This Week in the World of Design

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The season has started and the world of design is hopping with celebrations, introductions and events. While it’s impossible to keep up with everything, I thought I would share a few noteworthy events from this week alone. Monday evening at the French Heritage Society‘s annual gala, along with corporate honoree Hermès, who executed the charming centerpieces below, designer Timothy Corrigan was honored for his accomplishments working in French style and for his restoration and decoration of his historic château. It was a festive and glamorous evening celebrating such a well deserved honor.

world of design | Hermes centerpiecephoto:

Tuesday, it was standing room only for a book signing at the Assouline boutique in the Plaza for Hunt Slonem‘s new tome, When Art Meets Design. Featuring many of his amazing homes, the book illustrates how the artist’s passions collide with and influence his spectacular living spaces. And stay tuned for a special video visit to Hunt’s truly remarkable NYC loft – coming to your small screen soon.

Hunt Slonem book signing at Assouline

In their Madison Avenue boutique, Calvin Klein Home celebrated the debut of exclusively curated artisan pieces with One Kings Lane. While the OKL sale is now over, you can still visit the store to see these offerings. Many of the artists were on hand to show off their creations.

Andrew Hughes handblown glass at Calvin Klein home

Glassblower Andrew Hughes at Calvin Klein Home

The beautiful handblown glass hurricanes and luminous green vases above, are by Brooklyn based glassblower Andrew Hughes, below (a not so fabulous shot of the handsome artist).

Glassblower Andrew Hughes at Calvin Klein Home

I caught Scottish ceramicist Tom Hopkins-Gibson and Irish (now New York based) sculptor Celine Cannon in a convivial moment.

Tom Hopkins-Gibson and Celine Cannon at Calvin Klein HomeTom’s handmade faux bois porcelain bowls are informed by his “fascination with the form and texture of wood.”  Organic yet refined in execution, their sophisticated rustic elegance would enhance any table.

Tom Hopkins-Gibson wood grain porcelain bowls at Calvin Klein Home

From a family representing generations of stone carvers, Celine Cannon produces traditional architectural carvings for contract work as well as contemporary art. Reduced to a simplified architectonic essence, her sculpture results in pure, zen-like pieces. For the past several years, she has produced a single offering for the Calvin Klein Home holiday collection. My photo does not do this year’s piece justice. Elegant, graceful and flawless in its geometric balance, it is so in keeping with the store’s minimal organic aesthetic.

Celine Cannon marble sculpture for Calvin Klein Home

Lastly, I met British ceramicist Sue Paraskeva, below, standing next to her beautiful porcelain.

Sue Paraskeva porcelain at Calvin Klein Home

Based on the Isle of Wight, Sue hand throws on a momentum wheel (non electric) and fires in a gas kiln, resulting in dinnerware that is subtle and sophisticated.

sue paraskeva porcelain for Calvin KleinWith modern clean lines devoid of ornamentation, the porcelain retains an artisanal hand with understated interior glazing and delicate variations of form.

de Gournay Whistler Peacocks in navyVisiting the beautiful de Gournay showroom is always a treat. Their latest offerings are dramatic new colorations of classic patterns like the gorgeous Whistler Peacocks in gold on navy, above or le Bresil panoramic on a lacquered paper with ghost outline below.

de Gournay le Bresil panoramic lacquer paper

The classic Earlham is glorious on a 22k gold leaf background.

de Gournay Earlham wallpaperwhile the Portman in a new warm Williamsburg gray is subtle in its tonal elegance.

de Gournay Portman wallpaperBut for color lovers, the showstopper was le Eden in its new brilliant colorway.

de Gournay le Eden

The end of the week we celebrated the world of design in Connecticut starting with a packed luncheon benefitting the Greenwich Historical Society at the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich. It was wonderful to see many local design friends congregate to hear Markham Roberts speak, with great insight and humor, about his work and sign copies of his fabulous new book, Decorating the Way I See It.

Markham Roberts

And later in the day, how lucky was I to moderate a panel on A Guys Guide to Design with this handsome and talented crew at the Wakefield Design Center. Thanks to Eddie Lee, Antonino Buzzetta and Sam Allen for such a fun and informative session!!

Eddie Lee, Stacey Bewkes, Antonino Buzzetta and Sam Allenphoto:

The week will end with the 20th anniversary of the Rooms With a View showhouse in Southport. Look for coverage of this favorite local event next week!!

8 thoughts on “This Week in the World of Design

  1. Scrolling down your post and loving all of the artists and events you presented; it was when the first De Gournay image appeared that I stopped in my tracks, gorgeous! Then you in the midst of three very talented and handsome men…ahh you have made my weekend Stacey!

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  2. Thank you for sharing these wonderful and very beautiful designs in such fabulous materials: glass, porcelain, 22K gold leaf, et al. Always inspiring, your posts are sublime!

  3. …very inspired/among the best … your own photograph, your own being, your jacket/coat and necklace the most special! …thank you for the gift/s

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