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CARVEN / GUILLAUME HENRY

Sixty nine years ago Madame Carven launched her first Haute Couture collection at Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees in Paris.

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Hank Virgona

When I moved into 41 Union Square West thirteen years ago and started my interior design business I met an artist named Hank Virgona that has inspired me ever since.

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Casa Malaparte

Perched on the eastern side of the island of Capri on Punta Massullo is one of the most captivating houses I have ever seen.

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Camo + Comeback = Timeless

This Spring it’s hard not to notice the resurgence of camouflage and it’s enduring impact on the fashion industry.

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The Hunt for Style by Erin Hazelton


With Giovanna Battaglia on the way to a show in les Tuileries

When I was a kid all I did was look for inspiration; beauty. I religiously flipped through my mother’s monthly Better Homes and Gardens and her occasional Town & Country picking out the prettiest girls, the best dresses and the nicest rooms.

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ARMAND JONCKERS / SEBASTIAN + BARQUET

Currently on view at Sebastian + Barquet is a stunning collection of tables from 1973-1983 by Armand Jonckers, the Belgian furniture designer.

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BECK / MORNING PHASE

I could not end the day without recommending Beck’s latest album Morning Phase, a haunting and melancholic collection of meticulously crafted songs.

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KEITH SONNIER / Elysian Plain + Early Works

The new Keith Sonnier show of both early works and his Elysian Plain series at Pace is sensational.

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KRIEST / Kristin Victoria Barron

In 2002 my business was celebrating it’s one year anniversary, I had signed the lease on my first office at Union Square and Kristin Victoria Barron became my second assistant.

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REBEL REBEL RECORDS TOP 5

It’s the beginning of a new year and David Shebiro’s Top 5 at Rebel Rebel Records this month are all inspiring new efforts from some of the most original voices in music.

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2014 the year ahead

littlegildyAs I begin a new year I can’t help but look back on 2013 and think about all of the amazing people I have met through the world of interior design and blogging, a place that I never thought I belonged or would be able to contribute to in a meaningful way.

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Maarten Baas / Carpenters Workshop Gallery / Design Miami

Design Miami was sensational this year and every gallery present pulled out all the stops to make their exhibition spaces spectacular and compelling.

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LALANNE / The Poetry of Sculpture

On a beautiful fall day in New York I was lucky enough to catch the Les Lalanne exhibit, The Poetry of Sculpture at Sotheby’s at my friend Elizabeth Moore’s recommendation.

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Hechizoo/Jorge Lizarazo

Last week I was invited by my friend Cristina Grajales to preview the work of Jorge Lizarazo and his textile company Hechizoo before his second show opened Thursday night.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

This week Rebel Rebel Records is remembering one of Lou Reed’s best, Transformer and it’s impact is more relevant than ever.

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ERRATUS / Stephen Appleby-Barr

I just returned from Toronto after attending Stephen Appleby-Barr’s second solo opening Erratus at Nicholas Metivier Gallery and it was sensational!

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

This week GlasvegasWeekendVolcano Choir, Emiliana Torrini and Nine Inch Nails new releases round out David Shebiro’s Top 5 at Rebel Rebel Records.

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Michael Abrams

In 2001 as one of my first projects was nearing completion, looking for art for the living room I discovered Michael Abrams work at Sears Peyton Gallery.

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The Gilded Shoes (for her) by Erin Hazelton

Ever since the moment I laid eyes on Dorothy’s ruby slippers I’ve had an obsession with “fancy” shoes.

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Fromental

I first discovered Fromental in 2006 when I was working on a house in Alabama and wanted something special and unusual for a powder room.  We were looking at different plaster finishes and hand troweled surfaces but once we saw the intricately embroidered wallpaper called Peace Blossom from Fromental we were sold.

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Daniel Sean Murphy

Recently I had the great fortune of meeting Daniel Sean Murphy, a brilliant artist but that’s not really an accurate description of his talent.

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Knoll / Olivares Chair

Every once in a while a chair comes along that is destined to become a classic and Jonathan Olivares’ new indoor/outdoor chair for Knoll is just that!

