Category Archive: decorative arts


our dining chairs needed re-upholstering.  we commissioned a friend, a talented designer and weaver, to make a textile for us.  his idea was to weave a continuous piece of cloth that would yield… Continue reading

great legs

love this table by furniture designer paul loebach.  he calls it “watson table” for the scientist who discovered the structure of DNA.  it also refers to the “barley twist” in traditional english and… Continue reading

an object of desire

an ottoman by christopher kurtz, made of reclaimed first-growth redwood. i love the mass. the weight and bulk made elegant by the hover off the ground. the historical reference to tufted upholstry. the… Continue reading

living with art

i think one of the best experiences you can have when you’re traveling is to get to visit the homes of people who live there.   for me, it’s particularly fun to see… Continue reading

design days dubai

there’s a new design fair in dubai, coinciding with the art fair.   my picks… chandeliers in brass and blown glass by jeff zimmerman… and a cut crystal pendant by david wiseman. “fragile future… Continue reading

adaptive radiation

is a concept in evolutionary science in which a pioneering organism enters an environment where it has little competition.   it reproduces profusely and differentiates rapidly and extensively, though never departs too dramatically from… Continue reading

milan’s design fair

i had dinner night before last with a friend who’d just come back from covering the design fairs in milan.   sounded like fun to me (and probably you), but for her, it was… Continue reading

an object of desire…

i want this table. the legs are bronze, the top is wood with gold leaf.   the first time i saw one was at a party at an art collector’s home in köln.    i… Continue reading

the museum insel hombroich

outside düsseldorf, germany may be the most successful venue for exhibiting art that i’ve experienced.  in 1982, the collector karl-heinrich müller bought an 18th-century house on a large property in order display the… Continue reading

surprising and delightful

sculptures in susanne schmidt’s studio — are not, in fact, blown glass, but recycled plastic…

design miami

i’d like to go on record as saying that by comparison, contemporary design makes contemporary art seem completely reasonable.    coinciding with the art fairs in miami is design miami – “the global forum… Continue reading

parikrama humanity foundation

a friend of mine works with an organization that is attempting to alleviate the cycle of poverty in india by giving the very poorest children access to first-rate education.    parikrma humanity foundation currently… Continue reading

it took me a while to get over my embarrassment

about being so terribly attracted to timothy horn’s work.    the australian sculptor’s over-sized baubles are just   s o    d a r n    seductive…    but i had a nagging fear that they… Continue reading

mexico city / casa luis barragan

the home/studio of pritzker prize winning architect luis barragan 1902-1998 shouldn’t be missed.    unfortunately, visitors aren’t allowed to take photos inside.   too bad —  i could have taken much better ones that these… Continue reading

i’m in mexico city

for liliana porter’s exhibition at museo tamayo de arte contemporaneo   the museum was mexican painter rufino tamayo’s gift to the mexican people.    designed by teodoro gonzalez de leon and built in  1981… Continue reading

when i can’t sleep…

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i’ve never believed you could be a good art dealer without being a collector. jeanne always says she doesn’t trust a collector who isn’t a foodie. it’s the same thing, all about obsession…… Continue reading

a chandelier you’ll love

everyone flips over the chandelier in my new york apartment…    the structure was designed by two swedish architects – Gunnar Cedervall and Björn Stillefors – and is marketed by a design company in… Continue reading