At the Movies

At the Movies

I am thrilled to start off my holiday movie reviews with this classic Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy romp. It is one of those movies I just never tire of!! In fact, it may very well be my favorite of the nine movies they made together! The intelligent witty banter, the subtle romance and the sophisticated humor are elements that are often so hard to find in contemporary films.

Let me set the stage for you. Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) is the head of the research department at a fictional TV network FBC  (that just happens to be located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza much like another similarly anagrammed company).…

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Holiday Book Briefs

Holiday Book Briefs

As I mentioned in my Katie Ridder Homes review, I was honored that my local book emporium, Barrett Bookstore has again asked me to write the Home Design book reviews for their holiday newsletter. Two of the books included, I have already reviewed separately here (Katie Ridder Homes and The Way Home by Jeffrey Bilhuber) but I thought I might post the other three today as a brief introduction to those who haven’t yet seem them. As always, there are so many wonderful volumes this season!

It was during his 16 years as a member of the prestigious Parish-Hadley firm that Kleinberg developed his mantra of “beauty meets quality of life”.…

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Parmigiani – Masters of Time

Parmigiani – Masters of Time

As the restorer of the intricate mechanical masterpieces in the Sandoz collection, Michel Parmigiani demonstrates his passion and talent for watchmaking. And it is this same expertise that he brings to the creation of new pieces for his luxury brand. “We’re not a restorer on the one hand and a watch manufacturer on the other. To us, it is one and the same trade.”

photos by R. Sterchi

photo courtesy of watchtime.com

Mechanical Wonders includes three exclusive pieces designed by Parmigiani Fleurier, inspired by pieces in the Sandoz collection. It is the perfect melding of past, present and future  “where the never-ending dialogue continues between the excellence of the past and the search for its expressions in the watchmaking of the future.” The double time zone pocket watch from 1870, above, was the inspiration for the Tonda Hemispheres with dual time zone below.

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Mechanical Wonders – the Collection

Mechanical Wonders – the Collection

There are really no words to express the exquisite beauty and incredibly intricate craftsmanship of the Sandoz collection on exhibit at the A La Vieille Russie gallery in NYC. Once seen, it is easy to understand how Maurice Sandoz became intrigued with these treasures. The merging of the science of watchmaking with the art of jewelry design lend these objects a fascinating niche in the history of art and collectibles.

Photograph R. Sterchi

Although rudimentary examples existed as early as the third century BC, automatons didn’t come into their own until the second half of the 16th century with the invention of the mainspring in Germany.…

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Mechanical Wonders – the History

Mechanical Wonders – the History

Several weeks ago I attended a marvelous event that represented the epitome of creative collaboration. Beginning with a shared passion of two collectors, a connection was made spanning decades and generations. Add to the mix a rare master craftsman and an extraordinary exhibit of breathtaking beauty and mind-boggling technical skill became possible.

photograph by Trude Fleischmann

It all started in 1941 when Maurice Sandoz, the heir to the Sandoz pharmaceutical fortune, visited New York and forged a lifelong friendship with Alexander Schaffer, the owner of A La Vieille Russie (the NYC gallery). A writer, composer, philanthropist and collector of precious objects, Sandoz was particularly fascinated by the complicated mechanisms of watches, clocks and automatons (mechanical works of art with moving parts, figures and/or animals).…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

I was going to feature a different movie today that was more directly related to Thanksgiving but as we cleaned up after our turkey dinner, it was clear that this had to be the one. My daughter put her play list into the stereo system and as I stood at the sink, all the kids cleared the table, grooving to the beat as they brought the dishes through. It immediately reminded me of that famous kitchen scene in The Big Chill.

I would imagine that most readers have seen this classic but if not, it should go to the top of your Netflix list!…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

All set (pun intended)!! Just deciding between the flatware! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday. I am grateful every day to the amazing people I have met through this endeavor! Cheers to you all!!

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Monika Chiang Preview

Monika Chiang Preview

Monday I ventured down to SoHo to visit the new C Wonder store. Chris Burch is a brilliant marketer and the happy spot brims with bright colors and touch me temptation everywhere you look. But I won’t dwell on this venue since so many others have covered it.

Afterwards we walked across Prince Street to another of the entrepreneur’s recent ventures – girlfriend Monika Chiang‘s preview store. While the designer’s permanent digs are being prepared, this temporary location serves to introduce a small collection in advance of the official spring opening. What a different feel from Burch’s signature colors that we’re accustomed to seeing at ex-wife Tory’s emporiums, C Wonder or Poppin.…

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Moonlighting at New England Home

Moonlighting at New England Home

Since 2005, New England Home Magazine has been showcasing great regional architecture and design. Its upscale approach to inspiring and wide ranging projects, makes it an essential read for all those interested in New England style. From the coast and islands to urban and mountain settings, each issue invites us into a carefully curated selection of beautiful homes across our six states.

From this feature on Eric Rosenberg and Michele Kolb‘s restoration of a classic colonial Nantucket home (photographed by Michael Partenio).

to well known architectural designer Louise Brooks and husband Ned’s charming shingle style house, around the corner from me in Rowayton (photographed by Tria Giovan)

to the sensitive renovation of Sandy and David Goodkind’s seaside summer house in Stony Creek by architect Tony Terry (photographed by Michael Partenio), we are treated to insider views of both the creation of and life within these beautiful homes.…

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An Updated Classic

An Updated Classic

I’m definitely liking the direction new editor in chief Jay Fielden is taking with Town & Country. With a stylish new design and fonts with flair, reading has never been more aesthetically pleasing. And it’s always fun to see that although there’s been updating, I still feel on the same wavelength with their inspirational spirit. And that is how it should be for a venerable institution like T&C.  Starting at the beginning, I totally concurred with Fielden’s assessment of Steve Jobs in his Editor’s Letter and loved the reference to The Razor’s Edge, one of my favorite reads!

photograph by Mikael Colville-Andersen

I was then thrilled to see the mention of Mikael Colville-Andersen’s campaign for Velorbis bicycles.…

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