Last night I went to an event honoring Mario Buatta, not only for his 50 year career but also for The New York School of Interior Design renaming the materials library after him; The Mario Buatta Atelier. Since I am Advisory Board at NYSID they asked me to design a table for the event, there were about 20 tables, all designed by different people in the industry.
I was lucky enough to have some help from Preston Bailey, who took my concept and brought it to life in an amazing centerpiece. I wanted to play with Mario’s title “The Prince of Chintz” and approach it with a sense of humor. Yes, I even used chintz and am surprised to report that I didn’t break out in a rash.
My date for the night was Margaret Russell, who looked ravishing like always. Mario gave a very humorous speech and funny toasts were given all night by his friends and clients.
A long time ago I applied for a job with Mario and everyone said, don’t work for him he is nuts! He certainly is nuts but in a way that makes you a jewel in the interior design industry.
A special thanks to Cowan and Tout for donating the fabric from Manuel Canovas