The legendary Stoneheart estate in North Haven, today the home of Richard Gere, built in 1902 in Colonia, Single style and since expanded is now on the market for $65mm.
Together with Pierre Cardin and Courrèges, Paco Rabanne invented space-age fashion design during the 60s. Now, Julien Dossena who began his career at Balenciaga became the man whose job is to revive the legacy of the house. It was futuristic forms, avant-garde fashion, and such innovative materials as fiberglass, aluminum, and other metals that brought Paco Rabanne to the forefront of the design world with fans such as Brigitte Bardot promoting his fashion worldwide. Dossena has taken the space-age vocabulary and turned it into 21st-century innovation.
Robert Venturi, one of the founders of Postmodernism and the man who countered Mies van der Rohe’s phrase that “less is more” with “less is a bore," created a series nine chairs for Knoll International between 1979 and 1984. Rooted in the Postmodernist love for historical revival, the chairs cite models from United States’ and European furniture history, ranging from the Queen Anne chair to Art Deco to Chippendale, produced of plastic laminate over plywood in plain, bold colors, or in stripes, quoted from paintings by Jasper Johns.
There are several design shows coming up in the spring, but there is one I am really looking forward to. Philadelphia’s Moderne Gallery will open a sold exhibition of furniture crafted and designed by David N. Ebner, one of the leading figures of the current American Studio Furniture Movement. Entitled "David Ebner: Studio Furniture," it coincides with the publication of a book of the same title by Nancy Schiffer. For four decades, Ebner, who lives and works in Long Island, NY has been recognized as one of the more ambitious and renowned practitioners of Studio furniture.
Congratulating Dame Rosalind Joy Savill, former Director of the Wallace Collection and the scholar who devoted a decade of her career to document and publish the amazing Wallace Collection Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain (published in three volumes). She is one of the recipients of the 2014 Iris Foundation Awards, which will be celebrated in its 8th Annual of the Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon next month. This award comes to recognize outstanding contributions to the world of decorative arts and started by Dr. Susan Weber.
The American picked up the interest of museums across the country. Now, the Michener Art Museum opened “Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries & Crafting Modernism,” the first comprehensive survey of Evans's work, placing his achievements in the context of the history of furniture design. He worked with metal in a way no other designer had ever done before or since, arranging metal panels into rich quilt patterns. According to Jeffrey Head, corresponding to the Brutalist Architecture that was sweeping America.
Congratulating Béatrice Saint-Laurent and her Glerie BSL for a fantastic booth at the Pavilion Art and Design, opened in Paris last night. Works by Taher Chemirik, Alaya Serfaty, Dim Berger, Nacho Carbonell, and Carol Egan are integrated into a poetic display of soft, pastel colors, where glass, wood, porcelain, and metal play role in creating a unique fabric of contemporary design.
Italian fashion houses are taking active roles in restoring some of Rome's most iconic monuments. When I read the Bulgari responded to the Italian government’s appeal to restore the Spanish Steps in Rome with a gift of €1.5m to finance the project, which is due to start in 2015, I was moved. This gesture comes to coincide with 130th anniversary of the jewelry house. Additionally, Diego Della Valle, the owner of Tod’s is giving €25m to the Colosseum, where work began last December and Fendi is backing a €2.1m restoration of the Trevi fountain.
In recent years, the American Studio Movement has picked up the interest of museums across the country. Now, the Michener Art Museum opened “Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries & Crafting Modernism,” the first comprehensive survey of Evans's work, placing his achievements in the context of the history of furniture design. He worked with metal in a way no other designer had ever done before or since, arranging metal panels into rich quilt patterns, turning intricate textures into his own signature expression, a mode that corresponded with the Brutalist Architecture that was sweeping America.
The evening sale, the first in a series of three-parts sale of the collection of Barry Friedman brought $3mm last night. Here are some highlights.