Paris Pop Up Invitation

Paris Pop Up Invitation

Next week, during Deco Off, please join me for a unique Paris Pop Up! I am thrilled to finally share a very special project I have been quietly collaborating on behind the scenes for the past several months.  Ancien et Moderne represents much of which I write about here – the melding of time-honored craftsmanship with 21st century lifestyle. The brainchild of friend, pr and marketing strategist extraordinaire, Beth Dempsey, the concept space will feature both product and events. If you are in Paris for the shows, consider this your personal invitation!

illustration by B. Russell Melzer

Interior designer friend Francine Gardner of Interieurs will be curating the gallery space which sits in the heart of the left bank Deco Off action. …

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The Rejuvenation of Richard Ginori

The Rejuvenation of Richard Ginori

Founded in 1735 by Carlo Ginori in Sesto Fiorentinto outside Florence, the Italian porcelain company became the most distinguished manufacturer in Italy. It remained family owned until 1896 when it merged with the Società Ceramica Richard of Milan, becoming Richard Ginori. While it thrived for many years, producing handcrafted product for palazzos, villas, luxury liners and the Vatican as well as collaborating with artists such as Gio Ponti and Paola Navone, by 2013 it was in bankruptcy. Later that year, Gucci stepped in to save the historic brand and its centuries-long tradition of Made in Italy excellence.

photo via Gucci, courtesy of Alessandro Moggi

This is a story that has been brewing in my files.…

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Introducing Schumacher Couture and Classics Collections

Introducing Schumacher Couture and Classics Collections

Before the holidays I visited the Schumacher headquarters to preview their early 2016 releases. While most of you are no doubt familiar with the firm, what you may not know is the company’s distinguished history. Founded in 1889 by Parisian Frederic Schumacher, the New York City design company introduced the most exquisite European fabrics to a discerning American clientele.

In fact, Stanford White commissioned Schumacher to design a fabric for his White House redesign for President Roosevelt. And Jackie Kennedy used a Schumacher lampas for the walls of the Blue Room made famous during her 1962 White House tour on TV when she was first lady.…

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First Stop Atlanta at Americasmart January Market

First Stop Atlanta at Americasmart January Market

2016 is already shaping up to be an inspiring year with exciting events, travel and collaborations in the next several months. First up is Atlanta, where Susanna and I will be speaking at the Americasmart January Market. This year, they have lined up a broad series of events with interesting design topics for all those visiting the International Gift and Home Furnishings show. The industry’s largest event, the market includes not only over 7,000 brands but educational design-driven programming and extensive networking opportunities for those involved.

Susanna and I are thrilled to be sharing the story behind our “At Home with” video series.…

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New Digs for Newel

New Digs for Newel

As a source of decorative and fine arts for both the entertainment and design/antiques industry, Newel has been an insider’s choice since 1939. Originally founded by Meyer Newman as a prop house for Broadway shows, Newel is still, four generations later, a leader in both its fields. Since 1969, it had housed its massive collection in an enormous six story building far east on 53rd Street. Last fall they made the move to airy quarters in the much more convenient Interior Design Building at 306 East 61st.

Joining a distinguished list of other prestigious names in the building, Newel saw the opportunity to present a curated collection, showing the wide variety and depth of their inventory, such as the splendid Fornasetti screen (that had just come in), Primavera horse and Art Deco shagreen box above. …

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Favorite Holiday Movies

Favorite Holiday Movies

Happy New Year! As everyone is relaxing over the weekend, I thought I would republish this list from last year of favorite holiday movies, augmented with a few additional picks that are not necessarily obvious choices. Over the years I have reviewed some of these individually, in which case I link to those more extensive posts. And you can also revisit (or read if you are a new visitor) my New Year’s Movies post from last year which includes one of my favorite classic movies, Holiday, with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, below.

The Bishop’s Wife is a holiday classic. You can’t go wrong with Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young with some wonderful winter scenery and a little fantasy.…

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Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2015

Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2015

It’s time for this year’s edition of what has become an annual tradition here chez Q – the Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2015. While I am a proponent of drinking champagne throughout the year, there is certainly no more traditional time to celebrate with a glass of bubbly than on New Year’s Eve. If you’ve ever wondered the how and why of champagne, read on and if you’ve visited this discussion in the past, you can hop to the end for some drinking suggestions with several new additions. And while we may not all look as good as Jacqueline Bisset did with a glass of the good stuff,

we can at least have this much fun.…

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

While this has been a busy week, there is nothing quite as wonderful as being home for the holidays. The house is bursting at the seams with the kids and their attending accoutrements (kind term for endless footwear and laundry), the fridge with more food than it should ever really hold, extended family and welcome guests. There have been family movies to see (I highly recommend Spotlight, The Big Short and of course Star Wars) and games to play (wish me luck in our fierce family tournaments). I’ll be back shortly to wish you greetings for the new year, catch up with all the visits I made before the holidays and share lots of exciting news for the coming year!…

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The Brilliant Beauty of Belperron

The Brilliant Beauty of Belperron

It was in the 1960’s and early 70’s, when Ward Landrigan, then head of Sotheby’s jewelry department, first spied the distinctive work of jewelry designer Suzanne Belperron. By 1987, Landrigan had purchased Verdura and had hoped to augment the collection at the landmark Sotheby’s sale of the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels in Geneva. While the realized prices were astronomical and he didn’t acquire any Verdura pieces, he did note the Duchess’ sixteen Belperron pieces (only five of which were identified) and was officially hooked.

In 1999, Landrigan finally bought the Belperron name, archive and worldwide rights, including over 9,200 original gouache paintings and designs. …

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Merry Merry

Merry Merry

From my table to yours, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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