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ICFF: Saturday afternoon.

Saturday was absolutely gorgeous in NYC. We started our day with a quick brunch at 202 — I had the hammy, eggy, cheesy sandwich, an excellent choice after the Wallpaper* Brazil launch — and a quick stop at the Chelsea Market where my friend Matt purchased the tiniest and cutest cup of coffee we’d ever seen. Next, we strolled along part of the High Line, which was gorgeous and filled with meticulously placed wildflowers and greenery but very narrow and cramped. It’s not a place where one can “lay out” and enjoy the sunshine, more of a pass through en route to somewhere more pressing.

Photographs from Make Yourself At Home.

We descended the High Line and caught an art installation by 7Eleven Gallery called Make Yourself At Home — it runs through June 6th. The gallery was transformed into a multiroom home, each room dressed by various artists using objects they’d created. It was perhaps one of the creepiest yet most resourceful art installations I’ve seen since Ryan and I went to the Meth Lab at Deitch Projects last summer. There was a square, miniature “mattress” turned into a fountain, a little animatronic boy contructed or more accurately deconstruted from what seemed like the face of a Teddie Ruxpin doll, and an ethereal woman sleeping in a mesh/glass enclosed case, very much in the vein of Snow White.


ICFF: Friday evening, Part II.

All photos by Patrick McMullan

Our final stop of Friday evening was Brazilian furniture store Espasso for Wallpaper* magazine’s launch of its June issue Born in Brazil /Nascida no Brasil. The magazine recently set up its South American headquarters in Rio and São Paulo, just in time to be at the forefront of Brazil’s entry onto the world stage — it’s hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

The  Brazil issue features three covers, one with Brazilan model Ana Beatriz Barros posing on top of the Emiliano hotel in São Paulo, another featuring a bronzed beauty and shot on top of the Fassano in Rio, and finally a limited edition cover designed by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. The two-story loft space was packed with Brazil’s leading designers, models, and invited guests, with gorgeous pieces of Brazilian-designed furniture scattered throughout.

We treated ourselves to Wallpaper’s special mix of Caprinhas, which were topped off with Chile peppers. While standing at the bar we met blogger Bobby Solomon of Kitsune Nior fame, who was also in town for ICFF. As the night died down, Matt, Bobby, and I decided it was time to eat, so we cabbed it over to Delicastessen for a quick bite. The food was pretty good, we opted for the special — soft shell crab sandwich — and some mac and cheese. Conveniently after we finished eating and were paying our bill, I noticed three tiny shadows running around below the tables — MICE!! There were mice running around. You’ve got to be kidding.

After recovering from what we’d just witnessed, Bobby treated us to a night cap (Thanks, Bobby!) — cucumber mint martinis — at the Mercer, and then we called it a night.

the best bicycles for the stylish set.

The inspiration from Amsterdam

When springtime hits, it’s inevitable that my mind starts dreaming of bicycles. Suddenly, I begin to notice all of the Dutch bicycles and cruisers on the street and envision myself on my morning commute looking like those gorgeous Amsterdamers who have mastered workday fashion atop a bicycle. If you’ve never been to Amsterdam, it’s worth visiting just to see these gorgeous specimens speeding around the city — in suits and dresses no less!

Here are some of my favorite cycles from Adeline Adeline (a cute female-centric bike shop that recently opened in Tribeca) and from Public (DWR founder Rob Forbes’ new company, aimed at bringing stylish city bike a la Dutch to us Americans).

 Linus Dutchie 1 Speed Upright Bicycle from Adeline Adeline

PUBLIC D3, $850.00 from PUBLIC

 Abici Granturismo Donna 1 Speed Italian Bicycle, $950 from Adeline Adeline

PUBLIC M8, $1,200.00

 Abici Granturismo Uomo 1 Speed Italian Bicycle From Adeline Adeline

my love for the ace just increased ten fold.

Why you ask? Because Opening Ceremony is opening its second NYC outpost in the hotel, where it plans to sell must-have travel accessories, like this dopp kit, SWOON!!!

More info here.


