Archives: January 2012

Simone Martini’s modern Virgin Annunciate

We’ve all heard the expression “it’s so out, it’s in” in reference to furnishings so out of fashion that they’re actually IN vogue.  In a way, this saying applies to this precious 700-year old panel. At first glance, readers of … Continue reading

Marc Bankowsky’s naturae

I’m always looking around.  People may not know at what, but like a sunflower looking for light, I’m always on the lookout for beautiful and well-made original art, design and architecture. It was like a burst sunlight when I discovered … Continue reading

steven gambrel: a virtuoso interior designer at work

People continuously ask me who my favorite interior designer is and while I don’t have just one, New York-based Steven Gambrel is certainly always on my list of design gurus with a 21st century aesthetic and sensibility that I adore.  … Continue reading

ayala serfaty’s organic “soma” light fixture

In today’s world it seems like nobody has the time to invest to do anything worthwhile … certainly not if it’s going to take 6 years. But that is exactly what it took gifted artist and designer Ayala Serfaty (also … Continue reading

Marcel Coard’s eggshell side table

I’m constantly amazed at the superb quality, marvelous style and inventive materials used by the best French designers of the 1920s and 1930s. Case in point, this gorgeous eggshell, lacquer and chromium side table by Marcel Coard. Everything about this table … Continue reading

Groovin’ with Guy de Rougemont

For several years I’ve been obsessing over the geometric forms in the furniture designs of superstar French artist Guy De Rougemont (b. 1935).  Having had a chance to meet this charming soul at last Fall’s Pavilion of Art and Design … Continue reading

Diego Rivera and the Rockefeller commission

Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo are undoubtedly Mexico’s most famous 20th century artists.  But even the mightiest of artists do not have carte blanche to do as they please when commissioned by a powerful arts patron, as I … Continue reading