Around the World and Back
Today's brief post involves two beach-gravitating blondes with discerning tastes: Doris Duke and Betsy Burnham.
Honolulu, Hawaii was the home-base Duke ultimately chose for herself, but she enjoyed life-long wanderlust and never stayed put for long. A new exhibition, Passport to the World: Doris Duke the International Traveler, on view now at Rough Point, the Duke family's Newport, Rhode Island house, explores the countries she traveled to with special emphasis on what she brought back -- the art, decorative objects, handmade crafts, and clothes she purchased trekking across the globe.
Whether found near or far, Betsy Burnham appreciates diverse styles, too. When asked to participate in this week's much buzzed about Legends of La Cienega 2012: Windows to the World event (taking place May 9-11), she turned her focus to the U.S. Although interior designer Burnham is based in L.A., she travels back with her family each year to the East Coast, specifically to Quogue, N. Y. (the un-fussy Hampton, as she calls it). In this terrific time-lapse video, she explains how some fabulous 1920s wicker chairs jump-started her Old School, Americana-infused installation at Fuller + Roberts. Look out for details including graphic color on the floor and in an abstract painting on one side wall.