There was a destination - the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. First stop on arrival was the Tarallucci E Vino Cafe operated by Italian restaurant and caterer Tarallucci e Vino. Gabriella had an espresso and a pastry. I decided on a mushroom quiche with salad and a large latte. Other than when I met Amber, I've been living on instant coffee in the mornings. Having a well-made, quality latte was a real treat. There were a few places to sit indoors but it was just too beautiful outside. We snagged a table out in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden.
The stroll through Central Park and conversation over food gave us all the time we needed to catch up. It was time to head in and start exploring the exhibits. It was then that another moment of magic happened. A handsome and extremely friendly young man behind the entrance desk - Eric R. DySart - looked up and broke out in a huge smile. He loved my new hairstyle - asymmetrical with a black rectangle feature on the long side. He asked if I ran a museum or...........
At my age, moments like this come rarely and I was truly touched. I dragged him out from behind the desk to get a picture together. Alas it is out of focus, but I have included it anyway as it is a fond memory. I have been approaching, talking to and interviewing people for over a decade. A moment like this stands out as rare. To the Cooper Hewitt, this positive and generous spirit is a true asset to your organization. Use him wisely.
The first exhibit we explored was one called The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920's. This is a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, and architecture, as well as related music and film. Giving full expression to the decade’s diversity and dynamism, The Jazz Age defines the American spirit of the period.
Our final stop was an exhibit called Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse which offered the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process: Luisa Cevese, founder of Riedzioni in Milan; Christina Kim, founder of dosa, inc., in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo, managing director at NUNO in Tokyo. Through more than forty works, this exhibition explores key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process.
Our senses now overloaded, it was time for Gabriella and I to enjoy a leisurely stroll back home while we talked more about what we saw and life in general. In a moment of inspiration, I snagged a second large latte to enjoy as tomorrow it would be back to instant. Although we tentatively planned to have supper together the next night (my last in town), things just didn't come together for it to happen.
|I am still yearning for this bolero.|
The belt is interesting too, but I
don't have much of a waist. :)
I decided to stroll the full length of the market - a long hall with occasional side shoots - to see what kind of food I wanted in particular and what was for sale in terms of merchandise. You couldn't help but get hungry just looking at all the unique choices.