.Which interior designer extraordinaire would I want to spend several days with in New York-(hint hint) tete a tete?
The inestimable Charlotte Moss of course.
the bouquet that awaited me in my room
It was a delight to attend the Royal Oak Foundation Gala with Charlotte on Wednesday the 19th in October at the Metropolitan Club. "The foundation engages Americans in the work of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, one of the world’s largest and most progressive conservation organizations."
A beautiful sea of faces and tables, I met several of my design heroes- Mario Buatta for one, and had a dinner tete a tete with the spiffing Miles Redd.
Charlotte before the dinner began
(from the NYSD pages)
Awards presentations highlighted the evening. Designer Ashley Hicks accepted the Timeless Design Award for his father, the late David Hicks. Hicks resurgence in popularity today is testament to his singular way with geometric pattern and explosive color -now considered Classic Interior Design. Richard Broyd's considerable investment in the perpetuation of historic properties was recognized with the foundation's Heritage Award. Broyd added three historic house hotels to the National Trust treasury, Hartwell House, Bodysgallen Hall and Middlethorpe Hall.
(from the pages of the NYSD)
(from the pages of the NYSD)
Lunch at La Grenouille, cheese soufflé- a visit to Charlotte's office to see her new fabric collection from Fabricut rounded out the day and an evening tucked into Charlotte's library completed it- I was, as you can imagine, in absolute heaven.
Charlotte's new fabrics are wonderful and an upcoming post will feature them this week!
The flowers of La Grenouille are as lauded as the cuisine, and the little gem of a book (above) is one I highly recommend. Like that perfect soufflé- the base of the flowers provides the flavour and above that- the airy leaves provide the wonder. At the time Charles Masson's father founded the restaurant flowers were limited to a stem or two on restaurant tables-if seldom ever seen when dining. One day after being particularly bothered by the sun streaming in while eating lunch at one of his tables, Masson came upon the perfect solution-a grand bouquet of flowers to filter the light! A Baccarat vase was purchased and another La Grenouille legend was born. Soon more flowers appeared. One day the restauranteur found Salvador Dali with his head in a bouquet- "Monsieur Masson, you throw money out the windows, but it comes back to you through the doors."
Charles Masson with La Grenouille flowers-this photograph from 2005, shows an autumnal arrangement very much like the ones in the restaurant the day we had lunch.
Change is GOOD, yes- but Only If it is Better.
The Classic exuberance of the flowers at La Grenouille is perfection.
A day of museum stops and breakfast at the Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show made the day fly by, and I flew home that evening.
What we saw-
at the Antique show-Charlotte and I both stopped when we saw this- Jannoit's ELEGANCE from 1933.
Ingres at the MORGAN gives over 17 fine drawings by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867), one of the greatest draftsman and portraitists in French history.
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Odalisque and Slave, 1839,
graphite, black and white chalk, gray and brown wash.
Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum
and do notice the pattern in Ingres' Odalisque-
Very Hicksian I'd say!
Ingres' Odalisque with a Slave
commissioned by Charles Marcotte d'Argenteuil in 1839,
The men of Ingres drawings are dynamic while his studies of women in and about society are a far far cry from his slightly writhing Odalisque.
David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre-, again at the Morgan. Included are eighty drawings by such noted artists as David, Prud'hon, Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, and Corot.
The Morgan is a beautiful and dynamic place, while staying true to the opulent splendor of the original- a Classic- the Classically modern- Renzo Piano additions launch the Morgan into the future.
rendering of the proposed library for Morgan by McKim, Mead & White, ca. 1902.
Watercolor over pencil
View from 36th Street of the Annex (left), the new "cube" gallery (center), and the McKim building (right)
Photography by Michel Denancé
the Sporting Life
Christian Lacroix, 1990
My in depth story on the Guinness FIT exhibition here
Yes, this was almost 3 weeks ago-but I had to regroup and rest when I returned.
I was woefully remiss in snapping my own photographs- no apologies, I see more without it- at some point I hope to walk and chew gum simultaneously.