The Ultimate Bath, Martinis at The Plaza, and Schumacher Paris

Welcome to TGP Tidbits where we round up the happenings and our musings of the design industry each week. This week we take a look at The Ultimate Bath, Martinis at the Plaza stationery suite and Schumacher’s new Paris showroom. Written by Natalie Aldridge.

The Ultimate Bath

From the cofounder of Waterworks comes a beautiful new book featuring a curated collection of dream bathrooms designed by today’s top architects and interior designers. Released this month, The Ultimate Bath devotes its elegantly illustrated chapters to the most luxuriously designed bathrooms from a wide-ranging list of contributors, including Gil Schafer, Nickey Kehoe, Brigette Romanek, and Miles Redd. These are baths that, while grounded in timeless elements, surprise and enchant. Let’s take a look inside with images from The Ultimate Bath by Barbara Sallick ©Rizzoli New York 2022. Preorder your copy today!

The Ultimate Bath by Barbara Sallick ©Rizzoli New York 2022
Ken Fulk
Summer Thornton
Suzanne Kasler
Sabbe Interior Design

Martinis at the Plaza

On November 28th, 1966 Truman Capote hosted his Black and White Ball that would go down in the books as one of the most iconic parties in history. Socialites known as Capote’s Swans, artists, politicians, musicians, and everyone in between sported glamorous masks, tuxedos, and black or white ball gowns. An invitation to the Black and White Ball was highly coveted, and Capote famously carried a 10 cent composition notebook with him everywhere, ruthlessly adding and crossing out names of those uninvited.

Inspired by this historic evening and the characters in attendance, stationery designer Laura Vogel and tastemaker Melissa Smrekar have paired up to create a party suite entitled Martinis at the Plaza. Including cheeky place cards, menus, and other surprises, the suite evokes the glamour and humor of a begone era. With a bevy of research on the evening, Vogel and Smrekar even nailed the exact font and color combinations used by Capote.

Take a look at Martinis at the Plaza!

Martinis at the Plaza Stationery Suite.

Original Invitation

Katharine Graham and Truman Capote

Truman Capote’s original Composition notebook.

In perfect fashion, Laura Vogel and Melissa Smrekar hosted martinis at the Plaza Hotel Tuesday evening to kick-off today’s launch of the stationery suite. Guests were dazzling in black and white as the alluring chatter of the Plaza’s Palm Court hummed in the background. Masks of notable party-goers where sprinkled throughout and the table beamed with beauty.

Laura Vogel and Melissa Smrekar

Contributing Editor Natalie Aldridge

Interior designer and influencer Rudy Saunders


Fashion designer and founder of Suite, Jennifer Diederich

The collection is now available to shop here.

Schumacher Paris

Legendary textile house and TGP favorite, Schumacher, will launch its first-ever showroom in Paris, France. Set to officially open early in the new year, the showroom will be a creative hub for Schumacher’s growing international market. Born in Paris, Frederic Schumacher immigrated to the United States and founded F. Schumacher & Co. in 1889 following his departure from French textiles company Passavant & Co. In many ways, the opening of the Parisian outpost is an hommage to the company’s roots.

The showroom will be located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the long-time intellectual epicenter of the French metropolis. Rather than operating like a traditional showroom, Schumacher hopes to make the space a point of collaboration and discovery. With Schumacher’s longevity and history of innovation, it will be exciting to watch their latest foray unfold.

Shop this week’s inspired finds!

x Natalie

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  1. What a fun post! So many happy memories in Palm Court and trader Vic’s (Babbo and I jointly hosted our NYJL meetings there in the 80s and early 90s). I read Capotes Women and it was riveting. Anyone who hasn’t yet read it – run out and buy it as soon as you can! ?

    Xo Elizabeth


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