Saturday, November 18, 2017

GOING ONCE ... Iconic planet lights from the Castle St. Café on auction

If you've ever explored the side streets of trendy
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, you can't have missed the
mesmerizing planet lamps that fill the interior of the
luxe but gregarious Celestial Bar at the Castle St. Café.

From now through New Year's Eve, these ethereal lights will be silently auctioned off to benefit the historic Mahaiwe Perming Arts Center right next door.
Three dramatic planets, eight whimsical wall sconces, and 
three glamorous blue drop lights will be sold.

I'm sure the new interior will be striking, but I'll miss
these lights, under which I've spent many an hour
celebrating happy occasion, sipping wine, eating locally sourced 
foods, and enjoying lively jazz. 

Cheers to newly retired Chef/Proprietor Michael Ballon, 
and to new owner Vern Kennedy!
And yes, I'm going to bid. 


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

EXHIBITIONS: Stunning new show at Neue Galerie NY: "Wiener Werkstätte 1903-1932: The Luxury of Beauty"

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I'm a big fan
of both the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops) artists and the 
Neue Gallerie NY. So I'm very excited about NGNY's recently-opened 
exhibition "Wiener Werkstätte 1903-1932: The Luxury of Beauty".

                                      Welcome to the Neue Galerie

The Neue Galerie NY, arguably the toniest museum in the city, is highlighting some of the most luxe decorative arts produced by the Wiener Werkstätte in its current special exhibition. "Wiener Werkstätte 1903-1932: The Luxury of Beauty" runs from October 26, 2017 through January 29, 2018; it showcases 400 pieces of functional artwork by Josef Hoffmann, Kolomon Moser,  Dagobert Pesche and other icons of Art Nouveau design.

 Josef  Hoffmann brooch, 1904
acquired by arts patron Fritz Waerndorfer for Lili Waerndorfer
Silver, gilt, diamond, moonstone, opal, lapis lazuli, coral, leopardite

Above: Josef Hoffman tobacco case for Otto Primavesi, 1912

Hoffmann's brooches and boxes, encrusted with semiprecious stones,
  exemplify the Wiener Werkstätte’s luxurious aesthetic.
To read more about Josef Hoffmann, a co-founder of the
Wiener Werkstätte, please check out my article for 
Style 1900 magazine Josef Hoffmann Interiors

 The show will explore the workshop’s extensive output in a variety of media, including ceramics, drawings, fashion, furniture, glass, graphic design, jewelry, 
metalwork, textiles and wallpaper.

Josef Hoffmann, Brass centerpiece, 1924

Jewel box by Dagobert Peche, 1920
Gilt silver
Metropolitan Museum on Art

Josef Hoffmann teapot, 1904
Silver, ebony, raffia
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Josef Hoffmann coffeepot, 1906, private collection
Silver and snakewood

To read a recent NY Times article about this exhibition,
link here.

 The Neue Galerie was established in 2001
by businessman/philanthropist Ronald Lauder
For more information about the notable history of this venue,
its permanent collection (which includes Gustav Klimt's
splendid Adele Bloch-Bauer I) and special exhibitions

Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907

The movie Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren,
tells the story of how this painting was stolen by the Nazis, but 
eventually returned to its rightful owner, Maria Altmann,
  Bloch-Bauer's niece. It was purchased by the Galerie at auction 
in 2006 for $135 million, and is now on permanent display there.

Above: The Galerie's elegant, Viennese-style Café Sabarsky
It is outfitted with period objects, including lighting fixtures by Josef Hoffmann, furniture by Adolf Loos, and banquettes upholstered with a 
1912 Otto Wagner fabric. 
A stop-off here for coffee and pastries never goes amiss!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

OBJECTS OF DESIRE: Glamorous paper dresses

Whether or not this story about a 4-year-old fashionista who
calls herself "Mayhem" is true, the dresses themselves are really fab!
They are created from paper, inspired by classic films and
red carpet fashion that she sees on television.

A slinky little number from the flapper era,
with "feather" fascinator

Mayhem is prone to floating over rainbows,
and coming back with ideas.

Lupita Nyong’o's dress for the Golden Globes
A gown for the modern bride

Link here to read about the design prodigy who calls herself "Mayhem".


Originally posted on Valentine's Day, 2014