As a creative person, I have always asked myself, “How can I be more creative?” I realize to be creative it is imperative to lead a creative life. So just last year I sold my house in the suburbs, got rid of at least half my belongings, and moved to that creative hotspot called Brooklyn.
Since I am a foodie, I started on the food front. . . after all Adam Platt, New York Magazine’s writer of the ‘Best Places to Eat in NYC’, declared, “Brooklyn’s Ascension is official.” He states that Brooklyn has now ascended to the leader in innovative food over NYC and that it’s now a “destination” even for him, a “Manhattan centric” food critic. I also loved one of his favorites, La Vara, not far from my condo. I have explored the Brooklyn Designs show in Dumbo and discovered a very cool urban lighting designer named Urban Chandy, a furniture designer called Analog Modern, that makes all handmade rustic urban case goods, and one of my favorite ceramicists, Pamela Sunday. This weekend, I am exploring OpenHouseNY, which has interior designers’ newest projects or homes open to the public for tours of great architecture all weekend long.
However, one of my favorite recent ‘design journeys’ toward leading a creative life, was in a town called Villa de Levya outside of Bogotá, Colombia. This is a bit of a kitschy, albeit beautiful town, but some of the shops had some outstanding furniture designers, etc. I was in a store with gorgeous artisanal wood pieces and placed my eyes upon this lone bronze sculpture, which I immediately fell in love with. I knew right then I had to purchase it. The sculpture had a Rodin elegance and a modern style, as well as my favorite requirement, a stunning material. However, it was a bit pricey, and before I bought it I really wanted to see if the sculptor had other pieces. I asked the salesperson about the artist, and they said he lived in town and immediately called him on the phone. My colleague, whom I was with, spoke to the sculptor, and explained to me we had been invited to his studio. We went to visit, and not only did we see his studio and all his fabulous works, but we saw his two amazing homes that he and his wife, both architects, designed. I saw all of his personal sculptures (of which I wanted to buy every single piece). I left for home with that gorgeous original piece in the store (at a much reduced price) and told him once he got back into the swing of being a full time sculptor that I would buy many additional pieces from him. My colleagues informed me that they could always count on me to have a unique, enjoyable, and creative journey; serendipity was my friend that day. I now have new sculptor friends in Bogotá, and my colleagues have a striking place to stay, since the sculptor rents out his second home, when they go to Villa de Levya.