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For Ezio Mattiace, after 11 years, the time was right. Having introduced Poltrona Frau, one of Italy’s premier furniture firms to Washington DC, Mattiace was looking to expand. Representing one company, however exquisite their product line, meant that his discriminating clientele might miss out on some incredible pieces.
“With Arte Modus LLC, the company I founded earlier this year,” says Mattiace, “I’m able to scout incredible pieces, anything from 18th century hand-made desks to contemporary Jake Dyson lighting because of my knowledge of the designers and their companies.”
Before he suggests any product, whether it’s a chrome office chair, a hand carved wooden mirror or a Solid Ray acrylic kitchen, Mattiace first checks out the company and where the product is made.”Designers come from the four corners of the globe, but if you’re making a beautiful product, it better be made in your country,” he says emphatically.
When you visit his new Georgetown showroom in Canal Square, you’ll see his coherent and consistent vision of what a contemporary room could look like.
Representing four Italian leaders of contemporary design who share his philosphy: Arclinea, Tecno SPA, Alivar and Alias, Mattiace also currently sources from a dozen others. Now able to “engage in the whole design process, using all the tools available,” this designer of interiors is able to dazzle his clients here and abroad with four centuries of furniture design.
“It’s all about the client, the place and the time, in that order," explains the smiling Arte Modus designer.
Arte Modus LLC is located at 1054 31st Street, Suite 9. Tel: 202.333.4161. Showroom open by scheduled appointment.
There's no bad time to visit Paris, but if you want to see why they call it The City of Light (La Ville-Lumière,) come for La Fête Nationale (the French National Day).
The city's nickname, often misnamed 'City of Lights,' originated during the Age of Enlightenment when Paris was the center for education and ideas. In 1828, Paris began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps, the first city in Europe to do this.
As if their gifts to the world of wine, love, food, and fashion aren't enough, the French put on a sound and light show nonpareil.
Commemorating the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille, and celebrating the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790, the national holiday ends with a magnificent fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower starting at 11:00 pm (it's not dark till then).
This year's theme, Guerre et Paix (War and Peace) included live opera and a symphony orchestra.
We thought we had 'good seats' directly under the Eiffel Tower, but the city was ablaze and best captured in this video.
The pyrotechnic/musical extravaganza, filled with Cirque du Soleil acrobatic magic and illuminations capturing a proud country's turbulent history, ended with John Lennon's "Imagine."
Vive La France!
"They've shattered every glass ceiling in the world. That's why we founded Vital Voices in the first place," an impassioned Hillary Clinton declared at the 13th Annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards held Tuesday evening in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center.
Investing in women with vision who galvanize others has been the organization's mission. More than 14,000 women from 144 countries in the past 17 years, through their transformative leadership, have changed lives and empowered future generations.
Honoring Razan Zaitouneh with the 2014 Global Trailblazer Award, former First Lady and Secretary of State described the young woman who created Syria's first human rights information bank at 27. Quietly she recorded the abduction, arrest, torture and murder of peaceful protestors.
"Last December, she was abducted. Her vital voice is silent now, even as her country continues to burn," said Clinton. "Let us demand the immediate and safe return of Razan. We will not forget her." Rana Zaitouneh accepted the award and spoke of her sister's bravery and dedication.
Following an introduction by Vital Voices President and CEO, Alyse Nelson, the hour-and-a-half program honoring creative and courageous women, began with iconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, a Vital Voices board member who, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women of commitment.
Introducing Priti Patkar, Vital Voices Human Rights Awardee, von Furstenberg described her leadership in taking action to "keep kids safe from perpetrators. Priti found a solution before most people recognized there was a problem. Working for the last 28 years, 10,000 lives have been saved by Priti."
Guatemala's first female Attorney General, Claudia Paz y Paz was recognized for Leadership in Public Life for dismantling a culture of impunity, and founding a human rights organization that promotes restorative justice.
Co-host of CBS This Morning, Norah O'Donnell paid tribute to the legacy of human rights activist, Fern Holland, who was killed while working for women's rights in Iraq. The Fern Holland Award was presented to Suaad Allami for opening the first legal clinic for women in Iraq.
Victoria had one cow named Sero. That's how Dr. Victoria Kisyombe began her ascent from poverty and started a business for herslf and thousands of Tanzanian women. She opeend SELFINA (Sero Lease and Finance Ltd) a leasing and loaning business of "productive assets like Sero" which has provided 25,000 leases and issued $16 million in credit to women over the last 12 years.
Presenters also included Susan Ann Davis, Board Chair of Vital Voices, Anne Finucane, Global Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Bank of America, Vi Holland-Christianson, Executive Director of the The Fern L. Holland Charitable Foundation, and Melanne Verveer, director of Georgetown University's Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
The evening ended with a musical tribute by Women of the World.