Monday, July 1, 2013

Amongst the throng

Poolside at the inaugural Holiday House Hamptons
The inaugural Holiday House Hamptons presented by HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens) officially opened its doors this past Saturday evening with a festive Opening Night White Gala sponsored by Villadom at Bridgehampton. The showhouse located at 4 Fair Hills Lane in Bridgehampton, New York will be open to the public through July 21, 2013. Proceeds from the Gala and the showhouse will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Iris Dankner,
President and Founder of Holiday House is proud to join forces with HC&G Magazine for the first time in the Hamptons. Marianne Howatson CEO and Publication Director of Cottages & Gardens Publications says, “HC&G is delighted to be able to showcase the work of twenty-four amazing designers and are grateful for all the generous donations from sponsors and manufacturers. We are excited to be part of an event that brings so many creative people together, all in support of a truly important cause.”
HHH designers
Notable guests included: Holiday House founder Iris Dankner, HC&G’s Marianne Howatson, Jennifer Matthews, Pamela Eldridge and Kendell Cronstrom, BCRF’s  Myra Biblowit, Kris Torkan of Villadom at Bridgehampton, Co-Chair Christopher Hyland, Holiday House Design Chairs Aerin Lauder and Thom Filicia, Andrea & Maurice Dubois, Dina Manzo, Daniel Lombardi, Stephanie Odegard, Jayne and Joan Michaels, and Amy Lau.

Holiday House designers in attendance included: Serena Dugan of Serena & Lily, Ally Coulter, Guillaume Gentet, Maria Greenlaw and Suzanne Caldwell, Donna Livingston, Jennifer Duneier, Elizabeth Bolognino, Eugenia Au Kim, Farnaz Mansuri. Fawn Galli, James Huniford, Inson Dubois Wood, James Michael Howard, Libby Langdon , Lynne Scalo, Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler, Marshall Watson, Steven Dubner, Susan Glick, Tamara Magel, Thom Filicia, and Timothy Brown.
Leonard Lauder is Honorary Chair for the event. Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland are Co-Chairs. Aerin Lauder, Thom Filicia, Tony Ingrao, and Randy Kemper serve as Design Chairs.

The showhouse will welcome visitors daily Thursday through Monday, from June 23 to  July 21, 2013: Friday - Monday 11:00am- 5:00pm with extended hours until 8:00pm on Thursdays.  Exciting summer events to take place over the showhouse’s four week run include: evening live music and wine pouring by Wölffer Estate Vineyard  (5:00pm-8:00pm each Thursday); book signings by celebrity authors and more. For tickets and information please visit:
Katharina Plath and Amy Lau
Lynne Scalo and Michael Florio
Marianne Howatson, Kendell Cronstrom, and Iris Dankner
Christopher Hyland and Constintino Castellano
Iris Dankner, Aerin Lauder, and Myra Biblowit
Eric Vincent
Jose Arandia
Micky and Marsha Lyons
Guillaume Gentet and Chelsey McLaren
Daniel Lombardi and Juan Chaves
William Thursby and Sloane Marcus
Jennifer Matthews and Amir Kazerani
David Carpenter
Einat Katav and Stephanie Odegard
Constaino Castellano, Matt Smoak, Becky Fadden, Kyle Marshal, Christopher Hyland, Anne Metrailler, and Seth Pariser
Aerin Lauder, Jennifer Mabley, and Austin Handler
Libby Langdon
Robert Stilin and Pamela Eldridge
Donna Livingston and Robert Hooke
James Huniford
Aaron Schurgin, Laura Beck, and Thom Filicia
Elba and Inson Dubois Wood
James Michael Howard
Marianne Howatson, Andrea and Maurice Dubois, and Iris Dankner
Tamara Magel
Aerin Lauder and Kendell Cronstrom
Fawn Galli
Jennifer Duneier
Marshal Watson
Ally Coulter
The Preview Day of the fourth edition of Masterpiece London ended with reports of strong sales and many happy dealers. Over 6,000 visitors crossed the threshold of the stunning fair structure in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, an increase of over 15% on last year.

Amongst the throng of eager visitors, designers and collectors were Ellie Cullman, Scott Snyder, Rose Tarlow, Fatima Maleki, Jasper Conran, Anna Wintour, Uma Thurman, Arpad Busson, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anish Kapoor (who has a new piece at the fair on the stand of Dickinson), Evgeny Lebedev, and Bryan Ferry, all of whom added to the buzz of the Preview Day.
Chelsea Pensioners at Masterpiece London
Ruinart Champagne flowed in abundance as the visitors, quaffed, admired and purchased many of the stunning items on offer from teh 162 international exhibitors, including 20 US dealers.  Members of the American Committee this year include Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Ellie Cullman, Jamie Drake, Audrey Gruss, Susan Gutfreund, Scott Snyder, and Rose Tarlow are once again supporting the fair, and many flew to London last year to purchase sought-after pieces.  

Masterpiece London welcomed twenty US exhibitors to the fair this year, an increase of over 25% from 2012. These include six new galleries: Leila Heller Gallery (New York), Ariadne Galleries (New York), Japonesque Inc (San Francisco), Long-Sharp Gallery (Indianapolis) Todd Merrill and Associates (New York) and David Webb (New York). Returning exhibitors include: A La Vieille Russie (New York), Collisart LLC (New York), Elle Shushan (Philadelphia), Fred Leighton (New York), Geoffrey Diner Gallery (Washington DC), Kentshire Galleries (New York),  Les Enluminures (New York), Michele Beiny (New York), The Alexander Gallery (New York), The Merrin Gallery Inc (New York), Sebastian + Barquet (New York), Siegelson (New York), Sperone Westwater (New York), and The Silver Fund (San Francisco).
Princess Beatrice
Uma Thurman
The calibre of work this year is second to none with evidence that the exhibitors have saved their very best treasures for this 10-day extravaganza. The prize for Best Stand went to Washington DC based exhibitor Geoffrey Diner with his new-to-market Roy Lichtenstein painting ‘Puzzle Portrait’ exhibited alongside design classics by Marc Newson, providing an inspirational mix of styles and eras.

