DON FREEMAN / My Familiar Dream

The Gilded Owl is pleased to present DON FREEMAN / My Familiar Dream / 1994-2108.

Don Freeman is an American photographer, best known for his large, monochrome prints that depict subject matter, be it landscape, human forms or architectural fragments, in states of transmogrification. He divides his time between New York City and a house in the Catskill Mountains that he shares with his partner Garo Sparo and his dog Louie.

In the early years, Don mined religious iconography and images of classical antiquity to produce his hybrids of painting and photography. It was during this time that Don discovered photographic print toning and abandoned painting completely and started working with only his camera and his toning chemicals, creating work that explored tonality, depicted blurred and often fragmented images. The toners that Don chose to work with were single color, dye based, manufactured by Edwal. Dye toning kits were the domain of the amateur photographer who wanted to evoke a mood and nostalgia. In Don’s hands, these kitsch materials were transformed into a highly nuanced color system. The resulting image is no longer a traditional black and white photograph as the toning bath creates a chemical reaction that transforms the metallic silver in the paper to a dye.

Over the years Don pushed the envelope on what a photograph could be, he next moved on to using architectural blue printing to create a series of highly nuanced prints of flowers and Greek and Roman antiquities. As the blueprint process is highly unstable, something that Don was aware of, the images would degrade when exposed to light, creating ghosts of the original images.  Then he thought about how to preserve them-the “race to stop the process of aging”. He talked to a conservationist at the National Gallery in Washington and got some tips on how they were protecting Robert Rauschenberg’s “Blueprints”. “If its beautiful, people will find a way to keep it around ” she said.  Don’s blueprints were first exhibited at The Elga Wimmer gallery in New York in 1994, and will be on view at The Gilded Owl.

Don’s work is shot on 35mm black and white negative film. He uses high-speed, Tri-X, film for its inherent graininess. Don has created a catalog of images over the years; photos of flowers, antiquities, letters and architectural details that function as his noumenon awaiting their transformation by Don into subjective, tangible images. Don refers to his collection of images as, “a sort of Noah’s Ark.” Being very influenced by cinema, specifically the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, and more specifically Tarkovsky’s film Mirror, in which Tarkovsky creates a visual narrative that combines past and present, dreams and reality, color and black-and-white; themes at the core of Don’s interests.

His hand-made book “My Familiar Dream” (1991) a collection of images that include his ghostly series “Pompeii, and Alabaster Vessels, “I am all you have to contain your fears” reflect his belief that there is a collective unconsciousness to all things, and his camera a tool to bring that out.

The Branches: “My branch series is an ongoing project. I like the idea of coming face to face with something beautiful without anything coming between the image and me. I often carry around a white card with me when I go on walks through the woods and use it as a background to isolate the branches I find, like a portable studio. I’m not going after a Blossfeldt type approach, they’re very graphic and probably reflect my formal training as a graphic designer. When I exhibit them they’re presented like a checkerboard, one black, one white, after the other, across the wall.”

The Curtains: “They’re from a confessional in a church in Arezzo. I was taken in by the minute, human detail; you can actually see that they were stitched by hand. I think they express ideas that are deeper than words.”

When I shoot portraits I often like to make people look like statues. None of my work is photo shopped. I shot my friend Katherine under a tree and the sunlight filtering through the leaves created this dappled effect and made her take on the appearance of a weathered statue – the idea of turning someone into marble. It’s based on my favorite myth, Pygmalion, only in reverse. My lighting experiments don’t always work – I often need to see the contact sheet to see if a succeeded, but this one certainly did.”

Don’s latest work in process “Stone Faces” are digitally manipulated photographs from his archives of black and white negative film. “I want to create a library of images, using my original negatives in a modern digital way. Recently I had all of my Super8 Black and White film digitized from a project I began 30 years ago in Paris, which is loosely based on “Nadja” by Andre Breton. Last year I returned to Paris with my Super8 camera and together, with we finished the film, finding just the right ending-30 years later. All it takes is time.”

The Gilded Owl will also be screening Don’s documentary “Art House” (2015). The film explores the handmade homes created and lived in by eleven distinguished American artists, including Frederic Church, Paolo Soleri, George Nakashia and Wharton Esherick.

For further information contact andy@thegildedowl.com and elizabeth@thegildedowl.com

LAUREN DRESCHER “LUMINARIES”

We are pleased to present Lauren Drescher “LUMINARIES” at THE GILDED OWL. Opening August 4th and running through September 9th at our 105 Warren Street gallery.

