Roberto Giulio Rida prefers not to be classed as an artist, but he certainly expresses the fundamental artistic trait of always rising to a challenge with his modern furniture creations.
For more than 20 years, Roberto Giulio Rida has been known as the go-to dealer in Milan for 20th-century Italian decorative arts. As a dealer, he’s specialized in glass, both decorative and lighting. “Over the years, he developed relationships with glass manufacturers who’d give him unused stock. As a result, he’s got an incredible collection of new and vintage glass that he used to make these jewel-like pieces.”
Prices range from $7,500 for a pair of sconces to $95,000 for a pair of cabinets. The artist is represented by Nilufar gallery. Some confections are in coated crystal and fourties vintage materials ‘Prato’ and ‘Ringo’ glass cabinets by the Milanese dealer-turned-designer.
The decoration of its precious furniture are carefully designed, and the wise implementation demonstrates its fine knowledge of techniques learned in Murano glass factory. But his freedom of expression makes it in my opinion an artist, not those contemporaries, plus a Renaissance artist, part scientist in part alchemist. In Rida we find all the restless momentum of post-modernity, which blend the past and the future in a unique example of hyperdecoration, where anything goes, art deco and Middle Ages, Renaissance and optical, Fornasetti and Gio Ponti. His furniture has a classical structure, bourgeois dresser 50 years ‘, denied in functionality from the preciousness of the decor, which in this case has nothing to do with the “respectable” bourgeois class and a little’ musty, but rather transforms them in excessive and opulent appearances, important temperamentally up to touch the ex-centric and non-wandering.
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