A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS People, places & things providing inspiration. ALWAYS AT THE CARLYLESince it opened in 1931, the Carlyle hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has been a magnet for the world’s most discerning travelers as well as a destination for in-the-know locals who flock to the hotel’s Café Carlyle or Bemelmans Bar. Now, the hotel—which has long been famous for its discretion—is letting down its guard thanks to a new documentary, Always at the Carlyle, by filmmaker Matthew Miele. ARTHUR MILLER FOUNDATIONThe Arthur Miller Foundation is dedicated to providing access and equity to quality theater & film education in New York City public schools, and to increasing the number of students that receive a dedicated arts education as an integral part of their academic curriculum. Their belief is that arts education is a right of every public school student. RETROFRETRetrofret Vintage Guitars has been serving musicians and collectors both locally and worldwide since 1983. Along with classic vintage instruments, they handle many guitars that fall into the category of extremely rare and bizarre. Retrofret also has a museum-quality restoration and repair facility on premises. MY FAIR LADYMy Fair Lady, returns to Broadway in a lavish new production from Lincoln Center Theater. Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, the cast—led by Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz and Diana Rigg—tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” KEN BURNSFor more than thirty years, Ken Burns has produced and directed some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. He is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of our time, and created the renowned documentaries The Civil War, Baseball and Jazz. His impressive collection of films discover things you never knew about the people and events that molded our history. COURT PASTRY SHOPA neighborhood institution, Court Pastry Shop is a classic Sicilian bakery in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. It has been turning out handmade cannoli, biscotti & other sweets since 1948 and is one of the last bastions of the old neighborhood. Don’t miss the Italian Ices in the summer. CALIFORNIA CONTEMPORARYIn this new book, Grant Kirkpatrick offers his reflections on his beautiful Southern California projects and the design strategies behind their creation. This collection of visionary residences in the book is shown in gorgeous photographs and colorful drawings. FUR PEACE RANCHJorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch is located in Meigs County, Ohio. The ranch hosts weekend workshops for guitarists. Among the distinguished staff members are Larry Campbell, Warren Haynes, and Tommy Emmanuel. CHEF’S TABLE AT BROOKLYN FAREChef César Ramierez’s acclaimed fine dining restaurant has been described as an “off-the-charts gastronomic showcase”. The communal dining experience at this three Michelin-starred restaurant features exquisite, Japanese-inspired French dishes via a 15-plus-course tasting menus. TOM STRINGER: AN ADVENTUROUS LIFEAll of the interiors in Tom Stringer’s new book are recently completed projects that contain layers of art and objects from around the world. The photography is accompanied by maps illustrating how his work is influenced by his life passion: travel. CHRISTIAN MCBRIDEBassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today. RBGRBG is a revelatory documentary exploring the exceptional life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The movie explores the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court. SUNSET TOWER LOS ANGELESSunset Tower has been a hub for Hollywood’s elite since the 1930’s. Designed in 1929 by architect Leland A. Bryant, the Sunset Tower (as originally called) was a trendsetter from the moment it opened. Its dramatic setting on the Sunset Strip and elegant Art Deco styling has contributed to its landmark status. GOWANUS MUSIC CLUBGowanus Music Club is a Brooklyn based rock school that offers group and private instruction. For over 10 years, they have inspired kids and adults to find their musical paths. Their staff includes industry veterans from all over the country and across the globe. LEICA CAMERAFrom Henri Cartier-Bresson to Annie Leibovitz, many of the 20th century’s most defining images were shot on a Leica cameras. Oskar Barnack’s genius idea of creating the small format 35mm camera created a revolution in photography in 1925. Their cameras represent the finest in workmanship and optical quality and the tradition is carried on today with their Compact Digital Cameras. THE BOWERY BOYSAward Winning Story Tellers and authors, Greg Young and Tom Meyers, hosts of The Bowery Boys podcast, ‘old’ New York enchant and entertain listeners with the secret histories of New York City’s familiar places and destinations. LEADERS OF DESIGNThe Leaders of Design Council seeks to elevate and enhance the value of design. Their community includes leaders from architecture, interior design and landscape design firms, as well as leaders of relevant product, service and media companies. They organize educational programs,networking opportunities, and one annual international conference. DESIGN LEADERSHIP NETWORKThe I-Grace Company is a 10-year member of the Design Leadership Network. The DLN was established by Founder Peter Sallick to promote growth within the design community through education, inspiration and connectivity. INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE & ARTThe Institute of Classical Architecture and Art is a leading non-profit organization which offers a vast collection of programs designed to promote the appreciation and practice of classical design in architecture, urbanism and the arts. I-Grace’s CEO and Founder, David J. Cohen, is a founding member of the Southern California Chapter of the ICAA. SOANE FOUNDATIONSir John Soane’s Museum Foundation was founded in the United States in 1991. Soane, an English architect of significant influence during the last quarter of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, worked within the parameters of the classical idiom to create unique commercial and residential structures. The Soane Foundation was established to further Soane’s goal of education of architecture, fine and decorative arts.