http://www.winterantiquesshow.com/ and click on Special Events.
Vizcaya's bachelor owner, James Deering of the International Harvester fortune, and his companion collaborator, the incredibly talented Paul Chalfin, created this fantastic estate, then on the outskirts of Miami, and started spending winters there in 1916. Architect F. Burrall Hoffman, Jr., and landscape designer Diego Suarez helped realize the magnificent and exotic tropical estate that once empassed 180 acres. The walls of this bathroom are panelled with three types of marble with silver decorations. The ceiling is tented with linen embroidered with Pompeiian motifs. The most memorable feature of the lavishly handsome room, however, is the shaving stand in the form of an antique brazier, seen in the first photo. This house is open to the public and is not to be missed if you ever travel to the area; actually, it is even worth a trip as a destination.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The current February "Architectural Digest" features a short article on the event, however, so I considered that eligible for a posting. The photos above and below come from that magazine in an article written by Mitchell Owens titled "Master Class". My friend and sometimes collaborator Thomas Jayne had a very small space decorated by fabulous inkblots, like a Rorshach test. I provided a sketch of his ideas for the space as the illustration for the catalog that accompanied the exhibition, so I had a hint of what was to come. But the results were fantastic in reality, as all, including Mr. Hadley, agreed.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
This photo is from the section on Modern Seating from Jansen Furniture by James Archer Abbott, the 2007 companion volume to Jansen published the previous year, both by Acanthus Press. James tells us that, in addition to the inventory of period furniture for sale in both the Paris and New York City showrooms, Jansen had their own workshops that could create furniture especially for a certain commission. In additon, seating frames were sometimes purchased from other sources to be finished in Jansen ateliers, but surely this was custom made for a specific client. Sadly, I know nothing of the residence for which this highchair was intended, but it must have been spectacular.