Hublot loves Football, and So Do We!

Brazilian football legend Pelé

The 2014 FIFA World Cup took soccer to an entirely new level. And during the last month, I pondered over whether THIS will be the moment for the United States to fall in love with soccer? Many of us hope so, including world-renowned luxury timepieces company Hublot. They love football. 

As High End Weekly™ loves football.

In fact, Hublot is the official timekeeper of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As a long standing favorite, I've been keeping a close eye on their latest activities, both here in the US, and Brazil. Today, and tomorrow, I will be celebrating with the Hublot family and friends, the biggest sporting final event in the world at a trendy, and upscale European restaurant in the Meatpacking district, called Bagatelle.


Nest & Rest in The Hamptons

James Huniford's Interiors

It was an all white gala affair at the the 2nd Annual Holiday House Hamptons opening party presented by HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens)  last Saturday, June 28th in the quaint town of Sag Harbor, New York. This Decorators Showhouse which has quickly gained popularity for its high credentials of star studded list of high profiled designers and committee members, is also noteworthy for raising funds to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. This year, the model house took place at the much anticipated Watchcase (which is very much under construction, and we were told that every single unit is already sold). Holiday House Hamptons officially opened on Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 15 Church Street in Sag Harbor, New York.The showhouse will be open to the public daily through Sunday, August 10, 2014.


On The Town: By Rose Hartman

Vera Wang at The Gordon Parks Awards Dinner


Several hundred photo aficionados, photo collectors, photographers and performers gathered at Cipriani Wall Street 's grand ballroom last week to pay homage to the brilliant and innovative photographer Gordon Parks whose long and illustrious career took him from the favelas of Rio to the world of high fashion. Swiss Beatz hosted the Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Photo Auction that honored designer Vera Wang, artist and photographer Lorna Simpson, director Ed Zwick, and jazz musician Curtis Mayfield for their courage, vision, compassion and heart--and raised $500,000. for student scholarships, etc. In addition, filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Hobson who donated $25 million to the University of Chicago to construct the Gordon Parks Arts Hall, the first named after an African-American.


Pablo Picasso's Grandson Opens Up About His Latest Photography Exhibition in New York

Last week, on a muggy day that felt like last year's summer, I left my office a little after 3 in the afternoon to scurry down to the Sofitel Hotel which is located a few steps away from the heart of the city, a place otherwise known as Times Square. It was there that I was to preview, and later on, interview the grandson of Pablo Picasso, Olivier Widmaier Picasso. Picasso has a grandson who is also an artist? No, not quite. Although he understandably have a real flair for exquisite art, the 54-year-old Parisian, who was trained as a lawyer, is the author of many books about his celebrated grandfather. He is also a journalist, who is getting ready to release a documentary on Picasso later this year. "Revealed" a new photography exhibition that is currently on display at the lobby of Sofitel New York, is curated by Oliver Widmaier Picasso. All 30 individual photographs were chosen by him, from the archives of Paris March, a weekly french newspaper.  These intimate snapshots offer a unique window into the lives of blue chip artists like Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, and of course, Pablo Picasso.


The High Life: Partying with Picasso

Olivier Widmaier Picasso, Dominique Colliat, Balendra Nagesvaran

We were invited to a chic soirée at the Sofitel Hotel, last Wednesday evening. To be sure, the occasion was more special than most. This was the opening cocktail party for “Revealed,” an exhibition curated and presented by Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of Pablo Picasso. Capturing intimate moments from the most famous painters in history, “Revealed” is a compelling photo exhibit that took us behind the scenes of renowned artists and their iconic works. Mr. Picasso handpicked all 30 photographs from the collection of Paris Match, a renowned French weekly magazine. Among the prized photographs that were on display was a black-and-white image of Pablo Picasso eyeing a Dalmatian longing to climb upon his lap; Salvador Dalí seen sitting in an animal exhibit at the Paris Zoo; Jeff Koons styling a BMW for the 24 Hours of Le Mans; Pierre Soulages crouching over a work in progress.


A Singular Design Fair Takes Flight

BDDW's VIP Lounge

Collective 2 Design Fair - Part I of II

The design world has spoken. Collective 2 is the fair to beat! I've been talking to various designers, collectors, editors, and design aficionados, both in New York and overseas, and they all had positive comments regarding Steven Learner's second edition of the Collective Design Fair. Opening Night is usually a strong indicator of a fair's popularity, and this one was well attended by renowned interior designers like Robert Couturier, Geoffrey Bradfield, Jacques Grange to name a few. One of the highlights that I particularly enjoyed was the solo show of the works by the multi-talented Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.

And the strong collaboration between gallerists and interior designers.

Organic Forms as Object d'Art

Joern Lohmann Gallery

Collective 2 Design Fair - Part II of II

"The international collectors, curators and interior designers that came to Collective 2 Design Fair showed great interest in the contemporary ceramic sculptures and vessels exhibited by J. Lohmann Gallery. Contemporary versions of organic forms are in high demand by tastemakers around the world and this trend resulted in very good sales including to a major US Museum and amazing press like the editorial in the WSJ that included the artist Sandra Davolio who is represented by us." Joern Lohmann
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