Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Orchid Dinner sponsored by Veranda Magazine at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The 11th annual Orchid Show is the nation’s largest exhibition which celebrates this exotic flower in all its amazing forms. Elaborate displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in a colossal of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. The Orchid show is scheduled March 2nd through April 22nd. A must see for anyone visiting or living in New York City. The highlight of the event was the creation of the centerpieces done by various artists including myself. My centerpiece was entitled “La Cage a’ Wolf” which included an oversize bright orange bird cage. A great DIY project for garden parties!
When creating a centerpiece, have no limitation! To add height to your table, stack moss under your centerpiece. Not only does this increase the height but it also adds a garden feel.
Place flower arrangement on top of the stacked moss, outlining the moss with flowers.
Instead of napkin rings use ribbon. A simplistic way to add color.
Nothing is complete without candles! Candles create a mood that’s not only inspiring but inviting.
“A day in the life of Vicente Wolf”
Despite the storm, this week has been a relief for the City of New York. As the city moves forward, I make it a point to stay involved with local charities and I’m thankful that I am able to continue doing what I love the most, design! Sharing design stories and reaching out to my followers about design challenges, color selections and inspirational rooms that create “Ah ha” moments. So click on the link below and check out behind-the-scenes footage of my life and the design process for the Joyce Theater.
Gladly supporting the arts!
This month, I had the pleasure to work with SpacesTV for the DANY studio redesign project. As an advocate supporter of the arts, I donated my design talents along with artist Eric Paeper to give this space a much needed facelift.
While my schedule changed often, the production team at SpacesTV were very accommodating and professional. Whether they were jumping over dance students to working long hours, the SpacesTV team went above and beyond to make sure the project was an absolute success. The biggest joy of life is giving back and it’s great to work with a show that supports your charitable efforts. Follow my design path by clicking the link below.
DANY Studio face lift with Vicente Wolf and SpacesTV
Margaret Russell from Architectural Digest was a proud supporter and helped us land donations from Crate & Barrel and CB2. Other supporters included Victor Liss of Edgar Fabrics, Miri Small of MSK Illuminations, PPG Pittsburg Paint, Tech Lighting, Leader Electric, Frank at Home Interiors and First Republic Bank.
Gladly supporting the arts!
Corcoran Group and 1stdibs will feature its “Luxury Collection” this holiday season showcasing a selection of Corcoran’s finest properties. Through this partnership, the world’s top interior designers were chosen to offer their holiday design secrets with an eye-catching assortment of desirable objects from 1stdibs. Log on to www.1stdibs.com and begin shopping!
I had the pleasure of incorporating my design aesthetics at 50 Gramercy Park, built by world renowned London-based architect, John Pawson. The architectural layout of this property was just amazing, staged with artwork from Stephan Posen, to say the least. When celebrating any holiday, start by emphasizing ways to add warmth to a space with accessories. Avoid overly decorated seasonal themes that do not complement the architectural feel or your style aesthetics when celebrating. For more tips, be sure to check out the holiday edition of the Corcoran Group and 1stdibs “Luxury Collection” and be inspired by design for the season.
A lot of people feel that repeat clients are easy. You already know the client’s personality, likes and dislikes, etc. But I realize when you have repeat clients; they start to second guess your designs. It’s like working with them for the very first time; you have to win back their trust. If you design something different, the question is always WHY? It’s smart to ask why but it’s also great to have an open mind when it comes to design. Many times, the originality of the designer fades. The aesthetic of the project can easily be shifted to something that is common and normal for their design senses. By not being open to new design concepts, the client begins to deal with you in a different way. It’s a huge challenge but one that I gladly welcome. It serves as a constant reminder of why I love what I do.
“Less is more” VW
In Montauk and picked up the latest issue of HC&G. The beauty of the cover grabbed my attention. Thirty minutes later, I’m lost in the pages of beautiful homes and great product finds. I flip to the last page and to my surprise, I see my quote in the “Style Setters” column. Wow, I’m so thrilled to be a part of this beautiful summer issue!
Week Who Knows…
It has been a very very slow process but the house has really started to take form of a finished home, well at least the background. When I stopped by recently there was a lot of work being done, the kitchen was being installed, bedrooms were being painted, the master bath was being grouted, the pool had been installed and the guest house exterior had been finished. It was all starting to take shape.
One of my tricks for low ceilings in homes/apts is to paint the ceilings with semi-gloss paint, this is not the final coat you see in image but you can see how it increases space.
It has been about a year and a half of construction with delays and now they want to be in the house in 2 weeks! This puts a gun to our heads, but I do understand since it is summer and they would like to enjoy their summerhouse. It’s questionable when the house will be finished as decisions are not being made and delays are continuing (not due to us).
Unfortunately the client had a tree cut down in the front yard that I had fought to save because without it the house is very exposed, hopefully landscaping will help it. They also installed a driveway without my knowledge and now there is more driveway than there is yard, you could park 10 cars on it! A parking lot comes to mind…
Looking out to backyard
Pool & Guest House
Stairs waiting for railing
Bathtub waiting to be installed
I wanted to thank the folks at Poggenpohl for inviting me to use their showroom for my recent booksigning, they also currently have an array of wonderful new products on display. We had a great crowd of designers and design lovers and got to discuss traveling and its effect on design and customizing in our industry. I estimate that we customize about 70% of the items we specify in the projects at our office, this just makes each project much more individual and people can’t say “oh I saw this and that at such and such showroom”.
Do you all customize? How has it made your job easier or more complicated?
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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.”