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INSPIRATIONAL ICON: IRIS APFEL ON ONE KINGS LANE

SAVE THE DATE….SATURDAY, APRIL 5TH!

You will not want to miss out on this opportunity to buy a piece from a living legend…Iris Apfel!!! In this wonderful Elle Decor interview, she shares her thoughts about her upcoming sale on One Kings Lane.

 

IRIS APFEL CLEARS HER WAREHOUSES AKA BEST SHOPPING DAY OF THE YEAR

On the eve of her 93rd birthday, Iris Apfel, who admits she just discovered how to access the Internet, decides to sell a lifetime worth of treasures on One Kings Lane

BY SARAH BRAY

 
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Iris Apfel at One Kings Lane’s NYC offices, 2014. One Kings Lane/Ryan Dixon.

One look at Iris Apfel and you can tell she’s been places. Beyond the stories time can tell, it’s apparent by her standout sense of personal style that she has lived an exotic life brimming with colorful adventure. An avid traveler, the 92-and-a-half-year-old has spent her lifetime seeking out aesthetic inspiration in the most remote places while feeding her shopping addiction every stop along the way. Apfel—who predominantly has worked as an interior and textile designer only to be cast in the unlikley role of fashion icon, if you put it in perspective, relatively recently—has accumulated so much stuff that the storage facilities she leases in Queens are full to capacity.
“I just want to get my stuff out,” the self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet” says with a laugh in an exclusive interview with ELLEDECOR.com. “I want it to all go so I can just make it easy on everybody!”
Enter OneKingsLane.com. After years of conversations with Apfel, the expert team of buyers at the innovative decor e-tailer convinced her to let a few things go… well, 800 things to be precise. On April 5, in an event that can only be described as epic by both fashion and interior design standards, you can click “Buy” on eclectic treasures that the aesthete personally eyed-out (think finds she picked up at Paris flea markets in the ’40s,  souks in Marrakech in the 60s, the square in Santa Fe in the ’70s
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12 of the 800 personal items Apfel is selling on One Kings Lane Saturday, April 5.

ELLEDECOR.com: What’s your advice for finding treasures at flea markets and thrift stores?
Iris Apfel: I do know what I would look for and it’s typically not what most people are attracted to. Look for what pleases you. If you buy something and you’re not comfortable with wearing it or having it out, then it’s not for you.  I always tell everybody, being well dressed or having your home well decorated is a choice. If you have to go through too much stress or aggravation or too much this or that… then, forget it! It’s better to be happy than to be chic. You just need to relax. There are no fashion police that are going to carry you away!
ED: When One Kings Lane cleared your warehouses, did you come across stuff you forgot you even owned?
IA: Absolutely! There were a lot of things I had forgotten. You can’t remember everything! Some things I had never even unpacked!
ED: What piece of furniture would you never part with?
IA: A number of things! There are a few things I’m letting go of that were very difficult. However, I’m taking a number of pieces down to my house in Palm Beach—I can’t fit anything else into my Park Avenue place.
ED: Does your husband enjoy hunting for unique objects as much as you do?
IA: We’ve been married 66 years—it’s a long time! At the beginning, when we were first married, he wanted everything new. He would act like a spoiled brat when I passed an antique shop. He would say, “I don’t want to go in! I don’t want anyone else’s old troubles!” But, once we got established he started to love it.
ED: If your friends were shopping the sale, what would you advise them to look out for?
IA: Well, it depends what the friend wanted and what they needed. There are a number of things that are very unusual and ridiculously priced I could sell them on!
ED: You have your hands in so many different projects, do you just like staying busy?
IA: Some days I’m frantic! Like today, I was supposed to give the people from MAC Cosmetics a quote but then my phone went dead… so I stole my husband’s, called them back with no luck and now they’re calling me back and I’m in the middle of a movie shoot!
ED: It sounds like you need an assistant! Did you ever think you’d be busier than ever in your nineties?
IA: I never wanted to stop working, but I never dreamt of being a geriatric starlet! Sometimes I grumble, but I thank god every night that I am 92-and-a-half and I am asked to do so many things. Getting shot for magazine covers and all kinds of stuff! It’s very exciting. I have been on the cover of every European publication you can think of, all these blogs and television shows too. It’s coo coo!
ED: Do you still follow interior designers or do you just blaze your own path?
IA: I haven’t been interested in an interior designer in a long, long time. Everything looks the same—if I could tell you the truth! I can’t say that I don’t see new pretty things here and there, but mostly it’s all boring as far as I am concerned. You can’t tell who lives in any of these apartments. There like divine hotel suites.
ED: Too modern or too stark?
They’re just all the same. It’s like a formula and I don’t like that. 
ED: You’ve worked in both fashion and interior design. What are you most passionate about?
IA: Fashion and interior design are one in the same.
ED: You would say you definitely don’t follow trends?
IA: Things are either good or they’re not. They either suit you or they don’t. Some years all the colors and cuts are wonderful, other years they’re ridiculous. I never buy what someone says is “in” or a “must-have.” I buy what makes me happy.
 
