The fall is here, my most favorite of all four seasons. New York is glorious during October and November and so is New England. But the world's most magical, most beautiful fall is in Kyoto. Next fall, 2014, I will be there.
Loved reading D.J. Huppatz's paper Creative Living, Ecological Design and Russel Wright's Manitoga, published in Journal of Design History. With contemporary designers increasingly focusing on environmental considerations, design historians have begun the search for precedents that might reconstruct design history in sustainable terms. Here, Manitoga, the home of midcentury American designer Russel Wright is examined as an ecological practice. Last year, a trip to Manitoga was included in my program Decorative Arts and Design in NYC. The woodland garden, the organic architecture, interior, and landscape all crafted into an environmental gesamtkunstwerk.
Chiswick House, the Palladian villa in Chiswick, London, considered the finest remaining example of Neo-Palladian architecture in London, as designed by Lord Burlington and completed in 1729. The gardens, which hold a significant place in the history of landscape design as the earliest example of what is known as the “English Garden” were created by architect and landscape designer William Kent.
Loved Wendy Goodman’s feature in New York Magazine on the SoHo penthouse of Marc Balet. The rooftop garden looks refreshing in swamped NYC and I love the amoeba-shaped dining-slash-work table, designed by Balet. Photos by Wendy Goodman, courtesy of New York Magazine.