Style September / October
Welcome to the September/October issue of hipStyle. In this issue we’ll introduce you to artist
Carol Bouyoucos’ gorgeous photographic quilts that can be personally commissioned to turn your personal photographs into a work of art. You’ll also meet Mary MacGill, a young artist whose
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jewelry creations are absolute head-turners. We’ll also venture into the world of architecture
with interviews with four leading architects who are recreating the residential landscape of our
community. Holly Ross, Dan O’Brien, Carol Kurth and Chandler Pierce each offer their unique
vision and thoughts on the creative process behind turning your dream house into a reality. Be-
cause every dream house needs great furniture, we’ll take a day trip to Hudson, New York’s scenic
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Warren Street, with over 700 antique stores nestled side by side with spectacular views. We’re also
happy to introduce you to our new design editor, Daniella Ohad Smith. A professor at the Parsons
School of Design and an advisor for private collections of 20th-century design and decorative arts,
Editorial Consultant: Elisabeth Keating
Daniella will be covering the current craze for mid-twentieth century design, beginning with this
Contributing Editors: Kristina Lindbergh
month’s piece on Claude Lalanne. Lalanne is a French designer whose silverware is currently on
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display at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in the exhibit: Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the
Table, 1500-2005. The exhibit runs through October 29th. And last but not least, don’t miss this month’s fashion pages featuring clothes from Mt. Kisco’s On The One and Bedford’s Denali Four, all photographed at the home of architect Holly Ross. We hope you enjoy your time with us.
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The set, a dream of every collector, demonstrates Claude Lalanne’s unique aesthetic executed with magnificent casting techniques, complicated natural forms, and a baroque aesthetic, while promoting a more provocative table. Looking back across five centuries of exceptional flatware design, the exhibit, open at the Cooper Hewitt until October 29th, showcases the museum’s extensive collection of hundreds sets of flatware, cutlery, and other accessories for the table.
Claude Lalane and the Sensual Table
Last fall, a group of bronze furniture designed by the French husband-and-wife team of Claude and Francoise-Xavier Lalanne, for the Wallace garden at Colonial Williamsburg in the 1980s, was auctioned for millions of dollars. Collectors of 20th-century design were thunderstruck. Residents in the Hamptons and Westchester County, who, throughout the 1980s, had acquired fountains, outdoor furniture, and storage units, sculpted in the forms of wild animals, have known the work of the Lalannes. Their work as decorators for top Parisian couture houses had become synonymous with superb craftsmanship, and whimsical baroque design, but the recent sale moved the Lalannes’ work up to the top of the A-list of 20th-century collectors.
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While wandering the fantastic exhibition, Feeding Desire, at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, I came across a silver flatware set by Claude Lalanne. For new collectors of 20th-century design, it is rare to find work by the Lalannes on public view. This exhibit offers a chance to become acquainted with Claude’s creative vision.
Unlike her husband’s giant, massive and heavy work, Claude Lalanne has always been interested in small-scale objects, creating sinuous light, and exceptionally feminine detail. From the first time I was exposed to
have not taken away from its modernity. The pieces are still avant-garde, of the moment and completely unexpected and exciting. Lalanne belongs to a group of designer who from the 1960s onwards were searching for alternative aesthetics to mass production modernism. When design was dominated by geometrical vocabulary and clean, minimalist lines, they were seeking to redefine good taste. This generation of innovative artists of the postmodernist era replaced the quiet elegance, neutral proportions, muted colors, and simple forms, with an extraneous extravagance and sensuality. Dining, the Lalanne service reminds us, is not solely about stainless steel and disposable culture, but
Flatware, place setting. Made by Claude Lalanne (b. 1924). France, 1966. Silver. Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund in honor of John L. Marion, 1990-137-1/9. Photo: Matt Flynn
her work, I have been an admirer of her empirical approach, the richness and sensuality she has successfully achieved while revisiting Renaissance and Rococo forms, through organic impulse and a strong commitment to truly great craftsmanship. Her casts are often taken directly from natural leaves, shells, and twigs in methods practiced by Renaissance silversmiths. The sculptural set on view at the Cooper Hewitt was made in 1966, but the decades that have passed
can be also artistic, innovative, sensual, and almost aristocratic. The set reflects Claude Lalanne’s love for beauty and food, and her ambition to turn dining into a special occasion. It is a live testimony that flatware is integral to the ritual of dining and can transform a simple meal into a great social celebration. The writer is an advisor for private collecting of 20th-century decorative arts and design. www.daniellaohad.com
When she began using a computer for
design work she found herself experimenting with repeated photographic
images – of children, trees, friends, flowers – changing each print slightly using varied colors and exposures, or
printing onto different papers or films. Now, incorporating motifs she has
collected or designed, she cuts by hand and layers squares of images on fabric,
paper and film – up to ten deep –
Carol Bouyoucos In fusing the traditional with the cutting-edge, the hand-made and personal with the latest digital and electronic technology, a Carol Bouyoucos photo quilt embraces the world of an individual or family not just spatially and emotionally but in an almost generational way. Trained as a graphic artist, Bouyoucos
arranging them in rows, piece by piece
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as a quilter does, to produce multi-faceted portraits of extraordinary depth and interest.
