Arik Levy’s "performance art" at the Kenny Schachter/Rove gallery booth
December 5, 2008. Company holiday parties may be an endangered species this year, but despite early predictions of impending doom, the party circuit hasn’t slowed down the slightest bit this year at Miami Basel. We could only manage to attend a tiny sliver of the offerings—we missed a Russell Simmons bash at the Mondrian and Gallerie Perrotin celebrating its Pharrell Williams collection at Le Baron, for which we were too exhausted and hungry to brave the lines—but we rounded up some photos of the opening of the Marcel Wanders–decorated Mondrian hotel, Harry Allen‘s GlassLab performance, the Rubell Family Collection’s annual brunch with Domino magazine, Visionaire’s Krug-sponsored shindig in the backyard of the Raleigh, Luminaire’s PaperLove charity auction (where Ross Lovegrove reportedly started stripping to up the bids on his contribution, though we left too soon to see it with our own eyes), and finally, Arik Levy screwing in a lightbulb. Guess you had to be there.
Marcel Wanders (right) and friend at the celeb-studded (Marilyn Manson, A-Rod) opening of the Mondrian.
The Die Gestalten Verlag crew: Shonquis Moreno, publisher and co-founder Robert Klanten, Lina Kunimoto, and Sven Ehmann
New York designer Harry Allen blows glass, wears clogs, looks good doing it
Designer and architect Paul Haigh with Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell
New York designers Constantin and Laurene Boym
Brian Fichtner of The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt with Michael Snyder of Moss
Vitra Home’s New York director of sales Alfred Stadler (right) with designer Marcela Sheridan
New York designer Dror Benshetrit (left) with a friend at Luminaire’s PaperLove charity auction and dinner
Laurene Boym with design curator Zoe Ryan
Fuseproject’s Yves Béhar with I.D. senior editor Monica Khemsurov
I.D. intern Ali Morris, managing editor Jill Singer, and a fountain of Krug champagne at the Visionaire bash at the Raleigh