Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Because Carlin loves Mexico City; it was great to see the article about it in this month's
Beautiful buildings and scenery, yes, but it was a piece of art from the article that was most captivating.

A little bit of sleuthing led to the website of Demetrios Psillos -- prepare to be blown away!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Knowledge is Power

Here is some more information about Carlin's beloved soapstone:
The soapstone products sold at C.A. Camp and Sannino are from Alberene, Virginia which is where Carlin's family farm is located.  Her Virginia roots are deep, hundreds of years.  Alberene is where her father's family set down these roots, way back when.  Her loyalty to and
belief in Alberene soapstone in unwavering.

The Story Of Alberene Stone

There was located and opened in Albemarle County, Virginia, in the late 1870's and early 1880's, a deposit of stone of peculiar and remarkable qualities. It was weather-proof, heat-proof, time-proof and easily worked – as was proved by Indian bowls and other utensils carved from this material with crude tools of the early aborigines and to be seen today in public museums and private collections. While soft enough to be easily shaped and fabricated, it yet was so dense and close-grained as to have a crushing strength equal to that of granite. It was non-absorbent and non-staining; and, in chemical characteristics, it was acid-proof and alkali-proof.

A Company is Formed
The pioneer in opening and developing this deposit was Mr. John G. Porter Who early saw the commercial possibilities of a material possessing all these unique qualities. Thoroughly convinced of the large potential markets in the industrial, architectural and scientific worlds, he associated himself with a number men in an organization which later became known as the Alberene Stone Company, with Mr. D. J. Carroll as president; and this material has since been quarried and marketed continuously, for more than 80 years, by this organization under the name “Alberene Stone.”

Do you like to cook?  Do you like to entertain?  We do!  Soapstone is perfect for dining and serving ware.
Soapstone has many desirable qualities for cookware:
  • long lasting
  • no odor nor taste
  • holds heat for long periods
  • virtually non-stick
  • beautiful enough to be used for serving
  • will keep food hot during serving
  • completely non-porous, so it won't stain or hold food odors
  • bacteria resistant.
C.A. Camp & Sannino
Downtown Charlottesville

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beautiful, Useful Soapstone

There is nothing like soapstone.
We love ours!!

Come in today to see our latest collection.

C.A. Camp & Sannino
Downtown Charlottesville

{p.s. if you go in to the shop today, Wednesday September 21, be sure to wish Carlin a 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

RUN, Don't Walk....To Get Your Cari Borja

You will want to be dressed in these clothes.
They are amazing; they make you look good and make you feel even better!

Cari Borja

Get your Cari Borja 
(exclusively on the east coast)

C.A. Camp & Sannino
Downtown Charlottesville, VA


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Green Goddess

Stunning in any color; but this green is smokin'!

Available in 
Charlottesville, Virginia
exclusively at
C.A. Camp & Sannino

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Architectural Dreams

Carlin outside of C.A. Camp & Sannino
 Where better to sit and read a magazine?  Wouldn't you love to have this be the place you go everyday for work?!
Carlin's shop -- lucky her -- happens to be next to one of her favorite businesses in all of Charlottesville: 

Why is this a favorite of Carlin's?  Because she loves WG and Josh and because her dream as a little girl was to be an architect.  (Moving to Europe and getting married and having babies somehow prevented those dreams from materializing....)  

Being next to an amazing architect's office has rekindled her love for architecture and at this point in her life is the next best thing to being one herself!

Carlin's love for WG Clark runs deep.  How could it not...he brings her lunch (with a dessert!) most every day, lets her play with with models, teaches her to draw in perspective and understands her thirst for his trade.  

He answers all her questions and has proven to be her favorite architect on the planet.
 This bit here gives a little more information on WG and not only what a great architect he is, but also a great visionary:

 "Asked what his dream job would be, Clark points to the Habitat for Humanity multi-unit complex he designed for a SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) competition. His intention is to form a community (as opposed to a neighborhood) with different size options to accommodate different sized households and a variety of design choices available to the residents. A green structure, power would be supplied by photovoltaic strips on the roof, which is slanted so water runs off into a channel in the central courtyard to be collected into a reservoir. This water is used for irrigation of the communal vegetable beds that take the place of lawn. The structure seems to sum up what’s Clark’s about: it’s low impact, democratic, and stripped down to the bare essentials, it is a triumph of graceful design."

Multi-unit complex model:

WG Clark
B.Arch., University of Virginia

Edmund Schureman Campbell Professor of Architecture

W.G. Clark was born in Louisa, Virginia, and studied architecture at the University of Virginia. He began architectural practice in Charleston, South Carolina in 1974. He won several national competitions including the New Orleans Museum of Art competition in 1983.

Mr. Clark was appointed design critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1987. In 1998 he was appointed chairman of Architecture at the University of Virginia where he now teaches design. He was named Edmund Schureman Campbell Professor in 1989.

Mr. Clark’s work has been widely published and is the subject of Richard Jensen’s book, Clark and Menefee. He was included in “40 under 40” by the Architectural League of New York and twice listed in Time magazine as one of America’s best designers. His work has received three National Design awards from the American Institute of Architects: Middleton Inn, Reid House and Croffead House.
However,  also in the office is Josh Stastny who has intuitively guessed Carlin's love of certain architecture and turned her on to architect extraordinaire Rick Joy.  She will be forever grateful.  (Plus, Josh is the one who lets Carlin play with those little trees for the models.)

Rick Joy

Rick Joy

Rick Joy
Ventana Canyon House by Rick Joy

Avra Verde, created by Rick Joy, consists of 7 exclusive pavilions on 40 acres.  
In the desert; specifically The Saguaro National Park West

 “The desert is a fantastic place in the most correct meaning of the word; it is at times a dreamlike fantasy of a landscape. . . . the desert’s beauty extends beyond objects and things to an atmosphere of place that is defined by quality of light and other sensory kinds of input.
Attention to sensory stimulation, what Joy calls “ethereal, visceral experiences,” guides his design work to such an extent that it often “preempts consideration of the formal aspects of a project. Sounds, smells and tactile qualities are often more important than the shape of the object itself.” Owing to this focus on sensory experience Joy’s architecture, while undeniably rooted in Modernism, avoids the coldness sometimes associated with the style. “To this day,” Joy said proudly, “several of my clients don’t believe they have modern architecture projects.”

 “I think I can read a place pretty well, because of my experience in the desert,” said Joy who suggested that he may some day return to his native Maine. “For now I promise to keep it up and to really make this work worth it and to do great projects in the future. It’s really just about loving life.”

I think we're all smart enough to realize which sentiment resonated with Carlin the most.....
From Rick Joy: