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Clockwise from top: In Branca's Kips Bay Palm Beach room, the lumbar pillow and bed valance are Casa Branca Fammia in Portuguese blue. Casa Branca wireless lamps hand-painted by artist Margot Larkin, $495 each. Casa Branca artichoke lamp by Jean Roger, $1,150. Casa Branca gathered-fabric shades, $349 each. artist Margot Larkin. Also look for porcelain dinnerware, along with a collection of vintage rattan and bamboo furniture upholstered in Casa Branca woven and printed fabrics inspired by her travels. Branca first conceived Casa Branca as a way to incorporate custom, artisan-made furnishings into her design projects. Born in Rome, she creates l a y e r e d i n t e r i o r s that are rooted in European classicism, with a mix of French and Italian antiques, modern furnishings, and European and contemporary art. Revered by those who love design, she's known for her fresh use of color, often taking a page from the past with vibrant Pompeiian red and mellow ocher hues of her native country. A master of the design mix, she incorporates many different styles, patterns, and colors in projects around the globe, which she oversees from offices in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Her interiors have been featured in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, The New York Times, Veranda, and Elle Decor. Her master bedroom design for Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach in January was awash in blue-and- white Portuguese-inspired fabrics that are now included in her Casa Branca line, along with wallpaper from her collaboration with de Gournay. Branca is at work on her second book and will be a featured speaker at Texas Design Week Houston in Spring 2021. Casa Branca at blown, cut, and painted at the legendary Theresienthal workshops of Bavaria; white bisque artichoke lamps and tulip candelabra sculpted by ceramicists at the famed Paris studio of Jean Roger; embroidered linens masterfully stitched by Rwandan women; marbled desk accessories and boxes from India; and wireless al fresco table lamps painted with bamboo detailing by American Nick SargeNt 65

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