The prize for Object of the Year went to a rare Adolfo Wildt bronze cast created in 1921 from a marble sculpture carved by Wildt in 1911 - the Vir Temporis Acti, exhibited by Carlo Orsi on the stand of Alessandra di Castro.
Ellie Cullman and Philip Hewat Jaboor
Barber Osgerby outside the front of Masterpiece London
Collector with Elle Shushan
Mrs Qi and Esther Leong with Nazy Vassegh and guests
Daniella Grosneid, Jeffrey Munger, and Ellenor Alcorn
Edward Hurst, Ruth Kennedy, and Evgeny Lebedy
Ellie Cullman and Thomas Woodham Smith with Kravis colleagues
Princess Eugenie
Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece London, and Anna Wintour
Lojevsky, Julian Farrow, and Tatyana Akhmedova
Philip Hewat Jaboor and Harry van der Horn
Robert Young and Ellie Cullman
Nazy Vassegh, Elizabeth Esteve, and Mark Francis
Philip Hewat Jaboor and Tim Knox
Nicola Winwood, Ellie Cullman, and Thomas Woodham Smith
Scott Snyder and Kenneth Neame
Simon Baker and Nazy Vassegh
Harry Apter and Rose Tarlow
Michelle D'Souza and friend
The American Museum of Natural History's Junior Council concluded its 2012-2013 season with a special discussion in the Hayden Planetarium by the Museum’s curator of astrophysics, Michael Shara, followed by a cocktail and jazz reception on the Museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace.

Astronomers have been fascinated by exploding stars—novae and supernovae—for centuries. Recent advances in observational technology and computing power have enabled astronomers to assemble a “Tree of Stellar Death,” similar to the Tree of Life assembled by modern biologists. Dr. Shara described the processes that lead to stellar explosions, and how several types of erupting stars are related to each other—the same way that butterflies are related to caterpillars. He also described ongoing research at the Museum that aims to establish new branches in the Tree of Stellar Death.
Michael Shara discusses stellar explosions
Co-chairs included Holly and Martin Okner, Zachary and Lori Pomerantz, Robin and Brad Roberts, Gaelin Rosenwaks, Heather and Ross Schulman, Iain and Zoe Wilson.
Co-Chairs Lori and Zach Pomerantz
Alex and Valerie Twerdahl
Steering Committee member Carla Franklin, Museum's Curator of Astrophysics Michael Shara, and friend
Steering Committee member Joseph Shatz and friend
Mike Lackman and Ruth Ann Blankenheim
Steering Committee member Emanuel Michael and Sandrina Bencomo
Steering Committee member Alessia Menegon with Katia and Ariella Menegon
Danielle Lerner with Co-Chairs Robin Roberts, Lori and Zach Pomerantz, and Brad Roberts
Allie Wise and Katherine Brown
Steering Committee members David and Sheila Barrett
Chip White
David Friedman and Rianne Karmin
Steering Committee member Carla Franklin (center) and friends
Hui Bai (center) and friends
Jennie Ingram and Kate Pavlovich
The English Speaking Union of Greenwich celebrated The Queen's 87th Birthday with a Garden Party at the home of Natalie and Malcolm Pray.
Martin Uden, Senior British Official at the United Nations in New York was the guest of honour and proposed a toast to The Queen.
Three high school teachers who were awarded ESU scholarships to study in the United Kingdom this summer were introduced – two from Bethel High School who will study at Oxford University and one from Greenwich High School who will study at Edinburgh University.
Martin and Fiona Uden (British Diplomat and Speaker), and William Miller (National Chairman Emeritus of ESU)
Gabriella Babun, a winner in the Shakespeare Competition, performed a monologue from Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Hats were de rigueur – champagne, strawberries and tea sandwiches under a tent and on the lawn – for 200 ESU members and friends.
Ava Roosevelt, Paula & Robert Butler, Ambassador Brenda Johnson, and Malcolm Pray
Debbie Hamilton, and John and Marianne Wyman
Brigid Barry (Chairman of Education) and 3 teachers receiving ESU scholarships to British universities in 2013
Lyn and Scott Higgins
Jeannette Gugelmann and Ted Fowler
Lady Weatherstone with Michael and Emily Lyons
Gabriella Babun (a Greenwich winner of Shakespeare Competition) and Anne Elser
Alison Vanderbilt and Alan Weeden
Jean Doyen de Montaillou, Michael Kovner, and Jean and Richard Bergstresser
Malcolm Pray, and Joyce and Ted Fowler
Andrew and Imelda Petery
Marion and Philip Piro
Diana and Josiah Bunting (National Chairman of the ESU) , and Natalie Pray (President of the ESU, Greenwich)
Robert and Kathleen Whitby
Margaret Fisher and Pam Pagnani
Anne Elser and Michael Kovner
Lucy and Nat Day
Barbara and Jay Reibel
Malcolm Pray and Judy Richter
Natalie Pray, Jim, Jennifer, and Alexis Campbell
Paula Butler and Bess Ames
Diane and Jeffrey Jennings, and Rosita Trinca

Photographs by Rory Lindsay (Masterpiece London); Cutty McGill (Garden Party); R. Mickens (AMNH);