KEVIN WALZ Announces the Opening of WALZWINDOWSHOP Campo de' Fiori, via del Pellegrino 17, Rome

Premiere Exhibition: ITALICS

Oct 21, 2010, 11:52 ET from WALZWINDOWSHOP

ROME, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- WALZWINDOWSHOP is an art/design installation in a window setting with a theme that will change every eight weeks.  It is a small space that will feature products and artwork designed by Kevin Walz and local Italian artisans.  The space is located in the historic Roman center near Campo de' Fiori on the via del Pellegrino—a street that is strictly zoned by the city for only artisanal and high quality craftsmen's workshops.

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The first installation, that will run until December 5th, is entitled ITALICS featuring art panels by Walz on vintage Italian military linen, hand painted with iconic images of Italian culture: cuisine, soccer, fashion, art, architecture and the Church.

Walz's limited edition INSET daybed will be shown -- hardwood frame, hand tied springs, all natural traditional highest quality processes, covered in vintage Italian military linen fabric hand painted from Walz's studio with natural shearling arm rests.  The upholstery on the daybed is printed by hand with images of medallions that are symbolic of 2000 years of Roman history; including tributes to the epic concept of the Roman Republic and an appreciation for the decorative and architectural forms found in the city—from the numerous churches to the popular logos of cars, beverages, fashion and other products found in everyday Italian life. The fabric is printed with silkscreened, linoleum cut, stenciled hand-painted imagery onto vintage Italian linen with gold fabric paints and metallic silkscreen inks.

New light fixtures, made in a traditional Roman folded brass sheeting and glass lantern process will also be featured.  Various fixtures include a spherical ceiling light descending close to the ground, a tall adjustable floor lamp, and a translucent globe that sits on the floor.

Japanese-made pure cotton t-shirts from the Roman clothing store SBU with hand painted designs are included in the installation.  Additionally, Walz's now classic cork stools and platters will also be available.

Trained in fine arts at Pratt Institute and the New York Studio School, Kevin Walz has built a legacy of works of art, spatial designs and products.  Winner of the prestigious Rome Prize, Walz has had his design work shown in museums such as the Pompidou Center, the Cooper-Hewett Museum, and his artwork in galleries in New York and Rome.  He has designed collections of furniture and residential lighting for Ralph Pucci International, luxury carpets for Tufenkian, as well as fabrics, architectural lighting and bath collections.