A committed volunteer for local charities, Carol Bouyoucos has provided her
work for auction at fundraisers benefiting a variety of organizations including the Northern Westchester Hospital Center. She also conceived the original design and layout for this magazine.
has always loved textile and paper design, especially the repeating motifs in American quilts and in ornamentation from India and Japan.
Those wishing to commission a Photo Quilt may contact Ms. Bouyoucos at: email@example.com marine, chrysophase, blue agate and chalcedony – on 14-carat gold wire or
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chain. Understated and elegant but fresh and a little insouciant. Mindful of Kazuko’s words, and having discovered an affinity for materials left
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closer to their natural states, MacGill’s new designs incorporate bolder and less regular forms: a necklace in small but chunky pieces of Peruvian opal “Beautiful from the inside out… sophisticated and studied and yet free…delicate but strong, courageous and experimental…taken to the edge…” “Make sure your jewelry screams YOU.”
Mary MacGill “Make sure your jewelry screams YOU,” is what Kazuko, a top jewelry designer and family friend, advised Mary MacGill when she first began working small polished or cut stone beads and gold wire into earrings and necklaces. Her early pieces were delicate clusters or sequences of her favorite gems – aqua-
bound to metallic-painted leather and meant to hang off-center; rainbow tourmaline on white leather cord, worn as a necklace or wrapped as a multi-strand bracelet; a large natural chalcedony nugget bound by wound gold wire to bronze leather cord. Following a recent exhibition of MacGill’s work, Kazuko described the jewelry as “beautiful from the inside out…so sophisticated, and studied yet free…courageous and experimental.” Mary MacGill’s designs are available through this magazine. 914.630.4106 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Kristina Lindbergh
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4 Architects, 4 Visions...
by Mark Cerulli
- like every design project - is completely different. Recently we sat down with four highly successful
architects who reside in different parts of our area. Although their approaches and design philosophies may differ, they all love what they do and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. And isn’t that exactly the kind of person you want creating your home or workspace?
Holly Ross Blast Off Studios, Ossining
Tom O’Brien O’Brien Architecture, Mt. Kisco, New York
A self-professed “Air Force Brat,” Holly moved over 28 times as a child and teenager – but this imposed wanderlust gave her a unique appreciation for different design styles.
Although Tom O’Brien is one of Westchester’s leading architects, it was a close call whether he’d choose that field or music as his career. (It took a year of hitchhiking from Toronto to LA to flip that switch.)
The other project was on a much smaller scale, an 1,800 square foot second home for a client who had a mandate to make it as “green” as possible. Holly used bamboo flooring, geo-thermal heating, recycled fixtures and a dramatic see-through soapstone wood burning stove. Not every client is that environmentally aware, but when they are she is more than willing to “go for it.” Another favorite project was the design of Croton’s innovative restaurant, Umami. “They had no budget” she chuckles, easily absorbing a caveat that might have sent other architects scurrying for their Range Rovers.
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“I always wanted to be an architect, but never thought I could do the math…” she admits, so Ross started off in interior design, but kept wanting to “move the walls rather than just paint them.” After setting her sights on just one college – Cooper Union – and getting in, she was able to follow her dream. There was, of course, a learning curve – and luckily she was able to learn from Larry Bogdanow, an influential architect who designed the Union Square Café in New York City among many other high-end projects.
main contractor, Peter Lo Piccolo, “starts the job, stays on the job and doesn’t leave you, he doesn’t take another job.” That continuity is important not only for quality control, but “all the paperwork and all the money stays within that job.” Another benefit is the relaxed give- and- take made possible by a long-term professional relationship. “You might know how you want something to look, but they might have good ideas about how to build it and this sharing of knowledge is so much better for the client.”
Holly’s aesthetic focus, honed by spending three sunny years in Greece, includes paying special attention to “light, air and where the sun is positioned.” She also likes to do all of her architectural drawings by hand, without the aid of a computer so she can totally immerse herself in the project. She calls this, - “The Zen part of the job.”
Holly recently completed two projects almost back to back - a five-bedroom house in Garrison, which had traditional elements like a copper roof and wooden cladding, but also featured a non-traditional courtyard. By using old barn wood sidings, Holly gave the home a feeling of age, “like it wasn’t this brand new thing that got plunked down there.” Since the home faced both busy Route 9-D and the majestic Hudson River, she used small windows for the side that faced the traffic, and larger ones to capture the river views. “The windows gave it a sense of playfulness” she feels.
