CF Desk: In a NY Minute...
May 2, 2012
With Global brands and an ever-growing roster, FPR recently took a quick power trip to one of our favourite cities - NYC. Between business meetings and DeskSides with tops U.S. Pubs like Interior Design Magazine we still managed to take in the sights…all in a NY minute (ok, it was more like 36hrs.)
What We Did:
Dwell Magazine Lighting Issue Party - Dwell Magazine held an intimate launch party in a Jane Street warehouse in the meatpacking district to celebrate their current light and energy issue. The event featured cutting-edge lighting brands like RichBrillantWilling, FLOS, Droog, Artemide and David Weeks. NOTE*You can purchase RBW and FLOS at LightForm’s new Toronto flagship store. What we loved: The simple but vibrant use of mustard yellow backdrops to spotlight each lighting wonder and the low key, relaxed vibe. Catching up with with Sarah Richardson’s little brother Theo, designer for RichBrilliantWilling, who we last saw at IDS11.
MOMA Cindy Sherman - What’s a trip to NY without at least one cultural stop? For our fix we choose MOMA’s Cindy Sherman exhibition. The artist, known for her powerful self-portraits that explore cultural hot buttons like gender identity, sex, the relationship between the artist and the voyeur, and plays on the stereotypical roles of women. What we loved: The film stills series. The transformative use of make-up. The creepy clown pictures.
Battery Park City - A gem of Tribeca, NY’s Battery Park is the perfect spot for an early morning stroll. The epitome of smart urban planning, Battery Park offers a refreshing green space and stunning vistas along the seawall. What we loved: The quirky Alice in Wonderland-like Tom Otterness, “The Real World” sculptures in Nelson A. Rockefeller park where future NY leaders play. Fresh air and the sight of the ocean.
Meetings - From new business meetings to client meetings to DeskSides with NY-based editors-in-chief, FPR packed them in. The key to PR success? A tight itinerary, a well-mapped route, and lots of coffee. What we loved: The view from our client’s, international make-up brand essence, window. The warm welcome from Interior Design’s lovely managing editor Helene Oberman. We also saw the spectacular showroom of a top fashion brand that has us hoping for rainy days ahead.
Where We Stayed:
Conrad Hotel - FPR stayed at the new Conrad Hotel in Tribeca. As official sponsor to the Tribeca Film Festival, the Conrad was a hotbed of activity. Our client, Jill Greaves Design, was involved in the hotel’s design and the results are stunning. From the awe-inspiring entrance with its marbled staircase and Monica Ponce de Leon’s Veil aluminum sculptures suspended by hundreds of intricately webbed cables, to its contemporary rooms and well placed art, the Conrad does it right. What we loved: The spacious lobby. The dramatic installation. The ocean views. The chic guest rooms.
Where We Ate:
Dos Caminos / Meatpacking - Fish tacos, margaritas, and a sun-soaked patio make the meatpacking Dos Caminos location a fun lunch spot. What we loved: People watching, including the handsome Nigel Barker, formerly of America’s Next Top Model.
The Lion - Sexy, dark, cozy and filled with NY moguls. The Lion delievers “scene” with a laid-back vibe that feels down to earth and natural. What we loved: The art. Where else can a photo of a young hot Mick Jagger be paired with a hand-sketched lion and a vintage baseball photo? The crowd. We were seated next to a certain music mogul who was digging on our Thomas Sabo jewelry.
Monkey Bar - We met recent NY-expat Sarah Nicole Prickett at Graydon Carter’s midtown watering hole The Monkey Bar for lunch. With its funky interior, attractive lunch crowd, and simple but delicious menu, The Monkey Bar will definitely be on our repeat list. What we loved: the crowd, the location, the Edward Sorel mural and brass monkeys. The sinfully delicious buttery house rolls.
Where We Shopped:
Meatpacking - Jeffrey’s, Diane Von Furstenberg, Apple Store, La Perla, Alexander McQueen. What we loved: The Jeffrey’s doorman. The DVF window which combine interior design and fashion. The glass staircase in the Apple store.
Midtown - Barney’s. Barney’s is a NY-must. What we loved: The Lanvin window, the shoes. The sale on DVF!