Archive for December, 2011
On Christmas Eve, I will be in Bali, Indonesia having dinner with friends. Here, the sun is shining and it is hot and humid, but I can still feel the spirit of the holidays. For New Years, I will be in Bangkok, Thailand ringing in 2012. It is my favorite place for New Years…I will enjoy fireworks, a wonderful dinner, and company with good friends. Have a happy holiday and best of luck in the New Year!
Wow what a trip it was to Spain! Two days in Barcelona, two in Sevilla, two in Grenada, and two in Madrid…but I was able to see a lot in a short time.
My big stop in Barcelena was seeing the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe masterpiece that was built for the 1929 World’s Fair – I felt like I was going to church. It was so enlightening and spiritual to see his work. The other buildings at the World’s Fair site were also a sight to behold.
I was especially excited about going to Grenada to see the Alambra. I absolutely loved the Islamic architecture, and spent two days walking through the gardens. I also did a night tour, which was very interesting. I’d suggest going there first thing in the morning, and booking the tours ahead of time, as there are hundreds of people waking through.
As for shopping in Grenada, I found some great antiques at a store called Antiquedades Decoracion Abascal.
In Madrid I visited the Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Reina Sofía, and many other beautiful sights.
I visited two shops in Madrid: Justiniano X SL and Mercedes Urquijo Antiquedades for 17th Century Spanish and other objects for the showroom.
The best meal I had in Spain was a magnificent dinner at the La Terraza Del Casino restaurant in Madrid which serves nouvelle food. I had the tasting menu which came with 15 small courses and it was delicious. The flavors were a combination of sweet and sour, infusion and froth – my meal started at 9:30 p.m. and I left at 11:45 p.m. I also tried several different wines. The whole experience made me want to come back to Spain just to eat there again. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough…plus it has a Michelin star.
The next day, I took off to Delhi for a whirlwind shopping trip with a furniture dealer. My next stop is Bali, Indonesia, where I’ll be visiting my good friend Bruce Carpenter who is the owner of Amirshop (which sells furniture and objects from different islands in Indonesia). I’ll be spending Christmas in Bali – it truly is the perfect place to celebrate the joy of the holidays.
I’ll post photos from my Spanish adventure when I return!
The evening after AD100 I went to a very intimate fundraiser for President Obama that was coordinated by Margaret Russell, Michael Smith, and a few others. There were around 40 people and he spoke to the group about his policies and the state of the country. I had my picture taken with him. He came across as being very warm and had an intimate quality about him that made me feel as though he cared. It’s amazing how you can run a country, have a family, and be at the center of events like this where you’re constantly meeting and greeting people. You can understand why Presidents get gray hairs so easily.
With all my travels, I’ve never been to Spain. This year is going to be my European trip. It won’t be a shock to you that I’m no longer going to Libya as I had originally planned…instead I’m traveling throughout Spain to Barcelena, Sevilla, Grenada, and Madrid. Seeing the Alambra in Grenada is, I know, going to be the highlight of the trip. There are going to be so many museums and sights to see…I will have an activity-packed time in Europe.
From there I’ll be going to Bali, Indonesia where I’ll shop for the showroom, photograph a residence for a new book, and spend Christmas with friends there. For New Years, I’ll be in Bangkok and will shop. On the 2nd, I fly to Myranmar (formerly known as Burma) where I have visited three times before but this time I’ll be sharing the country with somebody’s who’s never been there. It will be fun to experience it with them. I’ll be going to Yangoon, Mandalay, Bagan, and Inga Lake, then back to Bangkok, and from there onto Hong Kong to prepare myself for returning to New York and to do some shopping for the showroom. I’ll keep you posted on my travels!
At times it’s hard to know what to put in the blog. Talking about design, theater or museums is a pleasant conversation. But I’m always curious…if one were to discuss politics or the 2012 race…would I be entering territory that shouldn’t be touched? What are your thoughts?
Last week, Architectural Digest had their launch party for the new AD 100. There are 53 new members of the AD100 on the list since 2010. The list was first published more than two decades ago. Seventeen of this year’s honorees were part of that original list. It was held at the Guggenheim, where an incredible installation by artist Maurizio Cattelan is currently being shown.
Architectural Digest’s Margaret Russell (Editor-in-Chief) spoke a few words — she looked beautiful, in a red Ralph Rucci dress. For me, it was a really special evening since I had not been on the list for a while due to the policies of the magazine. I’m very happy that I made the list for 2012. Good friends of mine such as Tim Corrigan and Roger Thomas are also part of 2012′s AD 100. The party was stupendous. There were so many old aquanitences there.
Here is a link to the online piece, and the issue is also out on newsstands.
I also did a video interview, and will post the link shortly!