Monthly Archives: June 2009

Item Of The Month In Depth, June – Ico Parisi Sofa & Chairs c.1956


This month I would like to emphasise items already sold (within a day of purchase!) because of their current appeal and also because it may be possible to source them again. This classic Ico Parisi sofa with matching armchairs has become synonymous with 50’s Italian chic. Its clean curved futuristic appearance back in the 50’s was a must have item in any contemporary interior with integrity. There were slight variations on this model, including a clam shell like design and the famous asymmetric model. This sofa and chairs are the most simplistic in design, with clean, bold curved lines. They were very robustly made and the angular brass legs allowed the item of furniture to almost ‘float’ delicately above ground.

If you are interested in this model, then do contact me and I may be able to source them for you.

Domenico (Ico) Parisi c.1916 – 1996

Born in Palermo, Ico Parisi at first started out as a painter, working mainly in abstract and worked with Radice, Rho & Badiali. He graduated in construction in Como 1936 and his first job was in the office of Giuseppe Terragni before being abruptly interrupted by the Second World War. After the war in 1948, he returned to Como with his wife Luisa Aiani and they start working together on interior and  furniture design. They quickly find themselves designing for for companies such as Cassina, MIM, Singer, Altamira, Longhi & Cappellini.

In 1950 Ico graduated in architecture at Lausanne University, quickly going on to exhibit at the “34th Salon des Artistes Décorateurs” in Paris.

Notable commissions which followed included the furniture designs for the “Library of the State” Milan 1947 and stands for the “Exhibition of Journalism” Milan 1947, “The Fair of Bergamo” Bergamo 1950, “Carcano House” Maslianico 1949, the “Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agricoltura” Sondrio 1953 & the “Pavilion Lounge” for the X Triennale in Milan 1954. During this period in the 1950’s, Ico forms close collaborations with L. Fontana, F. Somaini, B. Munari & M. Root .

During the 1960’s, significant projects included designs for  the ‘Hotel Corte dei Butteri” , The Church “Santa Maria dell’Osa” Fonteblanda Grosseto 1962, “Casa Orlandi” Erba 1966, “Casa Fontana” 1968, “Casa Vivere Insieme” and “House Living Together” Montorfano 1969. In the same year he organises and takes part in a significant exhibition in Como entitled “Campo Urbano”.

During the 1970’s and 80’s, his designs for furniture and architectural schemes featured heavily in various exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale 1976 & 78, the  Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma 1979, “achieved Utopia” at the Palazzo delle Prigioni Vecchie of Venice 1978, “Apocalypse Gentile” Rome 1979, The Museo d’Ixelles, Brussels 1980, the Palazzo dei Diamanti di Ferrara 1981, “Les Join Urban Documenta” Kassel 1982, “Les annèes 50” presso il Centre Pompidou Paris 1988.

Finally in 1984, there were two exhibitions showing a retrospective of his work over the past forty years at the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris and at the Center ADP in Lille. In 1986 the first exhibition dedicated to him was held at the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea di Milano entitled “Ico Parisi: Workshop of the possible”,  followed by “Ico Parisi: & Architecture” 1990,  “Ico Parisi: & Drawings” 1994 all held at the Galleria Civica di Modena, Milan, which now hold all of his donated archive and drawings.


Friend Of The Month, June – Pip Seymour


Soft Shock, Oil On Linen. . .

This month I would like to introduce Philip ‘Pip’ Seymour, an artist friend who will be displaying some of his recent work on my website, so it seemed appropriate to tell you more about him at this time. .

Pip Seymour

Born, 1962 – Bradford, Yorkshire.

Pip Seymour is a painter and writer, based in London and Italy. He trained at Winchester School of Art in the early 1980s, within the orbit of abstract painters Clyde Hopkins and Vanessa Jackson.

His work relates strongly to experience of landscape: currently the complex field patterns within the mezzadria cultivation methods of the farming community in the Alta Tenna, le Marche region, Italia. Recent influences include (yet) another look at the Fauves – especially Braque landscapes and the raw challenge of the Bretagne painters. A fondness for the palette and application techniques of Ivon Hitchins and William Scott also persist, as does an increasing desire to lose form and subject in favour of painterly exudations…..

Pip teaches at the Prince’s Drawing Studio in London and also produces bespoke artists’ colours for a number of European art material companies. His wife, Susan Ward-Booth is a restorer of painted and gilded furniture, new and old. She studied in Florence, in the atmospheric, rarefied workshops of that city’s best gilders and decorators. Their studio workshop in Camberwell is a Dickensian attic, crammed full of antiquities, colourful pigments, with ornate frames and chairs hanging from the rafters.

If you want to learn more about Pip’s work, enquire about pigments, pastels and paints, or even commission a work, then please contact me at Ebury Trading and I will pass on your details.

Please check the ‘Paintings’ section of my website for an example of some of Pip’s recent work.



Scwitter Faux Collage I


Hand Made Pastels

New In – ‘Me Me Me’ By Ian Robinson


A screen print on canvas entitled ‘Me Me Me’ by Ian Robinson. . .

c.2009. .

Measures: 72cm high x 58cm wide x 4cm deep. .

Ian Robinson is a Northumbrian artist now living in London. The inspiration for this work was taken from a tube journey, when Ian spotted dozens of London ‘Metro’ free newspapers strewn all over the underground. The typeface and background colour reflect the Metro newspaper logo and the interpretation speaks for itself.

I am delighted to promote this work of Ian’s, not least because we were born in the same village!

New In – A Pair Of Ico Parisi Armchairs c.1954


New in (and SOLD!) today is A pair of Italian armchairs by by the designer & architect Ico Parisi (1916-1996). Of rounded form and on patinated brass legs. In their original fabric.


Measure: 65cm wide x 74cm deep x 72cm high (back) x 34cm high (seat)

En suite with a matching sofa

If you are interested in this model, then it may be possible to source another pair, so please do contact me.


New In – ‘Blue Lobster’ By Paul Karslake FRSA 2004


New in is this exciting new aquisition from a private collection

A large modern surrealist oil on panel entitled ‘blue lobster’ by Paul Howard Douglas Karslake FRSA.


Measures: 183cm high x 123cm wide

Paul Karslake, has become one of the most sought after contemporary artists of our time and is perhaps best known for his celebrity connections and works. He is the Brother in Law of Ronnie Wood and has painted not only the Rolling Stone’s on numerous occasions but celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic. His portrait of Keith Richards inspired Johnny Depp to create Captain Jack Sparrow. His surrealist still life works are also well known and can be found in the homes of most serious collectors and are well known in Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants, not least Claridges. Another notable work attracting critical acclaim is that of Kate Moss depicted with angel’s wings.

Paul was born in 1958 in Essex and studied under Sir Peter Scott. In 1977 he travelled to Spain to meet Salvador Dali, who’s influence can be clearly seen in his surrealist works. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society Of Arts in 1990 and has held numerous important exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States.

Paul’s works are increasingly seen as investment pieces and he has developed what can only be described as a cult following. This work has been in a private collection since 2004.