June 5, 2020

New York’s culture is as accessible and abundant as it’s ever been. Though New York’s performing arts venues are closed for the time being, its talents and performances are readily available to enjoy.

Below are highlights of what the Big Apple (and beyond) has to offer culture-craving New Yorkers who love the performing arts in the coming days and weeks.


Just announced: June 5 through June 19, #LincolnCenterAtHome offers Broadway Fridays – free online streams of Live From Lincoln Center’s broadcasts from past productions at Lincoln Center Theater and the New York Philharmonic. Archival performances are made available every Friday from June 5 through June 19 on Lincoln Center’s website, Facebook, and YouTube channels. Upcoming productions are:

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel with the New York Philharmonic (June 5)

Featuring: Kelli O’Hara, Nathan, Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller, Kate Burton, John Cullum, and New York City Ballet dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck.

The Nance – Lincoln Center Theater Production (June 12)

Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane stars in Douglas Carter Beane’s dark comedy.

Act One – Lincoln Center Theater Production (June 19)

Tony Award-winning writer and director James Lapine adapts Moss Hart’s memoir for the stage, which earned Lapine a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. The cast includes Tony Award winners Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin, and Santino Fontana.


An incredible archive of performances from Jazz at Lincoln Center is available here. Current highlights are:

World Wide Concert for Our Culture: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2020 Virtual Gala (4/15/20): Share in the evening hosted by Wynton Marsalis here

Concert Celebration, Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Jazz: Enjoy this tribute to Ella from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (2017) here


Each day while the house is dark, a different encore presentation from The Metropolitan Opera’s Live In HD series is being made available for free. This series may not last much longer so catch an opera now.

Thomas Adés’s The Exterminating Angel (Friday, June 5)

The brand new opera by British wunderkind based on the legendary movie by Luis Buñuel.

Starring Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David Portillo, David Adam Moore, Rod Gilfry, Kevin Burdette, Christian Van Horn, and John Tomlinson, conducted by Thomas Adès (performance date 11/18/17).

Link here

Verdi’s Otello (Saturday, June 6)

Verdi’s masterpiece after Shakespeare’s tale of love, jealousy and (lots of) death.

Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Željko Lučić, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (performance date 10/17/15).

Link here

Massinet’s Thais (Sunday, June 7)

The fantastic tale of a harlot saved and a holy man damned — all during the course of one opera, featuring one of the most beautiful interludes ever written and legendary performances.

Starring Renée Fleming, Michael Schade, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos (performance date 12/20/08).

Link here

If you’re looking for more opera from The Met, you can sign up and pay for Met Opera On Demand. From old-school legends to current stars you can experience more than 700-full-length Met performances with its online streaming service (free apps are available for Amazon Fire TV and Tablet, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Roku, and Samsung Smart TV).


Lincoln Center celebrates Dance Week with streaming performances of extraordinary dance productions – among them, New York City Ballet and Ballet Hispánico:

Coppelia, New York City Ballet production (available through July 17)

George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova’s reconstruction and expansion of the 19th-centruy comic ballet is a tale of mechanical dolls inspired by stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to music by Leo Delibes. The performance stars Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson, and Shaun O’Brien (performance 1974).

Link here

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, George Balanchine New York City Ballet production (available through July 14)

Balanchine’s enchanting ode to Shakespeare’s comedy features Maria Calegari, Ib Andersen, and Jean Pierre Frohlich. Set to Mendelssohn’s music, this telling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream delivers love and magic through dance (performance 1986).

Link here

CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana, Ballet Hispánico (available for a limited time)

Experience Ballet Hispánico’s imaginative, theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired contemporary dance at its best. Rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz. Gustavo Ramírez Sansano offers a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera (2015)

Link here


Marquee TV is offering 14 days free of its on-demand service with premiers every Saturday. A few of the extraordinary productions available are:

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato: Choreographer Mark Morris garnered international fame for this landmark full-length ballet set to Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, in which a colorful array of dancers embody the ecstasy of art that transforms in a life of joy, contemplation and the moderation of both.

