I attended the most fabulous preview and lecture today at Christies, celebrating the brilliant collaboration of interior design legend, Michael Taylor, and his sophisticated client/patroness Diana Dollar Knowles. These are the kinds of collaborations every designer dreams of having — a superbly refined client with the funds in place to realize the most ravishing rooms.
Taylor provided his client, Knowles, with the very best of the best from dealers around the world, and this Christies sale features pieces (and in some cases entire rooms) from her homes in San Francisco and Tahoe. Taylor’s timeless sensibility makes everything in this collection enduringly fresh and just as appropriate for a contemporary interior as they were then. Needless to say, there are several pieces I’ll be bidding on for both my clients and myself!Hosting the fascinating lecture was Suzanna Tucker (of Tucker Marks), who worked with Michael Taylor and became a protégé of sorts. Joining Suzanne, was Tony Victoria of Frederick P Victoria who was one of Taylor’s favorite dealers and furniture makers as well as Jeffery Simpson, formerly of Architectural Digest, and Andrew McVinish of Christies.
See auction details here: Michael Taylor and the Alchemy of Design: The Diana Dollar Knowles Collection at Christies.
My magnificent and talented friend, Montana Timchula, accompanied me to the preview, and kindly photographed me amongst a few of the beautiful Michael Taylor/Diana Dollar Knowles items you’ll find at this not-to-be-missed Christies auction.
I’m sporting the most delicious Scottish cashmere toggle coat sweater in teal and charcoal from Paul Stuart, Tom Ford black and white stripe cotton shirt with French cuffs, black pearl cuff links, Gucci black wool flannel pants and black leather tasseled loafers, black alligator belt with sterling buckle and black and white silk polka dot scarf by Ralph Lauren, and my fragrance is Creed Epicea.