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To expand the imagination, open this book. Be drawn into the joy of color, the mystery of fantasy, the lure of glamour, the art of livingâ€”a magical world created by the one and only Carleton Varney.
A v a i l a b l e a t w w w. c a r l e t o n v a r n e y. c o m a n d a t b o o k s t o r e s e v e r y w h e r e .
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Unbridled Enthusiasm By Catherine McHugh AvroKO grooms Saxon + Parole with an equestrian theme.
Carleton Varney By Cathy Whitlock The life and times of a legendary designer.
Aerinâ€™s Beauty at Home By Cathy Whitlock Lifestyle designer Aerin Lauder is living proof that beauty and talent are in the genes.
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9 CULTURECALENDAR By Catherine McHugh Looking back at Italian Futurism, celebrating 1930s fashions, peering behind Japanese screens, and remembering the beginnings of AIDS activism.
12 BOOKS By Cathy Whitlock
New books from best-selling authors and Interior designers Tricia Guild, Nina Campbell, and Alexa Hampton are just a few of our new selections. d new tomes from Alexa Hampton and TROVE By Jim Lochner There are benches and bookends, cases and cuff links, fire for your table and rock climbing...if you’re able.
34 EATS’N’SLEEPS By Jim Lochner Upscale restaurants and boutique hotels are redefining Hell’s Kitchen, while Crave Fishbar and Estela bring a touch of Mediterranean to the East Side.
From florals to fuming, crazy fringe and clamshells, designers have their spring flings. ssories and color choices. GALLERY In Season: Materials and vibrant colors inspired by nature abound indoors. ng l
46 FRESHPICKS The most current products in NYDC showrooms.
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64 DEFININGPIECES Items that sum up what a showroom is all about.
72 NEWSHOWROOMS 2014 Fresh faces and new designs.
73 SHOWROOMPORTRAITS Profiles of some of NYDC’s most familiar names.
76 NYDCEVENTSCALENDAR A look at a few recent celebrations.
78 SHOWROOMDIRECTORY A complete list of who’s where in 200 Lex.
80 BACKSTORY By Jim Lochner From legit to burlesque to porn, the AMC Empire 25 has led a checkered life.
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letter from the editor Dear Readers, Designers know a good thing when they see it. But a designer’s job isn’t simply to re-discover something, they must re-invent and re-invigorate it as well. The designers featured in this issue know that all too well and you can see it in everything they touch. When the design quartet AvroKO set out to build the equestrian-themed Saxon + Parole restaurant (named for two thoroughbred racehorses) in NoHo, they took as their inspiration many of the materials and textures one would find in the stables of a lavish turn-of-the-century estate. But, of course, they played with these elements, and combined a classic rustic feel with a fresh modernist sensibility to create a welcoming environment that is at once familiar and entirely new (Unbridled Enthusiasm, p.16).
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Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of cosmetics pioneer Estée Lauder, has built a highly successful lifestyle brand of her own that includes furniture, lighting, floor coverings, and accessories. Combining classic patterns and print motifs from nature with mid-century silhouettes, sprinkled with iconic pieces from a variety of periods, Lauder’s interiors strike an easy balance between past and present that fits her clients’ lifestyles (Aerin’s Beauty at Home, p. 28). Did her famous grandmother pass along any nuggets of style wisdom? Well, of course she did. Legendary designer Carleton Varney is a genuine classic himself, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still pushing the limits of his designs. As longtime collaborator and then successor at the Manhattan firm of Dorothy Draper & Company, Varney keeps the dramatic, colorful, larger-than-life Draper aesthetic alive and kicking (The Life and Times of a Legendary Designer, p. 22). And Varney also continues to expand his line of fabrics and furniture, both under the Draper name and his own, so that anyone can tap into his special brand of glamour. As the season changes and the first bits of vibrant color start to sprout skyward from the ground, we hope you find inspiration to keep pushing your own designs and projects to new heights.
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Looking back at Italian Futurism, celebrating 1930s fashions, peering behind Japanese screens, and remembering the beginnings of AIDS activism. In the Shadows Presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Shadows Took Shape is a dynamic exhibition exploring contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics. Coined in 1994 by writer Mark Dery in his essay “Black to the Future,” Afrofuturism refers to a creative and intellectual genre that emerged as a strategy to explore science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and Pan-Africanism. With roots in the avant-garde musical stylings of sonic innovator Sun Ra, Afrofuturism has been used by artists, writers, and theorists as a way to prophesize the future, redefine the present, and reconceptualize the past. The exhibition features more than 60 works of art that chart the evolution of Afrofuturist tendencies by an international selection of established and emerging practitioners. The 29 artists featured in The Shadows Took Shape work in a wide variety of media, including photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture, and multimedia installation. Through March 9. The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, 212.864.4500, studiomuseum.org.
Left: Cyrus Kabiru, Nubian Mask (from the “C-STUNNER” series), 2013. Mixed media (perforated scrap metal, glass beads, and plastic bottle caps), courtesy of the artist. Center: William Villalongo, Sista Ancesta, (E. Kelly/D.R. of Congo, Pende), 2012. Archival pigment print, courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, New York. Right: Derrick Adams, WE><HERE, 2013. Wood, aluminum, acrylic paint, and fabric, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Adam Reich. Top, left: Fortunato Depero, Heart Eaters (Mangiatori di cuori), 1923. Painted wood, 36.5 x 23 x 10 centimeters. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome. Photo: Vittorio Calore. Top, right: Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (Forme uniche della continuità nello spazio), 1913 (cast 1949). Bronze, 121.3 x 88.9 x 40 centimeters. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Lydia Winston Malbin. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image Source: Art Resource, New York. Bottom: Giacomo Balla, Abstract Speed + Sound (Velocità astratta + rumore), 1913–14. Oil on millboard in artist’s painted frame. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome. Photo: Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.
Ciao, Futurism The Guggenheim Museum is hosting Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, the first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism in the U.S. This multidisciplinary exhibition examines the historical sweep of the movement from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through its conclusion at the end of World War II. The chronological exhibition includes more than 300 works that were made between 1909 and 1944. To convey the Futurists’ myriad artistic languages as they evolved over a 35-year period, the exhibition integrates multiple disciplines in section, representing not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, freeform poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance. February 21–September 1. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, 212.423.3500, guggenheim.org.
The Age of Elegance The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s exhibit, Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s, celebrates the most innovative and beautifully designed clothing made in the 20th century. A time of grand transformations, fashion truly began to reflect the streamlined art modern aesthetic in the 1930s. Despite the crippling financial crisis and dire political environment, innovations in textile production transformed what was possible for couturiers: looms were wider, dyeing vats were larger, and fibers were more tightly twisted. New materials allowed dressmakers to rethink and refine draping techniques, while featherweight textiles lent their garments new suppleness and flexibility. Menswear tailoring innovations in London and Naples paralleled breakthroughs in haute couture draping in Paris as well as custom design in New York, Havana, and Shanghai. Hollywood also played a role in defining and popularizing the glamorous new look. The first section of the exhibition displays active wear. The second section examines simultaneous developments in men’s tailoring and women’s couture from around the world. The third section of the exhibition displays the dramatic and varied formal wear of the decade. February 7–April 19. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27th Street, 212.217.7999, fitnyc.edu/museum. From left: 1) HélèneYrande, negligee ensemble, coral and peach pleated silk chiffon, 1932, France. The Museum at FIT, Gift of Sophie Gimbel. 2) Gardner and Wooley LTD, smoking jacket, green velvet, satin, 1936, London. Collection of Alan Bennett, Davies and Son. 3) McGregor, man’s beach robe, cream printed cotton, circa 1935–1940. The Museum at FIT. Man's swimsuit, wool knit, circa 1929. The Museum at FIT, Gift of Mike Dykeman. FEB MAR
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Above left: Robert Capa, “On the road from Namdinh to Thaibinh, Indochina,” (Vietnam), May 1954. © Robert Capa/International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos. Above right: Robert Capa, “Pablo Picasso playing in the water with his son Claude,” Vallauris, France, 1948. © Robert Capa/ International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos. Right: Robert Capa, “Ava Gardner on the set of The Barefoot Contessa,” Tivoli, Italy, 1954. © Robert Capa/International Center of Photography/ Magnum Photos.
In the first full-scale museum exhibition devoted to the subject, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925. Featuring 65 bronze sculptures from public and private collections nationwide, the show offers a fresh and balanced look at the multifaceted role these sculptors played in creating three-dimensional interpretations of western life—whether they were based on historical fact, mythologized fiction, or, most often, something in between. Despite varied lifestyle differences, the 28 sculptors featured in the exhibit collectively glorified an Old West past, in marked contrast to the gritty realities of industrialization and immigration then altering East Coast cities. Bronze was particularly well suited to the textural variety, physical action, and narrative detail of the time and place. The exhibition covers 1850 to 1925 (with several later exceptions) and centers on the American Indian, wildlife, the cowboy, and the settler. Historical figures represented in the exhibition include Chief Joseph of the Nez Percé, frontiersman Kit Carson, silent-film actor William S. Hart, and humorist Will Rogers. Through April 13. The Erving and Joyce Wolf Gallery, The American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, 212.535.7710, metmuseum.org.
A Colorful Retrospective The International Center of Photography’s exhibition, Capa in Color, is part of its yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed photojournalist Robert Capa, and presents his color work for the first time. Beginning in 1941, this master of black-and-white photography regularly used color film until his death in 1954. Some of these photographs were published in the magazines of the day, but the majority of the images have never been printed, seen, or even studied. Over the years, this aspect of his career has virtually been forgotten. With over 100 contemporary color prints, the exhibition shows that this color work was an integral part of his post-war career and fundamental in remaining relevant to the magazines. Through May 4. International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, 212.857.0000, icp.org.
From left: 1) Hermon Atkins MacNeil, The Moqui Prayer for Rain, 1895–96 (cast circa 1897), 22 x 11 x 25 inches. Daniel and Mathew Wolf, in memory of Diane R. Wolf. 2) Frederic Remington, The Bronco Buster, 1895 (cast 1906), 22 5/8 × 22 × 15 inches. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Hogg Brothers Collection, Gift of Miss Ima Hogg. 3) Alexander Phimister Proctor, Slim, 1914 (cast 1915 or after), 11 7/8 × 10 × 5 inches. Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Bequest of Mrs. Hamilton Corbett.
Fascinating Fields New York University’s Grey Art Gallery presents An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle, which is the first exhibition to focus on the work of this genre-bending group of West Coast artists. Jess produced fantastical paintings, collages, and assemblages, and Robert Duncan wrote poetry in eclectic, myth-laden verse. After meeting in San Francisco in 1950, their work became increasingly intertwined, with their dense, allusive creations permeating each other’s. This exhibit showcases 180 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, films, and ephemera—many of which have never been shown in public. The show features numerous works by the visual artists and poets in their circle, including Wallace Berman, George Herms, and R. B. Kitaj, which reveal the complex and fertile interplay between poetry and art in San Francisco during the 1950s. Through March 29. Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, nyu.edu/greyart. Clockwise from top left: 1) George Herms, Donuts for Duncan, 1989. Mixed media, 62 x 40 x 24 inches. Collection of Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Art at Stanford University, Gift of the Robert & Ruth Halperin Foundation. 2) Jess, A Mask for All Souls, 1969/1992. Mixed media, 24 x 19 x 6 inches. Private collection. 3) Robert Duncan, Untitled, 1947. Wax crayon on paper, 29 x 23 inches The Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. 4) Lyn Brown Brockway, Breakfast in a Paris Lodging, 1951. Oil on muslin, 45 x 31 inches. Collection of Anne and Robert Bertholf. 5) Patricia Jordan, “Robert Duncan Reading at Stinson Beach,” 1959. Photograph on hardboard, 15 3/4 x 16 inches. Collection of Lorna Anthea Starr Jordan. 10
Eastern Screenings The Yale University Art Gallery is presenting Byobu: The Grandeur of Japanese Screens. Often monumental in scale and sumptuously decorated, byobu, which were originally constructed to mark spatial divisions within a room, have been created by some of Japan’s greatest artists. This exhibition features screens from the 16th century to the present and represents diverse themes painted by most of the dominant schools of the period. Featuring opulent colors and glittering gold, the first installation, Tales and Poems in Byobu, presents the subjects of indigenous Japanese waka poems, and of fictional and historical tales. The second, Brush and Ink in Byobu, illustrates the dynamic power of ink when applied by the skilled brush of artists trained in calligraphy. The third, Nature and Celebration in Byobu, celebrates both the beauty of nature and the festivities of the Japanese people. The most recent work on view, a semi-abstract folding screen from 2004, was made for the tea ceremony, and demonstrates that the traditional art and cultural of Japan continue to thrive in new and exciting ways. February 7—July 6, Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut, 203.432.0600, artgallery.yale.edu.
