I was invited to Sean's by Marco Velardi of Apartamento, a wonderful magazine about everyday interiors (mostly of very cool, eclectic people). And I never knew it existed. Somehow, in the sea of design in Milan, our paths crossed one night at the infamous Bar Basso. I found a Homebodies soulmate! If you like Homebodies, you must check out Apartamento. Even better, buy the book. The writing and the photography is fabulous.
Anyway, I ended up hanging out that night with Marco and his friend Andy Beach, author of the blog Reference Library, with whom he organized a much-talked-about pop-up store during the fair. Friendship solidified in the following days. And so, the dinner party.
I don't know much about Sean, except he's from DC and now lives in Italy. He shoots for Pig, which is the coolest magazine in Italy (said a graphic designer seated my left). And according to a quick Google search, he also co-founded the sunglasses company Super. (Google Image is informative, too.)
Sean was totally laid-back about this whole blog thing during the party, which kind of surprised me. I wasn't so sure I should leave the conversation, let alone budge from a prime spot in front of the Parmesan cheese, to take pictures of a photographer's home. Plus, all I had was an iPhone, though Sean offered to lend me one of his many cameras. No time to learn a new machine, though. I decided to just go at it on my own. Sorry about the poor quality, and Sean apologizes for the mess, just like everyone seems to, needlessly.
How amazing is the series of arcing lamps that mimic the room's arches? Overheard at the party, the story goes that Sean's relative swiped them from Corso Magenta, a main drag in Milan, when city workers were replacing these antique lights with new ones along the avenue. Do you believe it?! It's too great of a tale to be true.
Familiar faces can make uncool lateness feel a bit better. New York designers Kiel Mead and the trio known as Rich, Brilliant and Willing were there, as was British designer Max Lamb. And of course, my fellow late friends, Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov of Design Unseen (until recently, they were the girls from I.D.), and Kristin Victoria Barron of Kreist.
Nearby on sideboards and tabletops, sunglasses and assorted objects sit on organized piles of books, arranged to reveal the good bits.
"Did you get the Elvis?" Yes, see below. A portrait of Kiel at 11:26 pm or 23:26 pm, as some might say. The lanky hipster also coaches cross country at Pratt, his alma mater. We talk about running together. I am terrified of the challenge.
Just below, a shot from the other side of the long, open room. A sitting area is adjacent to the dining area. There's a stack of televisions and a row of old folding cinema chairs. Pig and Apartamento are on the coffee table, along with a tiny skateboard. Life-size skateboards are plentiful, too. Also on the table are headphones, sneakers and tiny jars filled with tinier things.The Skinny-Fat Chair
a banana seat, a rolling ladder and a lonely frame........Oh, and Marco claims the plant is his.
middle name. Skinny design boys--all members of the New York-based American Design Club--in their skinny jeans. I sat in front of a bicycle. We talked about moving to Italy.