Tuesday, April 26, 2011
This was my third trip to New York since the MoMA launched the Abstract Expressionists New York exhibit. I had run out of time on my previous two trips, but was able to get there this time. (And, horribly, it has closed so I feel terrible about going on and on. But I'm going to anyway.)
I dig 'em. The Abstract Expressionists, I mean.
Big and graphic and bold, they jazz me right up. It was terrific to see all of these paintings together. I forget, so accustomed to their images, so familiar with their forms, how shockingly foreign they were at their debut. Forget that contemporary eyes might have gazed upon them and thought, "What the heck?" Puzzled, as Bert Cooper's employees were with his Rothko.
Willem de Kooning Woman 1. Really, we're not all that bad.
I was there Good Friday and the museum was packed. A swarming museum is an idea that delights, but a reality that detracts. There were people moving everywhere, looking and talking and listening to audio tours. But people were visiting Pollack like a rock star.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Perhaps you'd heard this as there have been some shenanigans with guests using those large pieces of plate glass as a TV screen in reverse, have regarded the neighbors as audience. After all, people tend to take liberties on vacation. In a different city you are anonymous; you could do anything there, relieved from the prying eyes of Mrs. Kravitz. Further daring to invite the witness of strangers. Some people tell me that when the hotel first opened, encouragement of this kind of inhibition might have been implied. To negate this, a letter from the manager was left squarely on the table. "As a reminder, please be aware of the transparency of our guest room windows and that the activity in your room, when the curtains are open, may be visible from the outside."
My eyes brushed this letter three or four times during my stay. I was amused each time to think that any human being capable of making a hotel reservation would need to be reminded that glass is clear. That if you can see out, they can see in. That, regardless your bravado, on-lookers might not prefer to look on. Needless to say, that when I was uncovered my windows were covered. The reverse was also true.
I thought I could get a couple of posts together over the weekend, but the holiday tripped me up. Further coverage to follow.
Friday, August 20, 2010
And, perhaps I was just missing toddlerhood (unlikely), but this tray with puzzle piece utensils is delightful and seems to solve the problem of Junior waiting for his peas and carrots. Plus, those little red knobs? Grasping those helps with fine motor skills. The puzzle concept? Addresses spacial relationships and eye-hand coordination. All important work for baby. And it just might give Mama time to fix herself a drink.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
One of the biggest treats while in New York was being able to stop in and visit Thomas O'Brien at Aero, his studio in Soho. He devoted an amazing amount of time to this near-stalker/blogger, giving me a tour of the shop and his design studio.
The shop is a wonderful jumble of vintage and antique pieces with O'Brien's own designs seemlessly mixed in. He is a collector. Personally, and in the store. You can see his hand in everything.
When we sat down to visit I asked him why he thought he had been named as a designer who will "last" in my Enduring Style series. "Huh. I don't know," was his reply and then he went on to discuss his design process in everything from product to interiors to his book.
O'Brien had a copy of his new book, American Modern, there for me to flip through while we talked. It is a beautiful book featuring some favorite projects, but also homes that have not been published. As Dick Diver, O'Brien is a man with repose. His gaze is steady and his hands are still even when he speaks intently about the need to be inspired. Even though many of us are struggling he notes, "The great buildings still need to be built."
You can pre-order his book, American Modern, here. You should. It's terrific.
I received no compensation for this post other than the complete delight of the experience. All images courtesy of Thomas O'Brien and Aero.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I was in New York from Thursday until Saturday. Short but sweet. And cold.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I'm off to New York to catch up with a few friends and see this beautiful window. Don't forget today is the last day to VOTE for Eddie Ross. Here.
Detail image of Eddie's window on behalf of Elle Decor for the Big Window Challenge via Eddie and Jaithan's blog.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I thought I'd be all caught up today but find the Family Fun Fest schedule and a soccer game over hill and dale after school will impeded a post even tomorrow. Certainly by Wednesday.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Charlotte Moss's townhouse. I mean, how can I not? You've all been talking about it for weeks; I do feel a bit left out.John Derian - for the fabulous decoupage and objets.
Oh, and then, well, one thing you need to know about me is, well, I have a bit of a problem with jewelry. I don't buy that often, you know, because the children need things like clothes and shoes and books and braces. But, like going to a museum, sometimes I just need to go see some things. Maybe try them on. But I can quit anytime. So, there will also be stops at Faraone Mennella -
Ted Muehling for the candlesticks (available in bronze and silver - gorgeous in both)
oh, and his jewelry as well -
Here is Isabel Toledo being fabulous in House and Garden. Love the earrings.
And Tiffany. We actually have one in Kansas City, but they don't carry the Sugar Stack rings.
Glorious combination of precious materials in a Cracker Jack design. Can't you just feel them sliding on to your finger? Anyone else getting the shakes?
And, last, but certainly not least,
Chanel Fine Jewelry. These Profil de Camelia hoops are just the kind of everyday indulgence that makes oh-so-much-sense.
But the real reason for the post, other than getting to thumb through my jewelry folder, is to ask your advice. Where else, gentle reader? Any thoughts?
I put this HG image in because it's oh-so-pretty. Who wouldn't want a vanity that looked like this?