 

Luminaries

I have a been a collector for as long as I can remember. I am fascinated by objects which have a history, give insight into the past and have a story tell. I travel quite a bit, collecting wherever I go, disparate objects accumulate until I have a clear idea of what they will become.

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SHARON BRANT GUY CORRIERO / OUTSIDE OF TIME AND CHANGE

We are thrilled to open our Spring season with new works by Sharon Brant and Guy Corriero, “Outside of Time and Change”.

For more than five decades, Sharon Brant has produced conceptually and aesthetically rigorous hard-edged paintings and works on paper. Her work is relentlessly spare, yet materially abundant, often consisting of no more than one or two fundamental shapes articulated in unexpected ways. Complementing her studio work, Brant has also practiced meditation since the late 1980s, which has had an immeasurable impact on the approach she takes in her studio and the work she ultimately produces.

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PAUL JACOBSEN IN THROUGH THE OUTSIDE AND BERLIN DEKO

We opened our current show Paul Jacobsen “In Through the Outside” and Berlin Deko, a collection of furniture, lighting and objects by German architects from 1910 to 1930 this week with a stellar turnout and the installation will be on view through November 18th in our 105 Warren Street gallery.

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KLEMENS GASSER There Will Be…Without You

The Gilded Owl is pleased to announce There Will Be…Without You, an exhibition of photographs by Klemens Gasser. In his eighth solo show, Gasser presents not only an ornithological study in photography, but establishes, delicately, an existential examination of acts and awareness. Working in tandem, the two seemingly opposing tenets meld with one another as their simultaneous simplicity and complexity beam in Gasser’s offering of six monumental bird portraits.

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THE ANATOMY OF A ROOM

The Gilded Owl is pleased to announce it’s latest exhibition “THE ANATOMY OF A ROOM” in Hudson, NY.

This group show features works by master craftsmen Peter Superti, Ron Arad, Vico Magistretti, and Frederick McSwain and Brad Ascalon. The main gallery will feature a collection of pairs of chairs from 1920-1980 as well as artwork by Karl Klingbiel and Margaret Evangeline. In the other ancillary spaces table top pieces by Tommi Parzinger, Steven Holl, and Michael Graves are shown with Syliva Jaffe and Cole Italia and works by photographer Mick Rock and artwork by Sharon Brant.

And we are thrilled to present new work by jewelry designer and sculptor Jessica Carroll.

Opening November 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

GEORGE HOFMANN FRAGMENTS / DUCCIO • HOURS • BREVIARY

The Gilded Owl is pleased to present it’s fifth exhibition titled FRAGMENTS; paintings on panel by the artist, George Hofmann. On view in the galleries are 3 bodies of work dating from 2011 & 2012, each of which refer to their respective titles including Duccio, Breviary & Hours. Following are selected works and insight from Hofmann.

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THE MYSTERY OF BEAUTY “IL MISTERO DELLA BELLEZZA / WORKS BY INDIA EVANS & ROOMS INSPIRED BY CARLO MOLLINO

On February 27th THE GILDED OWL opened it’s fourth show The Mystery of Beauty “Il Mistero della Bellezza” in Hudson, New York.

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BLACK / WHITE + ALEX P WHITE

THE GILDED OWL is pleased to present it’s third exhibition in Hudson, New York titled BLACK / WHITE + ALEX P WHITE. Inspiration for the show comes from combining Alex P White’s design sensibility and our love of all things black & white.

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STEPHEN SPROUSE

In 2001 on the way to buy my mom a birthday present, I was running down 14th street and rounded the corner onto Eighth Avenue and ran into Stephen Sprouse so hard I knocked him down onto the pavement.

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THE GILDED OWL gallery opening

On Saturday November 22nd THE GILDED OWL gallery officially opened at 105 Warren Street in Hudson, NY.  After exactly one year of renovation and construction Elizabeth Moore and I welcomed over one hundred and eighty five guests to celebrate our inaugural show in the 1785 Federal style house that is a now home to a realized version of our design, art, fashion and music journal. The brilliant Hudson based photographer Tomm Roesch documented our preparations and was on hand with us to capture the opening with his thoughtful eye.  Thank you to all who made the journey to our beautiful new gallery and here’s a glimpse into THE GILDED OWL.

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APPARATUS STUDIOS + CINNAMON PROJECTS

This week as we countdown to THE GILDED OWL gallery opening on Saturday night we will preview some of the artists and designers work kicking off our inaugural show! First up is the collaboration between APPARATUS STUDIOS + CINNAMON PROJECTS.

