Archive for May, 2011
Has anyone seen the Alexander McQueen show “Savage Beauty“ at The Met? I found it to be truly revealing of his talent and broad imagination; the accompanying book is extraordinary as well, with incredible photos and intriguing copy. It always puzzles me how there can sometimes be no connection between great success in the business world and happiness in the outside/personal world. It seemed like this man couldn’t want for anything, but as we all know the tragic ending proved that was wrong.
Gallery photography by The Photograph Studio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Every year God’s Love We Deliver throws the amazing “Midsummer Night’s Drinks” fundraising event, this year it will be at a lovely home in the Hamptons. Getting to visit an interesting home, mingling with people from the design, theatre and business industries plus good food and incredible music makes it a great time to be had by all!
Hope to see you there!
I have had the privilege to work with Mr. Clive Davis for approximately 10 years now. Aside from being a visionary in the music world, he is a gentleman of the very first kind. His generous spirit makes him a unique individual and I don’t say that lightly. On Wednesday at NYU’s Commencement held at Yankee Stadium, Clive was given an honorary doctorate and I was lucky enough to be invited. It was truly a touching experience. Clive and the other honorees were led onto the field by the NYU Marching band and when Bill Clinton came out and gave the commencement speech all the students went nuts, it was like he was a rock star!
That evening Clive had a party at The River Café in Brooklyn which has the best views of the city; it was an amazing crowd consisting of 40 of his closest friends and family. All in all it was a wonderful day and experience.
Although I don’t often have dinner parties, I do enjoy hosting them. Here is my house set up for an intimate fette for 11 in honor of Jerome Able Seguin, a charming and talented furniture designer that is part of Ralph Pucci’s stable of talent.
I was so honored to be a judge at the Pratt + Paper & Ralph Pucci Design Competition and so thrilled to see this piece on it. It is very rare that I have to break my brain when picking the best, but I sure had to for this contest. Every single design was mind blowing and each one was so different and so intricate that it was almost impossible to judge. The experience was incredible, I hope you all enjoy the article.
Students: 27. Disciplines: four. Material: one. They all added up in “Pratt + Paper & Ralph Pucci.” Pratt Institute president Thomas F. Schutte initiated the competition and exhibition, for which undergrads and graduates studying interior, industrial, and fashion design or the fine arts were asked to use sheets of plain white paper, in any size, to create a garment or a sculpture. Fasteners were allowed, but the construction method had to be evident. As explained by the dean of the school of art and design, Concetta Stewart, the idea was to help students “understand the power of parameters as a catalyst for innovation.”
Hello friends, both old and new! This is James Swan author and host of the web series Masters of Design. What a joy to be guest blogging for Vicente Wolf and a double joy to share with you my hour long conversation with Vicente from our recent Masters of Design Interview.
“If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.” Mark Twain. My belief in the power of learning is what prompted me to launch The Masters of Design Web Series. This series of hour long web based conversations with leaders in the worlds of design and decoration offers listeners, around the world, unique insight into the lives and businesses of today’s leading tastemakers. Questions from our listening partners as well as those from our research team form the framework for these lively conversations. Our invitation for Vicente Wolf to kick off our most recent series was a result of the respect his work and career have generated over the years. His artistry and thoughtful approach to the profession mark him as one from whom there is much to learn and Mr. Wolf does not disappoint. Self-effacing, witty and kind, I think you’ll agree our time with Vicente Wolf, Master of Design, was well spent.
The code is: Masters1.1.
I’m off to Paris for Baccarat’s Annual Advisory Board meeting, which I am so honored to be on. During my trip I’m going to take a 3 day side jaunt to Amsterdam, I have been dying to back there to buy some more water lilies and to see the tulip fields. I have tried to see them the last 3 times I have visited but they were never in bloom….fingers crossed.