Next time this week, we’ll be sleeping in our comfy platform bed at The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, enjoying the first leg of our honeymoon, and I cannot wait! We booked our trip ages ago, and now that’s it fast approaching I’ve got a one-track mind for relaxation and sunshine.

Our first stop?

The Standard Hotel

It’s a hip place to stay, while not breaking the bank, The Standard is an Andre Balazs property and boasts 24/7 room service, a heated pool, Andy Warhol-designed textiles, a daily social calendar, and even a bathing suit vending machine!




And then onto a luxurious 8-day cruise (a la The Love Boat) through the Mexican Riviera . . .


Finally, back to LA for a few days, where we’ll stay at . . .

Farmers Daughter Hotel

Located in Fairfax Avenue, Farmers Daughter Hotel is within walking distance of CBS studios (The Price is Right!), The Grove, and right across the street from the Farmer’s Market. Plus, it has an onsite restaurant — Tart — whose menu sounds simply divine!!




Browse now: the Design Research installation.

onePhoto from The Boston Globe.

A few weeks ago as I was rushing through Harvard Square, a glint of Marimekko fabric caught my eye. Could it be!? A huge Marimekko flagship store in Harvard Square!? Too good to be true, although there is a Marimekko concept store in Cambridge. I had forgotten about it completely, until I read an article in the Globe about the Design Research installation at the Design Research building in Harvard Square.

1641416672_1ef2fa4af0D/R in 1972 (photo found on Flickr.)

I was unfamiliar with Design Research, but after doing a little research of my own, I came to learn that it was an interior furnishings and lifestyle accessories store started by architect Benjamin Thompson in 1953, right in Cambridge, Mass. D/R brought a lot of mid-century pieces into the local culture, and it’s most notably recognized as being the first US business that carried Marimekko textiles and clothing. In fact, Jackie O. bought a Marimekko dress at the Brattle Street store and was photographed wearing it for cover of Life magazine, spawning the Marimekko trend thats waxed and waned in the US over the past forty years.

The current D/R street-view installation celebrates both Benjamin Thompson and Marimekko. It is a recreation of the original lifestyle store that stood there until the late 70s, complete with imported pots from France (brought to the states from the Thompsons’ friend — and fellow Cambridge dweller — Julia Child; Thompson’s collection of butcher block tables; Marimekko frocks; and white Haitian-cotton covered couches. Unfortunately you can’t go inside, but the all glass facade is intentionally conducive to browsing.

Here are some great articles and blog posts I’ve found about the installation:

The Moment: “Now Showing | A Look Back at Design Research”

The Cottage (run by event organizer Nancy Hemenway)

A Bit Late: “D/R Rising”

And finally, “Through a glass brightly” from The Boston Globe.

Good to know: The D/R installation will be up and running through December 2009.

a stay at the ace.

Recently I had the opportunity to stay at the new Ace Hotel in New York city. The Ace opened in Spring 2009 and immediately generated a ton of buzz on the interwebs from design bloggers who were invited to preview its digs. Since then, the hotel has been featured in numerous design-focused, culture, and fashion magazines, including Wallpaper, W Magazine, GQ, and Monocle.


Albeit brief, our stay at the Ace was quite enjoyable, rooms feature Smeg refrigerators, well stocked with mini bottles of Veuve Clicquot; a provisions station, with tasty snacks from all over the US (my heart was won over when I noticed the hotel included Utz potato chips in its snack selection — which reign from my home state of Pennsylvania and happen to be the best potato chips on the market); and a snazzy red lacquer turntable, accompanied by six dance-worthy albums. Clearly these Ace people know what they’re doing — it’s all about details for me, too.

And my favorite detail of all? The tiny bar of marbleized pearl and charcoal soap on a rope hanging from a hook above the sink. I made a mental note. Later that night, upon returning to the hotel, I spotted the soap sitting on a shelf behind the concierge and immediately purchased a few bars of Pearl Plus soap for myself. It’s normal to buy soap at 5 a.m., right?

The next morning after a quick stop off at the hotel lobby photo booth , we grabbed a croissant and a cup of Stumptown coffee and slowly reentered the sweltering summer heat, soap on a rope in hand and smiles on our faces.