Another key principle of Holly’s work is continuity. To ensure that standard, she uses one contractor per project. She learned the importance of continuity from another inspiration, architect Carlos Scarpa who built strong relationships with his workmen. Her
“We had to reconfigure the existing space and open it up,” Holly says of the site, formerly a small Italian restaurant. “We created a row of benches wrapping around the main dining area and square tables which could be put together or pulled apart depending upon the size of the party coming in.” This design almost mandates getting to know the people dining around you, but as Holly notes, “Croton is very community oriented so it was a perfect plan for them.” Holly takes on between 10-12 projects a year, but likes to focus on between one and three projects at a time. And when she’s not working, she has her house – formerly a 400 square foot cabin, which she shares with her architect husband and their kids. After twenty years, it’s also been added on to, and more than once! “It’s the house that we get to play with,” she says. And then she’s off to ferry a daughter to school and check in on her current project, a residential renovation in Katonah. Holly Ross, Blast Off Studios, Ossining, New York. email@example.com
Although the 53 year old still has a strong adventurous streak – he plays electric guitar in a band, and is riding his BMW motorcycle from Ireland to New Zealand. (Current clients note: the trip is scheduled in stages so as not to interfere with his workload!) A Mt. Kisco resident and a graduate of Alfred State University and the University of Toronto, Tom has been working in the field since age 14 when he landed a job making blueprints at Elder and Angell Architects in Bedford Village. “Everybody was drawing and I loved to draw,” he explains. By age 15 he was a bona fide draftsman. “Calm Elegance is what I’m after.” Tom says, describing his style. But he’s quick to point out that he’s neither a modernist nor a total restorationist. “Every project comes down to what the home is about, what the client is about and what my thoughts are about… I like changing styles, it makes it interesting.” Also keeping things interesting is Westchester’s climate. “You have days where it’s 102 and others when it’s 20 below zero so you have to make houses that are able to go a tremendous range. Also most of the county sits on solid granite, which is great to hold a foundation, if you can get through it. We tell our clients you never know what you’re going to hit!” he laughs. These days Tom has a slate of projects including renovating a Chelsea brownstone, building a beach house on Martha’s Vineyard and
tackling a historically correct Georgian Brick Colonial in Bedford. “It’s a new home, but it feels like it was always there...” One of his favorite and most famous projects was the sprawling 20,000 square foot Falcon Rock estate. A grand, Gatsby-esque stone manor originally built by Louis Bowman in 1928, it burned down in 1968 and lay fallow for two decades. In 1988 he rebuilt it for its new owners, even incorporating some of the ruins into a dramatic indoor pool. The work took over three years, and O’Brien was fortunate to have clients who were willing to sit back and wait for the goods. Given his background, it should be no surprise that his firm will take on projects anywhere. He’s built houses in LA and is currently working on a new home for a client in New Zealand! Still he manages to focus on his hometown, Mt. Kisco. Along with volunteering for Habitats for Humanity, he sits on the board of the Boys and Girls Club – which he went to as a child. In the whirlwind that is his personal and professional life Tom loves giving back to the community. It gives him a sense of place – even if he’s in a place several thousand miles away… O’Brien Architecture LLC, 175 Main Street, Suite 204, Mt. Kisco, New York. 914.244.4202. 914.244.4203. www.obrienarchitecture.com
Chandler Pierce Cecil, Pierce and Associates, Architects. Soho
Carol J.W. Kurth The Office of Carol J.W. Kurth AIA Architect, PC. Bedford, New York
Chandler Pierce doesn’t live in Westchester, but he builds homes there. In fact, he’s created a unique niche – many of his clients from New York City are now moving to the suburbs, and rather than take a chance on an unknown architect, they hire one they trust and feel comfortable with - him. “I find myself introducing all these people to what the suburbs are all about,” Chandler notes.
As an “artistic and creative” child growing up in New York City, Carol Kurth had a rare insider’s view of the craft – the famous New York architect and developer Irwin Chanin (as in 42nd street’s landmark Chanin Building) was a distant relative. Visits with his wife Sylvia – and the occasional encounter with her busy husband – gave Carol a keen appreciation of buildings. of course they change from town to town and are on top of any State or County directives. To put it in perspective, consider that back in the 1980s Carol could get a building permit for a client within 30 days. Now the process takes 9 months to a year before an inch of foundation can be poured.