Artist: Geiai, Japanese, active mid-late 16th century, Cranes and Birds in Landscape, 17th century. Six-panel folding screen, ink and color on paper, unframed 59 1/16 x 138 9/16 inches., framed (opened) 67 5/16 x 89 15/16 x 2 inches. Katharine Ordway Collection.
Fighting the Good Fight The New York Public Library’s exhibition, Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism, focuses on exploring AIDS activism in the 1980s and 1990s in New York City, which was an early epicenter for both the recognition of the disease and the grassroots response to the epidemic of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Archives from key organizations and individuals that have been pivotal in the response to AIDS show that from the beginning of the epidemic, those most affected by HIV were among the most stigmatized populations in American society: gay men, intravenous drug users, and immigrants. Activists endeavored to destigmatize HIV, challenging the perception that it was a moral punishment and insisting that the epidemic be addressed as a matter of public health. Though their efforts were largely successful, the AIDS epidemic is far from over. Since first being identified in 1981, AIDS is now the sixth-highest cause of death annually worldwide. Through April 6. Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery, New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 917.275.6975, nypl.org.
From left: 1) “I'd Fight AIDS if I Only Had the Courage,” ACT UP, New York, 1990s. Manuscripts and Archives Division, NYPL. 2) “Kissing Doesn't Kill: Greed and Indifference Do,” Gran Fury, New York, 1989. Manuscripts and Archives Division, NYPL.
Folksy Fashion Top: David Alvarez, Porcupine, circa 1981. Paint on cottonwood with straw, marbles, and plastic, 19 x 13 x 35 inches. American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Elizabeth Wecter. Photo by Gavin Ashworth. Bottom left: Bibhu Mohapatra, Ensemble. Photograph by Mete Ozeren. Bottom right: Ann Carll Coverlet (Gary Graham inspiration), Blazing Star and Snowballs, attributed to the Mott Mill (act. 1810–c. 1850), Westbury, New York, 1810. Indigo-dyed wool, natural cotton, 93 x 79 inches. American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Margot Paul Ernst in memory of Susan B. Ernst. Photo by Schecter Lee.
Conceived as an encounter between the worlds of vernacular art and haute couture, fashion meets folk art in American Folk Art Museum’s exhibition, Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art. The exhibit features a selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, quilts, and furniture—approximately 30 artworks, drawn from every time period and in every medium considered by the museum. A group of 13 designers chose the works based not only on their potential fashionability and capacity to inspire new styles of clothing but also for their intimate background stories. While the show is partially informed by the strong legacy of art-inspired fashion, the main idea is to provoke a creative dialogue between disparate forms of visual expression. January 21—April 23. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, folkartmuseum.org.
Books Luminous Interiors: The Houses of Brian McCarthy
Nina Campbell on Detail
400 Fifth Avenue
Alexa Hampton: Decorating in Detail
Brian J. McCarthy Stewart, Tabori & Chang November 2013 256 pages, $60
Nina Campbell Cico Books November 2013 176 pages, $45
Evan Joseph, Paul Goldberger, and Robert Siegel Rizzoli October 2013 216 pages, $85
Alexa Hampton Potter Style November 2013 256 pages, $50
Luminous Interiors marks interior designer Brian McCarthy’s first book. A former partner of the legendary design firm Parish-Hadley, McCarthy has worked on prestigious projects all over the world, refurbishing the State Rooms of the official residence of the Ambassador to the Court of St. James to an Atlanta home modeled on the Place des Vosges. The beautifully illustrated book chronicles the designer’s unique approach to design and decoration, displaying his mantra that no two homes should look alike—a refreshing approach in this day of designer branding. McCarthy’s personal design story takes the reader on a journey throughout the book that features a Regency Revival style house, a Louis XVI style chateau and a sophisticated Upper East Side apartment among others. As designer Bunny Williams notes in the book’s foreword, McCarthy’s work “comes from a curiosity and knowledge of all periods of design… brilliant, innovative, and timeless.”
I first discovered British interior designer Nina Campbell’s shop on London’s Walton Street back in the 1980s and have been a fan ever since. From her richly colored textiles and wallpapers for Osborne & Little to her extensive home furnishing lines, Campbell’s interior designs have captured a worldwide audience, including the Duke and Duchess of York, rocker Rod Stewart, and the Queen of Denmark. Her fourth book, Nina Campbell on Detail, continues to teach us that details are one of the most important criteria for home design. Showcasing eight of her most recent commissions—a town house in New York, a country house in England and a residence on mainland China, to name a few—Campbell’s infallible eye for finishing touches provides not only inspiration but also solutions for today’s interiors.
The venerable architectural firm Gwathmey Siegel’s soaring landmark 400 Fifth Avenue gets its day in the spotlight with the aptly titled titled 400 Fifth Avenue. Known for their late 20th and early 21st century modernist designs, the gleaming tower seamlessly integrates the midtown Manhattan condominium residential building with the worldclass, five-star Setai Hotel, culminating in a one-of-a-kind architectural wonder. Gwathmey Siegel’s goal was “to create a solution that was respectful of the scale and detail of the historical neighboring buildings while also creating an iconic largescale building.” Designers, architects, historians, and New Yorkers alike will find something of interest among the lavish pages chronicling the development of this 60-story tower of glass and stainless steel.
Daughter of the late designer Mark Hampton and president of his firm, Alexa Hampton has made a name for herself over the years with her interior designs, furniture, fabric, and lighting lines, along with her books. Decorating in Detail marks her second book and, like Nina Campbell, Hampton designs with the credo—“The devil is in the details, but so is all that is divine.” The celebrated designer dissects the design process of eight varied homes from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to New York and Connecticut. Inspired by her Wall Street Journal “Where To” column, Hampton illustrates design details at the end of each chapter on everything from setting the bar and curtain headings to a primer on decorating with blue and white, and the ten commandments of kitchen design. It’s a highly informative book from one of the nation’s most talented interior designers.
By Cathy Whitlock
New books from best-selling authors and Interior designers Tricia Guild, Nina Campbell, and Alexa Hampton are just a few of our new selections.
The Art of the Interior: Timeless Designs by the Master Decorators
Tricia Guild: Decorating With Color
Fashion House: Illustrated Interiors From the Icons of Style
Barbara Stoeltie and Rene Stoeltie Flammarion October 2013 350 pages, $65
Tricia Guild Rizzoli November 2013 208 pages, $60
Megan Hess Hardie Grant Books September 2013 224 pages, $24.95
Kathryn Masson Rizzoli September 2013 304 pages, $85
Barbara and Rene Stoeltie’s Art of the Interior: Timeless Designs by the Master Decorators is a fascinating historical study and tribute to the contribution of the world’s most important designers. Charting the evolution of the craft from the 17th century to present day, the designers’ lasting influence, style, and taste are showcased in chronological order, dissecting the trends, details, and aesthetic principles that make their legendary rooms work. From Billy Baldwin’s classic, polished, and tailored designs, and Andrée Putnam’s sleek interiors to the wildly colored patterns of French decorator Madeline Castaing and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Art Nouveaustyle Hill House, it’s all here. And as designer John Saladino writes of the profession in the book’s forward, “Interior design, when undertaken by people with great talent, becomes fine art.”
Author and designer Tricia Guild, known for her eponymous fabric, furniture, and wallpaper collections, has been redecorating homes with bold patterns, strong hues, and contemporary lines for over 40 years. Her latest book, Tricia Guild: Decorating With Color, takes an educated look at the five basic color families (including 25 color schemes), and demonstrates how to use color and pattern to create interesting, dramatic, and personalized interiors. Showcasing memorable interiors all over the globe—from contemporary London lofts to the California Wine Country—the book is as much a travelogue as a design tome. Guild shares her experiences in creating incredible interiors, exploring why we are drawn to certain colors and patterns, where does inspiration come from, and using color as a starting point to establish the right mood and tone. Thankfully Guild takes the guesswork out of often one of the hardest—and most important—elements of interior design.
This whimsical collection of beautifully illustrated interiors is a departure from the standard design coffee table book. Australian author and artist Megan Hess (and one-time creative director for Liberty of London) imagined “fashionable people in their inspirational, eclectic, fun, and always extraordinary habitats”—and why not? Hess illustrated the chic dwellings of fashion icons past and present (31 to be exact) in her trademark whimsical way. Extravagant interiors—from a vintage Parisian loft and a Manhattan suite to a an English estate—are illustrated and studied, right down to the type of furniture, paint, and fabric, the clothes they would choose, and even their signature pet. Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Coco Chanel, Tom Ford, and Diane von Furstenburg are just a few of the style icons you will recognize. Fashion House celebrates both designers and style, and helps us look at the interior design process in a new way.
Author Kathryn Masson specializes in California design (Santa Barbara Style is one of my favorite books) and her latest tome, California Splendor, does not disappoint. Showcasing some of the most incredible estates and mansions of the Golden State, the book is a must-have for anyone interested in California architecture. Everything from Spanish Colonial Revival, English Revival, and Mission Revival to Adobe, Monterey Colonial, and Arts and Crafts represent the wide array of styles characteristic to California. The comprehensive coffee table book covers publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst’s iconic San Simeon estate, architects Charles and Henry Greene’s Gamble House, Coronado’s Spreckels Mansion, the Henry Huntington mansion, and the incredible Filoli house and gardens— all representative of the splednor we equate with the California dream.
By Jim Lochner
There are benches and bookends, cases and cuff links, fire for your table and rock climbing...if you’re able.
Top of the Food Chain Take a bite out of the competition with these sterling silver white shark cuff links. Made in Peru by designer Kai Zaunick, these stylish additions to your wardrobe will leave all other cufflinks as chum in their wake. Approx. 1/2 inches. $239.95 redenvelope.com
Rock On After a winter’s hibernation, it’s time to get in shape for spring with this combination rock climbing wall and treadmill. Powered solely by your weight, the wall has a continuously revolving face that enables endless vertical climbs, with hand and foot holds that revolve like an upright treadmill. The wall adjusts from -20° to +5° from vertical, with an LED display that shows time elapsed, distance climbed, and calories burned. 10’2 inches H x 5’ W x 8’ D (810 lbs.). $9,000 hammacher.com.
03 By the Book Designed by artist Seth Rowland, the Abanico Bookend is uniquely created by cutting one piece of wood most but not all the way through. Made from sustainably harvested ash, the striking design allows the wood to be fanned out in a dramatic, fluid, open-book style. 11 inches x 2 inches x 11 inches. $240 ecofirstart.com.
04 Knock On Wood Grove, out of Portland, Oregon, crafts an entire line of custommade wood cases for iPhones and iPads. Made out of renewable Moso bamboo and sturdy maple, each case is rubbed with a natural oil and wax blend that brings out the luster of the grain yet doesn’t hamper the tactile feel of the material. Starting at $79. grovemade.com. 14
thE rAINBow CollECtIoN Perfect for a windowsill, credenza, or mantel, these color wheels provide bursts of vibrant, saturated color that absorb the surrounding light. With nine different colors to choose from, youâ€™re sure to see your true colors shining through. 4 inches x 19 inches x 24 inches. $3,600 vetrovero.com.
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By Catherine McHugh
AvroKO Grooms Saxon + Parole with an Equestrian Theme Down on the corner of Bleecker and the Bowery, Saxon + Parole offers diners a menu of “Grilled Meats and Aquatic Delights”—not to mention a lively bar scene with imaginative cocktails. But visitors will find there is much more to the story behind this equestrian-themed restaurant, which is owned and operated by New York-based design and concept firm AvroKO.
Clockwise order, from left to right: Signature Parole Whiskey, revived from 1890s original brand; custom-made sign over the front door of the restaurant; the main dining room and bar; the customdesigned cocktail menu board; the lower level wine room with hundreds of horse shoes hanging from ceiling beams overhead, referencing original farrier shops; Saxon + Parole menus designed by AvroKO’s Brand Bureau.
