Labor Day hasn't even officially ended summer yet, so it seems almost ridiculous to be thinking about Christmas presents, but if you like to give truly special, customized gifts lead times can be heart breaking even for the most diligent early shopper/orderer if inspiration hits too late into the fall. These incredible custom moccasins from Sunbright Originals only take about three weeks (but you will procrastinate). You can choose style, sole, up to seven different bead colors and dictate the precise beading pattern based on a drawing or photo. They run about $450 a pair but these are more like works of art to be passed down than house slippers.
This Nordic gallery tour oddly limits the region's palette to the colors of all their flags, which, happen to be perfect and teach us valuable lessons: Never again should a baby blue exist in the absence of crimson or yellow, nor a pink without a dark, cold hue. Perhaps it's because we live without that northern light, but our reds, whites and blues just don't look like this.
Icelandic Gerfalcon (1759)
The HirschsprungCollection, Denmark
Oscar 1, King ofSweden and Norway 1844-1859
Erik (Wahlberg) Wahlbergson
The Royal Armoury, Sweden
Trompe L’oeil (1737)
The Royal Armoury, Sweden
Mother and Child(1883)
Self Portrait (1925)
A Woman’s Arm (Uten år)
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
On a rare not-just-out-early-but-totally-off-summer Friday, I task mastered and rallied the troops for a 7 a.m. departure east. Our toes were in the South Hampton sand by a sane person's weekend breakfast time and we were eating hot lobster rolls in Amagansett by noon. Porter and Victor ran Montauk's Walking Dunes like characters in a Nicholas Sparks flick, while I put up my hood and pretended to be in a Bergman.
We popped into Jackson Pollock's splatter room...
And had dinner at Ruschmeyer's. We hit the road by 9:00 and we're home by a nice appropriate bedtime without any traffic.
(Lee Krasner's touches at the East Hampton house she and Pollock shared).
Porter enters the studio.
(I really love a great post-apocalyptic plant...and that hoodie).
The best summers must be the ones that feel like fall - and we're still having one. New York has been magical, but the escapes were even better. A few weeks back, Porter and I grabbed Victor de Matha, Martyna Gawrych and Andy Neiman and headed north to run wild through drizzly Blithewood Garden...
...and escape to an old converted general store in Rupert, VT...
...with one of the world's greatest backyards...
that even has a halfpipe (luckiest kids in the world live here...their dad is the man behind PowderJet Snowboards).
There are loads of covered bridges around town.
And bales of hay in the back.
Dorset is right next door and fancy. Even the trees keep in line there.
And they have flowers instead of grass, it seems.
Back in Rupert, this was our view out the front at dusk where we sat while...
Porter made the feast.
On the way home, we headed to Lake George where I drove a boat.
And Port gawked at the spectacular perfection.
More exciting evidence and details of our great grandmother's medical illustration career have come to light. As part of their efforts to plan the current exhibition celebrating the first hundred years of the Cleveland Clinic's Medical Art and Photography Department, the curators reached out to me to see if we had any of her original drawings from the years when she worked with George Crile, Sr., one of the clinic's co-founders. After he sent her off to Johns Hopkins to study under Max Bröedel, widely considered the father of modern medical illustration in the U.S., Dr. Crile used a bunch of her drawings to illustrate his 1914 book, Anoci-association. We don't have the originals of these, but Google has the full text and plates. Oh, how I love the internet.
Our dad's cousin, Christine Lamson, brought her collection of great-grandma's originals to the art department at Johns Hopkins prior to their centennial celebration a few years ago. Based on their analysis of Armenouhie's early work, they estimate that she studied with Bröedel around 1908 or 1909, prior to the school's official start. Basically, she lived out Steven Soderberg's The Knick, but with pencils instead of scalpels.
If you're in the Cleveland area, the Medical Art & Photography Centennial Art Exhibit is up through Sept. 4, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic Art Exhibition Area – between Q and G buildings.
As long as I can remember, I've dreamed of designing clothes. Oh, the sketching and plotting that went on! But there was never any sewing. Many, many failed attempts and the destruction of mom's sewing machine (could they make it any easier to forget to put down that presser foot?), but not even a pillowcase emerged. It was a curse of couture visions and Cro-Magnon handiwork.
So, it is with miracles and so much joy that the wonderful ladies at kumi kookoon offered Porter and me the chance to design (not sew) a capsule collection of lounge wear and bedding using their incredible, fine silks.
The moment we got word that the project was a go, I set out to Sprout Home to pick up exotic flowers to inspire a print and came out with two: Papaver somniferum (poppy pods), the key note in lemony cakes, opium, heroin and an allegorical poem about the fallen boys of WWI, and Tulipa gesneriana dracontia (super parrot tulip), the mutated, jolie laide cousin of the classic White Dream. Then, I grabbed my watercolors and went to work. When the paintings were done I started manipulating the pods and tulips into patterns until I found one that simultaneously evoked an art deco Chinoiserie trellis - and accented and traced all the best zones on a woman's body. What were the chances? We designed the line around the print - and added in a few clean, classic crisp whites for purists. kumi kookoon then took the print and also made it into bedding - luxurious duvets, shams and throws.
The entire Hovey Design + kumi kookoon capsule collection will be available exclusively through ABC Carpet & Home in New York in the coming weeks - and online at www.kumikookoon.com
Here's a first look at all the clothing.
Many thanks to the stunningly beautiful Natasha David for slipping into the silks...and to Porter for capturing the essence of the capsule collection so perfectly in these photos.