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Walton Ford Book Signing at TASCHEN SoHo

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Walton Ford signing his newest edition of Pancha Tantra.  Photo by Jeremiah Wilson.

Walton Ford signing his newest edition of Pancha Tantra. The mural in the background is by artist Beatriz Milhazes. Photo by Jeremiah Wilson.

On Wednesday night, TASCHEN SoHo held a book signing for Walton Ford's popular new edition of Pancha Tantra. One-hundred lucky people gathered at the store on Greene St, where they sipped on wine, browsed TASCHEN's vast collection of books, and had their editions signed with a personal illustration by Ford.

It was a pleasure to get my very own copy signed by the artist himself. As many of you know from a previous post I have always loved TASCHEN's books, but Pancha Tantra is my favorite yet. The book is a complete catalog of Ford's  stunning watercolors, which depict wild animals with human psychological traits (e.g. baboons drinking from champagne flutes). I really admire his work for its naturalist style and complex narratives - it is truly a breath of fresh air and an inspiration. As soon as my apartment is set up, this book will be displayed proudly in the center of my living room for guests to leaf through.

Thanks to Walton and the wonderful TASCHEN offices for hosting such a lovely event!

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The crowd browses TASCHEN’s book collection and drinks wine while they wait to meet the artist. Photo credit: Jeremiah Wilson

1 The crowd browses TASCHEN’s book collection and drinks wine while they wait to meet the artist. Photo credit: Jeremiah Wilson

One hundred books were set aside for one hundred lucky Walton Ford enthusiasts. Look at that stunning gold and silver coffee table - it's by artist Paco Rabanne.

2 One hundred books were set aside for one hundred lucky Walton Ford enthusiasts. Look at that stunning gold and silver coffee table - it's by artist Paco Rabanne.

Here's Walton drawing in my book. The illustration makes it so much more personal!

3 Here's Walton drawing in my book. The illustration makes it so much more personal!

I would love this chair for my apartment - it's an original leather Egg Chair by Danish designer Arne Jacobson from Benedikt Taschen’s personal collection. Reminiscent of baseball glove - fitting for the photos surrounding it.

4 I would love this chair for my apartment - it's an original leather Egg Chair by Danish designer Arne Jacobson from Benedikt Taschen’s personal collection. Reminiscent of baseball glove - fitting for the photos surrounding it.

Here's the finished product.  Thanks, Walton!

5 Here's the finished product. Thanks, Walton!

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Elliott Puckette

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It's amazing what inspires me, catches my eye and finds its way into my apartment. Recently, I spied an Elliott Puckette print -- it's a simple gesture, a meandering line/whiplash curve with a lovely composition.  While I cannot imagine affording an original, large-scale Puckette painting (her work is part of the Whitney's permanent collection), maybe this limited edition print could work its way in somewhere -- across from the front door above a chair or console?

Puckette's print is offered through the Conde Nast store, online at www.condenaststore.com

Puckette's print is offered through the Conde Nast store, online at www.condenaststore.com

Finding a less expensive print from an artist is a wonderful way to start collecting and I feel strongly about incorporating her style somewhere in my new world.

The original story spied in Vogue.

The original story, spied in Vogue.

Luther Quintana: the Art of Upholstery

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For many, the art of upholstery is a mystery. You drop off a sofa/chair/headboard and a few days later, a new piece of furniture appears. Over the years, I have sent master upholsterer Luther Quintana many items, each with great bones but some well-worn and each returned looking new and fresh.

In the September issue (page 78), we asked Luther to demystify the process and explain why recovering can cost so much and, more importantly, why quality is a great long-term investment.

More recently, Luther and I have been talking about sofa options for my apartment's living room and library as well as re-upholstery options for a set of twelve Warren McArthur chairs for my dining room. Do I want to build a new sofa or work with an existing frame? Should the chair seats be removable in order to turn them over or remove for cleaning? What are the best filling options?

There are many questions, and I am lucky to have an expert on hand. It's very important to have a frank conversation with your upholsterer and give him/her as much information about color, style, and use as possible. I, like everyone, want comfort but something durable that will last. I have a feeling that Luther and I will be talking for a few more weeks before we come to any final designs.

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Here is one of my chairs and as you can see, it is in need of serious care from Luther.

 I would like to see a large-scale sofa fill up the living room with upholstered chairs sitting opposite.

I would like to see a large-scale sofa fill up the living room with upholstered chairs sitting opposite.
The sofa in the library should fit from one corner to the other, stretching across the room, but deep enough to be comfortable and cozy.

The sofa in the library should fit from one corner to the other, stretching across the room, but deep enough to be comfortable and cozy.