Art of the In-Between
On view at The Met until September 4th is the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” exhibit. Although best to avoid on rainy weekends, this exhibit is worth a visit for its architectural design and most notably its fashion. Past/Present/Future (above) Birth/Marriage/Death (Below)The ...
Wild blueberries on the property inspired the name for our
cabin in the woods.This past winterIn 2012 my husband and I were looking for
a place to getaway on weekends and bring our two boys to connect with nature. We found this quaint cabin in the Pocono Mountains about two hours from our home in New York. Sit...
by Molly Denver
Spring is here and I’ve added a new task to my already
rather long To-Do list. I need to build a chicken coop. I have some good friends who run Snowdance Farm in
Livingston Manor, NY, and they told us that they rent out chickens for the
summer to people who want to raise chickens but not to commit to dealing ...
Relocating to NYC
by Laura Smiros
I recently had to decide where to live in NYC after living
on Long Island my whole life. There are
so many wonderful neighborhoods in NYC and all have a different vibe. We had a pied-à-terre on Central Park South for a few years, and
despite the pedigree, it wasn’t a comfortable neighborhood. It just never felt like a...
A House in the Country
by Molly Denver
began as a lark. Every
weekend, my husband Brewster and I would pack the dog into our car and head out
wherever our whims took us within a few hours of the city. The idea morphed, and
we decided to focus these weekend jaunts to find a second home. Historic photo of our new farm, 1930.Historic photo of our n...
A Litany of Firsts
In an age of such great opportunity and advancement in the
field of architecture, it’s easy to forget those who blazed the trails and
cleared the path for us. So during Black History Month, I’d like to take a
moment to highlight the bold career of Norma Merrick Sklarek.San
Bernardino City Hall, San Bernardino, CABor...
When our clients, a couple with a young daughter, purchased
this loft in a former warehouse in Manhattan’s Tribeca district, it was a
50-by-80-foot box, evincing traditional details—steel beams, cast-iron columns,
an exposed-joist ceiling—and a subsequently added foot-deep concrete floor. The
brief was simple...
TEFAF New York
by Mia Jung
This week I had the opportunity to go to the The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at the Park Avenue Armory. Normally the fair is held in Maastricht, one of the oldest Dutch cities known for its medieval architecture, and draws up to 75,000 visitors. This year, TEFAF brings two spin off fairs to New York. The firs...
Have a Seat
by John Ike
There is no shortage of chairs in which to sit down in our office. Robed Buddhist, meditating in yoga position, thinks of a chair. New Yorker Cartoon by Larry HatWhile the office standard is the Knoll Aeron chair, Tom, Joel and I all have Eames. That is sort of the beginning.Our large conference room has Brno ch...
After a summer of constantly being away or traveling for work, when Labor Day rolled around I decided to stay home and have a New York staycation. Kykuit as you arrive by carriage. The shallow steps at the porch are designed for easy exit from your horse drawn brougham.We visited places that had been on the bucket list...
New York Public Library
As a follow up to my journal on the Boston Public Library by McKim Mead & White, today I stopped by the New York Public Library right in our own neighborhood on 42nd street. The New York Public Library from 5th Avenue.The two libraries have a lot in common. Both Beaux Arts Symmetrical buildings built around ...
Off the Grid: Mohonk Mountain House
There's a magical place right outside New York City. Lake Mohonk Mountain House. Albert Smiley purchased a small inn and 280 acres of land in 1869, and expanded on the historic resort hotel until 1910. It sits on the Shawangunk Ridge, on the western side of the Hudson River.Smiley continually expan...