Thursday, November 11, 2010

I'm just back from New York where there were three fabulous events for Vendome's just-published Lost Lives, Lost Art: Jewish Collectors, Nazi Art Theft, and the Quest for Justice by Melissa Müller and Monika Tatzkow.

The first event on Sunday, November 7, was held at Christie's auction house and featured a panel discussion with both authors; Howard Spiegler and Lawrence Kaye (two attorneys with the Art Law Group of Herrick, Feinstein LLP who specialize in art restitution cases); and Marei von Saher, heir of the Goudstikker collection (one of the stories detailed in the book). Monica Dugot of Christie's moderated the discussion.

The second event took place on Monday night to a full-capacity crowd at the lovely Neue Galerie on Fifth Avenue at 86th Street. Here's a photo of the authors with Elisabeth Sandmann, the book's German publisher, in front of Klimt's Adele Bloch-Bauer I (the painting also graces the cover of the book). Howard Spiegler acted as moderator, and the authors offered a fascinating discussion about the book with a focus on the Bloch-Bauer family.

The final New York event was on Tuesday, November 9 (the anniversary of Kristallnacht) at the 92nd Street Y, a renowned community and cultural center. In a discussion moderated by Amei Wallach, Melissa Müller was joined by Ronald Lauder, Lawrence Kaye and Charlène von Saher to a sold-out auditorium of 200+ people.

Thanks to all three wonderful institutions and everyone who contributed to these informative and fascinating events!

Melissa Müller travels next to Washington where she'll be speaking at the Austrian Embassy tomorrow (Friday, November 12) and at the Greater Washington Jewish Community Center on Sunday, November 14.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Lost Lives, Lost Art

Close on the heels of last weekend's review of "Lost Lives, Lost Art" in the Wall Street Journal are several upcoming events with authors Melissa Muller and Monika Tatzkow:

Nov. 3 @ 7:30 pm - Melissa Muller lecture at Young Israel of Kendall (7880 SW 112 Street, Miami, FL)
Nov. 4 @ 7:30 pm - Melissa Muller lecture at David Posnack JCC (5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie, FL)
Nov. 7 @ 1:00 pm - Panel discussion with Melissa Muller, Monika Tatzkow and others at Christie's (30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY)
Nov. 8 @ 6:30 pm - Panel discussion with Melissa Muller, Monika Tatzkow and others at the Neue Galerie (Fifth Avenue/86th Street, New York, NY)
Nov. 9 @ 8:15 pm - Panel discussion with Melissa Muller and others at the 92nd Street Y (Lexington Avenue/92nd Street, New York, NY)
Nov. 12 @ 7:30 pm - Melissa Muller lecture at the Austrian Embassy (3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC)
Nov. 14 @ 2:00 pm - Melissa Muller lecture at the Greater Washington JCC (6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fantastic new book, Lars Bolander's Scandinavian Design

I'm so excited about the pending publication of Lars Bolander's Scandinavian Design by Heather Smith MacIsaac. There has been terrific early buzz for this title, including today on Kevin Sharkey's blog on and last week on Made by Girl. And great coverage in the September issues of Veranda, Style at Home and Luxe Interiors + Design. I love that fabulous green on the book's cover!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Chilean Earthquake Relief

Thanks to all who attended last night's fundraising event at Puro Chile! NESsT reports that over $70,000 have been raised this week for the Levantando Chile Fund to benefit earthquake victims. SoHo's Puro Chile was packed to overflowing! If you missed the event but would like to donate go to

Here's a link to a New York Times story about the event. NY 1 sent a crew, and NESsT's Lee Davis was interviewed.