Every year, I wonder, after coming back from the Milan Furniture Fair, if New York is going to pull out all the stops and celebrate design the way the Italians do. Maybe that’s not fair; for starters, New York and Milan are so different to navigate, not to mention that our Gilded Age palaces are all but gone, so there’s no enjoying a modern intervention in a old grande dame of a space. But we’ve got our own blend of raw beauty within the changing architectural landscape, and neighborhoods in the city really came alive over the past week with events, openings, talks, and celebrations, illustrating that there is nothing like great design for a jolt of inspiration and joy.
Another can’t-miss event is any opening at Pucci International. Ralph Pucci has cultivated a stable of international designer stars whose sophistication and originality always dazzle. Hervé Van der Straeten’s luminous Console Twist, of colored stainless steel is every bit as glamorous as that sexy Jaguar that Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex drove off in from Windsor Castle.
Also at Pucci International was Hawaiian artist John Koga, pictured here with some of the pieces of his new collection. Koga, who has worked primarily in stone and metal, showed sculptural pieces done in plaster. They command attention in the best possible way.
Photography and Article By Wendy Goodman