Givenchy and Giacometti


on march 6th christies will be having a sale in paris of hubert de givenchy’s collection of furniture and objects designed by sculptor diego giacometti/ see details here. the sale, les giacometti d’hubert de givenchy, will be proceeded by a week long view, in tribute to giacometti’s work and his close friendship with givenchy.

givenchy is one of my style idols and i’ve blogged about all of his homes. his taste and restraint is inspiring. givenchy was given a gift by a friend in the early 60’s, it was a table by giacometti. that’s when their friendship started and the collecting began. diego was known for his hammered iron work. bunny mellon was also a fan. she was an avid collector of giacometti’s furniture as well.

givenchy, who is now 90, said “with this sale, i want to pay further tribute to him (giacometti), an additional recognition which he does not need, but shows how important he is to me.”

G and G- truly a special friendship and a beautiful collaboration. a piece of it can be yours.

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i’m in nyc this week and it’s cold. it’s also fall 2017 nyfw. we are here showing our new mds stripes fall 2017 collection.

everyone is bundled up in the streets, layered up to stay warm. it’s hard to see fashion trends when everyone is covered up with a coat, however, one thing i’ve noticed is orange. orange is everywhere, you can’t miss it.

so i guess for fall 2017 we are having an “orange alert!” …. at least we are in the streets!

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Mario Buatta


now i know it’s not for everybody, but it sure is pretty and happy. mario buatta, the prince of chintz (i think that’s what they call him) is the master of color, pattern and yes, chintz. the color and print is obvious, but what really makes it so good are the details.

this is the southampton home mario designed for wilbur and hilary ross that was recently featured in architectural digest . just look at how the solid lime green and robins egg blue plays with the blue and white brunschwig and fils chintz in the living room, the pink brocade stripe adds just a bit of the unexpected. note- mario’s floor plans are always just right as well, they are both interesting and functional.

then in the dining room the pink chinoiserie wall paper plays beautifully with the pale blue ceiling and chartreuse covered chairs….but, notice no chandelier. the white plaster shell scones and the needlepoint trellis rug are everything. these are little things, but they add a bit of whimsy that matters.

the crowning achievement is the outdoor space with miles of beilecky brothers wicker and blue and white. the paisley’s mixed with stripes and florals in shades of blues just does it for me. i know it’s not for everybody, but it sure is a happy house.

thank you mario for all of the details and for always making design look and feel so happy. i think we are all in the need of as much happy as we can get right now.

photographs by eric piasecki


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