Vanessa: A spell-binding Glyndebourne production of Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer prize winning opera starring Emma Bell, Virginie Verrez, Edgaras Montvidas, Rosalind Plowright, Donnie Ray Albert, Romanas Kudriašovas, and William Thomas Nicholas.

Love’s Labour’s Lost: A staggering telling from the Royal Shakespeare Company starring Sam Alexander, Peter Basham, William Belchambers, Edward Bennett, Nick Haverson, Emma Manton, John Hodgkinson, and Tunji Kasim.

Woman of No Importance: Rarely done, but not to be missed – starring a riveting Eve Best, the wonderful Anne Reid, Eleanor Bron, Crystal Clarke, Emma Fielding, Dominic Rowan, William Gaunt, and Sam Cox.

A Winter’s Tale: The incredible, modern ballet interpretation by renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is danced by The Royal Ballet.  It features Lauren Cuthbertson, Ryoichi Hirano, Sarah Lamb, Vadim Muntagirov, Laura Morera, Matthew Ball, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Lady Windermere’s Fan: A memorable star turn from Absolutely Fabulous’s Jennifer Saunders is just one more reason to watch Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop, Joseph Marcell. Joshua James, and Grace Molony in one of Oscar Wilde’s most famous plays.

Swan Lake from Paris Opera Ballet: Swan Lake is undisputedly the greatest classical ballet.  This flawless production of the Tchaikovsky masterwork features Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Karl Paquette, and the Paris Opera Orchestra.­

Whether you want to get dressed up and enjoy a virtuoso performance from The Metropolitan Opera or New York City Ballet, or kick back with a cocktail and Jazz at Lincoln Center, you can continue to enjoy the pleasures of New York’s finest performing arts right from your home.

June 2, 2020

We Are One is a free 10-day long international film festival with films curated by some of the most renown festivals in the world, including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto, Venice, and New York Film Festivals – just to name a few. The We Are One Global Film Festival runs May 29 – June 7.

Like most film festivals, each film or program will have a scheduled first screening. Then, many of the films will be available on demand via YouTube throughout the festival to watch whenever is most convenient.

The festival aims to be an event where the film community can come together in this time of crises – to celebrate films and to help provide support of COVID-19 efforts.

All programming is free. If viewers are inspired to donate, there is a donation button or link on every film’s page to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. Beneficiaries are the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, and GO Foundation, among others.

Programming includes features, short films, animation, documentaries, panels, and more. You can easily filter the events by type of file or genre to find what interests you most. Check out the complete offering of programming here

Type of Film
  • 360 VR
  • Feature Film
  • Panel
  • Program
  • Short Film
  • Television
  • Web Series
  • Action/Adventure
  • Activism/Social Issues
  • Animation
  • Comedy
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • Experimenta
  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi
  • Music
  • Romance
Global Curation

Film Festivals from around the globe have participated in helping to curate We Are One. They include:

  • Annecy International Animation Film Festival
  • Berlin International Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival
  • International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM)
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
  • Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI)
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Locarno Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival
  • Sarajevo Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Tokyo International Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival

So, pop some popcorn and get ready to be entertained by the We Are One Global Film Festival.

May 27, 2020
La Dolce Vita

The Cannes Film Festival has been debuting new films since 1946. Each year there is an astonishing array of international films from venerated filmmakers and exciting debuts from new ones.

Although Cannes has been canceled this year, you can stream your own festival at home via an array of online for pay streaming services. Here is a short-list across all genres that would be especially entertaining and enlightening.

All About Eve 1950 (streaming sources)

Joseph Mankiewicz’s iconic film is about Margo Channing, a self-centered Broadway star. It is acerbic, funny, and tender. Played by Bette Davis, in one of her signature roles, she confronts the issue of a woman aging, when undermined by a conniving younger actress (Anne Baxter). It has some of the most quotable lines in movie history. Watch for a brief scene with a very young Marilyn Monroe. “Fasten your seatbelts, it is going to be a bumpy night.”

La Dolce Vita 1960 (streaming sources) Available free on YouTube.

