Log In   ·   Become A Member

LongHouse Reserve Honors James Carpenter And Toshiko Mori

Lee Fryd

James Carpenter, Jack Lenor Larsen, and Toshiko Mori. (Photo: John Sanderson/AnnieWatt.com)

From the 44th floor of the Hearst Tower, the exclusive site of the LongHouse Reserve gala, Manhattan looked like a futuristic city. It's hard edge beauty served as a contrast to LongHouse' iconic gardens. We could envision drone-like taxis ferrying us from glass tower to tower. How appropriate to be honoring two architects - James Carpenter and Toshiko Mori - that evening.

Leslie and Dale Chihuly, Paul Goldberger, and Lee Skolnick were Honorary Chairs. Architectural Guru Paul Goldberger led a conversation on design prior to dinner.

LongHouse founder Jack Lenor Larsen was the one who told Chihuly to "stick to glass" we were told. "Jack was a mentor of Dale," Dianne Benson, Chairman of the Board, said. "Dale, like all artists was into sculpture, painting and all sorts of mediums. 'If I were you, I would forget all those other pursuits and stick to glass.' Jack told him. He did - and fortunately. We have all those beautiful Chihuly's."

"I met Chihuly when I went to a big wedding in Connecticut," Larsen told us. "We all slept in a friend's house and there were beds everywhere. My wife and I ended up sleeping in the same room with Dale Chiluly." This "one night stand" turned into a relationship.

Larsen might have pointed Chihuly in the right direction, but his close friendship with James Carpenter dates to the 70s. "He adored my wife, who died in 2011," Larsen told us. "She was very stylish and Jack admired that. We travelled together. We remember her each year, coinciding with Jack's birthday by the Memorial to her in the LongHouse gardens."

Eileen O'Kane Kornreich, Dianne Benson, Mariah Whitmor, Taylor Westfal, and Elizabeth Lear. (Photo: John Sanderson/AnnieWatt.com)

"These two architects happen to be married but their practices are different," Wendy Van Deusen, Associate Curator, said of the honorees. "Although they're both magical architects who work with nature and light, Toshiko is a great educator. She was the first woman to ever be Dean of an architecture school like Harvard, besides being this ground breaking and naturalistic architect. And Jamie Carpenter is like a magician. He's as much a scientist and an engineer as an architect." High profile projects include the Israel Museum's expansion and campus renewal project in Jerusalem (2005-2011) and the recently opened Museum at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis (2010-2018). Major private projects, include the Gucci Japan Flagship building in Tokyo (2003-2006) and the Ice Falls water feature in the Hearst Tower (2002-2006).

Guests included: Arthur and Diane Abbey, Jacqueline Brody, Richard De Rose, Sherri Donghia, Lee Freund, Sean Kelly, Christopher Latham, Mark and Elizabeth Levine, Eileen O'Kane Kornreich, Sandy and Steve Perlbinder, Lee Skolnick, James Snyder, Michael Steinberg, and Neda Young.

For more information on LongHouse Reserve, visit www.longhouse.org.


Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
What color is the sky?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
Rosehip Partners Real Estate
Properties In The Hamptons

East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 34 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.

Suburban Propane in Bridgehampton, New York has been serving proudly supporting our community for 90 years.
Suburban Propane has been serving the energy needs for home owners and business in the Hampton’s for decades. We offer friendly service by local professionals you know and trust, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing we are among the leaders in the industry for safety.

WordHampton Public Relations
We build client revenues and reputations. Our reputation is built on delivering a strong media presence and, as a result, demand for our clients' offerings, resulting in a positive impact on sales. Successful campaigns start with understanding the goals of our clients and developing a customized strategy that will achieve those objectives.

Top Hat Home Services - Manhattan Luxury Home Care & Management
For the past 14 years, Top Hat has managed Manhattan luxury properties for clients in and out of residence. We currently manage and maintain over 160 Manhattan brownstones, condos and townhomes. Our team of experts at Top Hat serves as your proactive and dedicated Manhattan property management team. We manage, beautify and maintain each client’s home with the highest standards of quality, care and precision. Fully bonded, licensed and insured.