Formed in 2001 by college friends Kristina O’Neal, William Harris, Greg Bradshaw, and Adam Farmerie, AvroKO has built a reputation for creating concept-driven spaces where every element relates to a central narrative. The company’s four partners initially joined forces in 2001 to design a client’s company from the ground up. As the partners quickly proved themselves to be equally adept in various disciplines, their signature became offering integrated design services—all rooted on a single, conceptual narrative. This exceptionally versatile approach has enabled them to produce environments where every element in a space relates to the design concept. In this spirit, the principals began to pursue what they call their own “selfpropelled projects,” beginning with their first restaurant, PUBLIC in Nolita. Wholly conceived, designed, owned, and operated by the company, PUBLIC won the James Beard Awards for “Best Restaurant Design” and “Best Graphics” in 2004. “All of our self-propelled projects are done with all four partners contributing to the architecture, design, and branding,” O’Neal explains. “T h e r e a r e a lot o f ta l e n t e d f o l k s i n t h e s t u d i o to o , a n d S a xo n + P a r o l e wa s t o u c h e d b y m o s t o f t h e s ta f f i n s o m e way . T h at t y p e o f f u l l - o n c o l l a b o r at i o n i s o pt i m a l f o r u s .” So when the group’s Double Crown restaurant closed in the summer of 2011, the founders wasted little time getting back in the saddle in the same space. Where Double Crown was a fantastical interpretation of 19th-century British colonialism in the Far East, Saxon + Parole is based on a pair of racehorses that were owned by American tobacco manufacturer Pierre Lorillard IV at the turn of the century.
Top left: The downstairs corridor with hand-studded walls. Middle left: The main dining room with a salvaged marble fireplace, images of the original muses Saxon and Parole, and a screen of repurposed spindles. Bottom left: The entry to the lower level wine room. Top right: The two-story knife wall installation. Opposite: Top: A bottle of the restaurantâ€™s signature Parole Whiskey. Bottom: The setup for the Do-It-Yourself bloody mary bar at Saxon + Parole's brunch.
“We own two groomsman cottages and a stable in Tuxedo Park, New York, which contains over 300 homes built primarily in the late 1800s,” O’Neal explains. “Pierre Lorillard was responsible for founding the park and the lore of his horses was captivating. “We were inspired by the numerous stables that once dotted the streets of downtown Manhattan and that direct context played a role here as well,” she continues. “And, of course, there is the tavern as a gathering place—an everyman’s, everyday spot for community and sustenance.” While the designers strived to give every room in the restaurant its own feel, throughout the space a rustic equine theme is blended with a modernist sensibility. “We used cues from stables, jockey quarters, and farrier’s workshops in the basement as well,” O’Neal says. “T h e h o r s e p h o t o s a r e o r i g i n a l s t h at w e m o d i f i e d i n o u r s t u d i o , d r o p p i n g o u t t h e b ac kg r o u n d s a n d f r a m i n g t h e m w i t h B a u h a u s - i a n ba r sto c k to m o d e r n i z e t h e f e e l . T h e r e a r e a l s o o r i g i n a l p h o t o s i n t h e s pac e o f L orillard ’ s ‘ cherry and black ’- clad j o c k e y s , w h i c h h av e b e e n t u c k e d away d ow n s ta i r s .” The enormous chandelier was designed in AvroKO’s studio and custom made at a shop in Brooklyn, while the marble fireplaces were salvaged from a turn-of-the-century townhouse in the Village. “They were carefully reconstructed from their myriad parts when we were putting the final touches on the space,” O’Neal says. “T h e r e i s a l s o a d i v i d e r wa l l m a d e o f v i n tag e h o r s e b l a n k e t s , w h i c h d o e s d o u b l e d u t y a s a s o u n d da m p e n e r . T h i s i s o n e o f o u r favo r i t e i n s ta l l at i o n s i n t h e s pac e .” Built on site by a skilled carpenter team, the walnut and plated porcelain-edged bar is completely custom made. Speaking of the bar, a unique cocktail cabinet holds specialized recipes for those who purchase monthly memberships. The partners also revived the Parole Whiskey brand and offer Parole Whiskey ice cream as well. “This is the first liquor brand we have done,” O’Neal says. “And it’s the first boozy ice cream as well.” Another first can be found far from Manhattan’s trendy NoHo. AvroKO recently worked with Russian design firm GPF to create and open a version of Saxon + Parole in Moscow. “They wanted to work with us to bring Saxon + Parole to Moscow’s Patriarch Pond area and so we agreed,” O’Neal says. “It is very similar to New York in the design feel but utilizes the original architecture of our location there, which has made for some beautiful details, including original ceiling moldings, rosettes, and plasterwork. “We call them our doppelgangers as they have the same four partners (three fellows and a lady),” O’Neal concludes. “They began at the same time we did 12 years ago, and they also own and operate restaurants .” No word yet on whether this outpost will be distilling its own brand of booze—but given its location, maybe a line of flavored vodkas (and accompanying ice cream flavors) would fit the bill?
By Cathy Whitlock
Carleton Varney THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A LEGENDARY DESIGNER
While he may have been the protégé at one time, he has now surpassed the mentor. Carleton Varney is one of America’s best-known interior designers and president of Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc., in Manhattan, keeping the flame of its namesake alive. Many considered Draper, the legendary doyenne of interior design from the 1920s to the ’60s, a pioneer of the design industry and the Martha Stewart of her time. A savvy self-promoter and sharp businesswoman, she designed residential and commercial interiors from soup to nuts, right down to the hotel matchstick covers. The Greenbrier’s bold staircase, and black and white diamond-patterned floor designs would make Dorothy Draper proud.
Clockwise from top left (facing page): A master of color and pattern, Varney is often known as “Mr. Color.” A portrait of Dorothy Draper resides on the walls of The Greenbrier hotel. “The Draper Touch” can be found throughout the hotel as Varney kept the designs true to the original. Varney notes the casino is a combination of “Monte Carlo meets Gone with the Wind,” as seen in the Twelve Oaks bar. Tufting, slipper chairs, fringe, and strong color are a few of the design elements Draper was known for.
(This page) Top: Located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, The Greenbrier hotel is one of the nation’s premier resorts. Bottom: The Forum Chair was a favorite of Draper and used throughout The Greenbrier. The collection is available through Kindel Furniture, Suite 510.
Known for her courageous use of bold colors, floral chintzes, and over-the-top rooms, Varney explains, “H e r s t y l e wa s A m e r i ca n B a r o q u e . D o r ot h y D r a p e r b e ca m e a n i c o n b e cau s e s h e c r e at e d a lo o k m u c h l i k e F r a n k L loy d W r i g h t a n d A d d i s o n M i z n e r . I t wa s v e ry i d e n t i f i a b l e .” Varney met Draper when he was a schoolteacher and decided to try his hand at decorating. Armed with a good business head, a strong arts background, an appreciation of quality, and the ability to do mechanical drawing, he worked with her for seven years and eventually became president of the company when she retired in 1963. “People often ask me how I managed to become president of Dorothy Draper & Company at the tender age of 29,” the colorful designer notes. ‘How did you do it?’ they want to know. ‘Did you push Mrs. Draper down an elevator shaft?’” Varney continued to keep her spirit alive, putting the “Draper Touch” on designs for hotels (Palm Beach’s The Breakers, Brazilian Court, and the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island) to cruise ships, the former Presidential yacht U.S.S. Sequoia, private plane interiors, and the Architectural Digest Green Room at the Oscars, just to name a few. (In fact, it could take an entire Wikipedia page to mention his accomplishments.) His Who’s Who of clientele ranges from the late screen star Joan Crawford to former President Jimmy Carter. And if that is not enough, he can be seen on television’s Home Shopping Network selling items from his home collection. Or maybe you have seen his 27 books (his most recent Decorating in the Grand Manor: A Design Memoir, Shannongrove Press, 2013) or read his design column at the Palm Beach Daily News for the past 32 years. Perhaps it’s his work on Draper’s project at The Greenbrier hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, that is the kingpin of both their resumés. Built in 1778, the picturesque historical resort was revived
after serving as a military hospital during World War II. Often described as the spot where the “White House and a southern plantation meet,” it is considered one of the grandest resorts in America. Draper was at the top her game (and fame) when she refurbished the resort in 1948. Armed with social credentials and no stranger to living well, the Tuxedo Park native created a uniquely elegant atmosphere, taking the country club feel to a new level. Her goal was to make the resort “ f e e l l i k e a l a r g e c o u n t ry h o u s e w h e r e ev e ry t h i n g h a s b e e n p r ov i d e d for the comfort, pleasure, convenience and sat i s fac t i o n o f t h e b e au t y - c o n s c i o u s .” The interior designs were composed of rooms filled with Chinese Chippendale, large cabbage rose chintzes, an explosive use of unexpected color combinations, and her trademark Baroque plaster pediments over the doors. Clearly it’s the jewel in both protégé and mentor’s crowns.
Varney has been the resident curator and, in 2009, he renovated The Greenbrier from top to bottom with Draper’s original design scheme of bold aqua, yellow, and pink hues, and mid-century modern furnishings. “We keep it alive by the spirit of color— black and white checkerboard, sky blue ceilings, and wide-striped wallpapers,” says Varney. “Hotels can’t be categorized, and the (800 guest) rooms at The Greenbrier are one of a kind. We make sure no two rooms are alike. It’s all about elegance.” “T h e G r e e n b r i e r
i s a lways r e n ovat i n g a n d i n
m ot i o n ,”
details Varney. One of the most recent additions was the refurbishing of the casino three years ago. Dubbed “Monte Carlo meets Gone with the Wind,” the casino is underground and very southern in its roots. Mixing high stakes worldclass gaming and cuisine, live entertainment (also overseen by Varney), and some 40 boutiques in a 103,000-square-foot venue (complete with roulette c o n sta n t
wheels, poker, baccarat, blackjack tables, and state-of-the-art slot machines) makes for one grand southern entertainment experience, not unlike Vegas or the real Monte Carlo. Varney took his design cues for the lavish antebellum casino designs while attending a performance at Radio City Music Hall. Impressed by the giant tassel design, he copied the red, black, and gold pattern, had his son Sebastian cut a template, and the decorative motif now adorns the panels of the main casino walls. All of the furnishings are custom, right down to the porcelain and floral-patterned carpets to the tufted floral chintz banquettes. Varney purchased the original Gone with the Wind 26
chandelier that adorns the entrance hall (fans will recognize it from Twelve Oaks) from his friend actress Debbie Reynolds’ collection of movie memorabilia. The Twelve Oaks lounge pays homage of sorts to the film, while updated with plaid carpet and tufted green bar panels.
walls. The only contemporary interior is the newly added Asian Fusion restaurant which boasts a Chinese dog hanging over the counter. And nods to Draper abound such as the open clamshell fixture (a trademark motif) between the lobby’s double staircase.
The Carleton Café with its ruby red, tufted slipper chairs and trompe l’oeil walls was designed to mimic an opera café. The Draper Café features original chintz patterns (once made into raincoats and umbrellas) and decorative murals grace the walls, while the High Roller lounge gets a jungle motif with animal figurines in the baroque curio wall unit against tiger-patterned
Today the work lives on through the fabric and wallpaper lines at Carleton V Ltd, Carleton Varney by the Yard, and a collection inspired by Dorothy Draper to the trade only available at Kindel Furniture. The collection comprises 100 pieces, with reproductions and adaptions inspired by Draper’s corporate work at The Greenbrier, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel, The
Opposite: A giant clamshell becomes a whimsical focal point in the hotel lobby. Draper’s trademark cabbage-rose chintz patterns adorn the walls. Top: A touch of Asian elegance can be found at the Casino’s In-Fusion restaurant. Bottom: No two rooms at The Greenbrier are created alike. Right: A Hollywood Regency-style corner bench is one of the many unique design features at The Greenbrier.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Hampshire House, all in collaboration with Varney. Available in a variety of finishes, pieces include the Dorotheum Sofa (named after the café at the Met), with its Lawson arms, bench seat cushion, and kick pleat flounce; Chinese Chippendale Curio Cabinet and Draper Slipper Chair from The Greenbrier; and the Braziliance Commode from her work on Brazil’s Quitandinha resort. Varney maintains an office on the premises and this past year opened a Dorothy Draper & Company School of Decorating at The Greenbrier. He is still involved in interior design (one current project includes The Colony Hotel
in Palm Beach), appears on a design segment for CBN’s 700 Club, and oversees an online store on carletonvarney.com with over 500 items that can fit into a variety of home designs. At the age of 75, the multi-talented designer shows no signs of slowing down as he continually reinvents new facets to his career. Maybe it’s the advice he received years ago—“J oa n C r aw f o r d o n c e s a i d t o m e , ‘I i n v e n t e d m e a n d yo u c a n d o t h e s a m e t h i n g . A n y t h i n g yo u wa n t t o b e yo u c a n b e .’” Somehow I think the mentor is looking down and proud of her protégé.
