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SOURCE Cosanti Foundation
New Collection inspired by Paolo Soleri's life work
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cosanti Foundation, located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, announces its first fashion and home design collection, based on original Paolo Soleri designs. Soleri, an architectural visionary, arrived in Arizona from Italy in 1948 to apprentice with Frank Lloyd Wright. In the 1950s and 1960s, Soleri's work was exhibited beside Le Corbusier, Buckminster Fuller, Louis Kahn, Charles and Ray Eames, and Wright.
"When Paolo died in 2013, he left an archive of ideas and designs. This Hand of Soleri collection is a window into Paolo Soleri's vision of natural and built environment, which was radical then and especially relevant today," said John Walsh, chairman of the board of the Cosanti Foundation. "It is the first step to introduce Paolo to a new audience and connect with his longtime admirers."
The Hand of Soleri collection features jewelry, silk scarves, and ceramics. The sterling silver jewelry collection includes bracelets, earrings, and pendants, each hand cast and honed. All are based on original and iconic Soleri designs, from structures to architectural elements. Prices range from $95 to $650.
The scarf collection was inspired by a bridge design competition in Luxembourg in 1958 that Paolo won. The Bridge Collection 2017 is available in six designs in two colors. The silk charmeuse scarves are 16" x 72" and each depicts an architectural drawing by Paolo. Scarves are $125.
The ceramic collection is a compilation of Soleri's theory of shapes and symmetry and are functional, as well as artistic. The porcelains, each hand-glazed, range in price from $85 to $650.
The collection is available at the Cosanti Foundation, 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Paradise Valley, AZ or online at www.cosanti.com.
Soleri is known worldwide for hand-cast bronze and ceramic Soleri bells, which have largely financed the building of the urban laboratory Arcosanti near Cordes Junction, Arizona. "This new collection will reaffirm the influence of Paolo Soleri as a maker of things, a theorist, a visionary, and an architect," said Jeff Stein, architect and co-president of the Cosanti Foundation.
Cosanti Foundation, located at 6433 E. Doubletree Road, Paradise Valley, AZ, is open daily to the public. For more information, visit www.cosanti.com.
Arcosanti is located near Cordes Junction. For information, www.arcosanti.org
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