Many consider this to be Fellini’s best film. It portrays the search for the “sweet life” over seven days in Rome. Marcello Mastroainni is the central figure, but Anita Ekberg dancing in the Trevi Fountain is the image that has become synonymous with this film – and maybe all of Italy in the 1960s.

A Man and a Woman 1961 (streaming sources)

One of the biggest Foreign Film hits in the U.S., this film is simply out and out romantic. Anouk Aimee as a script girl and Jean-Louis Trintignant as a racecar driver have a passionate affair. Francis Lai sets the story to a gorgeous score.

The Leopard 1963 (streaming sources) Available free on YouTube.

Luchino Visconti’s sumptuous visual retelling of the landmark novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lempedusais unforgettable. Burt Lancaster plays the eponymous “leopard,” and through his eyes we see the waning days of the Sicilian aristocracy. Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale are gorgeous in their breathtaking roles as young lovers.

The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1964 (streaming sources)

This is a delightful and colorful musical by Jacques Demy. Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo sing their way through Michel Legrand’s lovely score. Many great vocalists have covered its hit that became a classic, “I Will Wait for You.”

Modesty Blaise 1966 (streaming sources) Available free on YouTube.

For pure escapist entertainment, Modesty Blaise is one of a long line of funny and ironic spy movies spawned by the James Bond series. The thing that sets it apart is that it’s made by an A-list director with A-list stars. Joseph Losey directs, and Monica Vitti, famous for serous Michelangelo Antonioni films, stars with heartthrob Terrence Stamp and dashing Dirk Bogarde. The eye-popping (and bustier popping) Sixties fashions alone make this worth watching.

M*A*S*H 1970 (streaming sources)

If you only know this from the TV series, watch the film. Robert Altman shocked the world with this anarchically funny war comedy. It is set during the Korean War – a stand-in for Vietnam, which was still raging at the time. Altman didn’t shy away from the brutality of war and casualties, but he showed how people cope with humor and whatever it takes. The film features career-making performances from Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, and many others. The irony is that M*A*S*H was in contention with Patton for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. While the jury at Cannes chose M*A*S*H, the old guard at the Motion Picture Academy chose Patton.

The Go-Between 1971 (streaming sources)

Joseph Losey directed this delicate memory piece by screenwriter Harold Pinter. It’s the story of a boy who visits his friend for the summer. He becomes infatuated with his sister, Marian and the go-between between her (Julie Christie), and her secret lover (Alan Bates), a tenant famer. For her supporting performance, Margaret Leighton would later be nominated for an Oscar.

The Conversation 1974 (streaming sources)

Francis Ford Coppola made this tight, paranoid thriller between the first two Godfather movies. Gene Hackman is a detective who is out to prove that Harrison Ford plans to murder his wife. It’s a haunting, intelligent film depicting isolation and paranoia that seems more relevant today than ever.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 (streaming sources)

Steven Soderbergh’s indelible first film changes the game about obsession, sexuality, and humor. Peter Gallagher, Andie MacDowell, and Laura San Giacomo, are each drawn into the world of sex, lies, and videotape by James Spader. Since this directorial debut, Soderbergh has had a long and varied career in TV and film, winning many Emmys and Oscars.

The Piano

The Piano 1993 (streaming sources)

Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin would later win Oscars for their roles as mother and daughter in this story of a lonely, unhappily married mute pianist. The film’s writer/director, Jane Campion is the only woman to win the Palme-d’Or to this day. She won the Oscar for her screenplay.

The White Ribbon 2009 (streaming sources)

Every frame of this atmospheric black and white film by Michael Haneke could be a stand-alone piece of German Expressionist art. Set in 1914 in a small village, and focusing mostly on its children, the film makes you understand how Fascism can rise. It portends the mood of the country before the rise of Hitler. Haneke’s work is fascinating and frightening, especially in our current era.

These are just a few of the extraordinary films featured at Cannes through the years. For other more comprehensive recommendations, check out these articles in The Guardian and The New Yorker.

Though you might not get to watch the stars walk the red carpet, you can experience why every year the Cannes Film Festival is a bastion for the best of international filmmaking.

