David Easton, Architect for an American Gentry, Dies at 83

first_img“He certainly did the grand houses of the 1980s, and nobody did it better,” said Bunny Williams, the interior designer who, like Mr. Easton, is an alumna of Parish-Hadley, the Kennedy- and post-Kennedy-era design firm that taught new money to look old and old money to look fresh. “But most of his work wasn’t published, because he worked for very private people. It was a totally different time, and he wasn’t interested in fame. He was confident about what he was doing, and he never had to be pretentious.”David Anthony Easton was born on April 9, 1937, in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in York, Pa., the eldest of three children. His father, David Allen Easton, worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as an accountant; his mother, Elizabeth (Scheidt) Easton, was a homemaker.Mr. Easton spent summers with a grandmother in Chicago, and he knew he wanted to be an architect after visiting the Trend House at the Marshall Field’s department store there and becoming transfixed by its model rooms. He studied architecture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and after graduation received a scholarship to study architecture at a school in Fontainebleau, France.When Mr. Easton returned to New York City in 1964, he went to work for Edward Wormley, the modernist furniture designer. But he was a classicist at heart. In 1967, Parish-Hadley hired him as a senior designer. He started his own firm in 1972, and by the next decade, his work, along with that of Mark Hampton and Mario Buatta, would become emblematic of the English-style opulence that defined the 1980s. Speaking of his former client, Ms. Kluge, Mr. Easton told Town & Country in 2011: “I think she was searching for pleasure in life. The old Roman carpe diem. She was having a good time. I’m not protecting her. I’m just saying she has a view like that, and I think it’s a good and healthy one.” Yet Mr. Easton, who had a deep knowledge of and abiding love for Regency furniture, Roman statuary, Delft pottery and Chinese antiquities, was not really an impresario of glitz and bling. His tastes were disciplined, and he did not seek the spotlight. Even for its time, at the height of the go-go Reagan years, Albemarle House was considered over the top.“Albemarle House really threw down the gauntlet during the roaring ’80s,” said Stephen Drucker, former editor in chief of House Beautiful and Town & Country magazines. Gossip columnists fell all over themselves describing the excesses of the Kluges, like a private disco, a golf course and liveried footmen.The Kluges certainly weren’t the only high-wattage clients in Mr. Easton’s portfolio. He designed an apartment in the Pierre hotel in Manhattan for Phyllis and Sumner Redstone, the media mogul who died in August. For Paula Zahn, the former CNN anchor, he built a contemporary house in Aspen, Colo. And for Herbert Black, the Canadian businessman who exposed the Sotheby’s and Christie’s price-fixing scandal in 2000, he created a Georgian-style house in Montreal. – Advertisement – There were formal English gardens, five lakes carved into the estate’s 6,000 acres, a carriage house and stables, a grotto, a helicopter landing pad, an 850-acre game preserve and a chapel, for which Mr. Easton designed the vestments of the clergy who would preside there, as well as the crypt below. (Mr. Easton researched just what was required to store embalmed bodies.) The house itself was more than 23,000 square feet, and Mr. Easton filled it with European and English antiques.- Advertisement –center_img In 1981, Mr. Easton was already an established architect and decorator when Alistair Stair, a principal of Stair & Company, an antiques dealer, suggested to Patricia Kluge, who had just married John Kluge, the much older billionaire head of MetroMedia, that Mr. Easton was the man to design the estate the couple wanted to build in Charlottesville, Va.Mr. Easton and Ms. Kluge met at the Carlyle hotel in Manhattan, and, as was his habit, he used a cocktail napkin to sketch his design for a 45-room brick manor that the Kluges would name Albemarle House. – Advertisement – Mr. Easton and Mr. Steinmeyer married in 2014, after 39 years together. Mr. Steinmeyer said he had been engaged to a woman back home in Oklahoma when he and Mr. Easton met in 1975. “David said: “I’m not going to tell you what to do, but you can’t have your life two different ways. Either way, you’re going to make somebody very unhappy. If you want to screw up your life, that’s fine. But don’t screw up somebody else’s.”In 1992, Mr. Easton was named to Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame.Despite his very proper interiors, Mr. Easton had a mischievous streak. He drank red wine with all his meals, even breakfast, declaring, like W.C. Fields, that he didn’t like water because fish mated in it (although both he and Fields used a different verb). Former employees recall Mr. Easton asking for a ham sandwich on the Concorde, the supersonic jet that used to ferry the wealthy across the Atlantic at record speeds, instead of the lobster thermidor they were serving. At dinner parties he liked to say that he was a sex therapist, so that he didn’t have to talk about his work.But he was very serious about that design work, and its implications.In an interview with New York Social Diary in 2007, Mr. Easton said it was no longer appropriate to be building enormous houses.“I’ve built all these Georgian houses, we’re talking about 15-to-25,000-square-foot houses,” he said. “Young people are not going to build that way. They still are up in Greenwich, but that’s the last blast. We can’t afford to. No, I think in the day and age when people are starving and dying, the earth can’t afford it.” David Easton, an architect and interior designer who created English-style palaces for an American aristocracy, died on Oct. 29 at his home in Tulsa, Okla. He was 83.James Steinmeyer, his husband and only immediate survivor, said the cause was complications of dementia.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Williams wins Payless Variety Store feature 35-lap race in record time

