Articles

Articles

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

Camp Is Not Just Fashion—It's Design, Too

Camp is suddenly all the rage. 💥 As the topic of the Metropolitan Museum’s ingenious new exhibition at the Costume Institute, "Camp: Notes on Fashion"—a witty nod to Susan Sontag’s groundbreaking 1964 essay, “Notes on Camp”—the word still defies easy explanation. But the likelihood is that when you see it, camp will make you smile. 💥Beyond fashion, camp’s rich legacy in the decorative arts includes raised-eyebrow reevaluations of Art Nouveau to the Italian Radical Design Movement, with many guffaws—some intended, some not—in between.

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Christopher Mason
The Pearl: La Peregrina

THE PEARL: Having bounced between three continents (and Elizabeth Taylor) over the last five centuries, La Peregrina may be the most storied pearl in the world. An eyewitness history by Christopher Mason.

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Christopher Mason
Home Sweet Elsewhere

WHAT is the latest status symbol of the ultra rich? A spectacular residence they purchase for millions, reconfigure with the world's leading architects and interior designers for even more millions, then elect not to live in.

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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 Lévy 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