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Life in Venice

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Venice is still agog with talk about one of the season's most glamorous media events - the marriage of Deyan Sudjic (editor of Domus and director of this year's Biennale) and Sarah Miller (editor of Condé Naste Traveller) in the salubrious surroundings of the Palazzo Pisani Moretta overlooking the Grand Canal. Father of the bride John Miller and stepmother Su Rogers and friends arrived in style, skimming down the canal in gondolas five abreast. The Rogers clan was there in force, Richard and Ruthie and a bevy of grandchildren. Best man was John Pawson, whose speech attempted rather shaky analogies between foundations made of wooden piles (ie Venice) and a sound marriage.

Other guests included David Chipperfield; fashion designer Paul Smith; critic Ken Frampton; Amanda Levete, Eva Jiricna and Peter Murray, formerly publisher of Blueprint, the magazine where the bride and groom first met 15 years ago, when he was the editor and she the diary columnist. The design community was well represented. Ralph Fehlbaum, chairman of furniture giant Vitra and architectural patron extraordinaire, chatted with Rodney Kinsman of OMK, and to Zeev Aram, who has just opened his new Covent Garden emporium.

Sir Terence Conran was there, as was Sebastian, who now runs his dad's design company and once shared a flat with the young Sudjic.

The catering was, of course, by Cipriani - serving Bellini cocktails infinitely better that you get in Harry's Bar (the home of the Bellini since Hemingway drank there).

The following day, hungover guests were treated to a tour of the Arsenale and the huge naval sheds which, come September, Sudjic and his designer Pawson will be filling with a gallimaufry of architectural stars from around the world.

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