ED: What exactly does it take to be chic?
IA: It’s a big discussion… To sum it up, unfortunately, most people are not chic. You have to know who you are and you have to be comfortable with it. You just have to do it.
ED: How can people tap into their inner uniqueness?
IA: Self-exploration is very painful, but unless you do that you will never know who you are and who you want to be. People want all the results without doing any work. You don’t find out who you are unless you work at it

IN ADMIRATION OF ALBERT: KIP’S BAY

Two months ago, the design world lost one of their most beloved legends, Albert Hadley.  Much has been written about his legacy over the past several weeks and the impact he had on the design community.  He was known most of all for being a gentleman and a scholar. Mr. Hadley had an immense knowledge of design history which he graciously shared with all of his clients and colleagues. Despite being a classicist, he was also a bold risk taker and not afraid to mix modern and innovative materials and designs. This brave and original creativity elevated him to saint like status and will forever be known for his unprecedented contribution to 20th century design.

The most delightful attributes of Mr. Hadley were his sincere modesty, kindness and generosity. He was constantly encouraging young designers, sharing his wisdom with them and making sure they were being recognized for their talent and participation in his client’s projects. Many celebrated designers began their careers with Mr. Hadley such as Bunny Williams, Thomas Jayne, Mariette Himes Gomez, David Easton, David Klienburg, and Brian McCarthy. He was known for telling them, “Kiddo, give them what they never knew they wanted.” 
This past week, I had the privilege of seeing the Kip’s Bay Show House where Mr. Hadley’s proteges, Bunny Williams,  David Kleinberg and Brian J. McCarthy dedicated their room to “ALBERT HADLEY: Our mentor, our teacher, and our dear friend.” Below you can see some of his most famous rooms and quotes. Next you can see how these brilliant designers created a room in his honor.
Photgraphy by Fernando Bengoechea
Mr. Hadley in His Living Room
Domino Magazine
Inspiration Board
Veranda Magazine
Mr. Hadley’s Apartment
Mr. Hadley’s Modern and Spare Bedroom
Photography by Fernando Bengoechea
A Fine Romance: Mr. Hadley and Ms. Parish
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Druckman
Sutton Place, New York City
Photography by Fernandoe Bengoechea
Residence of Frederic R. Courdet III
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Residence of Nancy “Princess” Pyne
New Jersey
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Mrs. Astor’s Famous Library
New York City
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Photo via Habitually Chic

Architectural Digest sponsored the kick off party for Blogfest 2012 at the Kip’s Bay Show House.The  Great Room was designed by Bunny Williams, David Kleinburg and Brian McCarthy in honor of Mr. Hadley.  Their blend of modern art, clean lines and a few red touches with have made their mentor very proud. The Corbusier tapestry from Jane Khan Gallery was the focal point for the room. The other artwork was from Gerald Bland. You can see one of Mr. Haley’s trademark zebra hooked rugs in the foreground of the image. The rug along with the kuba cloth and vintage ikat pillows belonged to Bunny Williams to add an ethnic vibe to the space.

Please note that the images of the show house are from  Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic.  You can see her blog on the space by clicking on the link above.

The two images above show a few of Mr. Hadley’s favorite things. He apparently lived on gin and cigarettes and could care less about fine wine and food according to his old client, Siri Mortimer mentioned in Veranda’s tribute to Mr. Hadley. His “DON”T FORGET” pads where always on his desk.  All party guests received an identical pad in our bag of swag as we left the party.

Another highlight was meeting Margaret Russell from Architectural Digest. She was kind enough to let a few Charlotte designers take our picture with her.  Here, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room, Beth Keim of Lucy and Company and myself learn a few tips on how to pose for a picture. You can also check out their blogs to read about our NYC adventures this past week.

When I arrived back in Charlotte, I had a lovely surprise waiting on my my front stoop.  The interior drawings I had purchased from the Albert Hadley sale on One King’s Lane had arrived! I am thrilled to have these historic mementos from such an amazing man. Happy Memorial Day to ALL!