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Goldfrapp / Drew

This morning Goldfrapp released the first single “Drew” from their upcoming album Tales of Us and it’s a stunner!

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James Turrell / Aten Reign

Aten Reign, the new James Turrell light sculpture opened Friday night at the Guggenheim and I was there to get a first look at this incredible new work.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

Summer’s here and Rebel Rebel Records Top 5 this week walks the line between hot and cool.

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Gio Ponti / Vivere alla Ponti

Recently the Italian Cultural Institute of New York exhibited the houses inhabited by Gio Ponti and the furniture he designed out of experiments in domestic life and architecture for both working and living.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

This weeks Top 5 by David Shebiro of Rebel Rebel Records

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KHOURI GUZMAN BUNCE LIMITED

Rarely does furniture design strike me as so beautiful and the details so thoughtful that I’m jealous I didn’t think of it myself.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

Instead of writing my thoughts on this week’s Rebel Rebel Top 5 I decided to check in with some of music’s best critics since they really are the pros.

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DAVID MALLETT by Erin Hazelton

I met David Mallett for the first time about nine years ago. Every time I went to Paris I was enamored with the way the Parisian women looked.

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Alberto Biagetti

I’ve always been fascinated by the 80′s Memphis design and architecture group founded by Ettore Sottsass in 1981.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

Spring is here and this weeks Rebel Rebel Top 5 features 3 fresh new voices and 2 80′s power groups latest!

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

David Shebiro’s Rebel Rebel Top 5 this week is the best line up yet!

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Herve Van Der Straeten / Ralph Pucci

For many years I have been following the work of the uber talented French furniture, lighting and jewelry designer Herve Van Der Straeten.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

This weeks new music kicks off with Bowie’s first album in 10 years and he made it because he has a lot to say.

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Fontana Arte / Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand

On Thursday, March 7th Bernd Goeckler will host a book signing of the fantastic new publication Fontana Arte by Franco Deboni. The results of a lifetime of collecting lighting, furniture and objects from the famed glass company and three years of writing and assembling these incredible works, Deboni’s book is truly something extraordinary and the most complete document on the companies history and it’s three primary directors.

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Aedes De Venustas

Robert Gerstner and Karl Bradl’s opulent perfume boutique on Christopher Street in the village has an old world patina on the exterior but as you enter the shop your senses are stimulated like no other space I have ever encountered.

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Introducing LION BABE

Since it’s freezing cold outside and a blizzard today in NYC I thought I’d heat things up with the first single from LION BABE.

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Santoni / Rubelli + Gio Ponti

For my upcoming first gallery show of The Gilded Owl this spring I wanted the focus to be on design that I had previously covered over the past year that recognized outstanding craftsmanship.

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LANVIN / MR Architecture + Decor

The new Lanvin men’s store opened Saturday in New York and I was there to get a first glimpse.

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Birmingham, Al Residence

One of the projects that has proven to be the most rewarding I have designed is a house for my best friend, her husband and their family in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Le Corbusier Cabanon 1952 / Cassina

At Design/Miami this year Cassina rebuilt a replica of Le Corbusier’s Cabanon interior designed in 1952 and I was thrilled to attend a preview of the show.

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Design at Fairchild: Sitting Naturally

This year as part of Design/Miami, The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden asked Cristina Grajales Gallery to commission seven of her brightest design stars to create site specific outdoor furniture (mostly benches) for its inaugural design initiative.

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Emilio Pucci New York

The new Emilio Pucci store on Madison Avenue designed by Joseph Dirand opened last month and was inspired by the palazzo in Florence, Italy.

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Four Freedoms Park / Louis Kahn

On September 24th, 1973, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor of New York, and John V. Lindsay, Mayor of New York City, invited 800 guests for the renaming of Welfare Island to Roosevelt Island in honor of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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Ali Tayar / Parallel Design

I recently visited architect Ali Tayar’s exquisite apartment and offices to go behind the scenes and find out what inspires the details and construction techniques in his work.

