Design Video Summer Extravaganza

Design Video Summer Extravaganza

Throughout the year, as Susanna Salk and I get inspired with ideas for our design video series, our enthusiasm perhaps gets the best of us. Month after month we cannot wait to execute our concepts, capturing the talent and vivacious personalities of designers in entertaining venues, out and about, at home or in their studios. But now, we are left with the somewhat delicious dilemma of having more stylish content than we have had time to share. So as of this week, I am banishing myself to the editing room (aka my office) to catch up. Every Thursday for most of the summer you can look forward to tagging along with Susanna as she visits with designers and top tastemakers.…

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In Art It’s Called Appropriation

In Art It’s Called Appropriation

Ever since Natalie Massenet’s brilliant realization that online luxury shopping and editorial content are an ideal match, many have tried to followed suit. And while I don’t always consider the bricks and mortar fashion catalogues must-reads, Bergdorf’s has been doing an admirable job, in their seasonal print mailings, offering an every expanding sartorial lust list with some entertaining and smart editorial. My favorite pieces, including the latest Pre-Fall mailing, are often from Joan Juliet Buck whose knowledge of French, as her bio states, “makes her an authority on style, clothes, manners, sex, food, philosophy and betrayal.” You know right there she’s going to be fun.…

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The Globetrotting Sophistication of Cabana Magazine

The Globetrotting Sophistication of Cabana Magazine

In this era of consolidation, cutting corners and mass market mentality, it is a rare pleasure to come across a unique product that strives to be more. Cabana Magazine, a new Italian publication launched during Salone del Mobile in Milan, is about sophistication on many levels. From the simplest object to the rarest collectible, from a rural hut to a cosmopolitan dwelling, Cabana explores the “intellectual and emotional intimacy with buildings and their surroundings … the intense relationship of thought, place and the person.”

Starting with the cover, you know this new biannual publication is something special. Seven different versions were printed, all created with real Pierre Frey fabrics, some vintage and some current, mine with Haras above. …

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A Day of Design at the Mayflower Grace

A Day of Design at the Mayflower Grace

Next Saturday, June 14th, I am delighted to be participating in the first ever Day of Design at one of my very favorite retreats, the Mayflower Grace. (You can read about one of my last visits here and here). This luxurious country hotel is the perfect spot for a gathering of local Connecticut and NYC design talent to share their opinions and points of view.

With a series of morning and afternoon panel discussions, a lunch provided the hotel’s new Muse by Jonathan Cartwright restaurant and an end of day VIP cocktail party, it should be a dazzling day of beauty and inspiration.

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Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman Return to High Point Market

Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman Return to High Point Market

Although they manufacture in their own factory only eight miles from High Point, NC, Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, one of my sponsors, hadn’t shown at market for years. But this April marked the return of this family owned, made-in-American brand to market, adding their upholstery line to the Lorts showroom. Back in the 1950′s, in New York City, young brides-to-be could visit Mr. Mittman’s brownstone on East 52nd Street and he would make your furniture, mostly carved frame pieces, to order. Many of these styles, like the Clermont sofa, below, reminiscent of those early designs, are evidently making a comeback.…

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Welcome Back to the 18th Century at the Louvre

Welcome Back to the 18th Century at the Louvre

Next week marks the reemergence of the 18th century at the Louvre. In the north wing of the museum’s Cour Carrée, resides its exceptional collection of 18th century decorative arts. The collection, which hasn’t been on view for almost ten years, includes an incomparable array of masterpieces, from rugs and tapestries to royal furniture, jewelry and porcelain. But next Friday, the newly renovated 35 galleries, spanning over 23,000 square feet, will open to the public.

© 2014 Musée du Louvre, sit. RMN-GP/Olivier Ouadah

Thanks to the American Friends of the Louvre (AFL), continuing its long tradition of American support of French art and culture, an impressive $4 million was raised to help renovate two of the key period rooms.

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The Colorful World of CR Laine at High Point

The Colorful World of CR Laine at High Point

As VP of Merchandising and Marketing, Holly Blalock, explains, “Color is not a trend for CR Laine. We are committed to color as a common thread throughout our collection.” And she should know. Now in her 10th year at the company, Holly has been instrumental in helping CR Laine, one of my sponsors at High Point this spring, make the shift from a very traditional upholstery company to one now associated with an updated, cleaner and stylish neo-traditional look and an indisputable emphasis on color. “At a time when the economy had everyone feeling the need to be safe with their decisions (i.e.…

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Spring Design Books Round Up

Spring Design Books Round Up

While it’s usually the fall season that brings out the blockbuster line up of design books, this spring, a strong selection rivals tradition. With a particularly crazy year of events to date, I am rather late in my reviews. Many of these books have already been circling in the blogosphere but I wanted to add a few thoughts and recommendations in this, a first of several round ups of recent titles.

You will want to move into the incredibly charming home of Furlow Gatewood. With evocative text by follower southerner Julia Reed, there are few more irresistible volumes around than One Man’s Folly.…

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From Sea to Shining Sea

From Sea to Shining Sea

Wishing all you readers a wonderful long Memorial Day weekend. As we enjoy what here in Connecticut is a glorious sunny start to the summer season,

photo via Ralph Lauren

let’s take a moment to remember why we celebrate and recognize all those who have made sacrifices serving our country, which includes both my parents. My father was a reconnaissance pilot and officer in the WWII Army Air Corps (taken before his many decorations).

and my mother was, during the war, an art therapist in the Red Cross.

In a very greatest generation story, they met while my father was recuperating at Walter Reed (for three years) from a mortar shell attack at Battle of the Bulge.…

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Pierre Soulages Returns to New York

Pierre Soulages Returns to New York

According to art critic Brooks Adams, who spoke several weeks ago at the preview of the Pierre Soulages show being held jointly by Dominique Lévy and Galerie Perrotin, below, the key date was October 1950.

That was when Leo Castelli organized a show for Sidney Janis juxtaposing young French and American artists. In the exhibit, an early Pierre Soulages hung next to an Yves Klein and de Kooning was hanging next to Dubuffet, setting up a tense dialogue between the New York and European artists. James Johnson Sweeney, the second director of the Guggenheim, subsequently did an important show in 1953 called the Younger European Painters, including Solages, which was very influential in promoting the European artists across America, adding fuel to the fire.…

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