While I love Wisteria, they cannot look better than in the spring in Japan.
Loved seeing a strong presence of American Modernism in the upcoming sale at Rago, with pieces by Donald Deskey (including his iconic divider), a gorgeous skyscraper bed by Paul Frankl, and the iconic bookends by Albert Drexler.
Missimo Vignelli, the design legend died this week at the age of 83. He was always great to interview, so passionate, visionary, energetic, and young-spirited. And he changed the visual way of all New Yorkers since moving to NY in 1966, with his design of the Subway typeface and its stylized map (which I mention in the video below). His design vocabulary has been certainly timeless, and also very Italian. He will remembered for the logo of Knoll, for the packaging for Bloomingdales and for so many images that came to shape our lives over the past five decades.
The New York Botanical Garden opened the show "Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women who Designed them," which celebrates early 20th-century America's most influential women in landscape architecture and design as well as garden photography. On show is Mrs. Rockefeller's Garden in the Haupt Conservatory, an evocation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine, and more fantastic examples of landscape design.
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is in the news again. Closed to my heart as I was teaching there for four years, its professors, admitted students, and alumni filed a lawsuit in the NYS Supere Court against the board of trustees a year after the school announced its plan to charge tuition for the first time since it was founded in 1859 by American industrialist Peter Cooper as a tuition-free school, with the mission to give talented people the privilege of good education.
Beginning in 1936, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a group of approximately sixty middle-income family homes, called "Usonian Homes," which are typically small dwelling without a garage or much storage. Now, one of them, built in Ohio in 1955 and commissioned by Louis Penfield, a high school teacher, is on the market for sale for $1.7 million.
Loved the Nakashima Reading Room at the Michener Art Museum. This permanent installation of his furniture is set in a traditional Japanese-style room, which was designed by his daughter, Mira Nakashima-Yarnall. It includes some important pieces, but the coffee table is one of the best I have ever seen.
congratulating Kelly Behun for making the Elle Decor A-List for 2014.
Visiting Lyndhurst, the Gothic Revival mansion in Terrytown overlooking the Hudson River Valley is always a pleasure, particularly in the spring and in the fall. It was designed by America's star-architect of the period, Alexander Jackson Davis, and completed in 1942 for NYC mayor William Paulding Jr. It was purchased by railroad magnate Jay Gould in the 1880s, and was given by his daughter Anna Gould to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. What a gem.