Bottom right: Draper’s Pinwheel Chest was originally featured in her designs at California’s Arrowhead Springs Hotel.
By Cathy Whitlock
Beauty at Home “If I’m going to do something traditional, there usually will be something contemporary right next to it. I liked the energy that comes from that contrast. I have a great respect for tradition, but I’m always tempted to tweak it, to give it a little edge.”
The late cosmetic mogul Estée Lauder built an empire largely based on the principle of creating beauty through storytelling. Images of a life well lived in advertisements would capture the imagination—and wallets— of consumers, making her one of America’s most successful self-made entrepreneurs. Harnessing the power between image and sales, she was also one of the first women to develop beauty collections that were tailored and focused to the individual. So it’s fitting that her granddaughter has followed suit. Possessed with the triple combo of Estée’s talent, brains, and beauty, trendsetter and tastemaker Aerin Lauder saw a niche, and soon the Aerin lifestyle brand was born. “People were always asking me what was in my makeup bag,” she notes, so the line began with beauty products (a natural after working at her family’s company for two decades) followed by scented candles, tabletop, and elegant home accessories. Shoes, jewelry, and a line of sunglasses were added, appealing to the busy woman who wants to be stylish and, as Aerin describes, “loves luxury and style, and has a sense of ease.” The premise is that living beautifully
should be effortless and women could have options that were curated and pre-edited.
Facing page: Global lifestyle designer and trendsetter Aerin Lauder
As the line grew, the 43-year-old explains, “I saw an opportunity for a modern, feminine, and effortless approach to beauty, and realized it would translate into other categories of home fashion and accessories.” Effortless style is the order of the day and her mantra is a simple one—“b e a u T y i s m y h e r i Tag e a n d h o m e i s m y Pa s s i o n .” Taking a cue from her grandmother’s beauty collection, Aerin realized she could take that model to other categories and a home furnishings line ensued, consisting of furniture (EJ Victor), lighting (Visual Comfort), home fragrances (NEST), and fabric and carpets (Lee Jofa) that seamlessly work together. “People love buying the lifestyle and overall concept.” Inspired by the designs of her own homes—a ski lodge in Aspen, an apartment in Manhattan, and a Greek Revival home in East Hampton—and her work with interior designers Jacques Grange and Daniel Romualdez, the collection has the same relaxed and elegant vibe of her personal interiors.
Top: Lauder’s line of fabrics and wall coverings are available to the trade at the Lee Jofa showroom, Suite 401. Right: An elaborately carved 18th century French mirror is contrasted with a contemporary blue-tiled coffee table in Lauder’s living room.
Estée handed down a love of patterns (which hide a multitude of sins if you have a family) and a penchant for all things gold. “E s t é e ta u g h t m e t h at g o l d wa s a n e u t r a l w h e t h e r i t ’ s a g o l d s h o e o r a g o l d b e au t y p r o d u c t ,” she explains, as evidenced in the decorative accessory line of gold-dipped nesting bowls, vases, dishes, and even bottle openers. The spirit of Estée is also channeled with her Kenlyn fabric, an adaptation of a French document in the Lee Jofa archive. “This documentary print is my personal take on the incredibly floral prints that were always part of Estée’s home décor,” Aerin says. A classic club, The Joseph Chair at EJ Victor, was inspired by her grandfather Joseph Lauder’s favorite spot, while Visual Comfort’s Mill Chandelier mimics the feel of a gilded woven basket and is one of Aerin’s original designs.
“My grandmother loved to embellish things. Every sofa had a fringe, every table was a nesting spot for one of her beloved porcelain birds. But I’m more like my mother, who prefers a clean contemporary look— I don’t like clutter. The mantel in my living room is bare.”
Top: Symmetry of design is the order of the day with the interiors of Lauder’s house in the Hamptons. Bottom: The author and designer at work. Opposite Top left: The use of blue and white porcelain, and fabrics were inspired by her grandmother, cosmetics magnate Estée Lauder. Top right: Lauder’s design aesthetic mixes both European and contemporary styles. Bottom right: Aerin’s furniture line at EJ Victor is a blend of classic and modern seating, and tables influenced by her own lifestyle.
“Estée loved coming into the office every day. And she taught me another very important lesson: since you spend so much time in our office, why not try to make it as comfortable and appealing as it can possibly be.”
l i n e i s i n s p i r e d b y n at u r e .
s e e f i s h , f l ow e r s , a n d s h e l l s i n t h e fa b r i c s ,”
she explains, and many of the pieces in the furniture line are influenced by mid-century modern design and her own antiques. With 80 SKUs in the collection, the color story is one of blues and whites, greens and chocolate browns in floral prints, embroideries, chevron motifs, and textured solids. When asked what sets her designs apart from the many lines in the marketplace, she responds, “My strong vision and distinct aesthetic. My vision is consistent. And (there is) a sense of ease and refinement.” The brand appeals to all people and there appears to be something for everyone, whether their tastes are modern, traditional, or somewhere in between.
In addition to serving as head of Aerin, Inc., and style and image director for the flagship Estée Lauder brand, Aerin recently added author to her resume with the publication of Beauty at Home (Potter Style, 2013). The beautifully illustrated book gives readers a peek into her city and coun-
try life (which includes her marriage to financier Eric Zinterhofer and their two teenage boys), and a look into her design and decorating choices, and a gracious style of living.
“I like bringing
She is clearly a woman who lives her brand and practices what she preaches.
different textures into a room – rock crystal,
crushed velvet pillows unexpectedly paired with a more masculine sofa covered in wool.”
Left: Beauty at Home (P0tter Style, 2013)
Eats’N’Sleeps Gotham West Market gothamwestmarket.com 600 11th Avenue 212.582.7940
A Voce avocerestaurant.com 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor 212.823.2523
Center Bar centerbarnyc.com 10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor 212.823.9482
Crave Fishbar cravefishbar.com 945 Second Avenue 646.895.9585
In Hell’s Kitchen, Gotham West Market is the new kid on the block—literally. This ambitious food market features eight food purveyors sharing the sleek, block-long space located on the ground floor of the new Gotham West residential complex. Chief among the chefs is Ivan Ramen’s Slurp Shop, serving up classics like shio ramen and roasted garlic mazemen. Caroline Fidanza of Brooklyn’s Saltie features a farmto-table menu of soups and salads at Little Chef. The Brooklyn Kitchen manages a demo kitchen, culinary classes, and a specialty food retail shop, while the team behind Brooklyn’s popular Court Street Grocers serves handcrafted gourmet sandwiches at their new Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop. Gramercy favorite The Cannibal brings a menu of market-driven charcuterie to the west side, and Blue Bottle Coffee opens its twelfth café, with locally roasted coffee and goodies like vanilla saffron snickerdoodle cookies. Chef Seamus Mullen of Tertulia serves tapas and mordiscos at the classic Spanish tapas bar El Colmado, and Genuine Roadside dishes up classic American roadside stand fare. NYC Velo rounds it off with their wide variety of bikes and cycling gear indoor to help you work off all those newly acquired calories.
Up at the Time Warner Center, A Voce celebrates the simple pleasures of Italian cooking. Executive chef Filippo Gozzoli’s seasonal, regional dishes feature Primi pasta dishes, with specialties such as beetroot pasta with smoked ricotta and pistachio. Antipasti selections include delectable fare like fried porcini with fonduta, hazelnut, and agrodolce. Secondi options feature seafood, poultry, and meats, like duck Margaret with fennel, chanterelle, and parmigiano. Dessert temptations include Tuscan doughnuts with bittersweet chocolate and semifreddo, and a yogurt mousse with cherry caramel, raspberry coulis, and pine nut. The awardwining wine collection, on dramatic display in the floor-to-ceiling glass walls lined with close to 7,000 wine bottles, features 2,400 selections of wine by the bottle and 18 wines by the glass from Italy, France, and around the country. In addition, the restaurant hosts monthly Sommelier Nights and Wine Dinners, inviting some of the world’s top vintners to showcase their wines during dinner service. Wine director Olivier Flosse also offers monthly courses for all levels of wine enthusiasts.
One floor up at the Time Warner Center, Center Bar’s 52-seat restaurant, wine bar, and cocktail lounge serves up savory and sweet tapas-style small plates of American cooking with a Mediterranean flair, under the direction of Chef Michael Lomonaco of neighboring Porter House New York. Seated at one of the plush banquettes with handmade wooden tables, gazing at stunning views of Columbus Circle and Central Park, you can nosh on delicacies such as roasted Mayan prawns, North Carolina quail, or American Siberian sturgeon caviar. If you’re looking for something sweet, champagne and raspberry gratin with pistachio gelato or coconut pannacotta may hit the spot. Center Bar features an 80-bottle wine list from around the world. Or perhaps you’ll want to sample the mouthwatering selection of classic cocktails created and adapted by master bartender James Moreland, such as the Tea Rose Champagne Special made with rose macerate and gin, or the Stone Ridge combination of Mount Gay rum, raspberry, lemon, and egg white. Whatever your selection, the views inside and out are equally elegant.
If you’re craving seafood, head over to Turtle Bay, where executive chef Todd Mitgang prepares a seasonally changing menu of seafood prepared in many different styles, including Thai, Mexican, Italian, and French. Current favorites include fluke crudo with charred scallion purée, and yogurt-marinated Atlantic halibut with chana masala, fresh garbanzo beans, pickled onion, and cucumber. If you’re in the mood for molluscs, try the plancha-grilled octopus with Chinese broccoli and cumin mustard vinaigrette. Crustacean connoisseurs should reel in the lobster curry, a Thai-style chu chee curry made from a whole de-shelled 1.25 lb. lobster, charred onion, and Japanese and Thai apple eggplant. And don’t forget the weekday oyster happy hour from 5:00 to 7:00, where you can fill up on 24 varieties of oysters at Crave’s extensive raw bar for just a dollar apiece. The rustic 60-seat space, which was designed by Nicole Cota Studios to replicate dining in the hull of an old ship, features porthole-shaped mirrors and weathered, “wormy chestnut” wood, nautical portraits and paintings, custom-made chairs and tables from Recycled Brooklyn, and an eclectic mix of salvaged materials from the original Crave, which was located across the street and destroyed in 2008 when a crane fell on the building.
By Jim Lochner
Upscale restaurants and boutique hotels are redefining Hell’s Kitchen, while Crave Fishbar and Estela bring a touch of Mediterranean to the East Side.
Estela estelanyc.com 47 East Houston Street (212) 219-7693
KTCHN Restaurant and Café ktchnnyc.com 508 West 42nd Street (212) 868-2999
THE OUT NYC theoutnyc.com 510 West 42nd Street (212) 947-2999
Ink48 ink48.com 653 11th Avenue (212) 757-0088
Down in trendy Nolita, Botanica owner Mark Connell transformed the restaurant space above his neighborhood dive into upscale wine bar Estela, which serves shareable plates of American food with European influences. The wine list includes over 200 selections, primarily from France (Rhône, Burgundy), Germany, and Spain. The menu, dominated by snacks and appetizers, changes regularly. Over a glass of wine, munch on olives, pickles, or spiced almonds. Sample one of their homemade matzo dishes or feast on the creamy burrata. If you’re in the mood for seafood, Estela features everything from salted cod and mussel escabeche to calamari à la plancha and cured Scottish trout. Off the wall entrée selections such as blood cake and ricotta dumplings nestle alongside more traditional choices such as pork and steak. With its exposed brick, globe lights, and rough-hewn wood floors, Estella is a stylish throwback to the Little Italy of old.
Located within THE OUT NYC resort and spa (see right), KTCHN serves up modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the bright, sunlit-mirrored café and bar, and in the darker wood-paneled main room. Appetizers include a scrumptious selection of crostini, as well as quinoa fritters, crab cake sliders, and bite-size lobster cubes. American favorites such as mac ’n’ cheese, cheeseburgers, steak, and pork tenderloin all have treasured spots on the menu. Go under the sea with the steamed mahi mahi and basil pesto or across the ocean for some heartwarming chicken tajine with Moroccan couscous, almond, and eggplant. In addition to salads and soups, the octopus à la plancha or the mahi mahi fish tacos might tempt smaller appetites. And last but not least, what was once a Hell’s Kitchen staple—the bottomless mimosa brunch—makes a welcome return to the neighborhood. Thanks KTCHN!
