La Dolce Vita

The 2023 San Francisco Fall Show invites you to celebrate La Dolce Vita – the quintessentially Italian approach to the “good life”. We will indulge in the pure pleasure of appreciating and collecting art, antiques and design. From Botticelli to Bertoia, from Fellini to Fornasetti, from Schiaparelli to Sottsass, La Dolce Vita is all about poetic beauty, breathtaking art, groundbreaking design, exuberant colors and refined materials. Andiamo!

The phrase “la dolce vita” gained recognition after the release of the 1960 film directed by Federico Fellini. The film portrayed the hedonistic lifestyle of a journalist in Rome during the ’50s, and features the iconic scene of screen siren Anita Ekberg frolicking in Rome’s Trevi Fountain. During the post-war La Dolce Vita years Italian culture started to flourish again. A lot of famous intellectuals met in the numerous cafes of Piazza del Popolo, such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, the writers Alberto Moravia, Umberto Eco and so on, exchanged their ideas and their art.

Since then, the phrase La Dolce Vita has come to describe a life full of beauty, pleasures, and mundane events as well. People interpret the phrase differently; for some, it means traveling and exploring the world, while for others, it means pursuing their passions, large and small: savoring delicious food and fine wines, collecting art, living with well-designed pieces… By embracing pleasure, indulgence, and beauty, one can live the sweet life. After all, taking time to appreciate life’s simple pleasures makes a significant difference in one’s happiness and well-being. We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 San Francisco Fall Show!