Window Displays are a great art form if you ask me, a former window dresser myself. And, especially wonderful at Christmas time. My all-time favorite windows are that of Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. They are in great company with Barneys, Hermès, Tiffany and Louis Vuitton nearby, all who always have show stopping windows as well. Yet every year I find myself standing on Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th the longest, soaking up the wit, infinitesimal details, phenomenal fashions and sophisticated spectacle at BG. Shown left, is a detail of one of the windows from two Christmas’s ago. There were several themes, all created with a specific color way, medium and material; this one was in black and white paper, which sounds so simple, yet this was the most complex and extravagant expression of paper ever created! I am still awestruck by it and was tickled when the wonderful film “Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorfs” came out and followed the designers and artists behind the brilliance of the windows. After checking out all the windows, and when you need a timeout, enjoy the tea room upstairs designed by Kelly Wearstler or settle into a great film at The Paris Theatre just around the corner. Happy Holidays!
Visit soon to take advantage of the stellar gift options we have for the men in your life. From bar and cooking accessories to alpaca scarves and sweaters, we have marvelous offerings!
Another wonderful gift for any architecture/design/landscape loving guy (or gal) is a trip to Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan Connecticut. It’s a very easy train ride from Manhattan and the station is literally across the street from the visitors center where you gather before taking a shuttle to the property. The Glass House is truly iconic and is one of my favorite buildings on the planet. To me, the simplicity of the design is sheer brilliance and a loving ode to the magnificence of nature, and in particular the acres where it resides.
There are numerous buildings on the property, including an art gallery and sculpture building, all fascinating, but it is The Glass House that is most mesmerizing and enchanting. I highly recommend the “Conversations in Context” evenings when a small group meets with an artist of renown, tours the grounds together in the evening with the trees lit and the house aglow, followed by a brief conversation about their art in context of the influence or inspiration of Philip Johnson. A wonderful evening! Then, once back in the city, treat yourself to lunch atThe Four Seasons Restaurant in the Philip Johnson designed Seagram Building on Park Avenue.
Create a coastal holiday feel in your home with these shimmering trees and wreaths made of luminescent abalone shells. They will lend an elegant and earthy air to your surroundings. Your own shell collections can also be displayed to further amplify the theme.
This magnificent ceiling is not in some far off city such as Rome or Istanbul. It’s located about 90 miles south of us in downtown Los Angeles. This is the magnificent ceiling of the Lodwrick M. Cook Rotunda at the LA Public Library! I recently took a day trip via train to the city with my father, arriving at the stunning Union Station and then walked all over downtown. We had the grandest time in this not often explored architectural treasure trove of a city.
This stunning mosaic was created by Julian Garnsey. The Globe Chandelier is representative of the solar system and was designed by Goodhue Associates. The globe is made of translucent blue glass, hand painted with the continents. The planets and moon can be found in the chains suspending the globe from the ceiling. There are 48 lights representing the 48 states in the union at the time when the building opened in 1926.
“Here in these halls the petty distractions of the earthly pilgrimage may be laid aside and their place taken by the inspiration and serenity that come from communion with the poet the prophet the philosopher the artist the scientist indeed with all those who themselves have caught a glimpse of the things that are not transitory in their natures but have eternal values.”
-Everett Robbins Perry
From his address at the dedication of the Los Angeles Public Library