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Incomparable Italian architect Carlo Scarpa – work in glass – on view at the Metropolitan Museum

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Designer Previews

I’ve never asked a guest blogger to sit in here. This is no mere guest: This post was written by the esteemed writer Jesse Kornbuth, for his own website, Head Butler. I’ve followed his writing for years. I’ve learned about music, books, art, people, and hundreds of things I never knew I cared about; all from his cultural concierge site posts that…Continue reading »


Beauty is on my mind: Roberto Capucci gives us a lot to look at. Happy Holidays.

Posted on December 24, 2013 by Designer Previews

Roberto Capucci is one of the most important fashion designers of our time. His work has always been groundbreaking: It is architectural, a study in shape and form, color and texture, sculptural and sensual, and always about astonishing beauty. Capucci’s artistic nature is deep.That is palpable when in his presence and in seeing his creations. His shows now are not…Continue reading »


A communal table (not at a restaurant) at a hair salon: Head to meat packing to O&M, look for the wooden door.

Posted on December 20, 2013 by Designer Previews

Here at Designer Previews we’re always on the hunt for the unexpected. Our latest discovery is the six-month-old O&M Salon on the far West side of Manhattan, three flights up, in an old brick industrial building, known to those in the know, as ‘the Brass Monkey” building. That’s because the bar of the same name, on the ground floor has…Continue reading »


Barbra Streisand, the play ‘Buyer and Cellar,’ linked by an insightful blog post

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Designer Previews

When Barbra Streisand’s 2010 design book, My Passion for Design http://www.barbrastreisand.com/us/a-passion-for-design-book was published, I was among those who rolled their eyes and thought, “Oh now she’s an expert in this field too.”  Thankfully, playwright, Jonathan Tolins had another — more thoughtful – and humorous interpretation. His play, Buyer and Cellar, showing at the Barrow Street Theater, is a brilliantly written, beautifully…Continue reading »


Forget holiday shopping, the mall, or Soho, this weekend: Opt for an unforgettable musical experience.

Posted on December 06, 2013 by Designer Previews

I’d been planning to head up to The Cloister’s, the Metropolitan Museum’s exquisite uptown outpost, for months. I knew that visiting the former Benedictine monastery, originally from the Pyrenees, with its covered walkways and  large open courtyard, in full autumnal color would be ideal.  I had already been told that hearing The Forty Part Motet was an experience I couldn’t miss….Continue reading »


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