Articles

Articles

A SELECTION OF ARTICLES BY CHRISTOPHER MASON in the NEW YORK TIMES, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, DEPARTURES, and TOWN & COUNTRY

Central Park West: The New Gold Coast

CENTRAL PARK WEST, curiously, has become Manhattan’s new gold coast. Prices for luxury apartments along the western avenue—from Donald Trump’s flashy new condominium at Columbus Circle to the dignified Beresford at 81st Street and beyond—

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Christopher Mason
Lorenzo de Versace

'MANY of the artists I have dealt with on this house have been very, very difficult to work with, but not Julian,'' said Gianni Versace, trying to coax a smile from the unyielding lips of Julian Schnabel, the plate-smashing painter and film maker known for his perpetual scowl.

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Christopher Mason
Culture Watch: Surviving Picasso

Clutching a cup of morning coffee, writer and art world raconteur John Richardson is padding around his 5,000-square-foot loft on lower Fifth Avenue, an enfilade of high-ceilinged, classically proportioned rooms redolent of haute bohemia.

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Christopher Mason
A Parting Embrace for a Lifetime's Quirks

I RATHER like the idea of a whole new phase of life, with fewer possessions,'' Christopher Gibbs said, somewhat unconvincingly. Mr. Gibbs, 62, was gazing wistfully at the handsome stone exterior of the Manor House at Clifton Hampden, a rambling three-story house in Oxfordshire, 

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Christopher Mason
Disney Hall: Where Everybody Has a Name

TERRY STANFILL found what she was looking for her name -- before she got as far as the Henry Mancini Family Staircase and the Ron Burkle-Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation Auditorium. When you donate only $50,000, all you get is your name two inches tall on a stone paver 

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Christopher Mason
Toddler Proof and Party-Perfect

LAST Saturday the TriBeCa loft of Dominique LĂ©vy and Dorothy Berwin was the scene of a rollicking dinner party capping off a week of art shows in New York. The guests -- artists, visiting Europeans and collectors-- caroused late into the night amid artworks by Cindy Sherman, Tom Sachs,

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Christopher Mason
Up a Pond Without a Paddle

I'M always complaining about my ponds,'' said Carolyne Roehm, the former fashion designer, glancing toward the extravagant series of interconnecting ponds and waterfalls on what was once a dry meadow at Weatherstone Farm, her sprawling estate in Sharon, Conn.

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Christopher Mason
Pearl Lam: A Shanghai Auntie Mame

SHANGHAI — “It’s quite bonkers,” Pearl Lam said of her 22nd-floor, 9,700-square-foot loft in the French Concession district here. The apartment, a mix of ancient Chinese artifacts and Western and Chinese contemporary art and design, may in fact be the wildest interior in the city.

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Christopher Mason
Tree Envy: When Trees Make the Man

Avowing a passion for trees of awesome girth and rarity is a means of gaining social cachet these days. Soaring crimson king maples and golden honey locusts are among the new status symbols, giving a surprising new meaning to "tree climbing."

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Christopher Mason