My weekend started in a bit of a whirlwind. After my 10am Shred exercise class Saturday which some of you know I recently started up, I headed over to Kate Spade’s new(ish) 4 floor flagship on Madison Ave to exchange one of my beautiful birthday presents which didnt fit quite right, for something soooo lovely, the Cedar Street Elissa bag in grey. Just yummy. While there I shot a few photos as I am a huge fan of Kate Spade’s design aesthetic (surprise!) and wouldn’t have left without them (photos are actually encouraged, i was told).
Loving this cluster of starburst-like crystal and gold chandeliers hanging in the entrance. Notice the wood trellis with the bow pattern which you see throughout the store (and on the products), which is a great way to visually separate the loft-like first floor into different areas, each offering different products.
Yours truly getting comfy on one of the luscious pink velvet sofas. The black calf-skin rug adds some nice texture and really sets off the gold and pink palette.
The fabulous 3rd floor above which is where you’ll find their clothing line and the dresses they are so well-known for (think classic silhouettes, scoop necks, and silk. Oh, and dont forget the bows…!)
The top floor has a spacious dressing room, intimate living room seating area (above) and is the showcase for their dining and home collection. Pictured here my babe patiently waiting for me (to which he deserves massive credit), relaxing on my dream sofa. This pale pink satin beauty, tufting on the back, with the perfect curve and petit size would be perfect in my future apt.
I just had to add a few pics of the powder room on the 4th floor as it is so chic. You’d never guess you were in a retail space here with these fabulous gold wall sconces, fun artwork and an armchair (for possibly sitting, regrouping and talking yourself out of splurging on a bag from their new Spring handbag collection…)
Next I walk-ran the 12 blocks up to the MET as I’d been promising myself for weeks that I’d go there for some fresh inspiration while at the same time gaining a free art history lesson (2 of my very favorite things to do in life). I decided to narrow the visit to one specific area, so i went straight to the Islamic wing which is relatively new, having had it’s grand opening only a few years back.
There is unbelievable detail in these arches and colonnade. I starred up at these bone-carved structures for atleast 5 minutes wondering how long this might of taking someone (most likely a group of craftsmen) to make this masterpiece.
Someone’s personal coran dating back to the 1200’s with painstakingly small details in ink, pigment and gold leaf. Can you image seeing a book with such beauty and detail printed today? I also cant image how long this intricate writing and illustration may have taken someone…
A beautiful example of the Ancient Near Eastern art, I believe called Assyrian stone reliefs, which covers an entire double height room in the museum. More information can be found here on these beautiful carvings.
The following day we went to The Armory Show on Pier 92 for a quick look around, and while I am a particular fan of classical art and sometimes don’t “get” contemporary exhibitions, I honestly fell in love with many works of art at this year’s show. My favorites pictured below:
Above and below oil paintings by Jocelyn Hobbie.
This multi-media piece by Shinique Smith I found particularly intriguing.
As with this stunning pigment print Valerie Belin.
I was really drawn to this group of 12 layered prints by Robert Heinecken, and have always had a soft spot for collaging, and the tiny worlds you can make by adding different objects and elements together on the picture plane.
The show was lovely and had a very alive & positive energy about it. Not to mention great for people watching and outfit inspiration, people were dressed tres chic! While I’d wanted to add lots more art and design discoveries from this weekend, its gonna have to come in part II. I hope everyone is easing into their weeks well and starting off on a positive note. Please do share your weekend with me, and let me know if any of you were able to go to the Armory. xoxo SE