CLIC PICKS: GRADE
GRADE is a multi-disciplinary New York-based architecture and interior design firm that translates clients’ ambitions into luxurious, personalized spaces. Founded by Thomas Hickey with Edward Yedid, GRADE’s portfolio spans high-end residential spaces and restaurants to luxury retailers and custom furniture. The firm’s aesthetic is grounded in discreet, informed design that seamlessly weaves tradition with modernity, featuring an emphasis on singular pieces with a transformative edge. GRADE’s high-octane clients include Tiffany & Co., the acclaimed West Village restaurant Bell Book & Candle, and various private luxury residences. GRADE’s furniture collection is currently available through luxury retail platform Dering Hall.
Store Front, The Disappearing Face of New York: James T. & Karla L. Murray
I moved to New York during a period of gentrification and have watched a lot of the city’s personality become corporate and homogenized. I learned a lot about the character of neighborhoods by their storefronts, especially by those which had endured through generations. This book celebrates the untold story of street-level architecture, the personal relationship of the user and local storefronts while recording the un-(der)designed storefronts from an era that is being bought out by Starbucks and the Gap.
Dior Couture: Patrick Demarchelier (Edward’s Pick)
This book defines couture and what fashion is all about. I have always been inspired by classic beauty in all forms, and especially by the hand of Dior.
The Sound I Saw: Roy Decarava (Thomas’s Pick)
I have tried to understand jazz for many years. I’ve had many people tell me many different versions of what jazz is. For me, jazz is not only the music and the sounds, but the visual experience, the struggle to celebrate a collection of thoughts and emotions.
Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen (Edward’s Pick)
This man’s genius was his ability to translate his ideas into revolutionary designs by way of luxurious fabrics, unforgettable details and lines that empower those lucky enough to wear his clothing. Details and materials are always what elevate good design to great.
Life Time: Jock Sturges (Thomas’s Pick)
I was recently introduced to Jock Sturges by an old college friend who collects his work. I found an immediate painterly quality in his photography similar to early 20th century classicists. Life Time is wonderful collection of his portraits.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (Edward’s Pick)
Basquiat’s raw talent and use of color make it impossible to question the authenticity of his work. There is an unmatched edgy, almost street quality to his work that I find to be honest and innate. These are signs of a true artist – I am inspired by those who follow their intuition.