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

How randy England duo ‘paid hotel employee to smuggle Icelandic girls into team hotel’

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline RushPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To PlayWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World Both were fined £1,360 by police in Iceland for their Covid breach. During their time together, Foden failed to tell the girls that he had a girlfriend and child at home, according to The Mirror, with both females not familiar with his background or pedigree. Lara Clausen, the cousin and friend to the beauty queen, revealed she was unaware of Foden’s relationship and one-year-old child back home, as she said: ‘Many have said to me that he has a girlfriend and a child. I did not know. ‘I did not Google the person before I went to meet him. I feel for everyone around him – family, girlfriend, team-mates and him, too. It is an honour to play with the national team. read also:Shamed Foden snapped showing bum to girls he and Greenwood smuggled into team hotel England boss Southgate said the their behaviour was a ‘puzzle’ as he explained that he knew they had to act quickly once they found out the news. Southgate said: ‘I do not really understand how players could have felt that behaviour was acceptable. That is a puzzle to me. ‘What is clear is that we are talking about a Covid breach. When we knew about that, we had to act quickly. ‘What has emerged since is that whether it was Covid or not, they would have been going home. Everyone has to be aware that is not going to be tolerated in an England camp.’ After a rather stressful international break for the England manager, following Harry Maguire’s arrest and court case in Greece, he praised the rest of his squad’s effort as they drew 0-0 with Denmark. ‘It’s been a pretty normal week, as far as I can see!’ he added. ‘I am resilient to it, really. I was determined to see that we came out of here with something. ‘We were not going to fold. We showed we were a team of men. We should not have been playing, frankly. I have to praise the effort of everyone. The last three weeks have been mayhem.’ Greenwood broke his silence after landing back in the UK following his exile from the Three Lions camp. In a statement released on United’s website, Greenwood said: ‘Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused. ‘It was irresponsible of me to break the Covid-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public. In particular, I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down, when he had shown great trust in me. ‘Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake. I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.’ Meanwhile, Foden took to Twitter to an issue an apology. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood paid an inside man to help them smuggle two Icelandic girls into their hotel room whilst in England duty, according to The Sun. The pair reportedly paid a hotel worker to help them sneak the girls in despite the strict coronavirus protocols banning visitors. Both the Manchester United and Man City stars were caught after footage leaked online from the girl’s snapchat of them having made it to their room and spending the night at the England team hotel. Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax for an initial fee of €39million Gareth Southgate expelled the two shamed youngsters from the squad and sent them home due to their breach of the Covid-19 social distancing guidelines. Foden and Greenwood have since issued apologies for their actions having returned back to Manchester just days after both making their debut for the national side. City midfielder Foden started the Iceland match for the Three Lions, whilst Greenwood came on as a second-half substitution as England scraped a 1-0 victory in stoppage time. Their rendezvous with the two girls, model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir, 20, and her cousin Lara Clausen happened after the match as the team began preparations for their second Nations League match against Denmark. The next morning, according to reports, the England physio collared the two players before they met up with the rest of the squad for breakfast. Had they not been stopped by the physio, they could have caused a huge Covid-19 breach and caused the Denmark match to be thrown into jeopardy over safety concerns. A source, reported by The Sun, said: ‘They were very keen to meet the women and needed help from an employee, who received a very generous tip. ‘There cannot be any doubt they knew what they did was wrong. All the rules had been drummed into them. ‘There was less security than usual travelling as no fans were allowed in the stadium and the players took advantage of that.’ Southgate labelled the pair as ‘naive’ as he spoke out for the first time since banishing them from his squad. However, the source revealed he was ‘absolutely furious’ with them. The source added: ‘The manager has been measured in public but is absolutely furious with them. They can expect to be banished from the next couple of squads.’ A separate source said Greenwood and Foden were stopped by a physio from joining team-mates at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel. The second source said: ‘If they had breakfast with the lads, it could have led to the Denmark game being called off.’last_img read more

Grassley wants Mueller report made public

first_imgWASHINGTON — While the U.S. House passed a resolution to make public the final report investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the effort was blocked by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.The blockade of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is perturbing to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who says everyone should be entitled to read the final report. “We’re spending millions and millions and now those millions have added up, I guess, to 41-million,” Grassley says. “The public ought to know what they get for their money, so that’s why I think it ought to be made public.”The report found no evidence of collusion and President Donald Trump has called for the report to be made public, but U.S. Attorney General William Barr intends to keep it under wraps, though Barr did release a summary. Grassley says if the full report is published, a few things should be redacted to protect the privacy of certain people.“If somebody was investigated by Mueller and he didn’t do anything wrong and his name shows up in the report,” Grassley says, “he could have his reputation ruined if it comes out that Mueller was questioning a particular person.”Grassley says grand jury testimony should also be excluded, should the full report come out. Still, even with those items removed, Grassley says the many hundreds of remaining pages of the report should be released. “I’m for transparency, not only in this case, but generally,” Grassley says. “You hear me use the word transparency because the public’s business ought to be public and $41-million was paid for this. Public officials did it and transparency brings accountability.”President Trump says the Mueller report brought him “complete and total exoneration” as it did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russians during the election. According to Barr’s summary, quoting Mueller, while the report “does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”last_img read more