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THE BIG PIG TURE
Bankers might not be too popular in New York these days,
but the one financial body everyone still loves is award-winning
American interior and industrial designer Harry Allen's iconic piggy
bank. "Bank in the Form of a Pig," as Allen describes it, is part of a series the
designer -- whose work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of
Modern Art -- created to explore the notions of reality and the inherent beauty
of objects. A whimsical take on a traditional piggy bank, the sculpture makes an
arresting conversation piece thanks to its size (Allen created the silicone mold from a
real pig that died of natural causes) and finishes -- it comes in a golden hue, white, hot
pink and chrome. Plus, $10 from the sale of each pig goes to the Humane Society.
from advertising mogul to co-founder of the Kate Spade and Jack Spade fashion empires.
His latest venture is Partners & Spade, a kind of grown-up candy store for art-minded folk
in New York's NoLITA. Spade and co-conspirator, ar t director Anthony Sperduti, have filled
their concept store/gallery/workshop with a host of wonderful and wacky rotating merchandise
and exhibitions (the store is open to the public on weekends). According to the company's
manifesto, objects on display must be "interesting and conceptually arresting". Hence the
existence of custom-made terrariums by garden designer Lindsay Taylor and the Back
Dated Confidence Trophies service, in which the proprietors will engrave a genuine sports
trophy with the customer's name and details. "Place it in a prominent spot at home until you
brainwash yourself into believing you actually won it," advises Spade. 40 Great Jones Street,
New York, 0011 1 (646) 861 2827, partnersandspade.com.
The newly opened Ace Hotel, located in the iconic Flatiron district of Manhat tan,
is the first East Coast iteration from the idiosyncratic Ace boutique hotel group
founded in Portland, Oregon. The group teamed up with New York-based
design firm Roman & Williams to create a cool-yet-cozy atmosphere
featuring design that ri s cleverly on the neighborhood's industrial
past. (New acronym alert: there's a push to rename this area 'NoMad', a
contraction of 'North of Madison Square Park'.) In the spacious rooms, bent
plumbing pipes double as furniture and wall-mounted chalkboards encourage poetic
scribblings, while custom terrycloth boxing robe-inspired dressing gowns designed by
Wings + Horns provide stylish wrap-ups. The hotel's restaurant, The Breslin -- overseen
by chef April Bloomfield of legendary Manhattan gastropub The Spot ted Pig -- is
already one of the city's hottest new addresses, with an old-time speakeasy in the works.
20 West 29th Street, New York, 0011 1 (212) 679 2222, acehotel.com.
CANDY FOR THE MIND
Andy Spade -- designer, artist, dapper man-about-town -- has plenty of feathers in his hat,
ADULT CANDY: Axes as art by
Best Made Company (top) and
Benedict Radcli e-designed
Neon fixed-gear bike (left).
TAG LINE: Fashion and grafitti tags
create an eye-catching stairwell in the Ace.
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