First Peek at Paris

First Peek at Paris

Je suis arrivée! While it may have been gray for my arrival, it is already feeling festive for the start of Déco Off on Thursday. I thought I would post a first peek at Paris through my lens. Since time will be tight on this trip, I will try to share shorter glimpses of the activities as we go along. Of course you can always follow along on Instagram for even more timely updates.

The iconic lanterns of the show are are looking festive in the charming place de Furstenberg above.

Pierre Frey‘s windows at their  left bank outposts feature old and new from their various lines above and below.…

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A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

Whereas many chateaux are associated primarily with a particular resident or royal, Chateau de Fontainebleau represents almost 1,000 years of French ruling dynasties. A Day at Château de Fontainebleau offers not only insights into the history, art and culture of France throughout the centuries, but also the lives of those who inhabited this magnificent French landmark. While the château welcomes over 500,000 visitors a year, many of the images in the book are of rooms and galleries not open to the public

With over 1,500 rooms on 130 acres of park and gardens, it was one of the few royal residences left intact after the ravages of the French Revolution.  

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The Luxury of Time at the Met

The Luxury of Time at the Met

The luxury of time is a valuable asset when visiting the vast collections, exhibits and shops at the Metropolitan Museum. The phrase also refers to a small yet marvelous current exhibition at the museum featuring pieces from its distinguished collection of European timepieces. Time is of course inescapable, and while the need for clocks and watches has diminished in our increasingly technological world, our fascination with the art of timekeeping continues. Just check out the prices for vintage chronographs. Melding the science of mechanization with aesthetic artistry, these exquisite objects created a beautiful dialogue between inside and out.

French decorative arts of the 18th century are prized for their sophisticated elegance and classic designs and the clocks of that era are some of the most luxurious ever made.…

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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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