I’ve always wanted to participate in DIFFA’s Dining by Design. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to entertain, so the thought of creating an environment for a dinner party was perfect. When the opportunity presented itself to collaborate with Charlene Keogh and Blane Charles on the 2013 event I jumped for it. I had no hesitation! Had I stopped to think about it, I might have hesitated, but in the end I’m very glad I didn’t. The concept of creating a dinner party in Madame’s Boudoir seemed perfect. There is something really fun about creating an event in an unexpected setting.
Coming up with the idea for the room was easy, as designers, that’s what we do so well. But the decision to raise the money on our own and not use any corporate funding was the hard part. Let me emphasize – it was very hard! It took lots of time, incredible friends and dedicated craftsmen who volunteered their time and money to make Dinner in le Boudoir de Madame a reality; without their extraordinary support we could not have done it.
Merci! As Madame would say.
Raising the money without corporate help gave us the freedom to use any materials that inspired us and let our imaginations go wild. A designer’s dream, and I assure you we took full advantage of it!
Collaborating was the part of the project that had the potential to be the most problematic, but it turned out to be the easiest. Imagine, three designers, each with strong opinions, trying to agree on one design? Could have been a recipe for disaster… but it worked.
When one of us wanted to promote an idea the task became to convince the others. The dialogue that ensued always made the room better. The collaboration was not about the individuals, it was always about the room.
The best part of the project – the reactions we received from everyone who saw the room. They loved it! “The room had so much in it that you didn’t want to look away.” Getting lost in the details of Madame’s life was part voyeurism, part story telling; either way people enjoyed the glimpse into this imaginary woman’s life.
The comment that summed it up best was from a woman who came back after viewing the entire show. She wanted to tell us how much she had enjoyed Madame’s Boudoir, “It was the best room in the show,” she said “and most important,” she continued,“ it was the only room that had a soul.”
As far as we’re concerned rooms should be alive — they should have souls. That was a compliment worth getting.
It’s not too late if you missed the show or want to see it again – watch the video now.
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We thank these individuals & companies without whom this room would not have been possible.
For Building Madame’s Boudoir with donations of services & materials
|Gregory Gaske||GDC Contracting||Construction of Boudoir|
|John Ragnatelli||Elite Woodworking||Construction of Boudoir|
|Mark Shearman||Shearman Cabinets||Chaise and Chaise Tables|
|Peter Grzybowski||PG Interarts||Fine Painting|
|Matt Meyer||Alloyed Arts||Gold Leaf on Mirror|
|Randy Lewis||EPC Electrical Corp.||Electrical Installation|
|Victor Roca||Canal Lighting and Parts||LED Lighting|
|Mark Sakowitz||Bear Glass||Mirrors|
|John Katimaris||Katimaris||Lighting Consultation|
For Madame’s Furnishings with donations of services & materials
|Joe Carini||Carini Lang||Rug|
|Alan Kerns||Donghia, Inc.||Fabric for Ottoman, Mirror Frame Fabric|
|Erik Dahl||Sandringham Ltd.||Upholstery: Chaise Cushion & Ottoman|
|Shipa Sawant & Nitya Krishnan||Scube Design LLC||Crystal Pillows|
|Debra Miller||Tribeca Upholstery||Satin Pillows|
Thanks also to
|Ethan SteinerAnnette Davis||Plexi-CraftOsborne & Little||Dressing Table, Small TablesFabric for Chaise|
For Gifts of Services … behind the Scenes
|Harvey Talent||Virtual Building Talent||Architectural Drawings & Renderings|
|Dan Muro||Fast Forward Unlimited||Web Design, Support & Photography|
|David Levy||Avi Moving|
|Steve Isaacson||Isaacson Associates||Printing, Madame’s Brochure|
For Gifts of Services … and part of the Scene
|Ellen Kaye||Moscow 57||Music|
|Diana Wright||Pulleez||Ponytail Holders|
For Loans of Clothing, Furniture, Objets d’Art
|Jonathan Burden||Jonathan Burden LLC||X-Form Stools in the Manner of Jean-Michel FrankPair of “Diamond” Chairs by German Artist Max Eicke|
|Montgomery Harris||Montgomery Harris||Gown, Decoupage Bags|
|Peter Soronen||Peter Soronen||Red Evening Gown|
|Linda Pagan||The Hat Shop||Hats|
|Jim O’Shea||Museum of Sex||Toys|
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