May 21, 2020


Join the Museum of Modern Art every Thursday for its Virtual Views – bringing its collection and galleries online, including access to Donald Judd’s revolutionary sculptures, Dorothea Lange’s powerful photographs, intimate home movies, and more.

Plus, every weekend, MOMA explores an exhibition or a favorite artwork from its collection through video stories and curator Q&As, as well as audio playlists and feature articles.

Coming this Thursday, May 21

Amy Sillman:  The Shape of Shape. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the acclaimed Artist’s Choice exhibition curated by painter Amy Sillman. Join Sillman in conversation with Michelle Kuo, the Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, as they talk about the importance of shape, the shape-making outliers of art history, and Sillman’s new zine: here.

Past MOMA Virtual Views are available here, and we think you might especially like these two

April 30

Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures. Explore iconic works that redefined how we see America with Sarah Meister—plus introductory videos, poetry and artist’s books inspired by Lange, and the mystery around one of the most famous photographs in the world.  Available here.

May 7

The Sculpture Garden. Rediscover one of NYC’s most beloved outdoor spaces, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Relive some of the most inspiring—and wildest—moments in the Sculpture Garden’s history, follow a guided meditation, see how huge sculptures are installed with cranes, and much more.  Available here.

The Frick Museum

Many New Yorkers consider the Frick the ultimate museum experience. Housed in the mansion of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, the collection is at once varied across time and singular in the quality of every piece.  Visitors not only experience this priceless art collection, but also are able to return to the grandeur of the Gilded Age and experience the ambience of exquisitely furnished rooms.

In 2010, award-winning filmmaker Christopher Noey produced and directed a short film about the Frick to celebrate the museum’s 75th anniversary. The 11-minute film is as timeless (and as manageable) as the museum.  You can view the short film here.

Every Friday, the museum is offering a weekly installment of

“Cocktails with a Curator”

These 15 to 20 minute segments are both erudite and very entertaining.  Each talk focuses on a single work of art that is in the collection or has an association with works in the collection.  We promise you’ll be captivated and learn a lot. You can find the list of previous talks here. And remember there is a new segment every Friday at 5:00 p.m.

More New York Museums

Many New York museums have virtual tours and exhibitions on their sites. If your favorite isn’t listed, don’t despair and check its site directly — the good news is that with so many, it’s not possible to capture them all.

 Google’s Arts & Culture platform allows virtual access to many New York museums. Below are links to some of the best known:

Beyond New York

If you want to explore beyond New York’s institutions, Google’s Arts & Culture connects you to content from around the world, including:

We think you will find this exhibit particularly interesting:

Fashioning a Nation: Drawings from the Index of American Design illustrate a brief survey of American fashions from 1740 to 1895. The costumes in this exhibit provide some insight into the character and quality of American life from colonial times into the period of the industrial revolution. Most of the costumes represented are formal or “fine” garments of the kind that were preserved and handed down in families from one generation to the next.

Don’t miss the Italian Renaissance collection and the virtual tour of many of the Uzzi Gallery rooms, which will remind you all over again why you love Florence.

Choose any tour, and you’ll be wowed.

You can explore over 2,000 collections, 100,000 artworks, and 10,000 places from 80 countries with Google Arts & Culture

Although there are many inconveniences right now, this is a great time to remind ourselves of all the resources we have at our fingertips and never take advantage of… and a time to find new ones.

April 10, 2020

Nothing brings people together like music. Jazz, with its universal expressions, soulful melodies, and captivating rhythms speaks to us in ways words alone cannot. Hearing musicians coming together to create memorable performances confirms what greater good can come of joint efforts.

The community spirit of Jazz is part of what drove the development and growth of NoMad’s Tin Pan Alley. Its output of indelible songs influenced popular music of the time and continues to reach into the future, uniting people with its timeless tunes and rhythms. Even in times of isolation, Jazz can remind us of the bonds we still share.

Here are ways you can tap into the enduring power of Jazz.


If you’re looking for live streaming Jazz performances, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s guide keeps you informed about live digital jazz concerts and when they’re being broadcast. It’s updated continually so that you’re always in the know.


