art history

The Salon Art + Design 2017

Tomorrow marks the final day to visit The Salon Art + Design 2017 at the Park Avenue Armory. Including 56 of the worlds most influential galleries, this fair is marked by its wide ranging and inclusive nature. An impeccable mix of quality art and design, from historical to contemporary, including modern masters and emerging artists are all represented in this vibrant show.…
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Roomscapes

For those of you who just can’t get enough of the masterful vision of Renzo Mongiardino, add the reissue of Roomscapes to your list. Originally published in 1993, the new version, edited by his granddaughter, Francesca Simone, came out somewhat quietly last year.…
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TEFAF New York Fall 2017 Continued

The number of highly selective dealers and quality of their pieces made it challenging to cover the TEFAF New York Fall show in a single post. Hence, I am back today with more picks from this year’s supremely elegant edition. Aronson Delft flower vase at TEFAF New York Fall 2017Aronson always presents the most beautiful Delftware.…
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The Versailles You’ve Never Seen

You’ve made the requisite pilgrimage to Versailles and seen the storied chateau, in all likelihood with throngs of others. The Hall of Mirrors was glorious, the magnificent gardens sublime but in truth, you saw only a small portion of the great and hidden splendors of the Sun King’s Palace.…
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The Power of Pearls

In the September/October special 30th anniversary issue of Veranda (which we will revisit), the style section’s Objects of Desire celebrates Pearl Power – that timeless gem traditionally suited for a 30th anniversary! And while this week we have been bemoaning the havoc mother nature can wreak, pearls are a perfect example of nature at her best and most beautiful.…
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The Story Behind the Style: Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa

It always seems to come down to the story behind the style. Without that, there is no substance, no narrative, no authenticity. It is why I am always digging to find that backstory for you, to experience, inspire and inform. For my own home, I may have a vague vision in my head, but as I am not a designer, it frequently takes me a while to find exactly what I want.…
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Villa Astor

The subtitle of the beautiful new book on Villa Astor says it all – “Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast.” Part history, part social commentary, part architecture, interiors and gardens, this beautifully photographed and designed edition of this famous Italian landmark is as insightful as it is inspiring.…
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Where Art Tells the Story

When writing the art of trompe l’oeil piece last week, my research took me full circle to a firm I have been meaning to write about for several years. VISTO is a remarkable art consultancy in Paris whose mission is right up my alley – marrying “discerning taste with a deep understanding of the historical and cultural identity of each property” they work on.…
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2016 Biennale des Antiquaires and Robert de Balkany at Sotheby’s

This week and next are going to be a very busy couple of weeks in Paris for the world of interiors, collectors and design. This past weekend, the 2016 Biennale des Antiquaires opened as the Grand Palais was transformed into a luxurious display of masterpieces from Old Masters and modern works to antiquities, decor and design as well as haute jewelry.…
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NYSID at Nantucket by Design

As a board member of both the Nantucket Historical Association and the New York School of Interior Design, Maria Spears was instrumental in orchestrating a unique and creative event for Nantucket by Design. Nantucket represents the best of old and new and in thinking of how to meld the island’s history with the power of design, a group of NYSID students were invited to reimagine two rooms in Nantucket’s oldest house.…
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