Rooms with a View 2017 First Look

Rooms with a View 2017 First Look

Friday marks the opening of Rooms with a View 2017 – the 23rd year of the annual fundraising showhouse originally conceived by Albert Hadley. This year 12 designers transformed their small 6′ x 8′ spaces into vignettes with the theme Joy to the World. We’ll start with a quick look at three of this year’s rooms as you enter the showhouse.

Designer Grace Rosenstein‘s inspiration for her space began with a quote from Eban Alexander, “Laughter and irony are at heart reminders that we are not prisoners in this world, but voyagers through it.” The positivity of the message and the reference to both figurative and literal travel inspired Grace to commission her sister Annie Havlicek de Sanchez to paint a mural commemorating a shared trip to Portugal, celebrating both her love of travel and her joy of home.

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Roomscapes

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.

Quite different from the new Mongiardino book we looked at last time, this volume is more a treatise on design, written by Mongiardino himself, with new research and imagery that helps to explain the maestro’s process. As art historian Giovanni Agosti explains in his preface, “This time all of Mongiardino’s collaborators are mentioned, in other words, it is an archive for the history of the decorative arts of the second half of the twentieth century.”

Part one explains the genesis of a room including sketches and maquettes, detailed analysis of space, function, decoration, inspiration and the appeal of the exotic.…

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Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision

Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision

The current return to maximalism can, in all likelihood, be traced to a single source – Renzo Mongiardino. Even those who didn’t know or couldn’t pronounce his name, have been unwittingly influenced by his lush and layered interiors. Redolent of eras long gone and faraway places, Mongiardino magically melded his many influences into elegant, moody and timeless spaces. And who better to present a new book on the master architect and interior designer than Martina Mondadori Sartogo and her compatriots at Cabana, a magazine so clearly influenced by his vision.

Having grown up in a Mongiardino designed home, below, Martina is intimately familiar with the man and his work.…

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If It’s Tuesday…

If It’s Tuesday…

This week felt a bit like the 60s comedy, If It’s Tuesday It Must be Belgium. With a plethora of events in both New York and Connecticut, it was impossible to catch them all, but I did attend several brimming with inspiration and holiday shopping opportunities. On Monday evening I joined VERANDA and Mish Tworkowski to celebrate The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. For over 35 years, this worthy organization has given millions of dollars for the preservation and restoration of historic Palm Beach properties. With additional missions of education and recognition, they advocate for the cultural and environmental legacy of Palm Beach, recognizing architects, owners and properties for their work.…

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Sneak Peek at a Busy Week

Sneak Peek at a Busy Week

If it’s mid-fall, that means there are events galore in the world of design. While I catch up, here’s a sneak peek at a few of the many happenings out and about. Stop back later today or tomorrow for more in depth coverage!

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TEFAF New York Fall 2017 Continued

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 always presents the most beautiful Delftware. This year they are showing a pair of blue and white bowl and cover flower vases – one above. Dating to c. 1695, they hail from the prestigious De Grieksche A factory from which William and Mary (King William III and Queen Mary II) commissioned all their delft. Only three such examples exist.

In the last post, I shared a magnificent set of large peacock plates from Jorge Welsh.…

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TEFAF New York Fall 2017

TEFAF New York Fall 2017

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) landed stateside in NY. After two blockbuster showings in the fall and spring, this evening marked the Opening Night Reception (benefitting The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as well as the cultural programs produced by the Park Avenue Armory) of TEFAF New York Fall’s second edition. I stopped by the Armory, again elegantly transformed by Dutch designer Tom Postma, to catch a peek. With a glamorous international group of attendees, Ruinart champagne stations and delicious snacks, it was a packed venue of collectors, interior designers, museum representatives, art connoisseurs and admirers.…

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About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham

About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham

Rather like his own personality, Richard Keith Langham’s interiors never take themselves too seriously. Yet they all possess an easy elegance and livable congeniality with an updated sense of tradition that isn’t afraid to include a good dose of wit and whimsy.

And like many of the designs in his first book, About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham, Sara Ruffin Costello’s text is fluent, easy-going and accessible with a wink. Covering work from Langham’s esteemed thirty year career, the volume includes a wide range of projects from Florida to New England, country houses to city apartments, rural retreats to waterfront estates.…

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Thank You

Thank You

A big thank you to Lillian August for hosting me and Susanna Salk for a hopping At Home with Dogs and Their Designers book signing as well as to those who came out to the Greenwich Design District inaugural Taste and Tour event to see us. It was a happening evening with fun meet and greets in many of the area’s shops. I’m already looking forward to future events with all of these great design brands!

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Sotheby’s Collections and Curiosities

Sotheby’s Collections and Curiosities

Please excuse the brevity of this post but I wanted to make readers aware of a marvelous auction tomorrow at Sotheby’s. The first of two October sales celebrating the art of collecting, this includes a wide range of collectible objects brought together as a cabinet of curiosities. A few favorites include a fantastic Italian silver marine-theme oyster platter as well as overflowing centerpiece by Buccellati, shown below with a set of our (two pictured) Odiot shell shaped tazze.

A large set of Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica pieces is presented in various separate lots so those only interested, for example, in cups and saucers or fruit plates can bid for those pieces alone.…

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