Billing itself as a “straight friendly hotel catering to the gay lifestyle,” THE OUT NYC is the City’s first and only urban resort. A winner of Fodor’s top 100 Hotels in 2012, THE OUT has brought a level of urban chic to a once-dilapidated block of 42nd Street. The 105-room boutique hotel boasts a full-service restaurant (KTCHN, see left), the XL gay nightclub, and a full-service spa. The rooms and suites feature courtyard and city views, iPod docking stations, and 40”-inch flat screen televisions. Quad bunk bed accommodations are available for groups, with each of the four fullsized beds containing a 22”-inch TV. Travelers on a budget can also rent the bunk beds individually. Customized facials, Hamam Turkish bath treatments, and sugaring hair removal can be found at the only luxury spa in Hell’s Kitchen catering to men. With its expansive glass-covered atrium and a 15-foot waterfall, the 5,000-square-foot spa facilities include treatment rooms, hot tubs, steam room and cedar sauna, wellness deck, and a private gym. Unique indoor and outdoor spaces like the cozy bamboo garden and Great Lawn can accommodate groups from 25 to 200.
Transforming a 1930’s printing house, Ink48 is a 222-room, full-service, petfriendly, lifestyle hotel. The lobby is an interpretation of a pocket park made of glass, stone, and leather. Each guest room is fashioned like a loft space, offering soaring ceilings, original oversized columns, colossal windows, and sweeping views of the Hudson and midtown Manhattan. The spectacular rooftop lounge, designed by renowned architect Carlos Zapata, features an outdoor reflecting pool and allows guests to take in the magnificent atmosphere from a sky-high setting. The hotel, located only a block from the Hudson River bike path, provides guests with complimentary bikes—a nice touch. To relax those aching muscles, guests can take advantage of the full-service Ink Spa or the Mind.Body.Spa wellness program, including complimentary, on-demand, in-room yoga. Special amenity kits include “Forgot It, We’ve Got It – Runner’s Edition,” packed with runner-friendly items such as a pre-loaded iPod Shuffle with headphones, athletic sports watch, and running belt with water bottle. Perfect for any romantic occasion is the new “Heat Meter Amenities,” with packages that include enticements such as complimentary trip to the Museum of Sex, aphrodisiac-filled baskets, and special boudoir photo shoots to get you and that special someone “in the mood.”
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From florals to fuming, crazy fringe and clamshells, designers have their spring flings.
Jamie herzlinger (Jamie herzlinger Interiors) “This spring I cannot wait to use fumed wood in all my projects! Fuming wood is a process where the fumes of ammonia are used on woods that have natural tannin and create a gorgeous weathered look. It is like a great pair of ripped jeans paired with a chic Chanel jacket. Fumed wood isn’t only gorgeous on the floors, but this spring, you can expect to see it on the walls as a wainscoting or even taking the place of wallpaper and running throughout the entire space! Imagine a stunning gilded Louis XVI chair sitting on top of a raw fumed wood flooring—how better can it get?”
Glenn lawson (Glenn lawson, Inc.) “Crocus!! OMG. I am a winter hate, spring/ summer lover. When these little guys peep up through the ground my heart skips two beats!! Their intense purple color makes an amazing and welcome pop next to the snow white and even the earth brown. This all is quite a shout out—"Goodbye, Ol’ Man Winter! Your days are numbered!"—and the parade that follows is no less thrilling: daffodils, tulips, then cherry blossoms. Could anything be more beautiful? The crocus is ’The Little Locomotive That Could’.”
Celerie kemble (kemble Interiors) “I’m a big fan of the Elies (as my son calls them) and think these clamshell tusks, with their amethyst-colored bases and brass tips, are a perfect way to celebrate the elephant without using ivory. (Even vintage ones give me the creeps now.) Perfect against a wall with a long console or buffet between!”
Jennifer Apple (Maxwell Fabrics) “My favorite thing in spring is over-scaled florals! Everyone knows it rains a lot in Vancouver and it can get dreary and grey. I keep my design studio fresh with lots of color—pillows in fresh tones of orchid, fuchsia, purple, pink, and beach tones of seafoam and aqua. It keeps me dreaming of spring and always inspired.”
Shawn Henderson (Shawn Henderson Interior Design, Inc.) “I am OBSESSED with the fringe throws by Tabula Rasa that are sold through ALT for Living. They are gorgeously handcrafted and come in some REALLY INTERESTING color COMBINATIONS with crazy fringe. THEY ARE definitely on my list of favorite things."
GALLERY I n Season : M aterials and vibrant colors inspired by nature abound indoors.
Neo Wave Side Table available at Tucker Robbins, 212.355.3383, tuckerrobbins.com
Le Bouquet available at Christopher Guy, 212.684.2197, christopherguy.com
The Driscoll Club Chair available at DESIRON, 212.353.2600, desiron.com
Aviator Cocktail Table available at The Bright Group, 212.726.9030, thebrightgroup.com
Two Door Cabinet available at Louis J. Solomon, 212.545.9200, louisjsolomon.com
Regency Card Table available at Kindel Furniture, 646.293.6649, kindelfurniture.com
Fete du Printemp Chandelier available at Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., 212.545.0032, minka.com
Empress Chair available at Baker Knapp & Tubbs, 212.779.8810, bakerfurniture.com
Nail Table #13 by Sandback available at Dennis Miller Associates, 212.684.0070, dennismiller.com
Montez Chair available at Julian Chichester, 646.293.6622, julianchichester.com Clockwise from top (facing page): Exotic Travels Fabrics available at Kravet Inc., 212.725.0340, kravet.com Twig Mirror - Brass available at Global Views, 212.725.8439, globalviews.com On the Waterfront Stripes & Checks by Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, 212.779.4540, maxwellfabrics.com Hexafleur Chair available at Henredon Interior Design Showroom, 212.679.5828, henredon.com
Micrographia Flatweaves and Louise Settee available at Stephanie Odegard Collection, 212.545.0205, stephanieodegard.com
The Chaise Regence Chair available at C么t茅 France, 212.684.0707, cotefrance.com
Grayton Ottoman available at Arteriors, 646.797.3620, arteriorshome.com
Osaka Sofa available at Brueton, 212.838.1630, brueton.com
freshpicks T H E M O S T C U R R E N T products in nydc showrooms .
Trim Urbanite The City Bench from Bright, made of quartered ash and supported on slender, brushed bronze legs, is a comfortable perch with a second shelf at the ready for a book or two. Omit the tufted seat, and the City Bench becomes the City Coffee Table. The Bright Group, Suite 902, 212.726.9030, thebrightgroup.com
Stately Pleasure Domes The polished nickel starburst of the Zanadoo Sconce from Arteriors embraces the five light bulbs, creating dramatic shadows and patterns on the walls. The sconce can be hung vertically or horizontally and is shown with silver bowl globe bulbs. This is one piece in their new sconce collection. Arteriors, Suite 608, 646.797.3620, arteriorshome.com FEB MAR
Highland Fling Powell & Bonnellâ€™s Highland Cabinet at Dennis Miller is handsome and versatile. Finished in dark Macassar ebony with a slim-edged, solid-surface top, the cabinet rests on a svelte polished nickel frame. Available in wood, lacquer, and metal finishes, with interior spaces in contrasting accent colors. Custom sizes available. Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 1210, 212.684.0070, dennismiller.com
Light Jazz The gleaming, fresh design of the Marshall Floor Lamp from Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. draws its vibrant spirit from the Jazz Age. The lively retro base reflects the shining cast of light from the sleek drum shade. The Marshall Lamp is height-adjustable, and is available in bronze nickel and brass finishes. Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., Suite 512, 212.545.0032, minka.com
Social Center Designed by Jacques Garcia, the inviting St. James Sofa from Baker Knapp & Tubbs is rectilinear and precisely tailored, with bold biscuit tufting and a wide box arm. That modern look is softened by unexpected pleat and button details on the arm panel. A floating base creates a to-the-floor look. Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite 300, 212.779.8810, bakerfurniture.com
Steel Butterfly Inspired by traditional geta footwear, Tucker Robbins’ iconic Japanese Steel Table with Butterfly Top captures their sophisticated functionality. Constructed from solid slabs of wood, each one of these tables, with their undulating edges and varying wood grains, is truly unique. This new version features exposed butterfly joints, carved into the tabletop by a master woodworker. Tucker Robbins, Suite 504, 212.355.3383, tuckerrobbins.com
Written in French The elegant One Forty Five Desk writing desk from the Kemble for Henredon Collection has a curvaceous bodice and cabriole legs indicative of the French 1940s style. The top is inset with crème leather and has pullout shelves. Other features include a drop-front center drawer, pencil tray, and an electrical outlet. Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Suite 102, 212.725.3776, henredon.com
Midair Magic At first blush, the Hannah Side Table by Emmanuel Delalain at PROFILES seems like magic—a table within a table that floats in the air. Seen here in walnut, the table can be built from numerous woods, and although it sports a decidedly French accent, it’s actually made in Brooklyn! PROFILES, Suite 1211, 212.689.6903, profilesny.com
Grill Me A new collection from Global Views includes this beautiful rectangular Quatrefoil Cocktail Table with matching round side table and pendant. The quatrefoil decorative grill base is made of aluminum with a bronze epoxy finish, the legs are iron with a rich brass finish, and the tabletop is made of white honed marble. Global Views, Suite 613, 212.725.8439, globalviews.com
Changing Spots Untraditional Turn Long known for their fine-quality, traditional furniture, Louis J. Solomon has expanded their line by introducing over 300 new styles, including a new line of beds that are as modern as you are. This King Shagreen Bed features a creamy faux shagreen panel treatment with a dark walnut wood frame. Louis J. Solomon, Suite 911, 212.545.9200, louisjsolomon.com
An exciting new finish for Côté France’s LXV Commode Chest takes a classic reproduction in a fresh direction. This commode is “riche en bronze” with real bronze trim and handles finished in gold. The handpainted leopard finish brings the style into the 21st century—but King Louis probably would’ve wanted one just like it! Côté France, Suite 1201, 212.684.0707, cotefrance.com
Bold Type Look at things from a new angle with the geometrically bold Onegin Console by Julian Chichester. The aged-brass, cantilevered legs support a firmdale grey oak top with three brass drawers lined in cardinal velvet. Also available as a desk, the Onegin Series makes a statement that cannot be ignored. Julian Chichester, Suite 604, 646.293.6622, julianchichester.com
Waves Hello The four latest additions to Maxwell Fabrics’ Colorwaves Collection boast a fresh crop of hues, including the eye-popping pink, red, orange, and purple tones of Forbidden Fruit, and a spectrum of green and blue shades in Limelight. These brights are bookended by Rag & Bone’s washed neutrals and the foundational greys of Concrete Jungle. Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, Suite 414, 212.779.4540, maxwellfabrics.com
ripping Good yarns Stephanie Odegardâ€™s Sari Lights Collection of rugs is made from recycled sari yarns from the elegant, unstitched garments of Indiaâ€™s women. The yarns are re-spun and hand-knotted into original and exclusive graphic designs on a wool foundation. Shown here is the Trellis Rug, which is also available in custom colors. Stephanie Odegard Collection, Suite 1209, 212.545.0205, stephanieodegard.com
Stones Float Classical elegance characterizes the twin-top low Palenque Table from Brueton. A center metal column and recessed plynth support two stone planes that seem to float. Available in round, square, and rectangular versions, and in different sizes. Brueton, Suite 910, 212.838.1630, brueton.com
Oscar Favorite Christopher Guy was inspired by Oscar Niemeyer and his unique design of the Cathedral de Brasilia to create the Niemeyer Table for his new Mademoiselle Collection. Made from solid mahogany with a tempered glass top, this unique piece is ideal as a breakfast or centre table. Christopher Guy, Suite 1601, 212.684.2197, christopherguy.com
Surrender to Dorothy In the Nob Hill Sofa, Kindel Furniture has artfully captured the elegant sweep of the arm and the curve of the back from Dorothy Draper’s original 1952 design. Meticulous attention to detail is evident in the complex tailoring. The spring-down cushions are skillfully sewn to fit the channels of the back. Kindel Furniture, Suite 510, 646.293.6649, kindelfurniture.com
Pouf ’n’ Stuff The lines of DESIRON’s Hudson Pouf are clean and simple, embodying their philosophy of each handcrafted piece being completely functional. The natural walnut base and easily opened upholstered top create additional seating and storage in any room as well as functioning as a side table. DESIRON, Suite 702, 212.353.2600, desiron.com
sarahâ€™s style Kravet Inc. announces a new fabric collection from designer and television personality Sarah Richardson. Stylized floral prints on linen combine with versatile geometrics in a variety of scales, blending classic influences with modern innovation to find the right balance for today. Pictured here with the Paden Chairs, Starburst Scalloped Table, and the Embellished Chest. Kravet Inc., Suite 401, 212.725.0340, kravet.com
STYLESPOTLIGHT F eatured highlights of craft and design .
