We at Schön! love the 19th century Italian resort Palazzo Margherita, which has recently been renovated by American film director, screenwriter, and producer Francis Ford Coppola and the acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange. Situated in the small hilltop town Bernalda in the Basilicata region, it is the birthplace of Francis’ grandfather Agostino Coppola and was first built in 1892.
This stunning resort, which opened its doors to the public on 1 March this year, is part of the Coppola Resorts, a collection of award-winning properties around the world. Coppola, who acquired the property in 2005, wanted to create a place that was both family-friendly and allowed its guests to relax in serene surroundings at the same time.
The palazzo’s interior was inspired by the theatrical and extravagant style of the Baroque period as well as of the rich colours and textures of traditional Moroccan design. Beautiful tiled floors and hand-painted ceilings can be seen across the intimate resort that holds nine guest rooms, all located around an inner courtyard that opens up to a lush garden where you can just sit and relax or take a cool swim in the nearby private swimming pool.
We think one of the highlights of the resort is the grand salon inspired by the work of Italian film director Luchino Visconti. During the day, it is a place for reading, playing cards, and sipping afternoon tea, while at night it turns into a high-tech cinema that offers Coppola’s private collection of classic Italian films.
All the suites at Palazzo Margherita have been individually designed so that you can feel like you are visiting a private home that perfectly blends old traditional Italian experience with all the modern amenities of today. What can be better than that? To find out more, visit the Palazzo’s website.
Words: Malin Ayvaz
Justinas Krasuckas is an artist of the digital age: he doesn’t need brushes and acrylics to create a painting or can undo strokes with a touch of a button.
In an era when the limits of the traditional physical medium doesn’t exist anymore: infinite canvas size, millions of colours and with the godly ability of taking back mistakes digital painting is emerging not only as a new form of art but also a new form of freedom. Krasuckas believes that traditional art shows only one side of art and the digital techniques give more freedom to experiment.
The young Lithuanian web designer turned painter/illustrator was trained in traditional manner but in his artworks he likes to experiment with mixing both digital and traditional art form. “Web design taught me about composition, arrangement and focal point of viewer. I try to integrate my knowledge of web design to my other projects. Everything goes to art and aesthetics.”
In his digital artwork “Flora” he wanted to create a feminine portrait with an interesting twist, experimenting with shapes and patterns around the eyes. “Unpredictability is one of the most interesting thing I could see in digital art medium. Flora means the plant life in broad terms. I thought this painting should symbolize that to the viewer.”
Krasuckas’ obsession with Egon Schiele, Austrian expressionist draughtsman inspired several digital illustrations. “Sorrow” was inspired by his interest in traditional graphics printmaking technique called linocut. “I made this picture in one session. Using Adobe Photoshop lasso tool I just drew whole image.”
He recently turned to oil paintings, but still uses digital medium to sketch ideas for the final work. “It’s just a tool to me. It lets me have inspiration. If you could draw or paint, you could do it with simple pen on toilet paper and it would be marvelous artwork.”