The Passing of A Great Gentleman, Edward Stuart Tishman

                                        “I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.”

                                                                                                                                  John Ruskin

 

Edward Stuart Tishman is one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. I had the great honor of calling him father for the past thirty-one years, but I never lost my sense of awe for the remarkable life he led. I’ve met many celebrities and politicians on my journey, most proved truly disappointing, but my admiration for Mr. Tishman never wavered. What always impressed me most was his tremendous humility in spite of his tremendous talents and achievements. I agree with John Ruskin, this is the mark of an authentically great man. 

Another character attribute I admired, and have tried to emulate in my own life, is the great fascination Edward had for a wide array of subjects and his openness and gracious manner with everyone he encountered. His curiosity was infectious whether we were viewing an art exhibit, discussing film or literature, traveling together, exploring the culinary triumphs of the best restaurants in New York or simply enjoying a family night at home, I always left his presence feeling uplifted and excited about the future. Grace, humility, and passion are surely great attributes to have shared with his family and friends.

I will also remember Edward as a devoted father and grandfather. A wise man who was quick to laugh, generous to a fault, and always a source of strength even in the most difficult times. His engineering mind always discerned a solution to every problem and his dry wit found humor when it was needed most. Even when his eldest son was killed in an accident, he conducted himself with dignity and stoicism and in so doing sustained his entire family. He was the embodiment of all a father should be and engrained himself in all our lives so profoundly that we will forever hear his voice in our minds and hearts, guiding us in our lives as he did for so many years. I join my wife Leslie, and our entire family in mourning our dear father, Edward Tishman, but I take solace in knowing that his legacy as a builder, a businessman, a philanthropist, an intellectual, and most importantly as the patriarch of our family assures his legacy forever.

Edward as a toddler, his penchant for building is already evident! He would later build several of the world’s tallest towers.

Edward as a toddler, his penchant for building is already evident! He would later build several of the world’s tallest towers.

Edward Stuart Tishman, 1927, His equestrian life already beginning at Age 4.

Edward Stuart Tishman, 1927, His equestrian life already beginning at Age 4.

Young Edward flanked by his brother Billy and his sister Barbara, in New York City’s Central Park in 1929, just after the onset of The Great Depression.

Young Edward flanked by his brother Billy and his sister Barbara, in New York City’s Central Park in 1929, just after the onset of The Great Depression.

Edward grew up at 885 Park Avenue. Photographed in their library in 1936 are his mother, Amy Apfel Tishman, younger brother William and sister Barbara and his mentor, his father Alexander Tishman.

Edward grew up at 885 Park Avenue. Photographed in their library in 1936 are his mother, Amy Apfel Tishman, younger brother William and sister Barbara and his mentor, his father Alexander Tishman.

Young Edward Tishman as a student and member of the ROTC program at Yale University in 1942.

Young Edward Tishman as a student and member of the ROTC program at Yale University in 1942.

Edward Tishman (Center), Captain of the 1943 Yale Rifle Team.

Edward Tishman (Center), Captain of the 1943 Yale Rifle Team.

Following his graduation at Yale University in 1944, Edward attended the Annapolis Naval Academy.

Following his graduation at Yale University in 1944, Edward attended the Annapolis Naval Academy.

Lieutenant Edward S. Tishman, an officer serving on the U.S.S. Mission Bay. WWII. 1944-1946.

Lieutenant Edward S. Tishman, an officer serving on the U.S.S. Mission Bay. WWII. 1944-1946.

U.S.S. Mission Bay. Edward Tishman served aboard this vessel in the Pacific arena during World War II.

U.S.S. Mission Bay. Edward Tishman served aboard this vessel in the Pacific arena during World War II.

Edward and Jan Tishman on their European honeymoon in 1949. Doris Jeanette Napp and Edward Stuart Tishman were married in New York on March, 31, 1949.

Edward and Jan Tishman on their European honeymoon in 1949. Doris Jeanette Napp and Edward Stuart Tishman were married in New York on March, 31, 1949.

After the war years Edward and Jan created their family including Douglas (left), Leslie, and Andrew on his father’s lap. They were devoted parents and never lost their interest in every detail of their children’s and grandchildren’s lives.

After the war years Edward and Jan created their family including Douglas (left), Leslie, and Andrew on his father’s lap. They were devoted parents and never lost their interest in every detail of their children’s and grandchildren’s lives.

Travel remains a great passion in our family. This is one of my favorite photos showing from left, Edward, his friend Norman Fuerth, Jan Tishman and Joanie Fuerth, about to depart New York for Europe. Oh for the days of glamourous travel!

Travel remains a great passion in our family. This is one of my favorite photos showing from left, Edward, his friend Norman Fuerth, Jan Tishman and Joanie Fuerth, about to depart New York for Europe. Oh for the days of glamourous travel!

Destiny ordained that Edward would join his cousins to lead Tishman Construction, the company founded by his grandfather, Julius Tishman, in 1898. Tishman Construction would grow to be one of the largest construction companies in the world, building the tallest skyscrapers in America and Europe. Shown left to right are Edward, John, Peter, Norman (seated), Bob, and Alan in the executive offices of 666 Fifth Avenue. The Tishman building remains a wonderful example of mid-century modern design.

