Yesterday I traveled to Greenwich, CT, to launch the Latitude Collection that I designed for Baccarat at their beautiful location on Greenwich Avenue. I am currently the only US designer for this French crystal producer and so honored to have been selected to create beautiful pieces for them.
My favorite design in this magnificent collection is this candleholder, called Vice & Versa. The genius of Vice & Versa is that three unique parts form an exceptionally versatile whole. Each six-inch-tall unit can be used on its own as a single candlestick, or stacked in various combinations. Each unit is flexible since both its top and bottom can hold a wide or tapered candle and I think the pieces, which can be purchased singly or in groups, makes the perfect gift – particularly to yourself!
This design is so typical of my principle on acquisition: one object is chance, two are tchotchkes, and three constitute a collection.
While each unit is beautiful individually, it is when they are stacked that I think they truly become most grand. The tall, heavy piece reminds me so much of the columns that were the original inspiration on a journey to Palmyra, Syria—a port of call as far back as two millennia B.C. for caravans traveling between Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean — I saw fragments of immense stone columns that were stacked out of order. Shapes with little to do with each other were juxtaposed in unexpected sequences and looked…breathtakingly beautiful.
I just received the Nov/Dec 08 issue of ‘atHome in Fairfield County‘, a beautiful magazine that focuses on design for this beautiful area of Connecticut. I am honored to be mentioned on the cover and they interviewed me for their ‘at Home With…’ feature on the back page.
I was happy to see that the photography show by Alejandra Laviada that I visited over the weekend received a great write-up in the New York Times today.
Over the weekend I visited the Danziger Projects gallery at 521 West 26th Street in Manhattan to see an exhibit by Alejandra Laviada. This young Mexican artist works with roller paints, brooms and other items of our trade to incorporate items from the design industry into her photography. I was really moved by the simplicity of the beautiful way she blends sculpture and photography. If you are in town, be sure to visit it until December 20th, 2008.
I have submitted my Vice & Versa design for Baccarat to Interior Design’s ‘Best of Year’ Awards. They have just launched the website and voting is open to interior designers and architects for the next ten days. What I really love about this design is the solidness of the crystal and the functionality of this unique piece. The three parts can be used as individuals that are each beautiful and unique in their own right and they combine to create one exceptional piece when put together.
This week I had three opportunities to indulge in my other passion – photography.
In addition to shooting a new ad for VW Home, I captured various images of the Met Home Showhouse and, most importantly, had a very successful shoot for Met Home at one of my recently completed projects in New York City. The shots all came out beautifully and left me feeling really grateful.
There is something so rewarding about being able to view the work that I do through the lens of a camera…and then to have the added bonus of having it published in such a great publication. Who wouldn’t be happy?
It’s great when good things happen without you expecting it to. In today’s New York Times my new restaurant Convivio received a 3-star review and positive write-up. Thank you to Frank Bruni for only telling the truth!
Today I will be in Washington to put the final touches on my new hotel project, the Lorien Hotel & Spa I created for Kimpton Hotels. We are launching this new hotel early in 2009 and I have found this project really inspiring as I dealt with the past while still in the present, incorporating the rich heritage of the original site and reinterpreting American colonial colors in new and different ways. I have also used some of my designs from VW Home in the décor – like this wing chair, which is one of my personal favorites – I am really happy with the outcome of the project so far.