I was delighted to take part once again in the Hope Designer Showcase at the 10th Annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show over Presidents’ Day weekend, February 15-19. Now in its second year, the Showcase features room vignettes that highlight product from the antiques show and raises awareness of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, championed by Audrey Gruss, which funds research into diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of depression and other mental illnesses.
Last year, our vignette’s theme was a luxurious woman’s dressing room, which featured designer shoes and the pleasure they can bring. This year, our theme was “Happiness is . . . Diamonds and Dogs.” It combined diamonds from Marina B and adorable (and very adoptable) dogs from the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Furnished with elegant Art Deco furniture, 19th century dog paintings from the William Secord Gallery, and doggy accessories, the vignette put a smile on everyone’s face.
This fall my partner Francine Monaco, Dane Pressner, and I had a great time designing a booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, which ran October 25–31 at the Park Avenue Armory. The booth was something of an hommage to the movies of Vincente Minnelli and the designs of Tony Duquette, who worked on a couple of Minnelli movies as well as many other extraordinary projects. The design was based on a magical garden of Meissen porcelain flowers raining down into French ceramic planters with dramatically lighted swaths of shimmering fabric draped overhead to continue the fantasy. Here are some shots of the installation.
The booth featured a large chandelier by Max Ingrand (1908-1969) for Fontana Arte designed for the Italian Pavilion of the Brussels World’s Fair, 1958. It hung over a ca. 1956 “Ditirambo” ebonized mahogany, black-painted metal, and brass dining table by Ignazio Gardella (1905-1999) for Azucena.
The booth was draped in wide swaths of fabric by Gretchen Bellinger; this one, “Bloom With a View,” features a sea of die-cut organza blossoms on a sheer organza ground.
A screen of three verre-églomisé panels with a pastoral and harbor scene, 1943, by Paule and Max Ingrand hangs above a large sideboard with bronze chevron motif, ca. 1964, by Jean Royère (1902-1981).
I’m pleased to be a part of Decorator Tag Sale, a website for interior designers who have amassed a carefully selected inventory of furnishings and objects that’s been relegated to storage. Now DTS allows designers to sell their curated collections directly to consumers. Please check out my Decorator Tag Sale inventory here. You can also read an article about me on the Decorator Tag Sale blog.
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