Our tireless design editor Wendy Goodman makes the rounds of all things new and beautiful. This week's group includes Dietmar Busse's petal photographs, Alison Woodward's handmade jewelry, a sneak peek at the restaurant Robert, the talents behind Silkstone catering and event planning, and proof that in the hands of the French, even a corncob lamp is elegant.
The Photographer Dietmar Busse
Dietmar greeted me at the door of his studio walk-up in Murray Hill. I saw his amazing self-portrait a couple of years ago in The New York Times Magazine, and that led me to find him.
His Tiny Studio Apartment
Dietmar has a tiny studio apartment where he lives and works. This is his studio wall, where his subjects sit for their portraits, and some of their portraits are displayed above.
What You Can Do With Petals
A wall of Dietmar's flower photographs.
I just stared at them.
He's done a series with petals, using them to cover feet, heads, and faces. He also uses petals to compose flowers. Amazing.
The Trees of His Home
Dietmar has done a series of trees; these photos were taken when he was home in Europe, visiting family.
Wet Fur, Up Close
This is a close-up shot of a wet horse's back. The texture is amazing. The image is so abstract, but when you look at it you realize it could be nothing else but a horse's back.
Some of Dietmar's more straightforward portraits. Among the many who have climbed the stairs to be photographed are the fashion designer Ralph Rucci and the fashion writer Lynn Yaeger, both seen here.
One Last Cute One
Another beguiling portrait.
The Modernism+ART20 Show
A few weeks back, I went to the Modernism+ART20 show at the Armory. I zeroed in on the Pointed Leaf Press's booth, which had a huge mural photograph of the Dorothy Draper interior of the long-gone dining room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
At Pointed Leaf Press
For the design-obsessed, every one of Pointed Leaf Press's books are a must.
The Fleur New York Booth
John Schumacher and Barbara Cirkva Schumacher have a wonderful design shop and website (fleur-newyork.com), where you can find fantastic French garden ornaments, decorative objects, and furniture. This French side table is circa 1940, and the pair of lamps is attributed to the famous decorating firm Maison Jansen.
A Barbi Lamp
This leaf lamp is Tomasso Barbi, an Italian designer from the forties.
Furniture for the Great Outdoors
Here's a sampling of Fleur's garden ornaments and furniture.
Chandelier Is a French Word
The gorgeous chandelier is by Maison Bagues, circa 1940.
Look Closely: There Are Seahorses
Here's a dresser, by Claude Delplace circa 1980. Look closely, and you'll see the seahorses in the coral. The mercury-glass objects on top are basically just objets.
Decorative and Nonpoisonous
John and Barbara have a wild array of painted mushrooms that look intriguing sprouting up inside and out.
The Gilded Corncob
This looks like a simple, elegant lamp, but on close inspection: It's a corncob!
Jewelry Designer Alison Woodward
Now we are visiting with Alison Woodward in her East Village home, which is also her studio. She has a jewelry firm, Reverie, and she sells at Anthropologie.
Where She Puts It All Together
Here's the desk where she creates all of her beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces.
I spied her husband's drum set in the bedroom.
The Dining Table
I love the table for two, for intimate dinners at home.
Every Bit of Space Gets Used
Alison's cabinet of curiosities holds her special finds. Her website is reverienyc.com.
Now That's a Nice View
I got a sneak preview of the new restaurant Robert at 2 Columbus Circle, where I had a tour with Dr. Brian Saltzman, who, along with everything else he does, is a part owner. He enlisted the designers Richard Mishaan and Carl D'Aquino as consultants. Even on a drizzly day, the view from the ninth floor is sublime, no matter where you sit.
The Lights: Functional and Creative
The LED ceiling lights are by the designer Johanna Grawunder, who worked with Ettore Sottsass before opening her own studio in 2001.
Vladimir Kagan's Curvy Sofas
Vladimir Kagan designed the lounge sofas, and Philip Michael Wolfson designed the tables.
Another Intimate Dining Space
I look forward to dining at this table; the view looks south, and it's tucked away in a V-shaped space. It has a very unusual vantage point.
Chairs With a Pedigree
The chairs are by Pierre Paulin, the French designer who did the marvelous ribbon chair, circa 1970, and the famous Orange Slice chair, circa 1960; both are iconic Modernist pieces.
Welcome to Silkstone
Here is Phil Winser who along with his partner, Ben Towill, recently launched a catering and event-planning company called Silkstone. I first became aware of them when they catered a lunch at the Rug Company a few weeks ago for Sir Paul Smith.
The Chef at Work
They treated me to a delicious meal in their offices/kitchen. Here's Justin, the chef, making our lunch.
Talking and Tasting Area
The dining and tasting are at the end of the office.
The Clever Use of a Shade
When they want privacy with clients in the dining area, they just pull down the shade; a simple, great idea.
Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose
Produce delivery boxes have been repurposed into bookshelves.
You Can Cook in Them, or Invert Them!
Ben found a cooking wok in a kitchen-supply shop on Canal Street and turned it into a shade for the overhead light.
Ben and Clemmie
Phil and Silkstone's lovely PR rep, Clemmie, in the office.
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