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FREDERIC MALLE + STEVEN HOLL

Sometimes collaborations produce extraordinary results and the new Frederic Malle boutique designed by Steven Holl on Greenwich Avenue is New York at its most inspiring.

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THE DR. OLIVER BRONSON HOUSE

Last weekend while continuing to ready The Gilded Owl gallery for a summer opening, I attended the first weekend of annual fundraising for The Dr. Oliver Bronson House in Hudson, New York.

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Casa Malaparte

Perched on the eastern side of the island of Capri on Punta Massullo is one of the most captivating houses I have ever seen.

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Camo + Comeback = Timeless

This Spring it’s hard not to notice the resurgence of camouflage and it’s enduring impact on the fashion industry.

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The Hunt for Style by Erin Hazelton

With Giovanna Battaglia on the way to a show in les Tuileries

When I was a kid all I did was look for inspiration; beauty. I religiously flipped through my mother’s monthly Better Homes and Gardens and her occasional Town & Country picking out the prettiest girls, the best dresses and the nicest rooms.

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RICHARD SAJA / TRIBES

The Gilded Owl turns three years old today and we celebrate our anniversary with the opening of Richard Saja’s exhibition “Tribes”.

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REBEL REBEL RECORDS TOP 5

We are excited to announce that after one year of construction THE GILDED OWL will open it’s doors in Hudson, New York as a gallery of design, fine art, objects, fashion and music. As we countdown to our opening we will begin to preview some of the designers and artists work as well as interior images of the landmarked 1785 house that will soon become our new home.

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ROISIN MURPHY / MI SENTI

Happy Summer to everyone and sorry to have been out of touch!  While The Gilded Owl gets ready to launch our gallery upstate in Hudson, NY~SUPER EXCITING~we bring you our favorite new EP by the one and only Roisin Murphy entitled Mi Senti.

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REBEL REBEL RECORDS TOP 5

Spring is finally here and Rebel Rebel Records is spinning new tunes from these brilliant artists.

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ARMAND JONCKERS / SEBASTIAN + BARQUET

Currently on view at Sebastian + Barquet is a stunning collection of tables from 1973-1983 by Armand Jonckers, the Belgian furniture designer.

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BECK / MORNING PHASE

I could not end the day without recommending Beck’s latest album Morning Phase, a haunting and melancholic collection of meticulously crafted songs.

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KEITH SONNIER / Elysian Plain + Early Works

The new Keith Sonnier show of both early works and his Elysian Plain series at Pace is sensational.

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KRIEST / Kristin Victoria Barron

In 2002 my business was celebrating it’s one year anniversary, I had signed the lease on my first office at Union Square and Kristin Victoria Barron became my second assistant.

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CARVEN / GUILLAUME HENRY

Sixty nine years ago Madame Carven launched her first Haute Couture collection at Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees in Paris.

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REBEL REBEL RECORDS TOP 5

It’s the beginning of a new year and David Shebiro’s Top 5 at Rebel Rebel Records this month are all inspiring new efforts from some of the most original voices in music.

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2014 the year ahead

littlegildyAs I begin a new year I can’t help but look back on 2013 and think about all of the amazing people I have met through the world of interior design and blogging, a place that I never thought I belonged or would be able to contribute to in a meaningful way.

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Maarten Baas / Carpenters Workshop Gallery / Design Miami

Design Miami was sensational this year and every gallery present pulled out all the stops to make their exhibition spaces spectacular and compelling.

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LALANNE / The Poetry of Sculpture

On a beautiful fall day in New York I was lucky enough to catch the Les Lalanne exhibit, The Poetry of Sculpture at Sotheby’s at my friend Elizabeth Moore’s recommendation.

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Hechizoo/Jorge Lizarazo

Last week I was invited by my friend Cristina Grajales to preview the work of Jorge Lizarazo and his textile company Hechizoo before his second show opened Thursday night.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

This week Rebel Rebel Records is remembering one of Lou Reed’s best, Transformer and it’s impact is more relevant than ever.

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ERRATUS / Stephen Appleby-Barr

I just returned from Toronto after attending Stephen Appleby-Barr’s second solo opening Erratus at Nicholas Metivier Gallery and it was sensational!

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Hank Virgona

When I moved into 41 Union Square West thirteen years ago and started my interior design business I met an artist named Hank Virgona that has inspired me ever since.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

This week GlasvegasWeekendVolcano Choir, Emiliana Torrini and Nine Inch Nails new releases round out David Shebiro’s Top 5 at Rebel Rebel Records.