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Kohei Nawa

Currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is Kohei Nawa’s PixCell-Deer #24. As part of the “Designing Nature, the Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art” exhibit this work can be seen through January 13.

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At the Antonio Azzuolo Spring/Summer 2013 show yesterday, the look was a mix of New York swagger street fashion and the art of being well dressed.

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Christofle / Stephane Parmentier

The first time I remember discovering Christofle was in college seeing a Gio Ponti designed mask, Il Diavolo in a design magazine and that began my life long admiration of the architect and designer’s work.

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Frederick McSwain / Brad Ascalon

At this year’s ICFF in New York, Elizabeth Moore and I met Brad Ascalon at the Wanted Design off site show in Chelsea.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

The 70′s, 80′s and 90′s revisited in this weeks stellar Rebel Rebel Top 5 from David Shebiro.

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East Hampton Residence

This summer Andy Goldsborough Interior Design is nearing completion on a project in East Hampton.

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BDDW / Tyler Hays

When I first started thinking about writing a blog it was mainly to document travel diaries of important design destinations and to share information on craftsmanship in design.

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The Morgan Library & Museum

Although I have lived directly behind the Morgan Library for more than 5 years, I had not fully rediscovered the library and museum until recently at the Dan Flavin Drawing show.

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Jussara Lee

I met Jussara Lee 11 years ago at her perfectly appointed minimally furnished shop on Little West 12th Street.

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Segno Italiano / ICFF & Design Week

My friends Fabio Don and Domenico Rocca of Segno Italiano along with Jacopo Casoni were here last week to launch the chairs of Chiavari at GD Cucine.

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Cristina Grajales

Cristina Grajales is the most passionate design enthusiast you will ever meet!

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Zaha Hadid / Liquid Glacial

Architect Zaha Hadid’s latest table series made of acrylic resembles whirlpools and is slick as an iceberg.

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Bjorn Wiinblad

I discovered Danish designer Bjorn Wiinblad in college and was immediately drawn to his figures and porcelain objects.

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Lou Doillon / I.C.U.

The Gilded Owl loves I.C.U., the debut video and single from French model, actress and singer Lou’s Doillon’s upcoming EP due out June 11th. Gorgeous!

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Gilded Shoes for Spring

In anticipation of Tom Sachs: SPACE PROGRAM: MARS Show opening May 16th at the Park Avenue Armory, I’ve spotted a few gilded shoes to get you in the spirit for spring.

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Emma Bennett

For my next post, I immediately thought of Emma Bennett, an artist from Wales, working in London that I think is sensational!

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Gio Ponti / Parco dei Principi Sorrento

Recently, I took my mom on a trip to Italy that I will never forget.

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Lana Del Rey covers Kasabian’s “Goodbye Kiss”

After Kasabian covered Lana’s “Video Games” she returned the favor by covering “Goodbye Kiss”.

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Villa Necchi Campiglio Milan

On my recent trip to Chiavari, I also spent a few days in Milan and visited the magnificent Villa Necchi.

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Tadao Ando / The Modern Fort Worth

Once I had taken in the Kimbell, I strolled over to the Modern Museum of Art by Tadao Ando, completed in 2002.

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Lana Del Rey / Blue Jeans

The Gilded Owl is listening to Lana Del Rey……….

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Louis Kahn / Kimbell Art Museum

I’ve just returned from Dallas, Texas and visited the Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn.

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Stephen Appleby-Barr

Two years ago, my partner and I purchased our first painting by Stephen Appleby-Barr from Nicholas Metivier Gallery at the PULSE Art Fair in New York.

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Rebel Rebel Records Top 5

David Shebiro of Rebel Rebel Records on Bleecker Street will contribute bi-weekly to The Gilded Owl and I’m thrilled!!

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The Chairs of Chiavari

In November I was lucky enough to take a guided tour of the Podesta Sedie chair factory in Chiavari, Italy with Elizabeth Moore, Private Art Advisor extraordinaire and my dearest friend in New York.

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