The newly redesigned T magazine arrived this Sunday in The New York Times, and the wait was so very worth it. With Deborah Needleman at the helm, I knew it would be in good hands. The cover story about Lee Radziwill as told through man-about-the-world & designer Nicky Haslam was insightful on many levels. The photos of her Paris apartment were stunning. A lovely feature of the London home of interior designer Rose Uniacke by my pal Rita Konig was incredibly pleasing with all the amazing shots of the grand home, but also in the way Rita captures a visual story through words. A ‘Take Two’ with Chelsea Handler and Oscar de la Renta where each reviews the same item was witty indeed. The magazine was filled with page after page of visual interest. I can hardly wait for the next issue. That, in my mind, makes for a real winner. A new stack of magazines to save has begun… The magazine fitting right in on our coffee table among one of the ‘T’s from our collection.
I hopped out of bed early this morning and ran over to the corner Starbucks to get the weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal. Our very cool set of 5 nesting baskets were featured in a laundry room article by the lovely Rita Konig. The handled baskets have been a staple at Watson Kennedy, so it is fun to see them highlighted in her story. Folding clothes straight out of the dryer into one of these chic & earthy baskets elevates the whole chore of doing laundry into a welcome task.
I first met my friend Rita Konig years back, when she came to Seattle to write an article for Domino magazine. In that article one of the spots she featured was Watson Kennedy. She and I hit it off from the start, so TPS & I hosted a dinner for her on that visit. Her style and manner easy going, witty, and smart. She carries all those traits to how she writes, and designs a space. I would see her and catch up on many of my visits to New York. Her apartment on East 9th Street was one of my favorite places to see her, as the space oozed of her warm, creative style. The above photo is a wall in her kitchen where she taped favorite photos and ephemera to create a rotating gallery, which contained a vintage flashcard that I rubber stamped and sent to her–which makes me smile.
Rita was who introduced me to Hugo Guinness and recommend that Watson Kennedy carry his work. She is now living back in London where she was raised, and is in the process of renovating her new home. You can follow the progress of the project on her blog, which you access through her website www.ritakonig.com
She still has an office in New York, working on design projects around the country. You can also read the column she writes, ‘Living Well: Rita Konig’ many Saturdays in the Off Duty section of The Wall Street Journal. If you have not picked up a copy of the WSJ lately, a Saturday issue is a must. The section is edited by Deborah Needleman, former Editor of Domino, whose is a good friend of Rita’s. The above vintage white chair sits in the bathroom of Deborah’s country home in Garrison, was a purchase Rita made from Watson Kennedy. She and I share a fondness for solo chairs. All the photos for this post were pulled from Rita’s site–check it out when you have a free moment for a bit of design inspiration.
A happy Saturday to all!