DIFFA Dining by Design 2018

DIFFA Dining by Design 2018

Continuing our look at DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2018, we start with the beautiful Ralph Lauren Home table. Inspired by the courtyard of Ralph’s restaurant in Paris, the romantic setting under their Evalina chandelier included chairs brought in for the occasion from Ralph Lauren’s Bedford estate.

Blue and white has been a longstanding theme with their collections and here Cote d’Azure, Mason and Casey stoneware create a charming painterly mix. Underneath, the new white Belcourt porcelain, produced in collaboration with Bernardaud, adds a crisp and refined touch.

The Dagny hand-cut crystal has long been one of my favorite patterns

The new Bailey wine tote in wicker and leather with wine opener, cheese knives and four porcelain plates

also echoes the Paris store with its signature insignia and ticking stripe interior.…

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Peter Pennoyer at DIFFA Dining by Design

Peter Pennoyer at DIFFA Dining by Design

DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) is a cause close to the design community’s heart and their annual Dining by Design gala is always an inspiring event, where brands and designers come together with creative installations. I was delighted this year to be sitting at architect Peter Pennoyer’s table, where he and his interiors team, led by Alice Engel, partnered with Sunbrella.

Imagining a fantasy dinner party including luminaries of literature and design, they created tasseled chair covers (expertly executed by Anthony Lawrence Belfair, the firm who beautifully reimagined my borne settee) with the names of such legends as Frederick Law Olmsted, Virginia Wolf and Rosario Candela (Peter will be designing the upcoming exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York on the iconic NYC architect).…

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Out and About in Florida and Around the World

Out and About in Florida and Around the World

This past week I was happily out and about in Florida, visiting family and escaping the unseasonable weather. It was refreshing to see green and color in both nature

and the tropical exteriors.

And while I was away, there was also an abundance of inspiration online from some favorite publications, reinforcing an oft-favored theme in these parts of looking back to move forward. As Hanya Yanagihara espoused in her editor letter for this week’s inspiring T Magazine Design Issue, “None of us can resist announcing our presence, no matter how temporal or humble our dwelling might be; we write ourselves into walls as a way of protesting the relentlessness, the uncaringness, of time.” Tom Delvan’s wonderful piece on Schloss Hollenegg is a particularly striking example.…

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At Home with Carolyne Roehm in Charleston

At Home with Carolyne Roehm in Charleston

Ever since watching Gone with the Wind as a child, Carolyne Roehm has long had a predilection for the South. As she matured, her interests turned more to European history, particularly that of France, where she spent many years on and off. But after a fruitless search for a house in the country there, her thoughts turned back here to the States. And after several trips visiting friends in Charleston, she found and fell in love with Chisholm House, a historic 19th century Greek revival house. Please join me and Susanna for a behind the scenes visit with the multi-talented and ever evolving Carolyne Roehm in Charleston.…

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Frank de Biasi x Christie’s Rockefeller Collection Auction

Frank de Biasi x Christie’s Rockefeller Collection Auction

The next Christie’s collaboration celebrating the upcoming Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection auction is with designer Frank de Biasi. The Christie’s alumnus creatively reimagined the Lobby Gallery at the auction house incorporating items from the sale. A brilliant Mongiardino-like solution for the walls of the blank-box-of-a-space, using a cut and paste collage of Doug and Gene Meyer (Gene is Frank’s partner) wallpapers for Holland and Sherry, set the stage for a stylish interpretation of the collection.

Two large cherry blossom filled 17th – 18th c. Asian storage jars flank the entry and a go-with-everything 19th c. Bakshaish carpet anchors the space.…

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Lunch with Martha Stewart & Kevin Sharkey at Christie’s

Lunch with Martha Stewart & Kevin Sharkey at Christie’s

While the latest nor’easter blew through with a vengeance last week, causing event cancelations and delays, I was delighted to still be able to attend a marvelous luncheon at Christie’s hosted by chairman Marc Porter and Martha Stewart with co-author Kevin Sharkey, celebrating their new book, Martha’s Flowers, and the upcoming Peggy & David Rockefeller Collection auction.

photo above courtesy of Christie’s

Coordinating with the much-anticipated sale coming in May at Christie’s, Kevin created six spectacular floral arrangements incorporating porcelain pieces from the legendary collection. But even before entering the dining room we were greeted by several gorgeous bouquets.

Kevin worked with Dutch Flower Line who helped him obtain exquisite fresh flowers from around the world. …

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The Return of Poiret

The Return of Poiret

While today we are accustomed to the close connection between fashion and decor, with designers often crossing the divide, a century ago, these relationships were not so intertwined. But there was one creative couturier who embodied the modern concept of lifestyle, encompassing clothing, interiors and even beauty.

Courtesy: The artist and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Photo: Hollandse Hoogte / Rogier Viollet, Paris
photo: Kunst and Decoration 1913 via University of Heidelberg

Paul Poiret was a designer who changed the course of fashion, not only for his innovative style and techniques but his all groundbreaking creativity – an interior he designed for one of the boats in the Seine, during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, Paris 1925.…

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Work Their Magic in Milan

The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Work Their Magic in Milan

It is a special treat whenever a new project from the extraordinary Studio Peregalli is unveiled. And when it is a project in Milan originally designed by Renzo Mongiardino, Laura Sartori Rimini’s and Roberto Peregalli’s celebrated mentor, it deserves special attention.

In the March ELLE DECOR, we learn this Milanese apartment, originally designed in the 1950’s and near disrepair, was suggested by Peregalli to Italian clients looking for a new home. Keeping as many of the original Mongiardino touches as possible, Studio Peregalli updated the apartment to function for today’s lifestyle. And just as Mongiardino was a sorcerer able to conjure up the most elusive environments, so are his apprentices adept at inventing interiors redolent with magical memories and dazzling details.…

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On the Move with a Busy Week in Design

On the Move with a Busy Week in Design

With a busy week in design, I am just catching up with a few highlights I thought you might enjoy. Stay tuned for lots of great videos coming your way. This week, Susanna Salk and I visited Charlotte Moss at her beautiful townhouse to shoot an upcoming Setting the Table episode to coincide with the publication of her new book.

I’m including a sneak peek at just a couple of the glorious spreads Charlotte designed – be prepared to be wowed with beautiful settings as well as great tips and ideas! You can watch our “taxi talk” video while we were on our way to Charlotte’s to hear about other upcoming episodes and more!…

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Pomellato: Since 1967

Pomellato: Since 1967

The 60’s ushered in an era that would change forever the cultural and social landscape, particularly for women who discovered a new independence and liberation. And 1967 seemed to be the year that tipped the scales, from the Monterey Pop Festival to Twiggy to the summer of love. And it wasn’t just in America. Things were changing in Europe too. In Italy, Milan was bustling in the Brera district with creativity and artistry. It was also the year that Pino Rabolini, a young Milanese from a family of goldsmiths and habitué at Brera’s Bar Jamaica, a legendary hangout for artists, founded Pomellato as a forward looking jewelry brand for this new generation of women.…

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