Roberto Cavalli Home works with six partners for its home products, including JC Passion for home furniture and decor; Arnolfo di Cambio
for glass-ware, flatware and dinnerware; Mirabello Carrara for the textiles and bed, bath and table linens; and La Murrina for the lamps and the Murano glass accessories.
The cornerstone of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ("Virgin of the Flower") was laid in 1296, and the building, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio
, was completed in the 15th century, although only one-third of Cambio's design was actually realized.
Of particular art-historical interest was the appearance on the market of the 13th-century marble apostle by the architect and sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio
and two early 14th-century angels by Tino da Camaino, all three originally from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence built under Arnolfo's direction (courtesy of Mehringer Benappi).
Begun in 1296 to a design by Arnolfo di Cambio
, the cathedral was completed in 1436.
Representatives from fashion houses such as Renato Balestra, Curiel Couture, Gattinoni, Antonio Grimaldi and Sarli Couture are also participating in the shows, as well as luxury interior designers from Provasi, Baldi, Molteni, Seguso Gianni, Villari, Vetrerie di Empoli, Arnolfo di Cambio
, Roberto Cavalli Casa, Blumarine Casa and Versace Home.
(29) Likely, the arched canopies of those Northern European monuments influenced Pietro Oderisi, Arnolfo di Cambio
, and Tino di Camaino, who worked in Italy for powerful Northern patrons and other clients with Northern contacts.
Italian fashion brands Blumarine and Valentino's tableware collections, produced by Siena-based manufacturer Arnolfo di Cambio
, were launched in the U.S.
The dimensions of Arnolfo di Cambio
's new facade represented a direct projection of the three-dimensional Baptistery (using its "virtual" diameter) onto a plane measuring 72 braccia in both width and height (fig.
Arnolfo di Cambio
, the same company that produces crystal for Roberto Cavalli, was offering elegant serving pieces designed by Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Oscar Tusquets Blanca, Roger Tallon and other important industrial designers.
In it the Sign oria exempts Arnolfo di Cambio
from city taxes because of his "capomaestroship" of the new Florentine cathedral, which is "expected to be the most beautiful and honorable in Tuscany."  This phrase was not the mere pro forma repetition of a topos such as "most beautiful in the world," or "in Italy." It pointedly, if implicitly, referred to Pisa Duomo -- and particularly to Giovanni Pisano's spectacular new Duomo facade rising in Siena since 1284, which the Florentines countered in 1296 by beginning their own church with a lavish facade and not with the much-needed nave behind it.
While the exploits of Giotto and Arnolfo di Cambio
in the Papal capital are reported upon, the original contribution of papal patronage, and the achievements of such Rome-based artists as Jacopo di Torriti and Pietro Cavallini, are sorely missed.