1. Dyed in Chocolate (opposite) The dazzling designs in Stephanie Odegardâ€™s Batik Collection are inspired by batik textiles. The Nicolette Rug is hand-woven using 100% silk in warm chocolate and gold tones. 2. Ancient Contemporary The Cascade Nesting Tables by Tuell & Reynolds at PROFILES were six million years in the making. Each pair of cast bronze tables is built around unique petrified tops that nature formed in prehistoric times.
3. Brushed Solid (opposite top) Airbrush Carpets, the latest collection from Kravet Smart, is sophisticated and subtle, and includes six beautiful textured solids, hand-loomed in India from 100% New Zealand wool. 4. Men’s Tailoring (opposite bottom) Runways, from Maxwell Fabrics, emphasizes plaids and tweeds— masculine-tailored fashions that exude a polished and refined sophistication. Gentlemen’s Club is a cozy new collection of rich wool and cashmere looks. 5. Bet On It The serpentine sculpted doors of Kindel’s Monte Carlo Chest are adorned with hand-carved solid cherry pulls that reflect Dorothy Draper’s style. The pulls are finished in hand-applied gilt leaf. 6. Speaks Volumes Clean and strong lines are married together using antique metal and rosewood veneers on the stylish Arm Etagere from Louis J. Solomon. 7. Empire Building The steel base of the Empire Bench from DESIRON is hand-polished to a bright sheen. The clean upholstered top is hand-tufted, and available in infinite fabrics and leather options.
8. In Your Wheelhouse Bringing a sense of serenity and unity to any space, the iron Wire Wheel Pendant Lamp from Tucker Robbins is manufactured by the metal weavers of Honduras. 9. Bedside Manners The Jasper Bedside Table from Julian Chichester has a minimalist profile, but natural materials lend warmth to an otherwise rational design. The table takes on a completely different character depending on the finish. 10. More With Less In the Link Coffee Table by Thomas Pheasant at Baker, the cast frame has an organic bronze look, a distinctive ashlar masonry pattern, and a floating clear glass top.
11. Reaching The Top The award-winning Pinnacle Table from Brueton reaches the heights of minimalist expression. A conical metal form is bisected by a semicircle of glass, upon which a glass top is perfectly balanced. 12. Totally Tubular In Jonathan Browning Studio’s Le Pentagone Chandelier at Bright, five square brass tubes connect at either end to round tubes, offset at various angles and capped by frosted tubular bulbs. 13. ’Round the Block Each of the Amber/Cobalt Vases from Global Views comprises a separate base and lid, one amber and one cobalt, which together create a beautiful color-blocking effect. 14. En Pointe New to Côté France, the Chaise Ballerine Chair, part of the Editions Collection, is like all ballerinas—delicate and strong at the same time. Available in any fabric or color.
15. Dali Detail The intricate detailing of the hand-carved Daliesque legs complements the subtle elegance of Christopher’s Guy’s signature silk-cut in his striking Petrus Cabinet. 16. Answer Me This The dimmable 10-light Gidget Lamp from Arteriors may resemble a question mark, but there is no question that it’s a dramatic conversation piece. 17. Buffet Lines The Contour Buffet at Dennis Miller features an eye-catching linear design across its sculpted leather fronts. A cerused silver walnut case, leather-wrapped doors, and dark bronze hardware is one of many finish combinations.
18. Wearable Light Inspired by designer Alecia Wesner's own jewelry designs, her Alecia's Necklace Wall Sconce at Metropolitan Lighting is decorative adornment for your walls. Uniquely patterned frames surround a frosted white glass shade. 19. Swede Inspiration Inspired by a Swedish Empire settee from the early 19th Century, the Heather Bench by Celerie Kemble at Henredon has curved extended sides adorned with leaf carvings and gently scrolled legs.
De. FIN.ingPieces items that sum up what a showroom is all about.
Arteriors Fluted glass triangular rods are embedded in a polished nickel sphere and hang from a polished nickel pipe to form the Hanley Chandelier. The bulbs used are silver bowl globes, which create a brilliant reflection for a striking look. Arteriors, Suite 608, 646.797.3620, arteriorshome.com
MAXWELL FABRICS Studio LA from Maxwell Fabrics is a collection of plush chenille patterns paired with a linen-like ground, featuring a fresh, modern palette that ranges from icy mints and cool jades balanced with delicious neutrals in chocolate and grey. The contemporary patterns of Studio LA coordinate effortlessly to add an injection of West Coast. Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, Suite 414, 212.779.4540, maxwellfabrics.com FEB MAR
Metropolitan Lighting The Inertia Chandelier by Corbett Lighting will delight guests entering a foyer, the opening act of any décor. The fixture explodes with the energy of crystal and stainless steel prisms surrounding a silver leaf-finished, wrought iron base. The crystal lamp diffuser holds six bulbs. Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., Suite 512, 212.545.0032, minka.com
Côté France Made in France by one of the country’s oldest factories, the LXV profile Henryot Ordi Desk can be finished in any lacquer color with silver or gold decoration and handles. But the main feature is technology. Open the middle drawer, push a button and—voila!—up comes a 21-inch computer and keyboard. Embedded speakers play your favorite playlist. Côté France, Suite 1201, 212.684.0707, cotefrance.com
Julian Chichester Julian Chichester’s Storm Cabinet is the result of years spent developing a new technique to wrap brass over wood. The corrugated motif on the touch-latch doors wraps around three sides of the cabinet, which rests on circular Royére-inspired legs. The sycamore veneer interior has two adjustable shelves. Julian Chichester, Suite 604, 646.293.6622, julianchichester.com
Kravet Inc. Thom Filiciaâ€™s second collection builds upon the success of his first, launched in 2010. This new collection features easy, relaxed basics as well as bold signature prints, printed and woven ikats, paisleys, tailored embroideries, modern stripes, geometrics, and fundamental textures. Pictured are Marcel Trims in coast, smoke, and chartreuse. Kravet Inc., Suite 401, 212.725.0340, kravet.com
LOUIS J. SOLOMON This Eco-friendly Sectional is part of Louis J. Solomonâ€™s contemporary upholstery collection, made in the United States. The size is fully customizable and you can choose a fabric from their collection or simply send them your own. Louis J. Solomon, Suite 911, 212.545.9200, louisjsolomon.com
TUCKER ROBBINS Forms derived from the Mayan church columns of Chajul, Guatemala, are reinterpreted as the Zig-Zag Side Table by the porcelain pottery craft of Peru, evoking the storytelling of the ancient Maya. Five years ago, Tucker Robbins began partnering with Peruvian artisans in this same workshop to produce his line of hand-thrown and cast tables. Tucker Robbins, Suite 504, 212.355.3383, tuckerrobbins.com
Henredon Interior Design Showroom The sculptural Graceful Sofa from the Barbara Barry for Henredon Collection features a tight back and a bench seat sitting atop a dark walnut wood base with tapered legs. It is also offered with a tight seat. Available in any Barbara Barry upholstery finish. Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Suite 103, 212.725.3776, henredon.com
THE BRIGHT GROUP The Clare Lounge Chair, part of the Clare Collection by designer Douglas Levine, exemplifies graceful low-slung elegance as well as comfort, with great attention to detail, style, and quality. Manufactured in New York State and available in all Bright finishes. The Bright Group, Suite 902, 212.726.9030, thebrightgroup.com
Christopher Guy Handcrafted from a single piece of wood, the patented Chris-X legs design, a signature element of the Christopher Guy line, was inspired by the feminine form. The only way to emulate this sensuous yet elegant look was to reconfigure the rear legs, and so the Chris-X Chair was born. Christopher Guy, Suite 1601, 212.684.2197, christopherguy.com
BAKER KNAPP & TUBBS Jacques Garcia designed the Atrium Chaise to showcase Baker’s skill. The daring proportions feature a high back over a low wood frame and short splayed legs. A quartered mahogany back curves before wrapping into deeply cut side panels terminating in a scroll, all meticulously flushed into the base rail. Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite 300, 212.779.8810, bakerfurniture.com
DESIRON The Soho Console exemplifies DESIRON’s signature style of clean modern lines, rendered in handcrafted materials, balancing contemporary design and all-American style. The curved brass base is precision-welded, and the all-steel case has a handapplied Onyx finish and beautiful inset doors. Fully customizable. DESIRON, Suite 702, 212.353.2600, desiron.com
Stephanie Odegard Collection Sheathed in pure silver, the Louise Demi Console Table, designed by Paul Mathieu for the Stephanie Odegard Collection, got its name for being what he sees as a more feminine version of Louis XV furniture. Shown against Odegard’s wool and silk Brick Rug in ice blue. Stephanie Odegard Collection, Suite 1209, 212.545.0205, stephanieodegard.com
dENNIs MIllEr AssoCIAtEs The Madrid Chair from Anees Upholstery is an elegantly handcrafted lounge chair, featuring a loose seat and back, and solid walnut trim set on a swivel base. Reminiscent of a classic Parisian deco piece, the Madrid is dressed down in style for maximum comfort. Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 1210, 212.684.0070, dennismiller.com GloBAl vIEws The unique silhouette of the new Marcel Cabinet is made from a hardwood frame with an American white oak veneer in a subtle grey stain. The doors are covered in silver metal leaf eglomese panels. The outer doors have touch latches and brass escutcheon plates with working lock and key. Global Views, Suite 613, 212.725.8439, globalviews.com
proFIlEs The Teddy Sofa by James Stuart Duncan. Nothing, but nothing says comfort like downfilled or wrapped pillows and cushions. PROFILES, Suite 1211, 212.689.6903, profilesny.com 70
BruEtoN Bruetonâ€™s craftsmanship and expertise in working with stainless steel enabled them to expand their furniture line to include exquisite accessories. Their award-winning designers have now created a unique collection of vases, candlesticks, and bowls, with organic and classically modern forms, including the tall Nebula Vase, made from the finest stainless steel. Brueton, Suite 910, 212.838.1630, brueton.com
kINdEl FurNIturE The craftsmanship of the Regency Cabinet is reflected in the hand-selected crotch mahogany veneer and hand-painted decoration. The fretwork and lower mahogany panels are hand-finished and create a rich contrast between the crackled black lacquer finish on the rest of the cabinet. Kindel Furniture is 100% American-made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kindel Furniture, Suite 510, 646.293.6649, kindelfurniture.com
NEW Showrooms. 2014 F resh faces and new designs. Bakes and Company, Suite 430 (Opening in 2014) phone 917.885.9650, fax 631.725.1710, bakesandcompany.com From the Hamptons to New York City and beyond, Bakes and Company offers both kitchen and interior design, and custom cabinet manufacturing. Bakes and Company works with architects and homeowners alike, taking a project from initial concept right through kitchen design, cabinet manufacturing, and final installation.
Jamie Herzlinger, Suite 425 phone 212.582.2790, jamieherzlinger.com Jamie Herzlinger’s highly anticipated showroom will include her signature custom furniture line, along with Herzlinger’s curated collection of her favorite resources, such as exquisite antiques from Linda Horn and Milord Antiques, stunning period lighting by Carlos de la Puente, and elegant handmade wall coverings by Studio E.
Bolier, Suite 804 phone 212.889.2060, fax 212.684.0776, bolierco.com In their new stand-alone showroom, Bolier continues to be a notable name in the luxury furniture industry, offering a portfolio of classic furniture forms reinterpreted with sophisticated modernistic sensibilities by a select group of designers like John Black, Brian Graham, Jiun Ho, and Michael Vanderbyl.
La Bastille, Suite 1305 phone 866.570.9690, labastille.com La Bastille is a leading producer of custom surfaces and fine furnishings, integrating unusual yet classical materials with smart and striking designs. Bastille Metal Works is recognized worldwide as the leader in zinc and pewter installations in both commercial settings as well as within beautifully appointed homes throughout the world.