first_imgCONTINENTAL Cycle Club’s cyclist Geron Williams won the feature 35-lap race of the 6th Annual Payless Variety Store’s 11-race cycle programme in the National Park yesterday in a time of one hour, 12 minutes 35.42 seconds and in the process, erased the previous record for the race which was established just over one month ago by Kemuel Mosses whose time for the event was one hour, 13 minutes.Williams who is based in the United States of America and who is back home (Guyana) to recuperate from an injury he sustained while in the US where he represents Team Foundation as a professional cyclist – the only Guyanese professional – broke from the pack after the second lap and together with Paul Cho-Wee-Nam, Christopher Griffith, Paul DeNobrega, Curtis Dey, Jamal John and two others, established a sizeable lead.Throughout the remainder of the race, the leaders interchanged the lead which allowed Williams to win two of the eight prime prizes that were up for grabs, while Jamal John and Cho-Wee-Nam also won two primes each. DeNobrega and Griffith shared the other two.At the bell lap for the feature race yesterday, Cho-Wee-Nam and DeNobrega shared the lead with Dey, Silvio Inniss, John and Williams trailing, but with approximately 80 metres remaining for the finish, Williams `sailed’ to the outside and powered past Inniss and John to win the race.In other results, Curtis Dey won the 10-lap race for juveniles in a time of 26 minutes 37.59 seconds. Nigel Dugid and Briton John were second and third, respectively.The veterans’ over 50 years of age five-lap race was won by Linden Blackman who finished ahead of Kennard Lovell and Shameer Baksh, respectively.The five-lap race for veterans’ under 50 years of age was won by Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson. Second was Warren McKay, while Lennox Jackman placed third.Jonathan Ramsuchit won the three-lap race for boys and girls 12-14 years old.The five-lap race for mountain bikers was won by Nigel Jacobs, with Lakeram Singh second.Jared Barrington was the winner of the two-lap race for BMX boys 6-9 years old. Tesirka Mohabir was second and Arinna Roberts third.Joheme Henry won the BMX boys 9-12 years three-lap race ahead of Mark Lewis and John Niles, respectively.The programme was organised by cycling coach, Hassan Mohamed. Prior to making the presentation of prizes to the respective winners, Payless Variety Stores’ representative, Rajan Tiwari thanked the cyclists for participating, and Mohamed for organizing the activity for the sixth consecutive year.Tiwari said his company not only supports cycling, but other sports disciplines. He pledged Payless Variety Store’s continued support for the cycling programme.(Caption): Prize winners of the various categories of the 6th Annual Payless Variety Store-sponsored 11-race cycle programme yesterday strike a pose with Mohamed and Tiwari.last_img

Don’t worry Liverpool fans! Proof Lovren and Toure are an unbeatable partnership

first_img Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Liverpool 1 You can hear Villarreal v Liverpool live on talkSPORT, tonight from 20:05(BST).Liverpool fans dreading the thought of Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure at the back against Villarreal needn’t fear a thing.After playing a crucial role in their progression to the Europa League semi-finals, Mamadou Sakho is now unable to take part against the Yellow Submarine due a 30-day ban as UEFA investigate his doping violation.This means manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to turn to Toure as he attempts to lead the Reds to the final in Basel.The idea of a Lovren-Toure partnership would once have brought Liverpool fans out in a cold sweat but this season that shouldn’t be the case.Incredibly, the duo have started together in six games this season across all competition and the Reds have come out the other side with four wins, two draws and ZERO defeats.And adding to that, the duo have kept four clean sheets, conceding one goal in a 2-1 victory over Bordeaux and two in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle.If that didn’t boost your belief in the pair, Toure has also slotted in alongside his Croatian colleague from the bench on four occasions and they have won all of those, too.So if you had any worries about how Liverpool would get on tonight against the Yellow Submarine, don’t worry – you’re in safe hands with the unbeatable duo at the back.last_img read more