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Michael Abrams

In 2001 as one of my first projects was nearing completion, looking for art for the living room I discovered Michael Abrams work at Sears Peyton Gallery.

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The Gilded Shoes (for her) by Erin Hazelton

Ever since the moment I laid eyes on Dorothy’s ruby slippers I’ve had an obsession with “fancy” shoes.

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Fromental

I first discovered Fromental in 2006 when I was working on a house in Alabama and wanted something special and unusual for a powder room.  We were looking at different plaster finishes and hand troweled surfaces but once we saw the intricately embroidered wallpaper called Peace Blossom from Fromental we were sold.

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Daniel Sean Murphy

Recently I had the great fortune of meeting Daniel Sean Murphy, a brilliant artist but that’s not really an accurate description of his talent.

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Knoll / Olivares Chair

Every once in a while a chair comes along that is destined to become a classic and Jonathan Olivares’ new indoor/outdoor chair for Knoll is just that!

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Goldfrapp / Drew

This morning Goldfrapp released the first single “Drew” from their upcoming album Tales of Us and it’s a stunner!

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James Turrell / Aten Reign

Aten Reign, the new James Turrell light sculpture opened Friday night at the Guggenheim and I was there to get a first look at this incredible new work.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

Summer’s here and Rebel Rebel Records Top 5 this week walks the line between hot and cool.

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Gio Ponti / Vivere alla Ponti

Recently the Italian Cultural Institute of New York exhibited the houses inhabited by Gio Ponti and the furniture he designed out of experiments in domestic life and architecture for both working and living.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

This weeks Top 5 by David Shebiro of Rebel Rebel Records

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KHOURI GUZMAN BUNCE LIMITED

Rarely does furniture design strike me as so beautiful and the details so thoughtful that I’m jealous I didn’t think of it myself.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

Instead of writing my thoughts on this week’s Rebel Rebel Top 5 I decided to check in with some of music’s best critics since they really are the pros.

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DAVID MALLETT by Erin Hazelton

I met David Mallett for the first time about nine years ago. Every time I went to Paris I was enamored with the way the Parisian women looked.

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Alberto Biagetti

I’ve always been fascinated by the 80’s Memphis design and architecture group founded by Ettore Sottsass in 1981.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

Spring is here and this weeks Rebel Rebel Top 5 features 3 fresh new voices and 2 80’s power groups latest!

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

David Shebiro’s Rebel Rebel Top 5 this week is the best line up yet!

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Herve Van Der Straeten / Ralph Pucci

For many years I have been following the work of the uber talented French furniture, lighting and jewelry designer Herve Van Der Straeten.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

This weeks new music kicks off with Bowie’s first album in 10 years and he made it because he has a lot to say.

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Fontana Arte / Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand

On Thursday, March 7th Bernd Goeckler will host a book signing of the fantastic new publication Fontana Arte by Franco Deboni. The results of a lifetime of collecting lighting, furniture and objects from the famed glass company and three years of writing and assembling these incredible works, Deboni’s book is truly something extraordinary and the most complete document on the companies history and it’s three primary directors.

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Aedes De Venustas

Robert Gerstner and Karl Bradl’s opulent perfume boutique on Christopher Street in the village has an old world patina on the exterior but as you enter the shop your senses are stimulated like no other space I have ever encountered.

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Introducing LION BABE

Since it’s freezing cold outside and a blizzard today in NYC I thought I’d heat things up with the first single from LION BABE.

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Santoni / Rubelli + Gio Ponti

For my upcoming first gallery show of The Gilded Owl this spring I wanted the focus to be on design that I had previously covered over the past year that recognized outstanding craftsmanship.

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LANVIN / MR Architecture + Decor

The new Lanvin men’s store opened Saturday in New York and I was there to get a first glimpse.

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Birmingham, Al Residence

One of the projects that has proven to be the most rewarding I have designed is a house for my best friend, her husband and their family in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Le Corbusier Cabanon 1952 / Cassina

At Design/Miami this year Cassina rebuilt a replica of Le Corbusier’s Cabanon interior designed in 1952 and I was thrilled to attend a preview of the show.

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Design at Fairchild: Sitting Naturally

This year as part of Design/Miami, The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden asked Cristina Grajales Gallery to commission seven of her brightest design stars to create site specific outdoor furniture (mostly benches) for its inaugural design initiative.

