Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw is best known for his photographs of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy, which he shot originally for LIFE magazine and later as the Kennedys’ “unofficial” family photographer. He developed a strong friendship with JFK and Jackie and regularly visited the White House during their time there. But Mark Shaw was first and foremost a Fashion and Advertising photographer whose freelance assignments for LIFE magazine had him photographing some of the most notable celebrities of the 1950′s. 

This collection of Mark Shaw’s fashion images, taken at the House of Dior between 1952 and 1962, is the first book showcasing Mark Shaw’s extensive fashion photography for LIFE and other magazines throughout the 1950s. It is available at Liz O’Brien Gallery in NYC and we are snapping them up like crazy for our clients. Not only is the fashion amazing, but the interiors are pretty fabulous as well! We plan to use the first image in a beautiful powder room in Old Greenwich in a home that Marks & Frantz renovated and decorated from head to toe in 2013.

Dior Theatre de France 1960

Dior Theatre de France 1960

 

Photographed in 1953 at the French country estate, Corbeville, Jane Sprague models a ball gown by Fath.

Photographed in 1953 at the French country estate, Corbeville, Jane Sprague models a ball gown by Fath.

Sophie Malgat wears Dior in Dior's Passy Home, 1953. Sophie Malgat in Gray Chiffon Dior in Dior’s Paris Home

Sophie Malgat wears Dior in Dior’s Passy Home, 1953. Sophie Malgat in Gray Chiffon Dior in Dior’s Paris Home

Ghislaine Lounges in Elsa Schiaparelli's Home

Ghislaine Lounges in Elsa Schiaparelli’s Home

 

A velvet dinner dress by Chanel photographed in the vine hung Paris courtyard, Cour de Rohan, in 1955

A velvet dinner dress by Chanel photographed in the vine hung Paris courtyard, Cour de Rohan, in 1955

 

 

 

 

 

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Painted Floors

House Beautiful had a feature in their latest issue featuring painted floors and the designers and artisans responsible for them. As I delved deeper in the stories and started poking around the internet, I came across a whole range of craftsmen who work in the industry for some of the super–star designers. Their websites show this huge breadth of varied work that was truly mind-blowing, but more on them later once I have a chance to work with them and explore their studios.

This article did inspire Lydia and I to consider painting the floor in a client’s foyer for a project we have in progress in Manhattan. The beige limestone floor came with the apartment purchased by our clients and was the only thing we left untouched in this foyer. It was relatively new and in pristine condition, so it seemed best to work with it, but our wheels are turning and you may see a big surprise when we actually shoot the finished foyer!

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This is a “foyer in progress” by Marks & Frantz in NYC, stay tuned for the after shots!

 

Miles Redd designed foyer

Miles Redd designed foyer

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Hello 2014….Lisa and Lydia are back!

After a year-long break from blogging (and pinning, and face booking and tweeting), Lydia and I are back with a vengeance! After a completely insane year at Marks & Frantz (insane in the best way) we are back on the social media vortex and we are blogging, pinning and tweeting our hearts out as we have so much to share from our year of abstinence! Our goal this year is not to just post about things we love, but also to  share lots of project-in-progress, before-and-afters and tons of detail info about all the custom  work that we are doing with our beloved workrooms and artisans on behalf of our clients.

And since we are currently in the middle of a polar vortex in NYC, what better post to start the year off with than my home away from home…..Aspen! My beloved Frantz family home is sorely in need of a makeover, it’s been 20 years and it’s starting to look a little shabby! When we bought the place in 1995, the town was still rocking the antler chandeliers and rock face fireplaces, but times have changed out west.  Inspired by Vogue’s images of Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home and Schumacher’s Luxe Lodge collection of woven fabrics, I’ve decided that this is the year to revive that house….at least on paper, a girl can dream, right?

 

 

The living room needs some serious 21st century updating!

The living room needs some serious 21st century updating!

 

The interiors needs to catch up with the killer view

The interiors needs to catch up with the killer view

 

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Marks & Frantz featured in Luxe Magazine

We are very excited to have our latest project featured in this season’s New York Luxe Magazine! The article features our renovation of a 1920’s Tudor home in Greenwich Connecticut. The story was written by Cathy Whitlock and features photographs by Michael Partenio.

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Trade secrets! From Set Decoration to Interior Design

Please join us tomorrow at the D&D for a talk:  “From Set and Screen to Living Room: The Set Decorator and the Interior Designer.”  I will be on a panel discussion with Cathy Whitlock,  film historian, designer Marshall Watson (his line at Lewis Mittman has graced the sets of the new Katie Couric show). and Ann Maine, editor in chief of Traditional Home, will be the moderator.  For more information and the address, click here.


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City Modern: A Celebration of New York Design

We are really excited to be a part of the “CITY MODERN” STUDIO TOUR / OCTOBER 2 with Hellman Chang.  We will be at their open studio with them tomorrow from 2:30 to 4:30 to talk decorating trends and obsessions and how to make your own home look glamorous and new again.

In collaboration with Dwell and New York Magazine, Hellman-Chang is opening the doors to their Brooklyn studio and offering unprecedented access to visitors.  Take a peek at the designers in their natural habitat, learn more about the creative process and even try your hand at woodworking.

Come enjoy some nibbles and wine and check out the gorgeous Hellman Chang collection.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Design*Sponge Interview

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge.  We talked about set decoration, interior design , and of course, wallpaper!

The radio station, Heritage Radio, where we did the interview was really great – in the back of the super popular Brooklyn restaurant Roberta’s Pizza.  Check out Heritage Radio’s great programming here.   I hope you enjoy the interview!!

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Art & Science

There is a bridge between science and art and it is Ernst Haeckel.  Haeckel sketched and painted watercolors of various organisms such as sea anemones, jellyfish, and cnidaria.  If you are like me and know your favorite periods of furniture better than your marine life, here is the definition of cnidaria!  And here are some of his amazing works.

He selected the subjects for his work based on organization, from the scale patterns of boxfishes to the spirals of ammonites to the perfect symmetries of jellies and microorganisms.  I particularly like this one – the tentacles reminded him of his late wife’s long flowing hair!

And a few more.  Enjoy.

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Array Magazine Features Marks & Frantz

We are very excited to have been interviewed for Array Magazine’s Summer issue!  The article features our work at The Top of the Strand, several private residences, and a show house.  The interview highlights our background in print and film design and discusses how we approach our projects.  The story starts on page 16!

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Amy Helfand rugs

We were wowed (as usual) by our friend Amy Helfand’s beautiful hand-knotted, hand-carded, hand-spun and pot-dyed rugs at her ICFF booth and yesterday, the NY Times wrote a feature on Amy and “Her Natural World.” Check out the article here!

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and for more information on Amy’s rugs and her beautiful artwork, take a look at her website, www.amyhelfand.com

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