GOTHAM’S SWISS INVASION: Switzerland wants New York City to realize there’s more to its design world than snow-capped ski chalets and fire engine red pocket knives.
Despite sounding like a study in semantics, "Traditionally Progressive," is a new art exhibition that celebrates the modernist slant of Switzerland’s ever-functional approach to design. With hundreds of valleys surrounded by mountains, the country is steeped in local traditions and arts, and crafts passed on from one generation to the next.
TriBeCa’s Totem Gallery is mounting a new show tonight featuring a mishmash of everyday Swiss objects, including Velcro, Swatch watches, Toblerone chocolate, mini Logitech cameras and Le Corbusier tubular steel furniture. The monthlong show is part of the Swisspeaks Festival, a citywide event playing up the country’s arts.
"Switzerland gets pigeon-holed for being about precision, banking and watchmaking. But there’s a lot more contemporary design going on, as well," said Edwin Chong, partner at Totem. "What’s most interesting is the Swiss take a rational, functional approach to design, but it’s driven by the whole history of their design. They have a tradition of being progressive and that makes them modernist to some extent."
Another show, "The Swiss Section," will feature Swiss architecture by emerging and well-established names like Bernard Tschumi. It bows March 19 at the Van Alen Institute, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on design workshops, at 30 West 22nd Street.
DRESSING UP THE NORTON: The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, the Sunshine State’s largest art institution, has spruced up with the installation of a Dale Chihuly Persian Glass Ceiling and the opening of the 45,000-square-foot Gail and Melvin Nessel Wing.
Indoors, the setting is equally grand with the opening of a new exhibition, "Picturing French Style: 300 Years of Art and Fashion." A Chanel cocktail suit once owned by Marlene Dietrich, a 1949 Christian Dior ball gown, and the work of 18th century painters like Nicholas Lancret and Jean-Baptiste a Greuze are some of the pieces that reflect the evolution of and occasional eccentricity of French couture. Next month, Hermès will demonstrate the art of silk scarf printing in the museum’s west courtyard.
STARCK ATTACK: Trust Philippe Starck to throw a curve to the classic museum exhibit. The major retrospective about him that opened this week at the Pompidou Center in Paris has not one object or piece of furniture on display. Instead, Starck has displayed his work via film projections, with a video stream of him making funny faces and offering commentary. And he has a lot to talk about: His design universe spans household items at Target, hotels, furniture and buildings. The autobiographical spectacle runs through May 12.
FIELD WORK: Courvoisier is enjoying the fruits of its recent fashion exposure by changing its look. The cognac maker, which was the official spirit sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, providing a boozey whiff around the Bryant Park tents this month, recruited Patricia Field and David Dalrymple of House of Field to design a series of limited edition decanters for its VS and VSOP brands. The bottles are decorated with a gold animal print and antique renderings of Courvoisier’s signature CV and Napoleon logos, which will hit national markets next month.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye