Every day is opening night.

“Take What You’ve Got”

Ladies and gents,

I write my columns from my clunky 2003 Dell laptop from wherever in the world I happen to be. I write from bed, in front of the TV, in cafes, in airports, and occasionally poolside. Writers are always in search of a quiet place to put pen to paper. So imagine my delight at entering the gorgeously designed NeueHouse the other evening. NeueHouse, it was explained to me, exists in a space between private club and shared office space. The place was buzzing with well-heeled worker bees lounging-with-laptops amidst the industrial chic décor. Oh how I wanted to be one of them. But, I wasn’t there as a member. Or even prospective member. I was there to attend the book party for “What If…? The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell.” If your idea of a book party is standing around with a cocktail watching people air kiss, this one would have been a shock to the system. None other than Stockard Channing and John Guare were on hand to premiere a brand new 10-minute play that Mr. Guare wrote especially for the book. The performance was directed by the great Jack O’Brien, who also charmingly emceed the occasion. I’ve always felt that John Guare was living inside my head, as he has the keenest ability to articulate thoughts I’ve had but never knew how to express. This play – a two-hander set in a David Rockwell designed restaurant – is no exception. Every moment of angst, every expression of desire – there wasn’t a false moment!

Then, for “dessert,” the divine Annaleigh Ashford performed a tune from Kinky Boots. Of course, we weren’t there for the entertainment, as wonderful as it was – we were there for the book! Celebrating the astonishing 30 year history of Rockwell Group, David’s wildly influential architecture and design firm, the book details so many of his most iconic projects. Leafing through the book is kind of like listening to a Rolling Stones box set and being surprised by just how many of their songs you
know and love. You’ll be amazed by just how many of your favorite places around the globe were designed by Rockwell Group. Then beg, borrow, or steal your way into NeueHouse and you’ll have one more favorite Rockwell interior to add to the list.

Tidbits from around town…

Watched Daryl Roth and Jordan Roth entering the realm of the immortal, as they were named “Living Landmarks” by The Landmarks Conservancy at its 21st Living Landmarks gala.

Spotted Martin Short, freshly announced as Nathan Lane’s replacement in It’s Only A Play, at Beautiful – The Carole King Musical .

Caught Tommy Tune popping into Side Show for a second viewing.

As always a toast of something sparkling to you and yours!