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Point Of View: Matthew Patrick Smyth

on the pitfalls of following trends

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“…never invest in a trend.  If a new fashion should emerge that you just can’t resist, go with it –  but be prepared to change out whatever you buy soon thereafter.  What’s in tends to be out just as fast.  If that all-the-rage piece or that must-have look isn’t banished when its fifteen minutes of fame are up, the home and everyone in it will look sadly out of date.”

Matthew Patrick Smyth

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‘See & Be Seen’ January 2013

Hearst's 'Designer Visions' Showhouse Grand Opening

250_west_street_entrance250 West Street  Tribeca  New York City

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Last October 30th the 2012 Hearst ‘Designer Visions’ Showhouse event was scheduled to open.  Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy had other plans for Manhattan, and it’s West side waterfront.  I’d been invited to the press preview a week earlier, and wrote a post about the sensational apartments David Rockwell, Matthew Patrick Smyth, and Antony Todd had decorated for House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and Veranda respectively.  You can review that post here.

The rescheduled opening Gala happened on Tuesday night.  Instead of sharing more visuals and vignettes of the stunning spaces, I’ve decided to share candid pics… the ‘who’s who’ of design luminaries that our Design Editor Carl Lana and I had the pleasure of spending the evening with.

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The 2012 Hearst ‘Designer Visions’ Showhouse

featuring apartments by David Rockwell, Matthew Patrick Smyth, & Antony Todd

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This years Hearst ‘Designer Visions’ Showhouse event is set up in 3 apartments at 250 West Street in NYC, and while the building is still a construction site, it’s very much worth seeing.  I was invited to the preview breakfast last week.  It was a very enjoyable time with the designers, magazine executives (including Newell Turner of the new Hearst Design Group), and fellow members of the press.   I’d like to share some of the visual highlights.

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Master Class: Matthew Patrick Smyth

An American in Paris

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“Rooms are not theater sets, and design is not about making fiction come to life.  Rooms should express the needs and personalities of the people who live in them now.” ~MPS

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I really lament the disappearance of bricks and mortar shopping, most especially bookstores. Spending several hours riding the escalators between floors and disciplines at Barnes & Noble on Saturday was the norm for me.  Two weekends ago I was upstate visiting some friends, and I noticed Matthew Patrick Smyth’s book ‘Living Traditions‘ on an ottoman.  I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t seen it… furthermore I hadn’t seen him since we were introduced by an editor years ago.  The pages and prose are an amazing account of his life’s experiences in interior design.  Reading it prompted me to stop by his office to congratulate him on it’s publication.

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