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MAD FOR PLAID: When Steven Lewis, the designer behind Spa and Butter, brought in Matt Damhave to consult on the look of Plaid, the new nightspot in the old Spa space, the two used every classic pattern known to 20th century interior design except that of the club’s namesake. With over 3,500 yards of elaborately printed fabric and 20 varieties of wallpaper, the crew gave the club its baroque look. And the results are stunning, with 3-foot high pheasants, giant sunflowers, arabesques, brocades, stripes — you name it. “It’s a socio-political experiment in high-end nightclubbing,” said Damhave, formerly of Imitation of Christ. “We discussed using plaid, but we thought that was the worst thing we could do.”
GREAT SCOTT: Actor Dougray Scott rattled the royals over dinner last week, after golfing for team Pringle at Scotland’s Roxburghe Hotel. “I can’t wait to talk to Prince Charles about my new film ‘To Kill A King,’” Scott said before the Pringle-sponsored fund-raiser for The Prince’s Trust Scotland. “It’s about Oliver Cromwell beheading Charles I!” Scott and his wife, Sarah Travis, joined Prince Charles and Pringle chief Kim Winser at a dinner held on the grounds of Floors Castle, the home of hosts the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe.
But Scott didn’t ruffle any princely feathers. After the meal, Prince Charles made a speech, singing Pringle’s praises. “I trust you were all kitted in well-knitted Pringle on the golf course today,” said the Prince. “Sadly, my kilt has not been knitted by Pringle like others here tonight.”
GOING GLOBAL: With the Concorde grounded, Bombardier, the aviation company behind Learjet, is hoping to lure jet-setters with its new Global 5000, a corporate jet with intercontinental range that’s quicker than the rest. The plane can be bought for $33 million or chartered for around $5,500 an hour, and can accommodate between eight and 19 passengers. While it’s not supersonic, execs say the Global 5000 makes the New York-to-Paris run in six hours flat — 41 minutes ahead of the Gulfstream’s G4.
This story first appeared in the June 16, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
MOVIN’ ON UP: After 34 years in his Bleecker Street store, renowned furniture dealer Niall Smith is closing shop and moving his Neoclassical and early 19th century wares to his uptown location on East 61st Street. “I thought I’d be taken out of here in a coffin,” sighed the Irishman, whose clients include some of the most discriminating residents of Park, Fifth and Seventh Avenues — Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Teresa Heinz, Greg Jordan, Alexa Hampton and Bunny Williams, not to mention the late Bill Blass.
To better consolidate his wares, Smith is having a massive sale until he closes shop July 31. “Anyone that was anyone in New York or Europe has been a client,” said Smith. “After 34 years, I’m an institution.”