New York State of Mind

I spent a few days in New York last week to refuel my creative energy and visit with friends. I love dropping into a big city and going full speed until it's time to leave and this trip did not disappoint! First stop - The Ace Hotel. I was a little skeptical when Mr Wilson selected this hotel but I stand corrected! The energy was incredible 24 hours a day and I definitely had one of the best burgers in my entire life at The Breslin. This hotel was designed by Roman and Williams and according to the bartender, the lobby bar was completely done in flea market finds with the exception of a couple of custom sectionals.  Impressive!

 Ace Exterior Ace Lobby

After a few glasses of champagne (in the cutest vintage glasses) we were up early and off to the Frieze Art Fair. With "VVIP" passes secured by Mr Wilson we had early entrance to the fair - the art was, of course, amazing but so was the people watching. Strictly from an interior design point of view, some of the most striking pieces were very abstract with a play on painted texture. One of my favourites was by Davide Balula at the Galerie Rodolphe Janssen. His technique involves laying out patterns in wood, burning it, and making an imprint of the charred wood on canvas.

 Davide Balula

The next day was spent on the Upper East Side at the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. This the 42nd year for this fundraising event and the house this year is a historic mansion next to The Palace Hotel. I am sharing the photos below from Architectural Digest!

Designer - Daryl Carter Designer - Daryl Carter
Designers - Carrier and Company Designers - Carrier and Company
Designer - Tony Ingrau Designer - Tony Ingrau
Designer - Markham Roberts Inc. Designer - Markham Roberts Inc
Designer - Mendelson Group Designer - Mendelson Group
Designer - Vicente Wolf Designer - Vicente Wolf

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