studio carta

January 17, 2013

Lucky me! I just spent two delightful days with Angela Liguori, photographing her studio as well as a bookmaking project for Remodelista. (You may remember Angela from Martha Stewart’s article last November or from my recent post.) Originally from Rome, Angela is an extremely inspired and talented designer and bookmaker, who also imports gorgeous cotton ribbon from Italy. Being in her shop, surrounded by vivid color, textures and sundry treasures, was a bit like being a kid in a candy store. No matter where you turned there was some exquisite detail to tempt your eye. In fact, the shoots took a bit longer than usual, mostly because Angela and I kept pausing to share favorite finds and designs, to restyle a corner yet again, to discuss our families and children, to refuel with a cappuccino or a spot of tea, or to pine away after the warmer weather in Rome. All in all, it was a very Italian experience and tons of fun. Not to mention that Studio Carta is an absolute photographer’s dream.

Studio Carta

a sneak peak at Angela’s accordion book project, going up on Remodelista next week

the floor-to-ceiling selection of ribbons, stationery and notions at Studio Carta

tools of the trade on Angela’s worktable

caffè and a piece from Angela’s annual calendar

Angela working on our book project for Remodelista

Next to ribbons galore, an antique chair, a found table, Bookhou’s alphabet, and a pendant by George Nelson.

Inspired by her mother, who was a seamstress, Angela imports measuring tapes from Italy. Notions also figure heavily in Angela’s design work. Wrapped around the wooden spool last year’s calendar, which Angela produces annually in collaboration with her friend, Roman graphic designer Silvana Amato.

Vintage stamps, which Angela frequently uses in her work, sit alongside an antique press from 1928 (coincidentally the same year that Angela’s father was born), which Angela purchased at the Museum of Printing in Andover, MA.

cotton thread and twine

On Angela’s worktable, this year’s calendars await assembly.

Studio Carta ribbons come in the most wonderful hues, as well as varying widths and weaves.

Angela also sells packs of her vintage stamps from all over the world.

An artist revealed… in her collection of books

See more at Remodelista.

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Patrice A. January 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

what an absolut perfect place to be
wishing it was around the corner


sophie truong January 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Beautifully done Justine, your pics look great and represent Angela’s product perfectly! And I want that piece of chocolate marzipan :)


Justine January 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Glad you liked, Sophie, cause you’re next!


xenia January 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm

beautiful photos!
i have e-shopped there before, wondrous things.


Lisa McGarry January 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

What a beautiful photo-story about Angela and her studio…she has such a beautiful aesthetic, and I always enjoy glimpses of her creative space. I especially like your photo/caption with the stack of books, and how you show little moments from the day…like the cafè and Angela’s cup of tea nearby as she works. I’m also happy to have discovered your blog via Angela’s, and look forward to browsing…


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