While working at the esteemed design firm, Parish-Hadley, the love of arts and crafts by artisans was deeply instilled in me. Albert Hadley and Sister Parish often integrated these modest creations into their interiors—adding charm and character to even the most super sophisticated interiors. And so it might not surprise you to know I was thrilled to attend the opening night gala for the exhibition by the American Folk Art Museum, Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts.
When her husband asked Mrs. Joanna S. Rose (whose collection is presented here) what she wanted for her 80th birthday, she is reported to have replied, “Something I have not seen before and something that would be a gift for New York City.” Needless to say Mr. Rose delivered on all accounts. What a spectacle to behold!—a perfect birthday present to both Mrs. Rose, and an enduring gift for all of us! It should be noted that admission is free—as any gift should be—and it runs only until March 30, 2011. The enormous 55,000 sqr. ft. Wade Thompson Drill Hall at The Park Avenue Armory awaits with a truly infinite variety of tantalizing and surprising designs, so do make time to peruse this rhapsodic show before it’s gone!
Dressing up for the occasion, I’m sporting a Gucci tyrolean style charcoal tweed suit and black suede “Belgian” style slippers, Turnbull and Asser forest green and white micro check shirt with white contrast collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Borrelli dark green cashmere tie and my Fragrance is Creed Vintage Tabarome.