The Ann and Gordon Getty Collection, Joie by Ajiri Aki, and Karl Lagerfeld

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 Ann and Gordon Getty Collection auction at Christie’s, Joie by Ajiri Aki, and The Costume Institute’s Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. Written by Natalie Aldridge.

The Ann and Gordon Getty Collection: Temple of Wings

Last July, The Glam Pad reported on the passing of renowned decorator, philanthropist, and socialite, Ann Getty, and the Christie’s auction that followed in Autumn of 2022. One year later, Christie’s brings us the next installment of the Ann and Gordon Getty estate with a three part auction entitled Temple of Wings.

Christie’s, Temple of Wings

This extraordinary auction series pays homage to the visionary couple’s awe-inspiring transformation of their historic Berkeley Hills estate, once the cherished residence of Florence Treadwell Boynton in a magnificent Greco-Roman style.

Christie’s, Temple of Wings

In 1994, the Gettys acquired the magnificent Temple of Wings, a true gem that became a canvas of artistic expression under the devoted care of Ann Getty. With a keen eye for the exquisite, Ann adorned the residence with a curated collection of decorative arts and furniture that beautifully encapsulated the eclecticism of European and American design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Christie’s, Temple of Wings

The home became an extraordinary collage of Arts and Crafts, Classical Revival, Aesthetic, and Art Nouveau movements, featuring countless works of William Morris, Tiffany Studios, Art Pottery, and much more. Marking a once in a life time opportunity, the auction of Temple of Wings effects will begin on May 31 with a two part online sale running until June 15th. The greatly anticipated live auction will take place in New York on June 15h. More information on the sale and all lots can be found here.

Let’s take a peek at the auction highlights!

William Morris, Hammersmith Carpet, 1890
Thomas Jeckyll, Sunflower Andirons, 1878-1884


Tiffany Studios, Wisteria Table Lamp, 1903
Herter Brothers, American Aesthetic Movements chairs, 1874
James Joseph Tissot, Mélancolie
Tiffany Studios, Wall Sconces, 1900

Joie by Ajiri Aki

We are enjoying catching up on our reading this summer, and Joie: A Parisian’s Guide to Celebrating the Good Life, is the latest book capturing our attention. As aficionados of all things Parisian, this how-to guide written by American expat and founder of Madame de la Maison, Ajiri Aki, has us longing to embrace the joys of Paris from our homes. 

Ajiri is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Where’s Karl? A Fashion-Forward Parody.  She has a background in fashion styling and curating exhibitions for esteemed institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York. Ajiri’s artistic journey has taken her to incredible heights, and Joie is no exception. Combining her incredible knowledge, curatorial eye, and experience living in Paris with beautiful imagery, Joie is a must have for any Francophile’s library!

Joie: A Parisian’s Guide to Celebrating the Good Life

Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty

Step into the captivating world of Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, an enchanting exhibition that will transport you into the timeless allure of Lagerfeld’s extraordinary legacy. Unveiled on May 5th, right after the grandeur of the Met Gala, this spring 2023 showcase, curated by The Costume Institute, pays homage to the iconic visionary himself, Karl Lagerfeld (1933–2019).

Focusing on aesthetic themes, the exhibition works to divorce the artist from the art, capturing the essence of his artistic genius that reverberates throughout the decades, from the dazzling 1950s to his final opus in 2019, rather than just the icon known to all.

Each exquisite fashion piece on display, a meticulously curated selection of around 150 garments, becomes a portal to Lagerfeld’s visionary world. These garments are accompanied by Lagerfeld’s sketches, offering a glimpse into the inner workings of his complex creative process. These sketches not only unveil the secrets behind his designs but also shine a spotlight on the profound collaborative relationships he cultivated with his esteemed premières, the head seamstresses who brought his visions to life.

Lagerfeld’s artistic prowess transcended boundaries as his fluid lines seamlessly intertwined the realms of Balmain, Patou, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, and his eponymous label, Karl Lagerfeld. His spellbinding and prolific body of work stands as an indomitable testament to his creative genius, unparalleled in the annals of fashion history. The show is on now at The Met and will run until July 16th. If you cannot make it to The Met, we adore this exhibition tour with curator Andrew Bolton!

Read our favorite articles of the week!

Go Inside Colonial Williamsburg’s Newly Restored Nelson-Galt House written by Kate Gilhool for Frederic Magazine.

Renée Killian-Dawson Shares The Secret to Restoring Historical Spaces written by Busola Evans for The World of Interiors.

Shop this week’s inspired finds!

x Natalie

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