All posts in June 2011

  • Gentleman On The Go: The de Young Museum

    I had the pleasure of spending a delightful afternoon at the Golden Gate Park,  touring the de Young museum which currently has two exhibits of giants in art and fashion, Pablo Picasso and Cristobal Balenciaga.  I remembered to take my camera so here are a few fun images from the day.

    The museum itself, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron is both monolithic and intimate.  Located in the music concourse of the park, the juxtaposition of the de Young against the classically designed Spreckels Temple of Music made for a memorable afternoon of people watching.

    Don’t miss these shows.  The Balenciaga exhibit was particularly inspiring for all of its attention to detail.

    For you fashion junkies, be sure to check out the site for the new Balenciaga museum located in Balenciaga’s home town of Getaria, Spain.  http://www.cristobalbalenciagamuseoa.com/ The museum opened this month.

    Bye for now.
    CG

    de Young Museum

     

    de Young – Main Lobby

     

    Music Concourse

     

  • Icon: Alberto Pinto

    Known for his sumptuous and harmonious interiors, Alberto Pinto is certainly at the top of my icon list.  A native of Morocco, studied at the l’ecole du Louvre and began his career photgraphing interiors.  With the trained eye of a photographer, he became further focused and informed through his travels leading to the exhuberantly eclectic interiors he continues to create along with his fifty five person Alberto Pinto Agency, established in Paris, France in 1968.

    In addition to beautiful interiors, Mr. Pinto has designed among other things, several lines of textiles for Pierre Frey, jewel like faucets for THG, silverware, china, the list goes on.
    The prolific Pinto among his many influences credits Luis Barragan, the Mexican architect and designer for his bold use of color and David Hicks, the English decorator and designer for his practical know how.  However, make no mistake, Alberto Pinto is a true original and whether he is designing an apartment, villa, palace, corporate interior, hotel, jet, yacht, china or fabrics the look is timeless, sophisticated and elegant.
    For more on the work of this remarkable designer visit http://www.albertopinto.com/
    Bye for now.
    CG