Peggy Guggenheim's house, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, in Venice is a magical place. It is a low, grand, cool oasis and as soon as you enter its Clare Falkenstein gates with bits of translucent amber, turquoise and ruby colored glass inserted into a web of iron, you know you are in a place like no other.
One of my favorite rooms is Peggy Guggenheim's bedroom. In 1945 Guggenheim commissioned Alexander Calder to create a silver bed head for her bedroom. Calder created, in hammered silver, a swirling, light reflecting, bed head of sea and plant life.
It is incredibly beautiful. When Peggy Guggenheim was living, the bedroom was painted turquoise and I can imagine Peggy Guggenheim in her "dream world" with "the waves splashing against the bedroom walls. In summer I wake at 4AM and watch the dawn. The light is so wonderful. The vegetable and fruit barges are passing underneath the window. I watch them, then pull the blinds and go back to sleep."
love, kisses and dreaming of a silver Calder in a turquoise bedroom in Venice, Juliana