Metropolitan Museum Inspiration

Annie DeighnaughJuly 12, 2014

We haven't been to the Met in a long time. I wanted to go see the Charles James exhibit which was phenomenal (see conversations side.)

But we of course had to do a quick spin through the joint while we were there. They had a display of Wm Morris stuff...very disappointing as it was so tiny...just a few fabrics and wallpaper samples. Still, what was there, was lovely.

I had to go visit the tiffany windows, of course. A must see for me at every visit. These windows have zero paint...all of the color comes from the glass itself. Quite amazing.

We hit the roof-top garden for some great views of the city.

Had to stop by to see the faberge stuff on display.

And went to see the period rooms. Had no idea that they actually moved a Frank Lloyd Wright room to the place. My cell phone camera was not up to taking pictures of most of it as one whole wall is glass facing central park. The ceiling was full of stained glass, and the use of space which is so much a hallmark of FLW was apparent with low entrances, grand open spaces, cozy edges with built in seating all along. Quite something.

And as we were running out of time, we took a quick run through some of the European interiors. OMG! Simply OMG! Tapestries, wall papers, murals, furnishings, chandys, window treatments, fireplaces, ceilings, YOWZAH! Talk about design inspirations!

This post was edited by AnnieDeighnaugh on Sat, Jul 12, 14 at 10:52

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rhomy

What a wonderful trip you had! Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 10:24AM
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kswl2

Love the Met, and It's been awhile since I went through the decorative arts areas, thank you for sharing your trip Annie!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 10:39AM
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yayagal

Thanks for the show, one of my fav places to visit while in the city.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 10:47AM
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Linelle

That stained glass is amazing!! No paint?!!! I love the whole room interiors. It's my favorite thing at the Legion of Honor in SF.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 10:57AM
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cat_mom

DH and I were there a few months ago (went to see the Martin guitar exhibit, and listen to a luthier discuss his own guitar-making process). Saw all the rooms/items you posted, and then some, incl. the JAR jewelry exhibit. Talk about inspiration! Definitely worth a visit--so much, and such a wide variety of things to see.

PS I have dibs on some of those Tiffany windows! LOL

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 11:19AM
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juliekcmo

Yes Yes Yes, and Boston's BFA museum has great home furnishings as well. A row a chairs from Philadelphia ,to Virginia, to England, showing how they vary in the details. Amazing game tables and highboy dressers.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 10:06PM
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nosoccermom

Thanks for this post.

Don't you think that some of these "ugly and dated, please-help-me" fireplaces on GW could be transformed into a FLW one?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:00AM
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tfitz1006

The Met is just about my favorite place in the world. I used to "run away" there all the time as a kid and teen. Recently I've been very drawn to the Islamic Galleries. The patterns and motifs are just stunning. And I always have to sit in the American Wing courtyard -one of my favorite spots.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:11AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

nosoccermom, perhaps you are right. But I wonder how well it would work given what's going on in the rest of the room. What makes it work here is the weight and mass of the fireplace is offset by the large scale room, the strong horizontal lines and the tremendous amount of natural light and skylights that enliven the entire room. It makes the fireplace area a welcoming spot.

I also noticed that, if it were my room, I'd never put the asymmetric tchotchkes over the fireplace as was done here. To my eye, it just looks wrong. But I do really like the effect of the tall vertical accessories that again work to balance the horizontal lines in the room....no curves or circles.

Here are much better pics of the room from the museum web site.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:25AM
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