Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Burlesque wishes you all Happy Holidays

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Eid Mubarak

We wish you all a very happy Eid Al Adha. May this Eid fill you're lives with Joy, good health and prosperity.
We also decided to share with you some images of the marvelous Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the eighth largest mosque in the world, and in my opinion one of the most beautiful ever built.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Burlesque Gallery and Interior Design wishes you all Ramadan Mubarak

Saturday, August 8, 2009

In the memory of Zahid Ansari

I’ve been thinking about writing something for quite sometime now about a man whom I respected and admired very much. Zahid Ansari.
He was a man of passion, fine taste, opulence, and grand interiors. A true perfectionist! His passion for furniture, and fine details were beyond anyone I had ever met.
He had an eye for details; everything about him was in his details. From the finish of a chair, the trimmings, the embroidery, the lace, even the studs were hand picked and finished in a certain way.
He could transform an ordinary piece of furniture into something totally unexpected, and turn it into a work of art. No one could mix or combine colors, textures and materials as effortlessly as he did.
Zahid’s untimely passing at such a young age, has left us with wonderful memories of his wonderful soul and incredible work.
You will be greatly missed Zahid!

Zahid Ansari 1953-2008
image courtesy of Nini Voilette

Zahid's Last Winter Window Display
image courtesy of Nini Voilette

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Working on a Project

I must apologize for not posting anything lately, as I have been extremely busy working on an amazing project. I do promise to post something exciting very soonJ

Stay Tuned!

Until then, I though I'd leave you with a panel I designed for a wall at Burlesque. Crazy I know!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Alice in Wonderland Pictures Unveiled

Finally, Disney released some wonderful pictures of the highly anticipated Alice in Wonderland the movie, directed by the incredible visionary genius Tim Burton. Can't Wait!!!

Alice Walking through Wonderland. Notice the talking flowers

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter
Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen
Matt Lucas as Tweedledee & Tweedledum
Anne Hathaway as the White Queen

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Desert Fish

You have to excuse the quality of these amazing photographs, as they are scans of a magazine. I do promise to re-post the actual ones once I get them from the increadible PETER RICHWEISZ This was a fashion spread shot for Desert Fish Magazine by peter on location at Burlesque. The idea of the shoot was based around Pin Up Girls made famous by Bettie Page in the 1950's. The make up artist did an amazing job by recreating the pin up look and adding some fake tattoos on the model. Burlesque's enviroment was perfect for such a photoshoot. Enjoy!

Friday, June 5, 2009


This project was a HUGE challenge, as we ONLY had 30 days to finish it. When I say a huge challenge I truly mean it! We had to change and revamp everything from the staircase railing, the reception, the living room, the dining room, and the guest powder room. Wallpapers, murals, faux finishes, custom furniture upholstery, lighting, drapery, accessories, wall paneling, heavily carved architraves, you name it we did it! We even custom made the floor rugs (Savonnerie), incorporating the entire color scheme of the fabrics into them.
Fabrics were ordered from Paris, furniture from Theodore Alexander, chandeliers from Turkey, accessories from Germany and Italy. Every single element in this project was custom made and ordered. It wasn’t easy at all! We were all on top of one another, like ants day and night trying to finish it in our 30 day period.
The client wanted to the whole look to be ultra feminine, rich and extreme extravagance. The color palette was derived from Marie Antoinette, Madame Pompadour and Laduree’s macarons.
The entrance of the house was done in purples, lavenders, apple green and touches of pink. The main sofa under the staircase took 15 days to upholster alone, because of all the patchwork done on the back of the sofa. Using different fabrics, laces and trimmings, and sewing them together. It was a very complicated piece. The single chairs next to it, we named the cupcake chair.
The drawing room was done in yellows, pinks, and greens. The 2 large green sofas were in Veraseta silk, and J.Pansu velvet. We even had the crochet trimming on the edges custom made to match the colors of the sofas. The 2 pink sofas were also in J. Pansu velvet, and we created green roses to go in place of buttons for the capitone look. The yellow curtains were hand embroidered with bouquets of roses.
The dining room was slightly darker using burgundy and turquoise. The burgundy silks were Veraseta and the turquoise damask metallic velvet was from Persan.
The Lobby

Drawing Room

Dining Room

Powder Room

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pop Surrealism

Mark Ryden is one of the most celebrated artists of the Pop Surrealism movement. His works recall a parallel universe of 1950s Golden Books and the whimsy of Lewis Carroll. His cheerful bunnies, rendered in the glowing hues of children's books, are more likely to be carving slabs of meat rather than frolicking in the forest.
Ryden’s known for his superb technique with freakish imagery to create a world of strange and disturbing beauty. At once captivating and unsettling, baffling and enchanting, Ryden's works are a subtle combination of many sources and influences as wide-ranging as Psychedelic and Vienna School artists, Neon Park and Ernst Fuchs, to French neoclassical Ingres and David.
How many artists can make grotesque creatures and haunting childlike characters look so innocent???

"Well, I have to admit I don't really paint my paintings; a Magic Monkey does. He comes to my studio late at night, when it's very quiet. Mysterious things happen late at night when most people are asleep. I help the magic monkey, but he does most of the work. My job is to get him to show up”
Mark Ryden

Mr. Ryden