a hint of the atmosphere of the starlit heavens over the ice-covered landscape.