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Laura Bohn Hosts Real Life, Real Design

Youth at Risk


I’m delighted to be participating next month in REAL LIFE, REAL DESIGN, a fundraising benefit for a great organization, Youth at Risk, which aims at transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people through a program of sustained mentoring. I’ll be co-hosting the evening event, along with such design world luminaries as Kim Myles from HGTV, Christopher Coleman, and many others listed here. We’ll each be donating exclusive pieces of our own design, which will be up for auction starting at 50 percent off retail price. Tickets include full access to the featured designers showrooms, shopping, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and a night of fun and networking. Here are the details:

Gary’s Loft
28 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018

Wednesday, October 16, 6:00–9:30 pm
5:00:  Guest Registration
5:00–8:30:   Silent Auction
6:00:  Introductions
8:30:  Silent Auction ends, Live Auction begins
9:30:  Closing

 You can purchase tickets here.


Cottage for Two: Glenn Gissler and Barry Goralnick Are Finalists in the NYC&G Design Awards

New York Cottages & Gardens NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards 2013

Congratulations to Glenn Gissler and Barry Goralnick who are both finalists in the inaugural New York Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards. Glenn is a nominee in the Interior Design category, while Barry is under consideration for the Product Design prize.

Winners will be announced at an Awards Cocktails Reception, Dinner, and Presentation scheduled for September 18, 2013, at the Harvard Club, 27 West 44th Street, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The event will benefit The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, and the winning projects will be featured in the Holiday 2013 issue of NYC&GGood luck to Glenn and Barry–it promises to be a terrific evening.

New York Cottages & Gardens NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards 2013 Tickets


By Way of the Bronx: Laura Bohn Visits the Venice Biennale

The view from the Arsenale, one of the main venues for the Venice Biennale 2013

The view from the Arsenale, one of the venues of the Venice Biennale 2013.

Last March I attended the Bronx Museum of the Arts Spring Gala and Auction where I bought a special trip to Venice during the Art Biennale. It turned out to be one of the best charitable investments I ever made. Thanks to its charismatic director Holly Block, the small Bronx Museum was made the commissioning institution for the United States Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, for which they proposed presenting the work of installation artist Sarah Sze. So, with Holly Block as our wonderful guide, we got to see the amazing installation Sarah Sze made for the pavilion, plus a lot of other extraordinary art (including a fabulous exhibition of the personal collection of the late Spanish painter Antoni Tàpies, curated by Axel Veervordt, at the Museo Fortuny, which I’ll blog about separately), a couple of private palaces, and various other memorable sites. Here are some snapshots of things that caught my eye and my imagination at the Biennale.

Triple Point by Sarah Sze in the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013

Part of Sarah Sze’s installation, Triple Point, in the courtyard of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.

Triple Point–Sarah Sze’s wacky installation assembled from aluminum rods and ladders, caution tape and water bottles, sand bags, espresso cups, branches, and faux rocks–started in the courtyard of the 1930s Palladian-style pavilion.

Sarah Sze, Triple Point, Venice Biennale, 2013
Triple Point (Planetarium), one of the rooms in the pavilion.

Each room in the pavilion features a different installation assembled from objects the artist found during the three-month construction process. The four makeshift structures evoke a planetarium, an observatory, a laboratory, and a pendulum–devices of measurement or locators of the body in space.

Lara Almarcegui, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2013

Lara Almarcegui’s installation in the Spanish Pavilion. 

Lara Almarcegui’s installation in the Spanish Pavilion occupied its entire interior: towering mountains of various construction materials–cement rubble, roofing tiles, and bricks smashed to gravel. In side rooms, there were smaller mounds of sawdust, glass, and a blend of iron slag and ashes. Overwhelming!

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