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Emilio Pucci New York

The new Emilio Pucci store on Madison Avenue designed by Joseph Dirand opened last month and was inspired by the palazzo in Florence, Italy.

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Four Freedoms Park / Louis Kahn

On September 24th, 1973, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor of New York, and John V. Lindsay, Mayor of New York City, invited 800 guests for the renaming of Welfare Island to Roosevelt Island in honor of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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Ali Tayar / Parallel Design

I recently visited architect Ali Tayar’s exquisite apartment and offices to go behind the scenes and find out what inspires the details and construction techniques in his work.

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Kohei Nawa

Currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is Kohei Nawa’s PixCell-Deer #24. As part of the “Designing Nature, the Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art” exhibit this work can be seen through January 13.

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antonio azzuolo s/s 13

At the Antonio Azzuolo Spring/Summer 2013 show yesterday, the look was a mix of New York swagger street fashion and the art of being well dressed.

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Christofle / Stephane Parmentier

The first time I remember discovering Christofle was in college seeing a Gio Ponti designed mask, Il Diavolo in a design magazine and that began my life long admiration of the architect and designer’s work.

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Frederick McSwain / Brad Ascalon

At this year’s ICFF in New York, Elizabeth Moore and I met Brad Ascalon at the Wanted Design off site show in Chelsea.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

The 70’s, 80’s and 90’s revisited in this weeks stellar Rebel Rebel Top 5 from David Shebiro.

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East Hampton Residence

This summer Andy Goldsborough Interior Design is nearing completion on a project in East Hampton.

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BDDW / Tyler Hays

When I first started thinking about writing a blog it was mainly to document travel diaries of important design destinations and to share information on craftsmanship in design.

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The Morgan Library & Museum

Although I have lived directly behind the Morgan Library for more than 5 years, I had not fully rediscovered the library and museum until recently at the Dan Flavin Drawing show.

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Jussara Lee

I met Jussara Lee 11 years ago at her perfectly appointed minimally furnished shop on Little West 12th Street.

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Segno Italiano / ICFF & Design Week

My friends Fabio Don and Domenico Rocca of Segno Italiano along with Jacopo Casoni were here last week to launch the chairs of Chiavari at GD Cucine.

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Cristina Grajales

Cristina Grajales is the most passionate design enthusiast you will ever meet!

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Zaha Hadid / Liquid Glacial

Architect Zaha Hadid’s latest table series made of acrylic resembles whirlpools and is slick as an iceberg.

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Bjorn Wiinblad

I discovered Danish designer Bjorn Wiinblad in college and was immediately drawn to his figures and porcelain objects.

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Lou Doillon / I.C.U.

The Gilded Owl loves I.C.U., the debut video and single from French model, actress and singer Lou’s Doillon’s upcoming EP due out June 11th. Gorgeous!

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Gilded Shoes for Spring

In anticipation of Tom Sachs: SPACE PROGRAM: MARS Show opening May 16th at the Park Avenue Armory, I’ve spotted a few gilded shoes to get you in the spirit for spring.

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Emma Bennett

For my next post, I immediately thought of Emma Bennett, an artist from Wales, working in London that I think is sensational!

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Gio Ponti / Parco dei Principi Sorrento

Recently, I took my mom on a trip to Italy that I will never forget.

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Lana Del Rey covers Kasabian’s “Goodbye Kiss”

After Kasabian covered Lana’s “Video Games” she returned the favor by covering “Goodbye Kiss”.

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Villa Necchi Campiglio Milan

On my recent trip to Chiavari, I also spent a few days in Milan and visited the magnificent Villa Necchi.

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Tadao Ando / The Modern Fort Worth

Once I had taken in the Kimbell, I strolled over to the Modern Museum of Art by Tadao Ando, completed in 2002.

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Lana Del Rey / Blue Jeans

The Gilded Owl is listening to Lana Del Rey……….

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Louis Kahn / Kimbell Art Museum

I’ve just returned from Dallas, Texas and visited the Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn.

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Stephen Appleby-Barr

Two years ago, my partner and I purchased our first painting by Stephen Appleby-Barr from Nicholas Metivier Gallery at the PULSE Art Fair in New York.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

David Shebiro of Rebel Rebel Records on Bleecker Street will contribute bi-weekly to The Gilded Owl and I’m thrilled!!

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The Chairs of Chiavari

In November I was lucky enough to take a guided tour of the Podesta Sedie chair factory in Chiavari, Italy with Elizabeth Moore, Private Art Advisor extraordinaire and my dearest friend in New York.

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