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Kips Bay Post Script: Gideon Mendelson

closing thoughts on show house participation

Gideon Mendelson Kips Bay Showhouse 2In the 11 years that the Mendelson Group has existed, Gideon and his staff have produced sensational interiors for clients in New York and the Hamptons that have graced the pages of several shelter publications – and last year the firm participated in the Designer Showhouse of Westchester, for which it won critical acclaim in the press.

Then this year, as if balancing life with his husband, his 3 children, and a thriving design studio weren’t enough, he created a ladies salon for The Kips Bay Showhouse – which closed last week after an incredibly well attended run.  What you may not know is that he literally created the room from raw space – even going as far as to conjure a decorative paneled ceiling to help unify the room’s awkward ‘L’ shaped configuration where no ceiling previously existed.  It was the kind of room you’d want to read in by the fireplace, pen thank you notes to friends, or chat with gal-pals over a civilized game of bridge.

So in a follow-up to Monday’s post in which John Eason shared his closing thoughts on the experience of participating in this years Kips Bay, I caught up with Gideon for a Q&A about his experience, and for some advise for designers who aspire to create a room for what is widely regarded as the country’s premiere design event….

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Kips Bay Post Script: John Eason

closing thoughts on show house participation

Damon Adjusted A As is often the case with show houses, designers who are making their debut in the venue are often ‘gifted’ with a small or challenging space – calling in to play the essence of their creativity to make a lasting impression.
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In years past some designers have knocked it out of the park – I immediately think about my departed friend Randy Ridless’s jewel-box room for Kips Bay in 2000 that garnered him not only the lead coverage in the Times, but eventually lead to his redesign of the Burberry Store on West 57th in conjunction with Barteluce Architects and Associates.
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This year 2 charming and talented friends were given such rooms to decorate in the Villard Houses – John Eason the ‘Grand Staircase’ and Gideon Mendelson a rather oddly proportioned ‘L’ shaped room.  In my opinion they both pulled off a design coup – leaving the visitors to their respective spaces with a long-lasting impression of luxury in keeping with the Roman renaissance architectural tour-de-force Stanford White created.
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And now that the event is over, I thought I’d catch up John and Gideon to learn about the experience, and to get some advise for designers who aspire to participate in Kips Bay – ‘The Academy Awards’ of interior design.
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Today’s Q&A is with John Eason, later in the week I’ll be reporting back with Gideon’s insights…
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Holiday House NYC 2013

Benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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Holiday House NY is one of the most exciting and sought after decorating venues this season and not to be missed by any means.  Some of the best talent has gathered this year to produce a sumptuous display of lively, personable interiors.

You might enjoy hearing Iris Dankner, founder and co-chair of Holiday House, in her own eloquent words explaining the relevance of her mission…..

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Holiday House Hamptons Opening Gala

Designer Showcase benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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On the first full weekend of this summer season the doors to the premiere Holiday House Hamptons Decorator Show House opened with a white themed gala.  The evening was glorious with over 500 in attendance to show their support for Iris Dankner and Holiday House, the charity she founded.  The Hamptons community was all abuzz over the superlative efforts of the talented 22 interior designers who have graciously participated.

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41st Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2013

Highlights and Impressions

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This year’s Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House features 18 interior designers who have spread their creative wings and have something to tell us about how they envision design in the present day.  From the understated elegance of the English style to a Vasarely-esque tableau, these 18 are making their statements via art, historic reference, classic appointments, and color.

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Fashion: Matin Maulawizada and Afghan Hands

A celebrated make-up artist and his philanthopic foundation

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While I was researching another story for my post this week I came across a most impressive portfolio from a celebrated makeup artist named Matin Maulawizada.  I was instantly intrigued, so I called his agency, Timothy Priano, to find out more information.

It turns out he’s not only a very established artist, he is also the Global Artistry Director and Brand Ambassador for Laura Mercier cosmetics.  His list of celebrity clients reads like a roll call of the Academy Awards red carpet.  But that was not what interested me the most about Matin (he uses only his first name professionally), it was his philanthropic work with a foundation that he started called Afghan Hands.

Matin graciously agreed to talk with me by phone earlier this week.  I’d like to share the Q&A.

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Holiday House Hamptons 2013

The 22 designers chosen to participate are announced!

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Early Tuesday evening Holiday House and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens announced the names of the 22 interior designers and architects that will be participating in the 1st Holiday House Hamptons Showhouse.  

Iris Danker, the charitable event’s chair, and interior designer Ally Coulter were on hand at New York’s Niedermaier Showroom in the D&D Building to talk about the roster.

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Design On A Dime

Annual Interior Design Shopping Spree Benefitting Housing Works

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There is an upcoming event that is a major fundraiser within the interior design community.  It is one of my favorite industry soirees.  Design on a Dime which benefits the Housing Works Thrift Shops began 9 years ago at the East 23 Street shop with only a handful of interior designers.

With founding Chair James ‘Ford’ Huniford at the helm, the event has grown to an astounding magnitude, and generates such a great spirit of giving.  This year 60 interior designers and retail sponsors will create room vignettes with everything for sale from the moment the doors open. Attendees literally scoff up amazing finds and treasures and begin to dismantle those vignettes which have taken designers countless hours to conceive of, secure donations for, and assemble for presentation.  The vibe is high-spirited and lively.  I can’t recall having a better time as I have had attending 7 of the 8 previously held events and participating in 6.
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I thought it would be interesting to chat with a few designers and artist friends who are participating to ask them about their involvement with Design on a Dime and how it impacts them.
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