CF Modern, Suite 419 phone 917.699.6024, cfmodern.com Less than two years after Irwin Feld and Steve Cassler launched CF Modern, a mid-century-inspired, Americanmade, custom furniture collection, they have expanded to include a showroom at NYDC. CF Modern now offers a full collection of case pieces, tables, lighting, chairs, and sofas, in addition to benches and ottomans.
The New Traditionalists, Suite 701 (Opening in 2014) phone 212.226.1868, fax 212.226.5504, thenewtraditionalists.com The New Traditionalists connect traditional with today. Influenced by classic silhouettes, their furniture is designed for today's eclectic, personal style of decorating. Using multi-layered, hand-rubbed finishes, each piece of furniture is handmade in their factory in New England and built with sustainably harvested hardwoods and finished using proprietary water-based techniques.
Currey & Company, Suite 506 phone 877.768.6428, fax 678.533.1499, curreyandcompany.com Currey & Company, manufacturer of distinctive home furnishings, are bringing their well-known lighting products, interior and garden furniture, and accessories to NYDC. Hand-forged iron chandeliers and sconces have long been their specialty, but the range of materials has been extended to include such materials as hand-carved wood, porcelain, and brass.
Tectonic Flooring, Suite 1320 (Opening in 2014) phone 888.748.7319, tectonicflooring.com Flooring isn't just about form, it's about function too, and Tectonic floors have managed to find the perfect equilibrium. Their new showroom at the NYDC will offer their wide range of solid timber flooring products, advanced coatings, and finishes to provide the best timber flooring every time.
Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc., Suite 510 phone 646.293.6649, fax 646.293.6657, dorothydraper.com From the 1930s to the 1960s, Dorothy Draper was the most famous decorator in America. The world of Dorothy Draper is one that combines old-world glamour with a current lifestyle and a wink of reverence for the past. The collection is now proudly carried at Kindel Furniture.
Ted Boerner, Suite 903 phone 212.675.5665, fax 212.675.5654, tedboerner.com Ted Boerner is relocating to the ninth floor of the NYDC in a redesigned showroom. Along with their own line of furnishings that balance nature and modernism, Ted Boerner features a range of textiles, lighting, carpets, wallpaper, art, and accessories by their distinctive selection of artists and designers.
Harbour Outdoor Australia, Suite 1301 (Opening in 2014) phone 646.692.4227, harbouroutdoor.com In 2007, Harbour Outdoor was conceived by founders Harrison and Nicholas Condos with the desire to continue the legacy and growth of their fathers’ Australian company, Tecno Furniture. Harbour Outdoor focuses on creating outdoor furniture of unique design and unparalleled quality to suit any landscape or climate. 72
Profiles of Some of NYDC’s Most Familiar Names
ARTERIORS Suite 608
BAKER KNAPP & TUBBS Suite 300
THE BRIGHT GROUP Suite 902
BRUETON Suite 910
Founded by Mark Moussa in 1987, Arteriors is a Dallas-based company that specializes in decorative accessories, furniture, and lighting that appeal to design lovers with up-to-date sensibilities. Launched with a focus on traditional accessories in classic materials, the company collaborates with experienced artisans and manufacturers around the world, producing a full spectrum of styles in luxury materials and finishes. Arteriors, Suite 608, phone 646.797.3620, fax 646.786.4818, arteriorshome.com
Founded in 1902, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, remains one of the largest wholesale distributors in the industry with 16 showrooms located in major design districts throughout the United States and at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre in London. Product assortment spans from historic reproductions dating back to the 17th century to modern designs from today’s most recognized independent designers. Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite 300, phone 212.779.8810, fax 212.689.2827, bakerfurniture.com
The Bright Group is a unique collection of handcrafted, American-made furnishings combining the extensive product range of Bright Chair Co., with artisan designers and manufacturers showcasing a coordinated environment for the design community. Whether the focus is seating, case goods, or lighting, The Bright Group searches the country for quality product lines with great new design and an esthetic popular in contemporary environments. The Bright Group, Suite 902, phone 212.726.9030, fax 212.726.9029, thebrightgroup.com
Brueton, a U.S. manufacturer based in New York, manufactures a full line of contemporary furniture, including sofas, tables, chairs, casegoods, and accessories catering to residential and commercial clients. In addition, Brueton offers vast custom capabilities, including fabricating the simplest to the most complicated stainless steel products and architectural metals for architects and designers. Brueton, Suite 910, phone 212.838.1630, fax 212.838.1652, brueton.com
CALGER LIGHTING INC. (HAIKU) Suite 434
CHRISTOPHER GUY Suite 1601
CÔTÉ FRANCE Suite 1201
COUTURE SHOWROOMS Suite 715
Backed by years of research and development, and hundreds of prototypes, Haiku reflects the attention to detail the Big Ass Fan Company is known for worldwide. Its industry-leading efficiency, silent motor, tops-in-class airflow, sustainable materials, quality craftsmanship, and minimalist design combine to create the perfect airmoving machine. With eight patents worldwide, Haiku is a true original. Haiku (at Calger Lighting Inc.), Suite 434, phone 212.689.9511, fax 212.779.0721, haikufan.com
Christopher Guy’s new 20,000-squarefoot penthouse showroom at NYDC showcases his latest collections and design philosophy within an environment that includes three suites, each portraying varying lifestyles. The new Mademoiselle Collection internationalizes Parisian chic for the 21st century. The showroom also features the state-of-the-art Christopher Guy Design Lab, an ideal working environment for interior designers to complete entire design projects. Christopher Guy, Suite 1601, phone 212.684.2197, fax 212.684.2123, christopherguy.com
Visit Côté France for quality, style, and originality. The company’s French workrooms proudly boast generations of families continuing a tradition of fine handcraftsmanship. In addition to classic French reproductions in authentic finishes, Côté France brings tradition into the 21st century with vibrant colors and unique painted designs. Recently introduced is a collection of 18th-century reproduction outdoor teak furniture and a solid bronze lighting collection. Côté France, Suite 1201, phone 212.684.0707, fax 212.684.8940, cotefrance.com
Couture Showrooms is now on the 7th floor. In addition to carrying the wellknown Vladimir Kagan Couture line, the company has now expanded its offerings to encompass other prestigious names such as A.S. Morris, Spectrum West, Ron Seff, Axis Mundi, and Custom Designs by Luigi Gentile. Fabric and leather lines are available for your selection from their local workroom. Couture Showrooms, Suite 715, phone 212.689.0730, fax 212.689.1830, coutureshowrooms.com
ShowroomPortraits DENNIS MILLER ASSOCIATES Suite 1210
DESIRON Suite 702
GLOBAL VIEWS Suite 613
HENREDON INTERIOR DESIGN SHOWROOM, Suite 102
Since 1983, Dennis Miller Associates has offered innovative furniture and lighting collections designed by architects, interior designers, and artisans. Its showroom provides a continually evolving showcase of contemporary and 20th-century classic design excellence. Its popularity with top designers speaks for itself. Come see the newly expanded collections to the Dennis Miller lighting, rugs, and furniture lines. Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 1210, phone 212.684.0070, fax 212.684.0776, dennismiller.com
Desiron, designed by Frank Carfaro, is a highly celebrated luxury furniture design company with a focus on benchmade, fully customizable home furnishings. The company’s 4,000-square-foot showroom concentrates on a contemporary clean aesthetic with strict attention to detail and finishing. Desiron manufactures its pieces in Kenilworth, New Jersey, at their state-of-the-art facility, just 19 miles from downtown NYC. DESIRON, Suite 702, phone 212.353.2600, fax 212.353.0220, desiron.com
Global Views is a home decor wholesale company with collections that blend various styles to make pieces that are elegant, exotic, refined, and casual. They offer a wide assortment of fashion-forward products from furniture to accessories that fit every price range. Global Views, Suite 613, phone 212.725.8439, fax 212.679.4927, globalviews.com
The mission of the Henredon Interior Design Showroom is to service the design trade at the highest possible level, while offering a fashion-forward shopping experience. The showroom represents Henredon, Barbara Barry Realized by Henredon, Celerie Kemble for Henredon and Maitland-Smith, LaneVenture, Maitland-Smith, LaBarge, and Taracea. Founded in 1945 in Morganton, North Carolina, Henredon offers hundreds of beautiful wood and upholstery designs for every room. Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Suite 102, phone 212.725.3776, fax 212.725.3763, henredon.com
John-Richard Suite 603
Julian Chichester Suite 604
Kindel Furniture Suite 510
KRAVET INC. Suite 401
Design is the heart of John-Richard, and its collections feature superior craftsmanship, exquisite design, definitive luxury, and exceptional value. The company is proud to work with interior designers who appreciate the intricate details in their lamps, mirrors, artwork, and furniture. The staff of John-Richard love to see the creative ways in which the interior design community brings pieces to life in various projects. John-Richard, Suite 603, phone 646.293.6668, fax 646.293.6669, johnrichard.com
Julian Chichester is still relatively new to NYDC, but the success of his Britishinfluenced line has been immediate. Interpreted in a distinctively contemporary way, Julian Chichester reinvents the great designs of the 19th and 20th centuries to create eclectic, transitional furniture that is perfect for how we live today. Julian’s more accessible line, Mr. Brown, gives classic English formality a quirky twist. Julian Chichester, Suite 604, phone 646.293.6622, fax 917.591.2413, julianchichester.com
Kindel Furniture has been painstakingly committed to the use of the finest materials and processes since their establishment in 1901. Owned by the Fisher family of Muncie, Indiana, since 1964, the company has always maintained family ownership along with integrity for 100% American-made furniture. Pictured: The Pinwheel Chest from the Dorothy Draper Collection. Kindel Furniture, Suite 510, phone 646.293.6649, kindelfurniture.com
Kravet’s showroom strives to create a unique shopping experience for every designer in order to be the primary resource in the decorative fabrics and furnishings industry. The company’s goal is to create a comfortable workspace and resource center for designers that serves as an extension of its own design studios. Pictured: Modern Colors II, by Kravet Couture, is inspired by a modern vibe and the artistry of global design today. Pictured: The Oceania Cruises Collection, inspired by luxury travel. Kravet Inc., Suite 401, phone 212.725.0340, fax 212.684.7350, kravet.com
LOUIS J. SOLOMON Suite 911
Maxwell Fabrics (Flourishes) Suite 414
METROPOLITAN LIGHTING FIXTURE CO., Suite 512
PROFILES Suite 1211
Since 1930, Louis J. Solomon has had a reputation in the industry for fine traditional furniture. Over the past 10 years the company has introduced more than 200 new transitional and contemporary styles that complement the quality styles it has always been known for. Please visit to see the latest additions in the company’s showroom. Louis J. Solomon, Suite 911, phone 212.545.9200, fax 212.545.9438, louisjsolomon.com
Maxwell Fabrics is a third-generation, family-run business that celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013. Maxwell Fabrics makes thousands of beautiful fabrics available for upholstery, drapery, and bedding design projects— commercial or residential. Order online at maxwellfabrics.com. Maxwell Fabrics is also available at Flourishes, Inc., Suite 414, phone 212.779.4540, fax 212.779.4542, maxwellfabrics.com
Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. has been illuminating fine interiors since 1939. Now part of the Minka Group, the Metropolitan showroom represents lighting from all Minka companies, including George Kovacs, as well as products from other quality lighting manufacturers. Its large showroom offers one of the most comprehensive selections of designer-oriented lighting in the industry. Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., Suite 512, phone 212.545.0032, fax 212.545.0031, minka.com
Serving the design profession since 1980, PROFILES’ workrooms in the U.S. and in Europe create pieces of uncommon beauty and imagination for both residential and contract customers, offering a full spectrum of furniture in a variety of woods, metals, and finishes, as well as finely tailored upholstery—all to the designer’s specifications. PROFILES, Suite 1211, phone 212.689.6903, fax 212.685.1807, profilesny.com
SALADINO FURNITURE, INC. Suite 1600
STEPHANIE ODEGARD COLLECTION Suite 1209
TUCKER ROBBINS Suite 504
WOODWRIGHTS WIDE PLANK Suite 714
Established in 1986 by renowned designer John F. Saladino, the Saladino Furniture collection currently has over 75 original designs of upholstery, casegoods, and lighting. The line is available exclusively through its New York showroom among select antiques and accessories. A 75-page catalog may be purchased online at saladinostyle.com. Saladino Furniture, Inc., Suite 1600, phone 212.684.3720 x31, fax 212.684.3257, saladinostyle.com
The Stephanie Odegard Collection is a leader in bold design and color innovation in the production of high-end, hand-knotted carpets. The collection also features handcrafted furniture, lighting, antiques, and decorative accessories from across the globe. In all of her products, Stephanie Odegard requires strict adherence to social responsibility, raising standards of living for thousands of craftspeople in developing countries. Stephanie Odegard Collection, Suite 1209, phone 212.545.0205, fax 212.545.0305, stephanieodegard.com
For the past 25 years, Tucker Robbins’ passion has been bringing the spirit and craft from traditional artisans to contemporary life. He has created thriving artisan workshops in Guatemala, Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Cameroon, working with sustainably harvested or reclaimed materials and incorporating sustainable methods that have been practiced by local people for centuries. Tucker Robbins, Suite 504, phone 212.355.3383, fax 212.355.3116, tuckerrobbins.com
Woodwrights Wide Plank offers an extensive selection of wide plank floors— from traditional to modern—in both classic and prefinished varieties. The durability and uniquely American character of wide plank floors have influenced generations of designers, architects, and builders seeking to recreate the distinctive, elegant look. The company firmly believes that responsible stewardship of natural resources is not just business, it’s a good investment in the environment. Woodwrights Wide Plank, Suite 714, phone 212.390.8944, fax 212.390.8955, woodwrightswideplank.com FEB MAR
NYDCEvents Calendar A look at a few recent celebrations. What’s New, What’s Next
desigNYC Healthy Communities Exhibition
The New York Design Center presented the fifth annual “What’s New, What’s Next” on September 19. The event, which has become a benchmark for introducing new products and celebrating the very best in design, welcomed over 5,000 guests to view thousands of new product introductions from over 60 participating showrooms. Guests attended designer conversations, book signings, presentations, and panels with the industry’s top editors and manufacturers. The NYDC was proud to partner with esteemed shelter publications and editors from Architectural Digest, Dering Hall, DOMAINE, Elle Decor, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Lonny, Luxe Interiors + Design, New York Cottages & Gardens, New York Magazine, New York Spaces, Traditional Home, Veranda, and Wall Street Journal.
