Revised and updated March 10, 2009
We made two whirlwind trips to Manhattan in July, characterized by 12 hours of back-to-back meetings, excellent food, visiting old friends and making some new ones. We met for breakfast inside Richard Rogers’ stunning Hearst Tower with our dear friend Gary Paul (faculty member at Parsons), who introduced us to Georgia Fleming, editor for luxury products at Veranda magazine. After a delightful breakfast we met with several architects and designers to discuss various projects, and consulted with ABC Carpet & Home regarding representation of the GuildCraft line.
A highlight of our second trip was meeting with Alan Wanzenberg to discuss projects and to request feedback on product ideas and samples. Alan and his late partner, Jed Johnson, together developed an aesthetic known for its expression of opulent restraint. Alan himself owns an original Donegal carpet, the design known today as the “Fintona”, in a luscious sorbet palette of greens, golds, and soft corals.