June 13, 2012

Jessica Chastain, Michael Kors, Kate Bosworth, Pharrell Williams, and others discuss working with designers—or not—on their own homes

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) recently held its annual awards ceremony, the couture industry’s answer to the Academy Awards, at Alice Tully Hall in New York. It was the CFDA’s 50th anniversary show, and nearly every rising star...
June 12, 2012

AD previews highlights from this week’s sales in New York

This week determined collectors will converge on New York for the spring round of design auctions at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips de Pury & Co. Among the rare finds on offer are Art Deco masterworks by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Armand ...
June 11, 2012

Two interiors by Renaissance artist Friedrich Sustris at Fuggerhaus are restored to their former glory

The Flemish Mannerist painter Friedrich Sustris wielded more than a skillful brush. Tastemaker to the Bavarian royal family in the late 16th century, he was a quintessential Renaissance man: Among other feats, he churned out portraits; created a triump...
June 9, 2012

Cass Calder Smith devises bold new cabins at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program

As a child Cass Calder Smith spent much of his time at a commune in Woodside, California, where he helped construct houses from recycled lumber. Now a celebrated architect with offices in San Francisco and New York, he proved just as resourceful when d...
June 6, 2012

David Rockefeller Jr., January Jones, Ellsworth Kelly, Martha Stewart, and Leonard Lauder reveal what’s on their collecting wish lists

Every spring Manhattan buzzes with art and antiques fever, thanks to a spate of high-profile auctions and fairs tempting collectors with the best works on the market. This year didn’t disappoint, highlighted by record-smashing auction results, rangin...
June 2, 2012

Summer Fling

By now the idea of a pop-up store is nothing new, but what about a pop-up hotel? It’s an innovative concept that Design Hotels, the German-based company that represents more than 200 independent, style-focused properties around the world, first tried...
June 1, 2012

Special Delivery

Just in time for summer, John Robshaw has unveiled four new designs of his colorful line of stationery, each incorporating the same block-printing technique the designer uses to create his popular textiles. The result is a whimsical array of handmade c...
May 30, 2012

East Meets West

“Unrivaled Splendor: The Kimiko and John Powers Collection of Japanese Art,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, highlights the singular taste of the couple, who, starting in the 1960s, amassed what is now considered to be the most exquisite array...
May 30, 2012

Jay McInerney, Nina Griscom, Amy Fine Collins, Betty White, and Ellen Burstyn reveal their poshest rooms

A posh affair typically begins in a finely appointed room—at a discreet, elegant hotel such as the Pierre on Fifth Avenue, say, where Lighthouse International recently held its annual Posh Affair gala and benefit auction. An impressive roster of New ...
May 29, 2012

Just Like Home

“Most showrooms display their fabrics along walls in a neutral atmosphere, but at Pierre Frey we try to create the environment in which our products will be used,” says Patrick Frey, chairman and creative director of the storied 77-year-old French ...