Monday, November 17th, 2008

Fabulous, “Eccentric,” or Just Plain Pugly?


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“I don’t know what the word ‘one’ means.”

-Brigid Berlin, as told to New York Social Diary

Oh my lord. I cannot stop reading this interview/gawking at the house tour over at New York Social Diary. I have never seen anything like Brigid Berlin’s apartment. The article, interview and her life are FASCINATING! Andy Warhol at the Factory, frequent recorded chats with Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, The Cock Book – perhaps her life is only overshadowed by her over the top interiors – the world’s largest pug collection and needlepointapalooza! So, what do you think? There are hints at absolute genius, like this space that reminds me of Diana Vreeland’s Garden in Hell by Billy Baldwin:

Then there are some extreme English cottage moments that include a lot of Ms. Berlin’s impressive needlepoint work. To see a more modern and spare flat with some English garden inspiration, check out Rita Konig’s apartment:

Then I thought “This seems really familiar, oh wait, I read all about her in Wacky Chicks!”

Ms. Berlin follows the most important rule of displaying tchotchkes: You can have as many as you want, as long as you keep them dusted and tidy. Her tablescapes know no bounds:

Alright, I’m going to stop myself from swiping the entire New York Social Diary article and ALL of their photos. You must go over there and check it out – once you start looking at the photos, you cannot look away. Note the styling in this spread – the unmade bed, the bedside table drawers ajar, the cigarette butts in the ashtray. I love seeing places that aren’t trying so hard to look unrealistically perfect.

The verdict on this one – while at first it frightened me, I love it. If you’re going to collect something, you might as well commit and go completely over the top, right? These things obviously make Ms. Berlin very happy, and this is a woman with vast knowledge of art and culture. Also, as an artist, one of her recent projects is needlepointing the front pages of The New York Post – I’d love to see those. I couldn’t live in it, but I do love my wacky chicks!

You can still catch her needlepoint exhibition through Nov. 22 at John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 50 1/2 East 64th Street.

all images from New York Social Diary

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. Andrea Fonyo says:

    November 17th, 2008 at 3:43 pm (#)

    Ms.Berlin takes credit for the needlepoint in her apartment, the McWhinnie show, and the crime pieces for Dominick Dunne. In fact, my store, Woolworks Needlepoint has been designing Ms.Berlin’s needlepoint for over 15 years. She is also claiming to have designed pieces which are our proprietary designs, which we have had in the store for years. The rug is one of our standards, and the original is in my store. We have “before” photos of everything. She did not design or paint a single canvas. And, in fact, she farmed out most of them to be stitched. This whole Berlin needlepoint thing is a complete lie,coming from a very selfish woman.
    Andrea Fonyo
    1045 Lexington Ave.,NYC

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