On October 15, desigNYC celebrated their fourth annual exhibition party in the Keilhauer showroom at the New York Design Center. The event highlighted their eight "Healthy Communities" projects. desigNYC’s mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers through the power of design. Their program connects civic-minded designers with extraordinary nonprofits for pro bono design projects.
NYDC President and CEO Jim Druckman with Stephanie Odegard and designer Vicente Wolf; Traditional Home Editor in Chief Ann Maine interviews designer Alexa Hampton in Hickory Chair Pearson; Ghislaine Viñas smiles with Interior Design Editor in Chief Cindy Allen; “What’s New, What’s Next” programs inform guests of the action; Wendell Castle describes his innovative designs to Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York magazine in Dennis Miller Associates; The Fab Five reunites to celebrate the opening of Thom Filicia’s showroom, Sedgwick & Brattle; tastemakers Sara Ruffin Costello, Heather Clawson, and Nick Olsen; Kate Kelly Smith, Publishing Director of Hearst Design Group, and elledecor.com Editor Amy Preiser pose with Christopher Guy’s Paul Watson and Christopher Guy Harrison, CEO and Founder of the newly opened showroom; Sarah Richardson, star of HGTV’s Sarah’s House with her beautiful collection for Kravet; Traditional Home’s Kari Costas and Tori Mellot with Marisa Marcantonio and Editor at Large’s Julia Noran; Architectural Digest’s Mitchell Owens introduces AD100 interior designer Victoria Hagan in PROFILES. Photos by Social Shutterbug/Matthew Carasella, Kathi Littin, Patrick McMullan/Amber De Vos, Amos Mac and Smug Mug/Lauren Peltzman. 76
Poster displays of the eight Healthy Communities projects line the walls; Rachel Crawford, Executive Director of desigNYC; attendees view the projects; NYDC’s Jim Druckman with Wendy Goodman and Ed Schlossberg, founder and principal of ESI Design. Photos by John Kingman.
8th Annual Masquerade Ball
On October 24, the design industry donned their “Space Age” attire for the 8th Annual Masquerade Ball. The New York Design Center cohosted the event with The Alpha Workshops. The evening raised over $111,000 for The Alpha Workshops Studio School. The funds provide scholarships to HIV-positive students who will learn to gild, plaster, paint, and find a new beginning.
STEVE SYMONDS BR ONSON VAN WYC K & ANDREW FRY media sponsors
Ken Wampler, Executive Director of The Alpha Workshops; New York Design Center’s Alana Moskowitz, Claire Evans, Alix Lerman, Brenna Stevens, and Leah Blank; Young Huh, Janice Langrall, Carolyn Sollis, and Colleen Scully; Architectural Digest’s team in their space gear; Spencer Richards, Brett Helsham, and Jon Call of Mr Call Designs; costume winners Michael Tavano, creative director of MT Custom, and Meghan Dockendorf, VP+C; House Beautiful’s Jon Walker with Hearst Design Group’s Donald Schmoll and Sean Sullivan, NYDC Costume Winner, as “Shooting Stars”; Juliana Posess, Lauren Belasco, Chrissy Gamba, Amy Lau, Maggie Dorobczynska of Amy Lau Design; David Gittleman and Katherine Tekworth Porter of PROFILES. Photos by Heysha Nameri Photography and Chris Mooney.
Ellie Cullman & Mario Buatta Book Signing The New York Design Center and 1stdibs hosted a celebration of design industry legends Ellie Cullman and Mario Buatta on Tuesday, October 29. Cullman and Buatta signed copies of their recently published books: The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman and Kravis and Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration. Guests shopped alongside design greats with a percentage of proceeds of the evening’s sales benefiting the New York School of Interior Design.
Designers and authors Mario Buatta and Ellie Cullman; Alexa Hampton of Mark Hampton and Dominick Rotondi of Mariette Himes Gomez & Associates pose with their signed books; David Sprouls, President of NYSID, gets his copy of Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration personalized; Margaret Russell, Architectural Digest Editor in Chief, receives Cullman’s The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman and Kravis. Photos by Julio Gamboa/BFAnyc.com FEB MAR
ShowroomDirectory A Complete List of Who’s Where In 200 Lex S uite
P H O NE
1stdibs at NYDC
Access To Design
Keilhauer Primason Symchik, Inc.
Antique Rugs, Jerry Livian Collection 806
Korts & Knight, Kitchens by Alexandra Knight
S H OW RO O M
Arc|Com Fabrics, Inc.
Levine Calvano Furniture Group
Lexington Home Brands
Atlas Carpet Mills, Inc.
Louis J. Solomon
Baker Knapp & Tubbs
Bakes and Company
Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co.
Boyce Products Ltd
Milano Smart Living LLC
The Bright Group
Modern Living Supplies
M. Topalian, Inc., Antique Carpets 802
Calger Lighting Inc.
Napier + Joseph + McNamara, Ltd. 1304
The New Traditionalists
Orrefors Kosta Boda
CLIFF YOUNG LTD.
Pennoyer Newman, LLC
Colombo Mobili USA
Couture Showrooms/Valdimir Kagan Couture
Currey & Company
Aqua Creations Lighting & Furniture Atelier
212.686.7600 212.686.7686 212.532.2875
DARRAN Furniture Industries, Inc. 1116
Decca Contract Furniture
RENAISSANCE CARPET & TAPESTRIES
Delivery By Design (DBD)
Dennis Miller Associates
Richard Cohen Collection
Rooms by Zoya B
Robert Wilson Associates
DIFFA DIRTT Environmental Solutions
SA Baxter Architectural Hardware
Saladino Furniture, Inc.
Sanford Hall Carpets
GIBSON INTERIOR PRODUCTS 1510
Sedgwick & Brattle
Stephanie Odegard Collection
Sun Decor Fabrics
Harbour Outdoor Australia
HBF & HBF Textiles
815 1115 1209
212.685.0600 212.244.9131 212.696.9762
Henredon Interior Design Showroom 102
Hickory Chair Pearson
In House Kitchen Bath Home
Interior Crafts NY
Wood & Hogan, Inc.
Wood-Mode/T.O. Gronlund Co.
Woodwrights Wide Plank
1st Floor 646.616.0584
Julian Chichester & Mr. Brown
New York Design Center
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VOLUME 4 ISSUE 3
backstory Radical Reconstruction
By Jim Lochner
From legit to burles q ue to porn , the A M C E mpire 25 has led a checkered life.
From left to right: The AMC Empire 25 theater today; the lobby was converted from the proscenium of the old Eltinge Theater; the Empire exterior in days gone by; the theater’s dome ceiling pre-restoration.
Winsome maidens cavort to the silent tune of a satyr’s pipes. Majestic sphinxes guard their pastoral interlude against intruders. And robed royalty lords over it all, bat-like, from above. This is not your typical multiplex ornamentation. The AMC Empire 25 opened in 1912 as the Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre, named for the most popular female impersonator of the time, Julian Eltinge. Eltinge was one of the highest paid entertainers in the country, popular enough to have his own magazine (with articles on how to apply makeup) and his own line of cold cream. To show his appreciation for his biggest client, Eltinge’s producer and manager Al Woods commissioned respected architect Thomas W. Lamb to design a new theatre. Renowned for his lavish movie palaces, Lamb’s (1871–1942) Beaux Arts design for the Eltinge included an immense triumphal arch window that dominated the 80-foot exterior, featuring carvings in green, blue, orange and red terra cotta. The interior showcased Egyptian friezes and ornamentation, while the color scheme was a mixture of gold, light blue and mauve. In a quirk that may seem strange (but welcoming) to today’s theatregoers, the orchestra seats were designed with comfort in mind, available in three sizes—slender, medium and stout. Though Eltinge never played the theatre that bore his name, it hosted some of the biggest stars of the day, including Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, and the American debut of Laurence Olivier. But when the Great Depression took a bite out of Broadway, it was converted into a burlesque house in 1931. Jackie Gleason got his start there and in 1935 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello reportedly met doing separate acts as part of The Eltinge Follies. But the strippers were the real draw. And in a sweeping move, in 1937 reform-minded Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia used the city’s obscenity laws to close the Eltinge and fourteen other burlesque houses—all on the same day. The theatre reopened in 1942 as Laffmovie, a first-run movie house. In 1954, with the neighborhood in decline,
the theatre was renamed The Empire, serving as a second-run grind house screening grainy porn flicks before finally shuttering for good in 1986. In the late-’90s, all 7.4 million pounds of the Empire were inched 168 feet down 42nd Street to serve as the west entrance to a new entertainment and retail complex, with 30-foot-high balloons of Abbott and Costello “tugging” the building to its new home. Since the AMC Empire 25’s opening in April 2001, it has become the busiest movie theater in the country. A soaring glass-curtain wall soars five levels above the original historic façade, which was left largely intact except for the addition of a new marquee. Escalators rise through the theatre’s proscenium arch and heavy rope-like medallions toward the signature dome ceiling. Above the proscenium stands the pastoral mural painted by French artist Arthur Brounet. When the Eltinge converted to burlesque, the mural’s Roman and Greek mythology didn’t fit in with strippers and bawdy comedians and it was hidden under coats of paint. The mural’s 400-square-foot canvas had been glued to the plaster wall and cut in several places to relieve bulges caused by water leaking behind it. Restoration included removing a top layer of latex-based beige paint and an oil-based layer of brown paint underneath that was rubbing up against the oils of the original painting. Though there is no documentation to support the claim, it is widely considered that the faces of all three women in the mural bear a striking resemblance to Julian Eltinge. As you ride the escalators deeper into the heart of the AMC Empire 25, there are barely concealed, plastered-over reminders of the radical reconstructive surgery done to Lamb’s original design. But with the trio of dancing visages in the lobby and a small sign on the fifth floor terrace that bears his name, Eltinge’s presence still inhabits the space and enough of Lamb’s handiwork remains to provide a stereoscopic glance into the building’s historic Beaux Arts past.
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Photograph by Antoine Bootz
SALADINO FURNITURE INC. 200 LEXINGTON AVENUE, SUITE 1600, NEW YORK, NY 10016 TEL 212 684 3720 FAX 212 683 3257 SALADINOSTYLE.COM TO THE TRADE
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ARRAY Magazine brings the most interesting people, places and ideas in interior design into the homes and offices of both design professiona...
Published on Jan 27, 2014
ARRAY Magazine brings the most interesting people, places and ideas in interior design into the homes and offices of both design professiona...