New York Cottages & Gardens - March 2015

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Multi-Faceted

Flaunting sharp angles and a futuristic play on lines, today’s cutting-edge accessories are the latest examples of design-world derring-do. Here, a selection of multi-faceted home accessories, including Donghia’s Origami Temko table lamp, the Facet side table by John Lyle Design and geometric Poly bookends by New York–based design studio Egg Collective.

A Nonstop Flight From New York, This Captivating City On The Caribbean Coast Really Has Sol

You can walk in virtually any direction in Cartagena and be immediately seduced by the bougainvillea-draped Colonial architecture, the noble churches with their pregnant bell towers, the multitude of convivial alfresco restaurants, the chic shops and informal street-side markets, and vendors selling everything from piping-hot arepas to tiny thimble-sized cups of café.

Deeds & Don'ts: Fantasy Island

Regal homes, glamorous apartments and a vision for new possibilities are what's buzzing in New York real estate. Power couple Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller are hoping to build Pier 55, a 2.7-acre floating park in the middle of the Hudson River.The Dakota apartment of the late actress Lauren Bacall is listed for $26 million with Rebecca Edwardson of Warburg Realty. Park Avenue’s Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, on the market for $48 million, could be restored to a single-family home.

The Frick Collection’s Expansion Plans Spark a Garden Preservation Movement

The Frick Collection’s viewing garden on East 70th Street is now faced with potential destruction if the expansion plans of one of the country’s most beloved museums come to fruition. Visitors to the Frick’s website will note that pictures and descriptions of the garden have been completely expunged, along with any indication of its position on a representational map of the museum, as though it never existed.

Top Ten Art and Antiques at the Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair

At the end of January, BRAFA celebrated their 60th anniversary with a remarkable showcase of 127 exceptional dealers in the fields of art, design and antiques in the Belgian capital. As usual the show attracted a international clientele that were drawn to the variety and top-notch quality of the objects exhibited at the Tour & Taxis a massive 19th century warehouse complex that is now used for cultural events.Here is my very personal selection of outstanding and interesting items at the fair.

Five Questions for Sophie-Anne Delen

For the past nine years BRAFA has been sponsored by Delen Private Bank. Within the halls of the Tour & Taxis complex Delen has a suite of rooms all beautifully decorated featuring pieces from their private collection of 20th century art and design. We spoke with Anne-Sophie Delen, who works in Marketing and Communications at the family firm, to find out more about Delen’s enlightened endeavors.

Decorator Robert Passal Plays with Color and Pattern in an Art-Filled Upper East Side Abode

When the 600-square-foot studio next to Ronnie Nagler’s spacious two-bedroom apartment in the Phoenix went on the market in 2010, she and her husband, Stewart, bought it, then turned the entire space into a master suite—with an extra-long bed.

In Dumbo, Emmanuel Delalain Makes Furniture that Harks Back to his Roots

Emmanuel Delalain, a French native, recalls of the vessel built by his father that transported his family on trips around the world. But the experience forged a lasting impression. Now a craftsman like his father, Delalain makes tables, dressers, and desks that are imbued with evidence of his seafaring youth. His Gabrielle steel desk, for instance, features wave-like ripples across the top.

GALLERY A Nonstop Flight From New York, This Captivating City On The Caribbean Coast Really Has Sol

You can walk in virtually any direction in Cartagena and be immediately seduced by the bougainvillea-draped Colonial architecture, the noble churches with their pregnant bell towers, the multitude of convivial alfresco restaurants, the chic shops and informal street-side markets, and vendors selling everything from piping-hot arepas to tiny thimble-sized cups of café.

Decorator Mark Zeff Makes Over an El Dorado Apartment for a Very Special Client: His Sister

When Frances Katzen and her husband purchased a three-bedroom Central Park West apartment last spring, she kept things in the family and hired her brother Mark Zeff, a Manhattan-based interior and furniture designer, to take on the decor, furnishings, and reconfiguration of the floor plan.

Jamie Drake Designs a Model Apartment That's On Top of the World

One57, the 90-story residential tower that the Extell Development Company was recently erected across the street from Carnegie Hall, left little to chance, the recruitment of top New York designer Jamie Drake to create the building’s luxurious model apartment came from an unscheduled meeting in the lobby.

GALLERY Decorator Mark Zeff Makes Over an El Dorado Apartment for a Very Special Client: His Sister

When Frances Katzen and her husband purchased a three-bedroom Central Park West apartment last spring, she kept things in the family and hired her brother Mark Zeff, a Manhattan-based interior and furniture designer, to take on the decor, furnishings, and reconfiguration of the floor plan.