We are very excited to have been interviewed for Array Magazine’s Summer issue! The article features our work at The Top of the Strand, several private residences, and a show house. The interview highlights our background in print and film design and discusses how we approach our projects. The story starts on page 16!
Posted on June 19, 2012 (Uncategorized)
We were wowed (as usual) by our friend Amy Helfand’s beautiful hand-knotted, hand-carded, hand-spun and pot-dyed rugs at her ICFF booth and yesterday, the NY Times wrote a feature on Amy and “Her Natural World.” Check out the article here!
Toward Chi Wong
and for more information on Amy’s rugs and her beautiful artwork, take a look at her website, www.amyhelfand.com
Posted on June 15, 2012 (Uncategorized)
Past issues of Array Magazine have featured some pretty fabulous figures in the world of interior design: New York’s current reigning queen of color; Ghislaine Vinas; Mad Men’s Bryan Batt; design world luminary, the architect David Rockwell and founding editor of Domino Magazine; Deborah Needleman…just to name a few. And guess who’s going to grace the pages of Summer 2012? Stay tuned!
Mad Men's Bryan Batt
Posted on June 13, 2012 (Uncategorized)
This year was a good one for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, but my hands-down favorite booth was Lindsey Adelman. I have been obsessed with her lighting from day one, but this year, Lindsey’s work has evolved into something completely different. Many of you may have seen her story in the NYTimes Design issue, they described her new collection as “a revelation of her dark side.” I call it complicated, intricate, jewel-like and sculptural. Her hardware is exquisite and her finishes have graduated to include powder-coated candy colors! Her collection has grown to include jewelry, hardware, curiosity vessels and enviable objets d’ art! We have used her older, hand-blown glass fixtures in both Sex and the City and in a penthouse loft in Soho, stay tuned for many more Lindsey Adelman appearances in future projects, I’m completely obsessed!
Boom Boom Burst
Marina Ceiling Medallion
We love the Gladis Chair from Aqua Creations and made it our “pick of the month” for the New York Design Center. See it here.
Posted on May 21, 2012 (Uncategorized)
Madame Figaro (Japan) ran a really fun photo series called “Creators in their Homes” and they asked me to be involved. I love the shots they took of our home – they are real and reflect how we live. They did not send any stylists, just one photographer with a camera and two lights. At first this whole concept made me really nervous, I felt like my apartment should look more like it would if it were going to be in a shelter magazine. But, after speaking with the editor and writer, I understood that that was not the point. The intention of the series was to show how people who create live- and what their spaces they create really look like, in every day life.
I love the pictures because: the mirror over my mantel was bought for $40 at a flea market and I had it silver leafed – then hung it over Miranda Priestly’s desk in Devil Wears Prada, my husband’s mess of analog stereo equipment sits next to my sons Fischer Price record player, one of my favorite pieces of art by Boston artist Isabel Riley pops off the white wall with its candy colors, my son’s toys are (barely) tucked away, like usual, and there is also a small picture of his nursery – a brief moment in time (decorating wise) that will never be the same again.
The Selby runs a very similarly themed photo essay on their fantastic and wildly popular website. Here are a few pictures I loved from a feature they ran on Angelika Taschen.
from The Selby
Read and see more at theselby.com
Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) is often described as the “Deco-influenced early Modernist who’s never really gotten her due.” This upper-class, American born artist considered painting an entirely private pursuit and only had one show in her lifetime at Knoedler & Company in Manhattan in 1916; not one of the six exhibited paintings sold. Her will specified that her paintings be destroyed upon her death and fortunately her sister, the executor ignored this wish. I discovered Stettheimer by accident on a random visit to the Whitney in 1995. I was taken by her paintings as well as the way in which many were framed. I searched for a book on Stettheimer’s work, getting blank stares at many bookstores before finding Florine Stettheimer/manhattan fantastica at The Strand. The title of the book sums up Stettheimer’s frequent theme: Manhattan society in the Jazz Age. Enjoy!
Stettheimer's portrait of Marcel Duchamp, a friend and oft painted subject. Note the frame composed of Duchamp's initials!
Beauty Contest to the memory of PT Barnum, 1924
Heat is in the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Museum
Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart
Portrait of our Nurse
Stettheimer's Portrait of Myself
Posted on May 4, 2012 (Art) Tagged art, florine stettheimer
One of our favorite artists has a show opening tonight at McKenzie Fine Art, 511 West 25th Street, #208… click here for more info. Can’t wait to see his new work!
Posted on May 3, 2012 (Art, Uncategorized)
I discovered Hugo Guinness while shopping at John Derian years ago and if you saw my post from Monday, he is also the husband of Elliott Puckette. I have a complete and total obsession with silhouettes and Guinness’ work falls in line with this passion of mine. His bio on Derian’s website tells a sweet little back-story on him, in his words!
|A Biographical Sketch
By Hugo Guinness
Hugo’s earliest memories are of walking hand in hand with his twin sister Julia and his nanny Miss Lyons. They walked in the magical parks of Kensington, London, most days, looking at the trees, the dogs, the old ladies feeding the pigeons.
Sent to boarding school at the tender age of seven, Hugo spent much of his spare time in the art department making figures from empty toilet rolls and cornflake packets. Later he made a large three-legged horse from plaster of Paris which stood in the garage of his home until it was run over by his mother.
Although he won a painting prize at school, his artistic nature was not encouraged. Eventually he prevailed upon his parents and went to art school in London to study studio pottery. The success of this business brought Hugo to New York in 1995.
In 2002, Hugo showed his early linocuts of underpants and battleships to John Derian. They became friends and John encouraged Hugo to do larger work.
He has had four shows at the legendary store since then and when he is not working for John, Hugo works as an occasional illustrator for the New Yorker.
Hugo lives in Brooklyn with his wife Elliot Puckette, the painter, and they have two daughters, Isabella and Violet, and a canary.
Rashida Jones Studio
Cathy Whitlock will be speaking at the Art and Antique Dealers League Show at the Park Avenue Armory this Friday, May 4th from 3-4pm. Her lecture will cover a century of cinematic set decoration, featuring highlights from every decade of Hollywood history. A slide presentation will show photographs, behind-the-scene images and designer sketches of sets from Top Hat, The Fountainhead, Gone With the Wind, The Age of Innocence, Something’s Gotta Give-and many more!
I am really looking forward to the lecture - although I have been a big fan of the book since it was published, I have not had the opportunity to hear Cathy speak in person! I admit, I might be partial – the book features a film that I was the set decorator for: Devil Wears Prada.
Cathy Whitlock’s book Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction (Harper Collins, November, 2010) represents the marriage of her two passions-design and cinema. She is also a contributing writer for Traditional Home magazine and The Huffington Post, and features editor for Array Magazine. Cathy writes the blog Cinema Style, which chronicles trends and inspirations in film, reaches 70 countries, was named one of the Top Ten Best Design Blogs of 2010 by Fox News. A graduate of Parsons School of Design and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Cathy has more than 24 years of experience in the interior design industry and has had practices in New York, Chicago, Memphis and Nashville.