On Wednesday night, I hosted an event for God’s Love We Deliver in my apartment. I made a big effort to create an endowment program for them, where they are remembered in people’s wills. It is a way of giving back and helping those in need. Among those who attended were Mario Buatta, Daryl Roth, and Margaret Russell. I went to the flower market to get flowers, and the apartment ended up looking like a Macy’s Easter Flower Show. I overdosed on pinks, lavenders and mauves. I’m passionate about the foundation and what they stand for, especially since so many people have been kind to me throughout my life.
Here are some photos from the evening (click on photo to see larger size):
This is the first time in at least ten years that I have not designed a table for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Dining by Design. I started to get withdrawal… so when my friend Roger Thomas, Creative Director for Steve Wynn (who makes all the gambling palaces a reality) asked me to help him do a table for for Maya Romanoff because he wasn’t in town to do it, I gladly said yes. It was fun participating. All I did was the centerpiece (which was Roger’s concept), and he designed the rest of the table. It was a great evening with lots of celebrities, among them Ralph Lauren. Dining By Design raises money for a good cause, and is the benchmark for a New York design industry event.
Here are some pictures from the evening (you can click on the photo to view it in a larger size):
I was recently interviewed by Musée Magazine, a new online photography magazine started by photographer Andrea Blanch. She has a wonderful eye for picking young and emerging photographers to feature in the magazine. I admire how she has put so much energy into helping people who are starting out in the industry. In the interview, I talk about collecting photography, and you can read the Q & A here.
This issue – Musée Magazine No. 2 – deals with fear, and there are some scary things in it.
I was pleased to be asked by Architectural Digest to design the AD 100 Designer Consultation Suite at the AD Home Design Show. It was done in conjunction with Crate and Barrel and some of my pieces from VW Home. The guideline was to make it look “Architectural Digest elegant”. They feel that we’ve hit the mark. What do you think?
This year’s AD Home Design Show takes place March 22-25 at 55th Street and 12th Avenue, Pier 94. David Rogal, Senior Designer at Vicente Wolf Associates will be giving consultations in the Designer Consultation Suite located at the west end of Pier 94. I will be giving a talk on Saturday, March 24 on the topic of “Incorporating Design with Art”, as part of the Designer Speaker Series.
Hope you can make it to the show!
Recently, I went to The Lucille Lortel Theater to see the musical Carrie, a take on the movie directed by Brian DePalma (which is based on Stephen King’s book). It had originally opened in the 90s and was not a great success but this time it has a much better chance as it is now showing off-Broadway in a much smaller theater. Overall, it is very entertaining, not gory, and a lot of fun!
My husband and I are both big fans of your work. We own a small concrete company. We do countertops, furniture, tiles, sinks, and planters etc. I was wondering what your take on concrete is? Do you think that it is a passing fad or do you think it has a future in the design world as a material you or other designers would like to use? We love the clients and designers who we have worked with in the past, because they are usually undertaking interesting projects, but what do you think about the big picture? Thanks in advance for your time and advice.
Since the Roman times, concrete has been used so I don’t think it’s going out any time soon. I use it everywhere from coffee tabletops, kitchen and bathroom counters, and even bathtubs. I think concrete is a material that really works and the added advantage is that you can stain it in many different colors, making it very functional. As for the future, I think the more that it is integrated in fewer-strictly modern spaces, the more popular and generally accepted it will become as a great design tool.
Next Thursday I am headed up to Boston for the AD 20/21 Art and Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries art and design show. I am honored to be receiving this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gala Preview on Thursday, and on Friday I will be giving a talk on the infusion of global design and style in my work. I will also sign copies of my books and they will be available at the show.
For those of you who will be in the Boston area on Friday, come by for the presentation! The program is open to the public and free with admission to the show. You can purchase tickets to the show by visiting http://www.the-bac.edu/news-and-events/events/ad2021-2012
I will post more about this, so keep checking the blog for updates.
City: Newport Beach
We have a large sectional in a soft grey linen…in a room with natural colored grasscloth wallpaper and light plank floors. Would you do a white cording or a color on the seats and cushions? So appreciate your wonderful input.
I don’t like to do cording. White pillows will create a stronger contrast!
All designers are invited to the ALB Design Center of Chelsea’s Open House, ‘Designers Happy Hour’.
Occurring every first Thursday of the month the first open house took place Thursday February 2, 2012, the second will take place:
Thursday March 8th, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the ALB Design Center on 53 W 23rd Street, 9th floor.
Designers will be served drinks and hors d’oeuvres while viewing the featured product lines — including my own, VW Home – without an appointment.
For the remainder of the month designers will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one appointments at the design center.
You can schedule an appointment with Izzy Jimenez or Ashley French. For more information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 289-9797.