NYBFW - Designer Focus - Adi Shlomo

Adi is a true couture wedding designer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. What separates her from most designers is the wonderful fact that she still creates and produces the dresses in her studio in Tel Aviv.

Not only does she have full control of the design and manufacturing process she also cares deeply for each bride she creates for. This year while attending New York Bridal Fashion Week she will be doing something other designers never do. She will be meeting with a few of her custom brides!

Measuring, sizing and confirming the details for their custom orders Adi will be bringing the couture touch to a usually industry only event.

Q: What is your favorite thing about designing dresses?

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A: Why do I do it? First I love every thing about fashion, and with bridal I feel excited for each dress because I feel like I am getting married again and again in each dress as I create them. Fabric is where I get the inspiration for each dress. I first know the shape I want from the fabric and then I go and find out the details. If I was actually getting married again I would absolutely pick from my newest gold collection. I would do 3 dresses for the big day.” - Adi

Her current collection - Gold Collection - brings layers and options to every dress. Capes, detachable sleeves, and changeable skirts are a consistent theme for this collection. Sequins, feathers, textured and tactile flowers as well as beading are also details you’ll find. So whether you like ethereal tulle, flowing chiffon or silk and satin, this is a dream line for any bride!

For wholesale inquiries please contact rren@reveldesignstudio.com or text 206-715-7025

The story behind the flowers

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Since the beginning of our recorded history, flowers have captured our imagination and our hearts. Ever since humankind could use language to attach a meaning to symbols, we've associated feelings and emotion with beautiful things. Flowers fully embody that ancient poetic soul. 

Ancient Egypt
The earliest known flower arranging dates back to ancient Egypt. Egyptians were decorating with flowers as early as 2,500 BCE. They regularly placed cut flowers in vases,[1] and highly stylized arrangements were used during burials, for processions, and simply as table decorations. Illustrations of arranged flowers have been found on Egyptian carved stone reliefs and painted wall decorations.

Flowers were selected according to symbolic meaning, with emphasis on religious significance. The lotus flower or water lily, for example, was considered sacred to Isis and was often included in arrangements. Many other flowers have been found in the tombs of the ancient Egyptians, and garlands of flowers were worn by loved ones and left at the tombs.[2] These included blue scilla, poppy-flowered anemoneIris sibiricadelphiniumnarcissuspalm treepapyrus and rose.

Ancient Greece
The Greeks[1] and the Romans also used flowers. The ancient Greeks used flowers and herbs for adornment. They did not often use vases, focusing instead on garlands and wreaths. They would place plant material, such as olive branches, in terra cotta. The leafy branches were probably used for weddings. They also tossed petals onto floors and beds. Like the Egyptians, the Greeks and Romans had preferences for the flowers and foliage they used.

The most popular foliage used by the Greeks and the Romans were acornsoak leaves, laurelivybay and parsleyLaurel wreaths were presented to winners of athletic competitions in the ancient Olympics; these wreaths were also awarded to individuals winning competition in poetic meets, while in Rome they symbolized a military victory and crowned the successful commander in honor of his triumph. The garland wreath was a symbol to the Greeks of power, honor, allegiance, dedication; it was awarded in honor of athletes, poets, civic leaders, soldier, and heroes.

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The preferred flowers include roses, hyacinthshoneysuckleviolets, and lilies. Other flowers such as tulipslarkspur, and marigolds were also selected for their shape, color, and form.

Wealth and power led the Romans and Greeks to the greater luxury in the use of flowers which, like the Egyptian, were used in religious rites. At banquets, roses were strewn on the floor to a depth of one foot, and the flowers "rained" from the ceiling. The fragrance of so many roses was almost suffocating. The Romans used the roses at many meals and because of its overwhelming fragrance it[vague] was known as the "Hour of Rose"

Ancient China
The Chinese were making flower arrangements as far back as 207 BCE to 220 CE, in the Han era of ancient China. Flowers were an integral component of religious teaching and medicine.

Practitioners of BuddhismTaoism, and Confucianism placed cut flowers on their altars, a practice which dates back to 618-906 CE. They created paintings, carvings, and embroidered items with depictions of flowers. The paintings can be found on vases, plates, scrolls, and silk, while carvings were done on wood, bronze, jade and ivory.

Buddhist teachings forbade the taking of a life, so religious practitioners worked sparingly when taking cuttings from plants. Flowers and leaves that were used to make basket arrangements were selected based on their symbolic meaning. For example, the bamboo, the peach tree, and the pear tree symbolized longevity. The tiger lily, the pomegranate, and the orchid symbolized fertility. The most honored of all flowers was the peony. Considered the “king of flowers”, it symbolized wealth, good fortune, and high status.

During the period 500CE to 1453CE, the Byzantine Empire made its contribution to floral arrangements, which typically included a cone shape design. The foliage was placed in chalicesand urns, which were further decorated with brightly colored flowers and fruit. Flowers commonly included in these arrangements were daisies, lilies, cypresscarnations, and pine. Ribbons were also commonly used, and leaves and tiny flowers were set in arching lines to give an twisted effect to garlands.

De divina proportione

"On the Divine Proportion", is a book of mathematics written by Luca Pacioli and illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci, composed around 1498 in Milan and first printed in 1509. Its subject was mathematical proportions (the title refers to the golden ratio) and their applications to geometry, visual art through perspective, and architecture. The clarity of the written material and Leonardo's excellent diagrams helped the book to achieve an impact beyond mathematical circles, popularizing contemporary geometric concepts and images.

This is where Revel Design Studio drew its inspiration for its logo.  The Architectural Alphabet was hand drawn by Leonardo with a ruler and a compass and is composed of 23 capitol letters. 

In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. The figure on the right illustrates the geometric relationship. Expressed algebraically, for quantities a and b with a > b > 0,

a+ba=ab =def φ,

where the Greek letter phi (φ or ϕ) represents the golden ratio. Its value is:

φ=1+52=1.6180339887….  A001622

As humans we respond to this golden ratio or golden section as it is often called, very well. It appears in nature as fractals in plants, seashells, snowflakes and crystals as well as others.  It is something that offers peace and balance on a subconscious level. 

  

Jackson, WY project

Traveled to WY with Venetian Stoneworks to advise an ongoing new construction project they are working on with Teton Builders.  This home is a beautiful blend of Modern and Rustic.  Minimal materials used to the fullest capacity, brings the design of this home to the forefront of innovation.  

Coverings 2014 - May 1st & 2nd

What a fantastic show!  So many beautiful tiles, and slabs on display.  I found a few gems that sparkled more than others.   One in particular has inspired a furniture line that I will now be developing! Check out the photos to see all the wonderful products.

Coverings 2014 - Vegas!

Next up?  The 25th annual Coverings convention in Las Vegas!  At this industry convention I will get to view everything that is up and coming in surfaces.  Everything from Tile to Stone to Slabs to Flooring will be on display and it will all be the latest and greatest the design world has to offer.  This convention exposes those who attend to a sneak peak of the upcoming trends and styles that will shape the direction of our interiors and exteriors over the next year.  

Revel Design Studio will be well informed on the newest technologies and products available from the design industry.  Check back for updates and photos of amazing new things that we can use in your design!