Category Archives: upper east side

Summer Kick-Off Soiree!

Last week my friend Jake Baer – CEO of Newel – and I hosted a kickoff to the summer cocktail party for our friends and colleagues! Jell-o Shots, delicious hors d’oeurvres and an epic photo booth were the highlights of the evening. Check out the article on Editor at Large about the festivities!

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Newel unveils new showroom on East 61st Street, Manhattan

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening of Newel’s new showroom on East 61st Street. It was great to see so many exceptional designers come together to celebrate such an exciting new chapter for Newel. Jim Aman & John Meeks did a beautiful job designing and staging the new space, and I was thrilled to attend! Read more about it in the Editor at Large Article.

Congratulations to Jake Baer, Newel CEO, on the beautiful new space!

Madoo in Manhattan, PMP in Palm Beach


The scene at Terry Allen Kramer’s Palm Beach home for a party for she hosted for Nicky Haslam’s new book, ” Nicky Haslam, A Designer’s Life.”

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Last Monday evening the Madoo Conservancy of Sagaponack, NY held their second annual Madoo in Manhattan Robert Dash Garden Lecture at a private club on the Upper East Side. The guest speaker was Belgian landscape architect Peter Wirtz, CEO of Wirtz International, a family owned firm that has created residential, public and corporate landscapes in the US, Japan, Israel and Europe. They have designed the gardens at the Jardins du Carousel, and for people such as Catherine Deneuve, Valentino, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, and in 2013 they designed the remarkable sets for Raf Simon‘s Dior haute couture spring-summer collection.

In a lecture titled “A Landscape Architecture Rooted in Horticulture,” Wirtz walked the audience through fifteen landscapes each with its own set of challenges and innovative design solutions.


Madoo in Manhattan was hosted by Frances Schultz, Chesie Breen, Mario Buatta, Madison Cox, Kendell Cronstrom, Christopher Gow, Janet Mavec, Marian McEvoy, Charlotte Moss, Deborah Nevins and Anne Raver.

Guests included: Suzanne Borghese, Judy Auchincloss, Leslie Rose Close, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Memrie Lewis, John Danzer, Mick Hales, Steven Gambrel, James Anderson, Warrie Price, Marshall Watson, Lindsey Taylor, Newell Turner, Jack Lenor Larsen, Paul Rogers, Ron Wendt, Anne Raver, Mark Epstein, Ryan McAllister, Christina and Alan MacDonald, Robert Scully, Diana Elghanayan, Martha McLanahan, and Andrea Filipone.

Petr Wirtz walked the audience through fifteen landscapes

Petr Wirtz walked the audience through fifteen landscapes

This annual lecture series honors the memory of Robert Dash a leading painter, poet and gardener of the East End who founded Madoo in 1967.

Sponsors for the evening included: Hunter Boot, Mecox, McKinnon and Harris, Phaidon, Ron Wendt Design, Seibert & Rice, The Topping Rose House and Whitmores.


Roger Seifter, Randy Correll, Victoria Baran, Grant Marani, and Graham Wyatt

The Madoo Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation and enhancement of Madoo, the ever-changing horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures established in 1967 by artist, gardener and writer Robert Dash, in the Village of Sagaponack, New York. At Madoo, the unique living tribute to the artistic imagination of its founder we seek to continually engage, educate and inspire our visitors in this entirely organic environment. For more information visit:


Judy Auchinchloss, Alejandro Saralegui, and Susanna Borghese

On Saturday, March 14, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) held its eighth annual concert and dinner at Kristy and Jim Clark‘s stunning Palm Beach home. Co-hosted by Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and with over 250 music lovers and philanthropists in attendance, the event honored Toby and Itzhak Perlman‘s dedication to nurturing the next generation of classical music artists.

This special annual event is made possible through Kristy and Jim Clark’s profound generosity and dedication to The Perlman Music Program. “I was inspired when I first met Itzhak and Toby and learned about PMP,” said Jim Clark. “I went to Shelter Island, heard some of the concerts, and decided to encourage people in Palm Beach to get behind chamber music. An incredible amount of talent has come through their school–it’s turned into a big success.”

Perlman Music Program Group

Perlman Music Program Group

The evening began with cocktails and champagne on the veranda, followed by a performance in the Clarks’ elegant living room presented by several of PMP’s outstanding students and alumni. The concert included quartets by Beethoven and Schumann and a quintet by Mendelssohn, presented by violinists Mariella Haubs, Abigel Kralik, Nathan Meltzer, Doori Na, and Areta Zhulla; violists William Bender, Molly Carr, Matthew Lipman, and Jameel Martin; cellists Daniel Mitnitsky, Sebastian Stoger, and Brook Speltz; and pianist David Kadouch. The talented and poised performers introduced each piece and brought the composers to life in their own words.


During the exceptional concert, Jim Clark moderated an informal Q&A with Toby Perlman. Their spirited conversation amongst these two friends ranged from the growth of the program over the past 21 years, the international reputation of the Program and its alumni, the beautiful Shelter Island campus where PMP calls home, to recent outreach in local Palm Beach schools. Toby concluded with thanks for Jim and Kristy, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and PMP Board members in attendance Jay Dweck and Vicki Kellogg, stressing that helping young musicians realize their gift is a responsibility shared by all. To bring the evening to a rousing close, the guests toasted the incredible music and beautiful weather at a festive dinner under the stars.

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