For those who want to share jazz with others, The Jazz Gallery in NoMad continues its live Happy Hour Zoom sessions with jazz musicians. Hear great music, interact with a Jazz Gallery musician, and join the Jazz Gallery community. Tickets are $15 or free for members. Sessions are limited to 10 people, so be sure to get your tickets ahead of time here.


Jazz at Lincoln Center continues to make Jazz performances, recordings, and playlists available:


To learn more about Tin Pan Alley, read this informative four-part series on Experience NoMad:

  • Tin Pan Alley’s name and accomplishments: Part 1
  • Tin Pan Alley’s musical styles and composers: Part 2
  • Social forces and technological developments that lead to Tin Pan Alley’s rise and fall: Part 3
  • Tin Pan Alley’s lasting significance on culture and business models: Part 4
January 16, 2019

The mural that greets visitors to 1133 is from the American Renaissance period.  From 1876 to 1917, this classical revival art movement celebrated civic virtue with a profusion of public murals presenting Greek allegory.

The St. James mural was painted by Arthur Brounet, a nationally famous muralist of the Golden Age whom we’ll cover in a future article.  His work appeared in fine homes, theatres, and civic buildings, and commercial structures in New York City and beyond.

The St. James mural features three beautiful goddesses stunningly arrayed in a strong classically balanced composition.  For all its formal symmetry and balance, the mural has tremendous movement and energy created by the limbs and garments of its three imposing figures.

In the center is the Greek Goddess Athena (known to the Romans as Minerva) flanked by two virginal attendants, possibly the vestal virgins.  Athena/Minerva is associated with a shield, owl, olive tree/branch (while there are no owls in the mural, it is interesting that there are so many on the exterior of the building).  Athena is the patroness of learning and wisdom, guardian of cities, and a powerful goddess of war and peace.

Athena is also the patroness of arts and crafts which is fitting because the St. James was, from the outset, meant to be a building for architects and other creative and building trades professionals.  In fact, Bruce Price, the architect of the St. James, and Daniel Burnham, the architect of the Flatiron Building and the famous Chicago Columbia Exposition, had offices in 1133 Broadway.

The figure on the left holds the fasces, a cylindrical bundle of wooden rods out of which protrudes the head of an ax.  The fasces is a symbol of power and unity as well as magisterial and regal authority.  Unfortunately, it became a beloved symbol of “fascists,” who derived their name from this once-respected classical symbol of strength.  With this imagery, the figure on the right represents a guardian of hearth and domestic life.  On the right, the figure carrying the flame is a symbol of life, the undying fire.

The resulting composition when taken together was probably meant to represent the best values of the ever-victorious America — a fine fusion of commerce, culture, and that uniquely American phenomenon, domestic excellence.

In 1896, virtually any well-educated person would have a good idea of who these women were and would intuit the mural’s meaning.  Today, it may not be so clear, but there is still a lesson for us in the three fabulously beautiful portraits.  So the next time you arrive for work, look up, because a century later the mural like all art, can lift our spirits and inspire us to achieve more.  The goddesses might also calm you:  Have you ever seen such serenity, confidence and strength?

July 25, 2017

From his 1133 Broadway office, four floors up from the sidewalks of NoMad, Barry Goralnick has a bird’s eye view of the city he says inspires him. “Have you ever looked at the façade of this this building, and the surrounding buildings?” Barry said on a recent visit to his office, “they are absolutely beautiful.” He finds inspiration everywhere, because he looks at it with a broad humanistic eye. This eye has helped in all aspects of his work – from light fixtures inspired by stairway railings to interior designs based off of vintage store finds.  The city in which he resides and the places he travels are the muse for his career.

