Young Collectors Night at the Winter Antiques Show

Young Collectors Night at the Winter Antiques Show

Next week marks the opening of the 60th Year Diamond Jubilee of the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Widely considered the most prestigious show for the best of the best in fine and decorative arts, one of its most anticipated events is always Young Collectors Night. Sponsored this year by Brooks Brothers and New York magazine, the evening features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a private viewing of the Show and an opportunity to join New York’s top interior designers, Interior Design Committee chair and New York magazine design editor Wendy Goodman and a crowd of New York’s social design aficionados.…

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The Art of Iron at Pouenat

The Art of Iron at Pouenat

Established in 1880 as a ferronnier, Pouenat has continued to stay relevant and thrive by embracing their heritage while collaborating with some of the most recognized designers working in Europe today. Almost exactly a year ago at their Maison et Objet booth, I was struck by the successful mix of old and new, celebrating the great tradition of French craftsmanship with old world savoir faire and innovative new design. The exacting quality was immediately apparent, from a classic set of ornamental doors

to the architectural beauty of Francois Champsaur’s metal Line lamp, part of a special collection celebrating the firm’s tenth anniversary of collaborations with leading designers.…

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At the Movies | Downhill Racer

At the Movies | Downhill Racer

With the recent snowstorm, I decided to post about an old favorite, Downhill Racer, which some longtime readers may remember I had written about several years ago. This cult classic from 1969 stars Robert Redford in one of his earliest roles. Don’t let the title mislead you. While this is definitely a film about skiing, racing and competition, it is not a fast action-packed sports movie. This contemplative edgy film remains more in the tradition of French new wave with that semi-journalistic style and hand-held camera work reminiscent of Godard.  And this is why it is included in the prestigious Criterion Collection, famous for their impressive assemblage of art house and creative classics (as an aside, this DVD cover is not up to their usual high standards – go here to see the vastly superior alternate versions designer Eric Skillman presented for consideration).…

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Marie Christophe, Guerlain and Cour des Senteurs

Marie Christophe, Guerlain and Cour des Senteurs

As Paris is only two weeks away, I thought it was an opportune time to write about the amazing confluence of events that led to this post. Last summer when I escorted my daughters on their first trip to Paris, we made the pilgrimage to Versailles, including a visit to the Cour des Senteurs, thanks to my good friends at The Buzz. Opened last April to coincide with the city’s grand celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Le Notre (designer of Louis XIV’s gardens), it is a complex dedicated to the tradition of fragrance. The birthplace, in the 17th century, of perfumer as a profession, Versailles is also home to the Institut Supérieur International du Parfum, the only international diploma training for those in the perfume industry.…

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Tilton Fenwick for Duralee Fabrics

Tilton Fenwick for Duralee Fabrics

I have known the Tilton Fenwick design team of Suysel DePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster almost since the beginning of both of our journeys in 2010. It was a quick start out of the gate for the talented duo. They were published in TradHome and named one of the Top 20 New Trad designers to watch within months of opening their doors and shortly thereafter were the subjects of my first video feature, which gives a little background on the team. Since then they have been additionally published, featured in showhouses and charity events such as Design on a Dime and widely acknowledged for their colorful, layered and pattern-infused take on traditional design.  …

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This Year, Change Your Mind

This Year, Change Your Mind

Illustration by Valero Doval for the NY Times

Now that it is a fresh new year, many are thinking of new years resolutions and what they can do to improve on the previous year. Several years ago, I wrote about an article I had read in the NY Times by Oliver Sacks entitled This Year, Change Your Mind. Many of you may be familiar with the best-selling author and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He has written many fascinating books including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings, which was the basis for the Robert De Niro/Robin Williams movie.…

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Dogs and Their Designers Video

Dogs and Their Designers Video

When Susanna and I thought we might like to do a year end video celebrating dogs and their designers (as Steven Gambrel so cleverly put it), emails went out and within a few hours we had responses from most, all enthusiastic to participate. Several with scheduling conflicts sent in photos just to be part of the fun.

We even thought of doing a west coast version but as we realized our fervor had perhaps overtaken practicality, we settled on local locations, but have included shots sent from some L.A. friends as well. So please join us as we visit with designers at home and in their offices to pay tribute to their personal passions for their pets.…

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Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2013

Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2013

At this festive time of year, it’s become tradition in these parts to publish my Quintessential Guide to Champagne. For those of you who have read it before, feel feel to use it as a refresher and for those new readers, who perhaps didn’t follow along when I used to post about wine, welcome to the world of bubbly!

Thank you to Terry Rogers of Horseneck Wines in Greenwich, my former compatriot in Wednesday Wines, for the incredibly informative and insightful take on the history and making of our favorite holiday drink! What better way to enjoy the holidays than to share a glass of the good stuff with friends and family.…

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Rustic Chic New Year’s Lunch with Aerin Lauder

Rustic Chic New Year’s Lunch with Aerin Lauder

Attending elaborate parties thrown by her legendary grandmother, Estée Lauder, certainly influenced Aerin Lauder’s entertaining style. And tempered by her mother’s less is more sensibility, Aerin has developed her own take on her family’s holiday traditions. The upcoming January/February issue of Veranda features a festive New Year’s lunch at the family’s Long Island compound, where, in an old barn on the property, Aerin prepared a rustic chic Austrian-inspired affair. I’m delighted to be able to share with you a sneak peek.

It’s been a big year for Aerin. Launching furniture, lighting and fabric collections, she also recently collaborated with Lenox on a stylish tabletop collection, perfect for the occasion.…

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

To all who celebrate, wishing you a very Merry Christmas, from my home to yours!

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