Wednesday, May 25, 2011

NYC through the lens of the NY Design Center

We're always up for a challenge and here's the latest one:  see New York through the lens of the New York Design Center in Manhattan.

1. These objects, resembling side mirrors on a car, in Arteriors remind us of the cars that made the Chrysler Building possible.

2. Something we'd find in Central Park, like man's best friend, we found in the 1st Dibs showroom.

3. This lamp, over Hello, Splendor blogger Beth Dotolo, in the Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. reminds us of the glittering globe in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

4. Which color of these customizable Mottega lamps in Arteriors would we choose? "Cashmere" on the right.  

5. Something visitors to NY and the NYDC need?  Tour guides.  And, our favorite component of the NYDC new guide service, Access to Design, is Alana, shown here unlocking the proverbial chain on the doors of NYDC.

6. Blogfest, hosted by Kravet, Inc.,  is all about design, connection and hospitality such as this party at 1st Dibs.

7.  Which color would we pick from Kravet's new Modern Colors Collection? Green and black..the colors of Blogfest.

8. Something that represents the 1920s when the NYDC was built?  We say this curved antique lamp, next to Eric Miller of Interiors by Studio M in Florida,  in Laserow Antiques.

9. The Brooklyn Bridge, like our favorite span, the Golden Gate Bridge, is all about suspension.  So is this figural sculpture in Atelier.

10. NBC, the Peacock Network, is based in New York and we found plenty of them in the Global Views showroom.

11. Celebrities, such as Thom Filicia seen here at 1st Dibs, abound in New York and bloggers at  Blogfest lined up to get their photograph taken with him

Monday, May 16, 2011

Society, scandal and sentiment: Chateau Carolands

On the occasion of architect Allan Greenberg's presentation to the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art,  members and guests enjoyed a rare peek inside one of America's largest private homes which has, over its lifetime, strangely been the unexpected lightening rod for human frailties.

Carefully documented in a book and a film,  Carolands has been mired in cost overruns and foreclosure, implicated in a divorce and a murder, doomed and redeemed, scorned and beloved, and finally saved and respected.

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 65,000 square-foot residence was originally built as a trophy home in 1915 in Hillsborough by train car heiress, Harriet Pullman Carolan.  It was later purchased by the Countess (and Marin County brick heiress) Lillian Remillard Dandini, and  later restored by current owners Dr. Ann and Charles Bartlett Johnson in 1988 with help by famed New York designer, Mario Buatta.

The porte-cochere from a distance...

...and just inside.

Up the twin staircase in the 75-foot high atrium.... the second floor gallery.   Behind the tapestry is the two-story living room.....

...where an overhead library mezzanine (not shown) wraps the room.

The salon prive.

The dining room with one of the chateau's four kitchens adjacent...

...and small oiseaux in a ceiling detail.

A gathering room purchased, in whole, from a Bordeaux chateau.

The solarium....

...with a view to the knot garden....

...and Restoration Hardware's Ed Hardy with friend, Mark Mayo.

Outside... ponds, fountains and sloping lawns.