Friday, May 9, 2008

Superfabulous Tom Sachs

The most superfabulous place to be last Thursday night was Lever House. The occasion was the celebration of Tom Sachs's Bronze Collection. For the Lever House outdoor installation, Tom fabricated a huge Hello Kitty, My Melody (both characters produced by Sanrio), and Miffy (the Dutch character illustrated by Dick Bruna) in bronze, painted white. Hello Kitty and Miffy are fountains, and look as if they are crying. There is also a huge Hello Kitty robot. The very pleasant weather made the outdoor party scene very exuberant.

The indoor installation includes a dumpster reduced to the size of a jewelry box making it a beautiful object, piles of bronze car batteries on bronze bases having the texture of the original materials - wood, cinder block, and metal, and lastly, 2 bronze quarter-pipe skateboard ramps. Earlier in the evening children were skateboarding on the ramps. We found the guest of honor, Tom Sachs inside.

My brother, Andrew, met Tom at college and they have been "partners in crime" ever since. Andrew first introduced me to Tom in 1990 when I was visiting LA from Tokyo. At the time, Tom was working for Frank Gehry. The three of us went to dinner and the conversation was quite lively. When I asked Tom a question about chairs, he pulled out a napkin and pen to illustrate his point; my brother joined in, and I knew that napkin was special even then. I still possess that napkin today despite several moves halfway across the globe.

The drinks and hors d' oeuvres were flowing like there was no tomorrow. Aby Rosen hosted the shindig; it was a real who's superfabulous who? So many artists and designers were present along with titans of the business world. Among the designers were Thom Browne and Cynthia Rowley. Other notables were Terry Richardson, Anh Duong, Hamish Bowles, Ingrid Sischy and of course Tom's parents. Malcolm McLaren was the DJ. It doesn't get much more spectacular than that! Tomorrow's post will be more about the guests.

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