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Holiday Giving: Designers Collaborative’s Favorite Philanthropies

This is the season for charitable giving, and everyone has their favorite organization, institution  or cause. Here, individual members of Designers Collaborative share where their philanthropic  dollars will be going this year.

Uniform Firefighters Association

Carl D’Aquino: My brother is a NYC Lieutenant Fireman and whenever possible we give to the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York: Widows & Children’s Fund.

The Isabel O'Neil Studio Workshop

Ronald Bricke: The Isabel O’Neil Foundation is instrumental in the revival of the art of the painted finish.

Kiva

Laura Bohn: For years we’ve ben giving to Kiva, the non-profit microfinancing organization that facilitates small loans, some as little as $25, to impoverished people around the world. And the borrowers always find a way to pay back their loans–it’s amazing!

American Red Cross

Jerry Caldari: This year it will be the American Red Cross.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Tim Button: We’ll be giving to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Heifer International

Glenn Gissler: One of the charities I’ll be donating to is Heifer International, which combats world hunger and poverty through gifts of livestock and training.

Project Hospitality Staten Island Hurricane Relief Fund

Susan Arann, Bruce Bierman, and Barry Goralnick: Susan lives on Staten Island, and we are all aware of how badly the borough was damages by Hurricane Sandy. One easy way to donate to the ongoing relief effort is through the Project Hospitality Staten Island Hurricane Relief Fund, which was specially established to directly help families whose homes or apartments were devastated by the storm.

 

Kismet: Carl D’Aquino Pays Tribute to Vincente Minnelli & Tony Duquette at the International Antique Dealers Show

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.

D'Aquino Monaco booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

D’Aquino Monaco‘s booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show was inspired by the movies of Vincente Minnelli and the designs of Tony Duquette.

D'Aquino Monaco booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

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.

D'Aquino Monaco booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

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.

D'Aquino Monaco booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

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).

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Maurice Sendak, 1928–2012

Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

But the Wild Things cried, “Oh please don’t go—we’ll eat
you up—we love you so!”

And Max said “No!”

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