Maggie's Cancer Caring Centers manifest in exciting expression of architecture by such architects as Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Richard Rogers, and Steven Holl, just to name a few. They were conceived by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, along with her husband architecture historian Charles Jencks, as a direct response to her own experience with cancer. The first Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh opened its doors to the public in 1996 and it followed by 17 centers across the United Kingdom and beyond. Now, the NY School of Interior Design has opened a show that focuses on the unique architectural expression of each center. Loved it.
Diana Vreeland's apartment on Park Avenue was only one of the legendary interiors done by George Stacey. The list of the NYC-based interior decorator included such society names as Babe Paley, Grace Kelly and Frances Cheney. Now, interior designer Maureen Footer's book George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic, published by Rizzoli brings to life the almost forgotten influential decorator, who came to fame in the 30s and whose homes were featured regularly in Vogue together with the socialites who lived in them.
Enjoyed meeting gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn in her stunning home-turned-gallery Studio 94 on the East Side. Jeanne will join a list of leading experts on design, participating as guest speakers in my program Collecting Design. At her gallery, she represents cutting-age innovative contemporary design by such figures as Rick Owens and Sebastian Errazuriz as well as the Estate of Carlo Mollino.
Another opportunity to experience the manifesto of Frank Lloyd Wright when the Kenneth & Phyllis Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois will be open to the public to coincide with what would have been Wright’s 147th birthday (June 8th). What is extraordinarily interesting about this house that it is the only building ever designed by Wright for a
It was when I was 17 that first experience an opera performance. It was Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in the magical amphitheater in Ceaesarea, the city that Herod the Great dedicated to Caesar Augustus more than 2,000 years ago. It was then, in that moment that I fell in love with the opera. Last night I saw Madama Betterfly again, and this time it was Anthony Minghella’s remarkable production at the Metropolitan Opera.
Since Gagosian Gallery began showing design with a solo show of Marc Newson in 2007, it has expanded its activity in the territory of design. Now, a new show of colored mirrors by French architect Jean Nouvel, opened in Gagosian London. Opened in collaboration with Galerie Patrick Seguin, the show, entitled "Triptyques," consists of a series of limited edition mirrors. They reflects Nouvel's architectural commissions, and clearly correspond to his building design. I am particularly referring to Nouvel's 40 Mercer where he used colored glass of yellow, red, and blue to express the purity of the austere form.
Black and White is everywhere this season. In fashion, in home accessories, and in interior schemes. To me, known for my love for colorless fashion, my wardrobe has been recently updated with a couple of great pieces for the spring-summer season. But black-and-white is really classy. When it comes to interiors, the roots can be traced to the turn of the 20th century. The innovator was Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who did sensational all-white rooms, and in Vienna, Josef Hoffmann developed the concept to all-black-and-white, colorless spaces, stripped down of their color.
The upcoming design sale at Phillips London features a great selection of iconic Italian and French furniture pieces of the Space Age.
When Alessandro Mendini designed his iconic Proust Chair in 1978, he challenged the concept of "good taste" promoted by the Modern Movement. The Proust was since created and recreated in various materials and forms. Now, with the aid of new technology, it was carved of Carrara marble by Robot City, presented in Salone del Mobile.
When Shelton, Mindel & Associates renovated the spectacular triplex in the Prasada on Central Park West in 2002 for activist John Stryker in 2002, it received an award for its interior (from the AIA) and came to be known for its high-brow taste and for the great choice of objects. Now, it is on the market for sale.
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