A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS People, places & things providing inspiration. BARNES FOUNDATION Close to five years in the making, the new “Gallery in a Garden” Barnes Foundation building designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien officially opened on May 19, 2012. The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings. KYOTO TEMPLES Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, Kyoto is also known as the thousand-year capital. With over 1600 Buddhist temples and more than 400 Shinto shrines, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, and traditional wooden houses there is something for everyone. ASHKAN SAHIHI An Iranian-American photographer known for his unique photographic series and portrait photography. THE BOWERY BOYS Award 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. FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON The Fondation Louis Vuitton, located in Paris, supports French and international contemporary artistic creation. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, it promotes art and culture of the past 20years. The building represents the first work of art at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. WONDERWORK A live saving charity dedicated to saving the the lives of millions of children around the world with quick and inexpensive surgeries that would otherwise not be possible. LEADERS OF DESIGN COUNCIL The organization, co-founded by Keith Granet and Meg Touborg, sponsors workshops and annual leadership conferences for the design industry. The Leaders of Design Council exists to elevate and enhance the value of design. CHICKEN AT THE NOMAD RESTAURANT Chef Daniel Humm and Restauranteur Will Guidera’s acclaimed restaurant, has one of the most talked-about dishes in New York City. CHEF’S TABLE AT BROOKLYN FARE Chef 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. SUNSET TOWER LOS ANGELES Sunset 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. SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Robert Redford founded the Institute in 1981 to foster independence, risk-taking, and new voices in American film. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world. MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGEOne of our favorite places is in the neighborhood is the Museum of the Moving Image. Located in a former building of what is now the Kaufman Astoria Studios, the museum maintains the nation’s largest and most comprehensive collection of artifacts relating to the art, history, and technology of the moving image—one of the most important collections of its kind in the world. 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.. DESIGN LEADERSHIP NETWORK Peter Sallick began the Design Leadership Network with a vision and commitment to stimulating education and connectivity. The organization promotes growth within the design community through education, inspiration and connectivity. INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE & ART The 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. The Institute is headquartered in New York City with regional chapters across the United States. SOANE FOUNDATION Sir 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 in architecture, fine and decorative arts.