I recently attended a showing of the Rubelli Fall 2008 fabric lines, which include Rubelli, Bises, Lisio, and Dominique Kieffer (Rubelli also owns Bergamo and Donghia) at the John Brooks showroom at the Denver Design Center. Rubelli is the textile house responsible for many of the gorgeous fabrics used in the perfect visual confection of a movie, Marie Antoinette. Rubelli also donated thousands of yards of its silk to the La Fenice Opera House in Venice when it was re-built following the fire that tore through the historic structure on 29 January 2006.
Photo: Dominique Kieffer
I love going to presentations at John Brooks not only because their showroom is beautiful and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful, but also because they always serve wine and champagne and a delicious spread of food (hey, I never said I wasn't easy *wink*).
This presentation was especially memorable because the Managing Director of the Rubelli Group, Nicolo Favaretto Rubelli (or the "Grand Formaggio" as Carolyn Reed of Bergamo introduced him!), was there to present the lines to us; he is the sixth generation of Rubellis to be involved in the business. Once he was finished introducing the new Rubelli, Bises, Lisio, and Dominique Kieffer Fall '08 lines, he gave a wonderful presentation on the history of silk in Venice, and of course the role in said history of the venerated textile house that bears his name. It was such an honor to have Nicolo Favaretto Rubelli present the lines to us here in Denver and hearing the history behind the company from him made it that more special.
I also had the great pleasure of meeting Marvin Wilikinson (the "J" in John Brooks) at the presentation. When he heard I was not attending the party on 7 November 2008 in their Scottsdale showroom to celebrate their expansion, he extended an invitation to come into the showroom for a tour when I am in AZ over Thanksgiving. I definitely plan on taking him up on his offer as my Mom's new place in Desert Mountain needs some serious Design Babylon-style love!
Once again, a HUGE thank you to Marvin Wilkinson and Art Ellsworth (the "B" in John Brooks) and their amazing staff in the Denver showroom for hosting another wonderful reception!