As for style, Chandler freely admits he doesn’t work in any one style. “I’ve been doing this for a while now and I don’t have this dogma that pushes me one way or another.” After more than 25 years in the game, Chand ler feels he is just hitting his stride. “The beauty of architecture is it’s not a young guy’s job, it’s an old guy’s job. Every year you get better and every year you get more tricks.” At age 53, he’s got plenty of design tricks up his sleeve and in his portfolio…
Although he spends time each week in Westchester, he and his family live in Little Italy in a building he bought and renovated many years ago. “I remember when the Bowery was the Bowery!” he laughs. At Cecil, Pierce and Associates, he and a staff of 6 are busy with 30 projects in Manhattan, Toronto, England and exotic Hong Kong. Still, Chandler still is able to concentrate on the lucrative Greenwich-RyeChappaqua-Harrison circuit, working with a select few contractors who “understand what I am trying to accomplish and who continue to teach me.” A Graduate of RIT, with a Masters from the University of Illinois, Chandler became fascinated with the craft as a child when his parents hired an architect to design their home in the Pennsylvania countryside. Since he loved to draw, he wanted a job where he could “sit and doodle for people.” He got his start at the architectural
behemoth Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. “They do big, big buildings, but I managed to get into this world of the tiny buildings.” He counts himself lucky because he was able to dodge bathroom detail, recalling that other newbies were tasked with just designing bathrooms in the towering skyscrapers SOM was known for, a job that could easily take two years or more. Instead Chandler enjoys the challenge of multiple projects each month. “Some people really enjoy working on one project for five or six years and I don’t. I like working on 20 different projects. That’s what I bring to the plate.” Another skill he brings is an intense focus on detail, selecting and tweaking “every faucet, every doorknob, every shower body and shower head… the absolute whole show.” In short, on every project he opens himself up to praise – or criticism. “If you like it it’s because of something we did. If you hate it it’s because of something we did.”
Although his design tastes are wide ranging, he is a big Frank Lloyd Wright fan. (“He’s like Mozart, he had a five hundred year mind.”) Other architects he admires include modernist master Mies Van der Rohe and post-modernist rock star Frank Gehry. As for clients, he has a devoted fan base, but likes to work with people who get involved in the creative struggle. He recalled one client in Greenwich who kept pushing his designs, asking for ‘something I haven’t seen before’.” Chandler was only too happy to oblige, transforming her plain ‘60s split-level into a steel and glass modernist structure. Another client is having him redo a 16-story building in Midtown. “I’ve made him realize we can tear off the skin and build a glass structure on top and he’s so excited and wants me to take it further.” This is the kind of client relationship that really lights him up. “I’m designing for them, but I’m really designing with them.” Cecil, Pierce and Associates, Architects, 568 Broadway, New York, New York. 212.925.2680. www.cecilpierce.com
After graduating with a degree in architecture from City College, Carol taught there for five years – while also working at various architectural firms in New York and even Seattle, Washington. In the early 1980s when she earned her architectural license (at age 23) she was told that she was the youngest female architect in the history of New York State. Not a bad way to start one’s career… Today Carol’s handpicked 14-member staff handles some 30 projects, ranging from one-off renovations and specialty jobs like creating luxe home gyms and wine cellars to designing and developing entire neighborhoods. Scarsdale Manor, Katonah’s Boulder Pines and Chappaqua’s Sutton Farm all bear the Kurth design stamp. But even with multi-home projects, there’s no assembly line approach. Instead, she and her design team sweat every detail right down to the tile and plumbing fixtures. “I am involved in everything,”
she explains, “I have training in interior design and landscape architecture, so I always look at a project from the ground up, for a more holistic vision.” (Meaning, she cannot only build your dream home, but she’ll help you furnish it as well!) A longtime Bedford resident, Carol has watched the Northern Westchester market change. Twenty years ago the area was primarily a location for weekend getaway homes. Now families want to make it their primary residence. As her practice grew, she found herself doing a lot of “renovation transformations,” taking standard 1950s and 60s ranches and colonials and turning them into new homes. “I was always very forward thinking and a lot of those projects have stood the test of time.” Along with housing style changes, Carol notes the growth of regulations. “Zoning and building laws are like a living organism and they change and mutate constantly, so you really have to be on top of them.” And
Like other architects, Carol works with some favored contractors who she has learned to trust over the years - Fortune Homebuilders, Hobbs Inc., R.C. Torre, and Sunrise Construction are top of her list, although she’s open to new talent. “We really want to work with contractors that have the same amount of pride and integrity that our projects deserve.” She’s not into what she calls “pickup truck” contractors, instead those who work with her need an office support staff to deal with the complex budgets and paperwork that arise. Over the years Carol J.W. Kurth has tackled every style of home – except, perhaps, a Tony Soprano knockoff - but she approaches each one without any preconceived notion. “We always try to make our clients’ dreams a reality.”
The Office of Carol J.W. Kurth AIA Architect, PC Arcade Building, Bedford, New York. 914.234.2595. www.carolkurtharchitects.com
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