Widely Accomplished

Goralnick is an architect, interior designer, product designer, and lecturer, and theater producer. His lengthy job description and unique ability to create timeless designs have brought him great success. He works alongside a small team to create beautiful interiors and homes, as well as products — ranging from lighting to furniture, carpet and fabrics (fabrics not official yet) — that are manufactured by some of the leading home furnishing companies in the country.   For his product designs, he has won the “Best of Year Award” and has been nominated several years running for Innovation Awards. He also has a coveted spot in Rizzoli’s highly regarded Interior Design Master Class edited by Carl Dellatore. Perhaps most impressive beyond all this is Goralnick’s welcomed ability to describe complex design theories and numerous successes in a simple, humble way.

barry goralnick

The Influences of a Broad Education

A graduate of Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s of Arts, with a degrees in English Literature and Fine Art before heading to Harvard University for a Master of Architecture, Goralnick strongly supports liberal arts education in schools.  “I studied literature, history, science, and I used to paint,” Goralnick said. “I encourage young people to study liberal arts first.  You need to be a deeper person and learn about as much as possible.  When I went to grad school, there were people like me and then there were people that had spent their whole life just  studying architecture.  The more you know about the world, the more you bring to your designs”

He cites the instructors he had along the way as some of his biggest influences. “I had amazing teachers,” Barry said. “When I was an undergraduate, I was the only one in my class who went to architecture school; we weren’t geared towards that.   But I had an architecture history teacher; he was just wonderful,. and he inspired me to choose my path” At Harvard I was lucky to study with Frank Gehry, Neil McKinnell, Fred Koetter and be critiqued by Philip Johnson, Charles Gwathmey, and Harry Cobb of I. M. Pei and Partners.

Barry has not stopped learning. Today, he considers Jim Druckman, president and CEO of the New York Design Center at 200 Lexington Avenue, to be one of his greatest  influences. “He has mentored many of New York’s top designers, Barry said. The two met when Druckman hosted a design competition requiring the creation of a new furniture or lighting piece. Barry entered a table and a light fixture and both were winning designs.  He credits the beginning of his success in product design as a result of this competition twenty years ago.    

For this reason, Barry has taken it upon himself to help aspiring designers. “I try to give back by lecturing to students,” he said.  He has spoken at high profile design schools such as Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, the New School, and New York University, as well as at NEOCON in Chicago.

Barry Goralnick Lithgow Living Room

What is Blended Modern?

While he is working to secure the future of design by assisting the next generation of designers, he is also changing the way design is viewed today. The tagline of Barry Goralnick Architecture & Design  is “Blended Modern,” indicating a style which Barry describes as neither classic nor uber futuristic, but rather a look with familiarity and some 50s and 60s inspiration.  The idea came about when he discovered an ambiguity in the projects he was designing.  “Sometimes a client will say ‘I love my room,’ and a friend will ask me what style it is,” Barry said.  “It’s not really any one particular style. It is an amalgam of different eras.  It is putting together things in unexpected ways.  It is your own personal style.  It is Blended Modern.”

Barry went on to explain the importance of Blended Modern in his own career and the unique way it fits into the market. “When I started designing product I realized that there were a lot of people with a very set style. I felt that there was a place in the middle where we could design things that work well with other styles; Blended Modern came out of that.”

The Blended Modern concept becomes crystal clear to anyone stepping into Barry’s office.  No clear theme can be assigned to the room, but it flows effortlessly.  Vibrant colors pop throughout the room, from purple chairs sitting against dark wood floors to a bold orange lamp.  Chandeliers from his own line hang from the ceiling, subtly drawing together the entire room.  Past and future design projects are seen in sketches, mood boards and fabric swatches hanging from the walls. The beauty in the work is his ability to assemble these disparate pieces into a common theme, which might otherwise be invisible to others.

Along with being a showroom for the blended modern style, Barry’s office highlights his favorite thing about design work: its tangible result.  “The thing that excites me most about everything that I do is to be able to produce tangible things that spring from your imagination ,” he said. “You come up with ideas and put them on paper, and then, you have a reality. When you’re an architect or designer, you can actually walk around inside your design.That is always thrilling”

Product Design

Currently, Barry has partnerships with name brands such as Circa Lighting, Ferrell + Mittman Furniture, Stark Carpets, Vanguard Furniture, Kichler Lighting, and design a line of bespoke furniture and lighting.  “When I started doing interiors, there were always pieces I wanted that didn’t exist, so I started designing them,” Barry said.  His business shifts between the work he does designing homes and interiors and the work he does designing product lines for his partnerships. Product design, he describes, is not as easy as his friends believe it to be. “The process is finding the best companies to design for,” Goralnick explained.  “Then  there are contracts, presentations, editing the line, going back and forth approving prototypes   Then you go to Markets, and design your own showroom space.  You meet retailers and train the sales staff.  And I travel around the country meeting and lecturing to designers, editors, and the end-users.  Nobody understands the amount of work there is in product design unless they do it.”

