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“Make sure to keep a glass of champagne handy at all times. The week is known to get overwhelming.” -The Huffington Post


This year I decided to sit out Art Basel and I am TOTALLY regretting it, especially when a friend just texted me she literally bumped into Leonardo DeCaprio…only in South Beach!  I have been reading up on all of the amazing events that are taking place over the next few days….If I were flying south tomorrow, here are the things I would NOT miss…

Two years ago was my first maiden voyage to the art fair and my toes never touched the sand.  Last year, I built in an extra day so I could take in the beach.  Every hotel has their own color scheme with their cabanas and umbrellas which makes the shore a colorful canvas.
Perez Art Museum

Pritzker prize winning Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s stunning building opens this week during the fair.  The hanging gardens and museum setting cater to the city’s climate and bring the park to the museum in new and innovative ways.

Tracy Emin

Next stop, the Museum of Contemporary Art for the Tracy Emin retrospective. Her works in neon speak to the “vulnerability of making human connections.” This is her first American retrospective of her work.

Louis Vuitton is sponsoring the creation of ” La Maison au Bord de L’eau,” a V-shaped beach house that was conceived in 1934 by French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand. The drawings of the house were meticulously constructed and brought over from France to be installed in front of The Raleigh during Art Basel. As an extension of this installation, all windows in the 468 Louis Vuitton boutiques around the world will be recreated with Perriand-inspired themes in early 2014.
A favorite saying from last year’s fair

The obligatory exhibition halls would be next on the agenda to see all the heavy hitters…

One of THE MOST CREATIVE experiences I have ever had was being a part of Jennifer Rubell’s food installations.  Each year, she stages a breakfast at The Rubell Family Collection. This year’s theme is “FAITH” and I cannot wait to see what she has planned.

The Rubell Family Collection is always featuring cutting-edge contemporary art. This year’s exhibition is “28 Chinese,” a show that was researched over 6 trips to China between 2001-2012. The family visited over 100 artists’s studios to bring the exemplary works together for this exhibition.

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a mandatory stop for anyone. 45,000 square feet of temporary and permanent exhibition space including Willem de Kooning, Donaled Judd, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Isamu Noguchi among many many others….

Poolside at The Mondrian will feature the work of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. This inflatable exhibit ” creates the intention of transcending the viewer to an enhanced state of happiness and self-healing.”

The street art duo FAILLE is transforming the arcade experience into the highest art form from psychedelic  foosball to pinball machines.

Wynnewood Walls

Jeffrey Deitch of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art is curating this year’s Wynnewood walls with a focus on female graffiti artists from around the world.

I never made it to Juvia last year, and it is definitely on the list for the next trip. Vertical garden by Patrick LeBlanc.

Colette is teaming up with the Alchemist for the first ever Art drive through. You can purchase anything from Zaha Hadid cuffs to Damien Hirst Olympia LeTan book clutches.

Artist and film maker David Lynch is creating his uber popular Club Silencio once again. Last year, the pop- up nightclub was held in the basement of the Delano.  This year, the location will be in the design district, but has yet to be announced.  The Parisian based nightclub has recruited Pharrell to host the festivities once they have let us in on the location.

If Club Silencio does not let you in, there is always the Deuce, an old haunt that defines dive bar.



Jacques Grange in front of Damien Hirst
via The Selby

It is rare and glorious event to come face to face with an icon one has admired, studied, and been inspired by for years.  My recent trip to Paris was truly the trip of a lifetime….and I actually experienced a few of these “pinch me” moments.

We visited the atelier of Jacques Grange and the legendary designer gave us a personal tour of where he creates his design magic. His client list includes some of the world’s most sophisticated tastemakers: Yves St. Laurent,  Pierre Berge, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Valentino, Alain Ducasse, Karl Lagerfeld, Jacques Chirac, Francois Pinault, Ronald Lauder, Aerin Lauder, and Mathilde Agostinelli.

via The Selby

In contrast to many of today’s designers, Grange received a strict, classical education. After studying at the Lycee Janson de Sully and L’Ecole Gerson, he went on to L’Ecole Boulle, where he learned the crafts of cabinetmaking, plasterwork, and weaving. At L’Ecole Camondo, he studied the history of architecture, design, and decorative arts. Upon graduation, he worked for the renowned designer Henri Samuel and antiques dealer Didier Aaron. He was greatly influenced by Madeline Castaing from whom he says he learned the “poetry of decorating.” He opened his own design firm in 1970.

Master of the Mix

“Combining good taste and audacity is a subtle art that interior designer Jacques Grange has perfected  for over four decades…From rococo elegance to modern chic, and with Oriental and North African influences blending with Western styles, Grange’s touch is unique.”- excerpt from  Jacques Grange Interiors

Living Room of Jacques Grange

Art plays a major role in his interiors which is why he designs for some of the world’s most serious art collectors. He effortlessly combines antiques from various periods with modern and contemporary art. His living room shown in the 2 images above is a perfect example of his mastery. He combines a contemporary carpet from Iran with a 19th century chaise longue, a 1950s Jean Royere low table, boxy 1925 club chairs, an 18th century desk, and art by Damian Hirst. According to Grange, this work by Hirst “has the quality of all great art: First it shocks you, then you realize it’s great.” 

It is no wonder that Grange received the designation of Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the Minister of French Culture.  His passion and charm are contagious.  In a recent interview with Architectural Digest, Grange is described as “a whirlwind of energy, hopping between continents and clients. ‘I’m lucky I’m not a dancer,’ he says with an engaging laugh, ‘I can work until the day I die.”

Images of his work and from our visit are below…

Living Room of Mathilde Agostinelli
with distinctive Madeline Castaing carpet
Dining Room of Mathilde Agostinelli
Yves Saint Laurent below Leger Painting
Library  of  Yves Saint Laurent
Art by Brancusi, Picasso, Cezanne, Leger and Vuillard
Valentino’s Apartment
Art by Prince, Basquiat and DeKooning
The Mark Hotel
Our Gracious Host
Behind the Scenes
Nerfiti & Library
Contemporary art ready for installation
With Steven Shadowitz
via Peyton Haslip
Glass Art
Aimee: Precious Pug and Atelier Mascot

To purchase Jacques Grange’s book, please click here.