Tech Tidbit

Tech Tidbit

We all know how addictive social media can be – but it can be downright dangerous if you’re in a moving vehicle. While it’s bad enough talking on the phone while driving, there is now an epidemic of people texting while trying to keep their eyes on the road. Luckily there appears to be a handy solution – Text’nDrive. Take a look at how this clever free app purports to handle your communications that just can’t wait ’til you’ve reached your destination.

So whether you’re looking to keep your teenager focussed on the road or a new gadget for yourself, Text’nDrive seems to fit the bill!…

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Rooms With A View

Rooms With A View

I just got back from the Rooms With A View Gala Preview party. Despite the dismal weather, there was a great turnout for this fun evening. There were tons of design stars there from Bunny Williams and David Easton to Tom Filicia and honoree Albert Hadley.

Here are Bunny and a dapper Albert in Bunny’s booth. I love the blown-up photo of a younger Hadley behind the French doors. The ecclectic room was furnished with many wonderful Beeline pieces from the Eclipse chairs to the fabulous Harvest table and fun Spiral Umbrella Stand, a perfect accessory on this wet evening.…

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Heads of Expressionism

Heads of Expressionism

Recently we have looked at several of the art exhibitions at museums in NYC this fall – from the blockbuster show at the MoMA to ones at smaller museums like the Jewish Museum’s Houdini exhibit. One of the most fascinating exhibits, however, has got to be the Franz Xaver Messerschmidt exhibition at the Neue Galerie.

the ill-humored man

This show, organized by Guilhem Scherf, the chief curator of sculpture at the Musée du Louvre, is the first US exhibit about this late 18th century Bavarian-born Austrian sculptor and the first collaboration between the Neue Galerie and the Louvre. This quixotic show focuses on the artist’s “character heads” which, both astonishingly realistic and strange, are some of the most important sculptures of the 18th century, due to Messerschmidt’s honest portrayal of his subjects’ features.…

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Levi’s Photo Workshop

Levi’s Photo Workshop

Artistic collaborations seems to be the trend now in retail – J. Crew having taken the lead in this category. However, others are right on their heels. My latest favorite is actually a fantastic interactive idea from Levi’s. The Photo Workshop, which opened on October 7th in NYC, is Levi’s second in their workshop series – the first was a print workshop in San Francisco this past summer. These pop-up workshops are a “series of community-based venues for collaboration and creative production.” What a fabulous concept!!

photo by Kelly Stuart

Although each workshop will focus on a different artistic arena, the idea is the same – for people to come, use Levi’s temporary facilities and resources and learn from visiting artists.…

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Amazing Alondra

Amazing Alondra

A while ago, a friend of mine from Mexico City told me about a new young conductor named Alondra de la Parra. She was aware of my interest in music, especially with regards to children, and waxed so enthusiastically about her that I knew I had to know more. As it turns out, Alondra de la Parra is one of the most acclaimed young conductors of her generation. At just 30 (on Sunday – happy birthday Alondra)  she has already conducted symphony orchestras around the world in countries including Argentina, Uruguay, the US, Canada, Germany, Denmark and Russia to name a few.…

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Kentshire Caché

Kentshire Caché

photo by john gruen

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the venerable Kentshire Gallery. Established and owned by the same two related families since 1940, the name alone connotes the epitome of excellence in their field.  Whether you know them from their original downtown building (above), their boutique in Bergdorf’s, their newer chic Madison Avenue shop (below), or from 1stdibs, it is common knowledge that Kentshire is considered one of the most respected dealers of fine antique English furniture and period jewelry in the country.

I lived near the impressive eight-story gallery in Greenwich Village for several years and frequently stopped by just to ogle the spectacular offerings.…

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Boo!

Boo!

I hope you have a specially spooky Halloween. And in that spirit, please enjoy the incredible pumpkin carving art of Ray Villafane, who has won the Food Network Pumpkin Carving contest on two occasions. By day he is a toy sculptor.

All photographs © Ray Villafane

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Alexa Hampton | The Language of Interior Design

Alexa Hampton | The Language of Interior Design

With an Ivy League degree, graduate work completed at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in both Florence and New York, an apprenticeship under her father, Mark Hampton, one of our generations’s most accomplished and revered interior designers, and the title of president of his eponymous firm since 1998,  Alexa Hampton has a lot going for her just on paper alone. But she hasn’t let those mere credentials define her. Consistently included by Architectural Digest as part of their AD100 directory and by House Beautiful in their annual “America’s Best 100 Designers”, she has proven herself time and again on her own terms.…

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Art and the Exhibitionist

Art and the Exhibitionist

Edward Hopper, South Carolina Morning, 1955. ©Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Aha – I knew that would get your attention! As I mentioned last week, there are, as always, a ton of art exhibits in the fall in New York. Several of the big museums are drawing primarily from their own collections for their shows. Perhaps this is due to financial constraints but it doesn’t necessarily affect the impact of the exhibit.  Even though they own the art, sometimes it has been in storage and even if not, it sometimes take an organized exhibit to entice people to come and see it.

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The Explosion of Atomic Tom

The Explosion of Atomic Tom

I just love this story – a case of creativity joining forces with technology to catapult a small Brooklyn quartet, Atomic Tom, to stardom. The week before last (actually Friday the 15th) this video was posted on YouTube and by Sunday had already received over a million hits. The premise for the video was that the band’s instruments had been stolen and they were forced to improvise using their iPhones. The truth is that their instruments are safe and sound. This is not the first YouTube video Atomic Tom had made but the invented back story and filming of this particular video caused it to garner unprecedented attention to such an extent that “Take Me Out” has since made it to the Top 100 iTunes single chart.…

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