He takes great joy in seeing others use the products he has designed. “The most exciting thing about doing this for me is seeing the way others incorporate my pieces,” he said. “I recently met this woman at a design conference who said ‘I just used your sofa in a living room’ and she sent me a picture.  It was gorgeous.

His Psychology of Design

The importance Barry places on the relationship he shares with the companies that he designs for is similar to that of his own clients. As seen in his article in Rizzoli’s Interior Design Master Class, he believes the relationship he has with is clients his more similar to that of psychiatrist to patient. “When we meet clients, it is almost like a session,” Barry said.  “You are going to be spending a year or two talking all of the time.. You are designing their bedrooms and spaces they work in.  You get to know people and their families intimately. 

He believes some of the easiest people he has designed for have been actors and actresses, because they understand the amount of training he has in his craft.  It comes as no surprise that many of his clients are stars of the theatre and film.  “Successful people who are actors are very secure and easy to work with,” he said.  “They are artists too, which is great.”


Outside the Office

Barry’s love for actors goes beyond his design business. He is an avid fan of the theatre and produces plays and musicals. He is capable of recommending and reciting a summary of virtually all past and present Broadway shows to date.

Another way he fills his time outside of work is with the blog he writes for his website “at home, from six to nine o’clock in the morning.” He chronicles everything from hidden gems in the city to revolutions within the interior design industry, and occasionally, he even writes about his own upcoming work or the use of his products in other design styles.  

Between the “Blended Modern” style and his various product lines, Barry’s ideas are quickly spreading throughout the industry. His career is seemingly unstoppable and his work in molding the generations of designers to come is only furthering his influence.  While the reach of his work has extended far beyond the island of Manhattan, luckily for us, the man himself can be found in his NoMad office – showing us the wonderful details of the city we might fail to see and be enriched by, through his window and his work.

July 30, 2015

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William Reue Architecture has been a Kew tenant for seven years.  During that time, the firm’s work has gained acclaim from critics, and in recent years, the firm’s reputation has been growing exponentially. William Reue, founder and principal of the firm, is not only a fine architect but a thoughtful, creative person who’s always looking for innovative ways to address challenges.

William Reue Riverview Townhouse

The firm’s latest work is a gorgeous townhouse project in the West Village here in New York.  It is a beautiful design with stunningly simple lines and replete with grace and light.

William Reue Riverside Townhouse Staircase

Typically, architects present new projects in “airless” photographs where the rooms barely seem like they could have been or will ever be inhabited. Reue wanted a way to highlight the dynamic beauty of the new townhouse. His solution is astoundingly innovative.  The firm commissioned an evocative dance to be choreographed, performed and videotaped in the space — a piece that would bring the space to life, suggest the drama of the life of future inhabitants, and brings us a richer experience of the space itself.

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Entitled “Elevation – A Ballet Exploration of an Architectural Space,”  this film is unique in its combination of architecture, dance, film, and music. To pull it off, William Reue Architecture collaborated with choreographer Sean Roschman, whose body of work includes commissions by Cirque Du Soleil’s onedrop.org and Lady Gaga’s ARTRave New York Fashion Week, to create an original dance that was performed by Jon Cooper, Megan Dickinson, and Oscar Carrillo.

william reue designed bathroom

The video was directed by Brandon Bloch, a commercial filmmaker based in Brooklyn who was supported by a small but talented team including Tim Sessler as Director of Photography. The soundtrack – called “Iguazu” – was created by Hays Holladay, an experimental musician based in Los Angeles whose work is often informed by physical spaces.

The resulting four-minute video is quite moving.  It is sexy, seductive, and fueled by the athleticism of the dancers. Take a look on YouTube.