Jul 032012

I’m always curious as to what new developments are happening at Cavaliero Finn; this wonderful home-com-gallery run by Debra Finn and Juliana Cavaliero showcases really exciting new art and design talent, and is very selective about the Artists and designers that it exhibits.



The premise behind Cavaliero Finn is a simple, but effective one; beautiful works of art and design showcased in what Debra and Juliana call their home-com-gallery. And they have a seriously good eye for new talent, being somewhat quick off the block to discover up-and-coming designers and companies such as Esther Patterson (founder of lighting company Curiouser and Curiouser) and Custhom. the  hip wallpaper duo (and a PARGY fave!)

The most recent additions to the gallery continues this trend with the wonderful sculptures of Kathy Dalwood (her father Hubert Dalwood was a very influential figure in the world of contemporary sculpture during the 1960s and 70s), the inventive ceramics of Alice Mara, and the exquisitely detailed Anatomically Correct Chairs from Sam Edkin.

The portrait busts of Kathy Dalwood particularly caught my eye. These plaster sculptures are inspired by the 18th and 19th century predilection for over-sized hats containing “incongruous objects ” – Marie Antoinette was an especial admirer of this fad and famously possessed one which showcased a boat with billowing sails!  Do check out Kathy’s wonderful blog, which chronicles her daily workshop life, and contains some really lovely images.

For a bit of an Olympic inspired vibe, I think the witty and beautiful ceramics from Alice Mara are incredibly eye-catching. The only way I can describe their compositions is to say that they are a bit like human geometrics on a plate! One of the things I particularly enjoy about these designs is that you can choose how many lines of the pattern you want; from the more restrained singular line, to a Busby Berkeley-like busting 8 lines.

And I can’t hand you over to Juliana and Debra without mentioning how much I covet these Anatomically Correct chairs from recent Goldsmiths graduate Sam Edkins. A name to keep an eye out for if these beautifully detailed chairs are anything to go by!

Read on to find out a bit more about why Juliana and Debra fell in love with the work of these three incredibly gifted additions to the Cavaliero Finn experience. 

Kathy Dalwood’s sculptures are contemporary re-interpretations of the 18th and 19th century portrait bust. Kathy works with classical aesthetics and rather playfully mixes them with modern, industrial materials like concrete and plaster and everyday objects like tourist souvenirs and other little oddities she collects. The end result is a beautifully detailed sculpture which instantly engages. Juliana and I have really enjoyed sharing Kathy’s work with our clients as every time we look at them we discover a new element of the piece that we missed previously.”

Alice Mara

We first started working with Alice Mara after lusting after her printed plates over eight years ago at her open studios. We’ve shown her work regularly since then and have had huge success with her Hanging People series in particular. We really admire her humorous take on ceramic design and the way she treats surface design as if she’s working on a canvas. We were very taken by Alice’s latest designs, inspired by the Olympic Games, they are very reminiscent of the 50s and 60s an era with bags of style.”

“The moment we saw Sam Edkin’s Anatomically Correct Chairs we knew we had to have them in our portfolio. We love the way the skeleton design invites interaction and seems to personify each chair he works with. Like many of the design pieces Cavaliero Finn sells, Sam’s work really makes you reassess the use and value of something rather ordinary and out of favour, transforming it into a fresh, contemporary, timeless classic.”

Sam Edkin_Anatomically Correct Chair

 July 3, 2012  Posted by at 12:05 pm Interiors Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Jun 072012

I think the title of this post says it all! I’ve loved Cleo Ferin Mercury’s incredible scarves for some time now, and was tremendously excited when I got the opportunity to interview her…read on for some tres stylish scarf tips, plus info about her upcoming collection showing at Pulse (which starts this Sunday at London’s Earl’s Court).

How did you get into designing scarves?

I have always loved and collected scarves especially souvenir scarves. I grew up in the African and Arabic neighbourhood in Paris and I think being surrounded by African prints and woven fabrics really fed into and developed my passion for textiles. I came to London seven years ago to study Surface Design and I began designing and printing for silk.  After graduating I just carried on designing and making scarves. It’s the perfect medium for me, somewhere in between art and design, it allows me a great freedom to express myself whilst remaining marketable.


Your designs, whilst being fresh and innovative, also have an old school Hollywood glamour about them. Who is your favourite film icon and why?!!

I’ve designed scarves featuring Grace Jones, and Elizabeth Taylor and they are both strong female icons of mine. I’d say I am really inspired by 1950’s America, I love pin-up magazines and teenage culture. But being French I am perhaps more inspired by French New Wave Cinema, the films of Jacques Demy and Agnes Varda, as well as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve!

I really like your men’s range of kerchiefs and other accessories – they would be cool for guys or gals – any plans to add to this collection?

We’re planning on releasing more Icons handkerchiefs – previous designs have depicted Grace Jones, Wanda Jackson, Brigitte Bardot, Bo Diddley, Albert Camus and James Dean. This time we want to open it up to our friends and followers to submit their icons. The ones we like the best will get produced! What I like about the handkerchief is, like you say, both boys and girls can wear them!

Scarves are so popular right now. I love that you also frame them and put them on the walls – have you ever had any of your scarves framed for your own home?

Our studio is full of scarves pinned up on the wall, although I prefer to be able to wear them so most of my collection is displayed in my bedroom, easy to reach!!



Loving the collar ranges that you’re now doing; do tell me more about how this came about!

Our collars are very easy to wear over a t-shirt and they just make any simple outfit more cute and fun! The inspiration was 1960s dresses, with those wonderful rounded collars they have. Also fur collars, except I don’t want to use fur.

Please do tell Pargy readers about things you have planned for the Pulse exhibition!

At pulse we will be showing our Pearly of London Collection – a range of silk accessories inspired by the Pearly Kings and Queens of London and their beautiful outfits covered with pearl buttons. I think it is perfect time for them to be out as London is centre of attention right now! We will also show our autumnal ‘Animal Friendly’ products, with our little hibernating animals collars and big animal padded scarves..

…any advice for how to wear a scarf with style?

Why I love scarves is because they are so versatile, you can wear them in so many ways, they make any outfit look better!  The way you wear them is a personal thing, and you can experiment.  I like to wear them as a triangle tied over my shoulders, that way you can show more of the design, and when it’s cold I like to tie them around my neck.

 June 7, 2012  Posted by at 2:12 pm Interiors, Interviews, UK Design Tagged with: ,  No Responses »