Wrought iron day bed/lounge dressed in exotic zebra hides and accented with tribal influenced decorative pillows set the tone for the Roberta e Basta style that evokes the sense of a global nomad with roots firmly planted in the world of fashion and bohemian sentiment.
Roberta Tagliavini’s eponymous antiquariato on via Fiori Chiari in the heart of the Brera Design District in Milan, was one of the several antique and vintage shops we had the pleasure of exploring on our Antiques Diva shopping tour led by the firm’s CEO Toma Clark Haines.
As eclectic and fashionable as its namesake, the Roberta e Basta shop caters to high-end luxury buyers who are seeking unique and storied antiques and vintage pieces ranging from the smallest of ornamental decor to expansive furniture pieces.
Though one can find a diverse selection of exquisite vintage and antique pieces at Roberta e Basta, the overall design narrative leans toward earlier to mid-20th century artwork, furniture and decor from celebrated European (though predominately Italian) designers and manufacturers including Barovier, Venini, Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori, Chini e Nonni, De Paoli, Terrgani, Arbus, Rulhmann, Leleu, Prinz and Lalique.
A cursory review of this shop tells a story heavily influenced by the art, architecture and design of the Art Deco period. For those who really love retro style and are seeking vintage furniture, art and decor from the 1960s through the end of the 1980s, then they are in luck, as Tagliavini’s has a second store (she has three stores in total) just a few shops down on the very same via Fiori Chiari where they can find just what they are looking for (details on her second shop in a forthcoming post).
Roberta e Basta Antiquariato Photo Tour
The unbridled allure of safari captivates the imagination in this animal print dominated vignette sitting atop of a very contemporary, black and white striped area rug.
Beautiful tribal bust carved from wood and gilded.
Patina-rich brass elephant sculpture.
1960s era Italian blown-glass fruit and flower motif sculpted table lamp.
Sitting atop a colorful tribal influenced rug, these vintage rattan papasan chairs welcome world travelers to take a stylish seat. On the wall “Two Tigers” painting (circa 1940s) in black and white by artist Etienne Johan.
Fashionably attired in a warm, glossy wood shell, this Amethyst green velvet Art Deco swivel chair with tailored channel-tufted back cushion enchants. Not far from this lovely chair is an oval glass top table floating glamorously on a twisted brass branch base standing on a middle eastern area rug in rust red and accented with ebony tones.
Ethereal garden statue watches from a well-appointed corner in the Roberta e Basta antiques and vintage shop.
Table lamp with brass base sculpted in the form of swimming stingray.
A vintage rug painted in a kaleidoscope of saturated, vibrant color sets the background for this otherwise neutral interior space. On the wall “Three Tigers” painting in black and white (circa 1940s) by artist Etienne Johan.
Bronze Grecian style sculpture.
Vintage bronze statue of reclining woman attributed to Kaminsky (signature on base).
Antique Art Deco era bronze statue sculpted by renowned artist Genevieve Granger.
Vintage romantic bronze sculpture capturing an ephemeral kinetic moment.