In recent years, The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) star-studded honorees for the Trophée des Art included American artist, Jeff Koons, L’Oréal Chairman Jean-Paul Agon (with the 2016 Pilier d’Or), and renowned interior designer Jacques Grange, to name a few. Next week, the veteran French institution in the Upper East Side is planning on raising the bar even higher at their annual gala by honoring fashion, and design industry giants, Sidney Toledano, President, and CEO of Christian Dior Couture (with the 2017 Pilier d’Or) and architect Peter Marino. The much-anticipated gala will take place on November 13th at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Peter Marino is a world-renowned architect who is credited with “redefining modern luxury through an equal emphasis on architecture and interior design. The New York-based architect has designed residences, stores, cultural and hospitality projects throughout the world. Revered for integrating art with architecture, Marino has commissioned more than 300 site-specific art installations, many of them celebrated for their contemporary French flair. His extensive design and cultural contributions to France include his celebrated work with Dior. Strategically located boutiques for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Guerlain, the Cheval Blanc hotel in Paris’s historic La Samaritaine: residences in Paris, Cap Ferrat, St. Tropez; and restorations of Château Rauzan- Ségla, Manoir de la Pipardière, and Château de Blérancourt.”
Peter Marino was responsible for the 2010 ‘Les Lalannes’ retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and is planning a porcelain exhibition for the Château de Chantilly for 2018.
As regards to this year honorees, FIAF President Marie-Monique Steckel remarked how delighted she was to “… honor these two visionaries and longtime collaborators on this special evening of French and American friendship. Both artistic architect Peter Marino and revered corporate leader Sidney Toledano have gathered New York’s most prominent Francophiles and philanthropists to celebrate their unique relationship and to support FIAF.”
The annual FIAF Trophée des Arts Gala evening will raise funds to support FIAF’s educational and cultural programs. The gala will be co-chaired by Lauren Santo Domingo, William & Clémence Von Mueffling, Robert & Elisabeth G. Wilmers, Nancy Cain Marcus, Janine & J. Tomilson Hill & Nicole Salmasi.
Notable Facts about The annual FIAF Trophée des Arts Gala
The Pilier d’Or was established in 2006, and its goal was to recognize leading business figures, diplomats, philanthropists, for their outstanding contributions to the French-American community. Former honorees include Jean-Paul Agon (L’Oréal), Pierre Bellon (Sodexo), Thierry Breton (ATOS), Paul Desmarais Jr. (Power Corporation of Canada), Carlos Ghosn (Renault-Nissan Alliance), Fabrice Grinda (Internet Entrepreneur and Investor), Alexandre de Juniac (Air France – KLM), Jean-Bernard Lévy (Vivendi), Christophe de Margerie (TOTAL), and Bernard Poussot (Wyeth).
Created in 1992, the Trophée des Arts distinguishes an artist who shows FIAF’s mission of French-American friendship and cross-cultural exchange. French and American artists and cultural icons, including François Cluzet, Alain Ducasse, Jacques Grange, Marc Jacobs, James Ivory, Angélique Kidjo, Philippe de Montebello, Charlie Rose, Robert Wilson, Françoise Gilot and most recently Jeff Koons, have all been honored with the trophies.