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.

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.

Rising Star: Lindsay MacRae

Thoughtful decoration and a keen attention to detail. “I like pieces that have special meaning to the homeowner,” says this month's NYC&G Rising Star Lindsay MacRae. “Those are the touches that make clients smile.” The designer is also a believer in combining patterns. “I try to nudge my clients out of their comfort zone. A good mix can be surprising.”

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.

Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

This month's guide to the must-haves for the design-obsessed shopper. From Santa Barbara Umbrella a Charcoal Umbrella, Christian Liaigre Caraibes Banquette and “Arch” console by Jan Lee for Sinotique.

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.

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.