Destiny ordained that Edward would join his cousins to lead Tishman Construction, the company founded by his grandfather, Julius Tishman, in 1898. Tishman Construction would grow to be one of the largest construction companies in the world, building the tallest skyscrapers in America and Europe. Shown left to right are Edward, John, Peter, Norman (seated), Bob, and Alan in the executive offices of 666 Fifth Avenue. The Tishman building remains a wonderful example of mid-century modern design.

A few of the iconic buildings by Tishman Construction. I remember every detail Edward shared with me about these epic undertakings and I still recall his anguish as he watched his beloved Twin Towers crashing back to earth. It was poetic that New York City again turned to the Tishman family to erect the Freedom Tower.

A few of the iconic buildings by Tishman Construction. I remember every detail Edward shared with me about these epic undertakings and I still recall his anguish as he watched his beloved Twin Towers crashing back to earth. It was poetic that New York City again turned to the Tishman family to erect the Freedom Tower.

Edward Stuart Tishman (March 20, 1923- March 12, 2019) and his dear wife, Jan on the day of their son, Douglas Tishman’s wedding.

Edward Stuart Tishman (March 20, 1923- March 12, 2019) and his dear wife, Jan on the day of their son, Douglas Tishman’s wedding.

The equestrian lifestyle was fundamental to the Tishman Clan. Edward and Jan Tishman were fans of fox hunting and hosted hunts in Waitsfield, Vermont. Their passion for the chase would take them to Ireland and to the sandhills of Southern Pines, North Carolina.

The equestrian lifestyle was fundamental to the Tishman Clan. Edward and Jan Tishman were fans of fox hunting and hosted hunts in Waitsfield, Vermont. Their passion for the chase would take them to Ireland and to the sandhills of Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Edward defied age and played polo well into his 60s! Although his wife Jan and his daughter Leslie liked to tease him for playing “old man” polo. As a novice, I found it quite impressive!

Edward defied age and played polo well into his 60s! Although his wife Jan and his daughter Leslie liked to tease him for playing “old man” polo. As a novice, I found it quite impressive!

Edward loved sports of all types. He continued working out into his 80s. He never retired and modeled the benefits of an active life for everyone who knew this remarkable man.

Edward loved sports of all types. He continued working out into his 80s. He never retired and modeled the benefits of an active life for everyone who knew this remarkable man.

I first met Edward Tishman in 1986, shortly after moving to New York. He was always gracious and welcoming to a southern gentleman who was not Jewish and not a New Yorker. We enjoyed an respectful and warm relationship for more than 30 years.

I first met Edward Tishman in 1986, shortly after moving to New York. He was always gracious and welcoming to a southern gentleman who was not Jewish and not a New Yorker. We enjoyed an respectful and warm relationship for more than 30 years.

Three generations of Tishman men and a southern invader on my wedding day in 1988. Standing is Andrew Tishman (left) and Douglas Tishman. Seated is Edward holding his grandson Adam and me holding my nephew Justin. It was a magical day in New York.

Three generations of Tishman men and a southern invader on my wedding day in 1988. Standing is Andrew Tishman (left) and Douglas Tishman. Seated is Edward holding his grandson Adam and me holding my nephew Justin. It was a magical day in New York.

Edward Stuart Tishman (March 20, 1923 - March 12, 2019) A Remarkable Gentleman his family and friends will remember and honor forever.

Edward Stuart Tishman (March 20, 1923 - March 12, 2019) A Remarkable Gentleman his family and friends will remember and honor forever.

HATS! The Neglected Fashion Accessory

I have always had an obsession with hats. Those of you that know me personally know that my own collection of hats is, well….tremendous, multifaceted, and yes….obsessive! I simply don’t feel dressed until I select the appropriate hat style, color, and fabric. I live in hats, except when protocol requires going hatless. High Mass, Weddings, and Funerals make that very short list. Otherwise etiquette be damned I’m living in my hats. 

When I think about the most beautiful women in history, particularly film stars we all love such as Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly, I invariably remember them in Hats. Here are a few of the best hat designers and their exquisite creations.  If you’re not wearing hats yet, I urge you to find your style. Once you find the silhouette that flatters your facial architecture, you’ll share my mantra that you’re never fully dressed without a Hat!  

Vintage, 1950’s, Christian Dior, the Hat Steals the Scene!

Vintage, 1950’s, Christian Dior, the Hat Steals the Scene!

Carolina Herrera, Her luxurious interpretation of a Fedora. Oh those smoky eyes!

Carolina Herrera, Her luxurious interpretation of a Fedora. Oh those smoky eyes!

A hat fit for a Queen! Philip Treacy is a favorite of the Royal Family. This confection is beyond words.

A hat fit for a Queen! Philip Treacy is a favorite of the Royal Family. This confection is beyond words.

Another work of art by Philip Treacy. Visit Philip at  www.PhilipTreacy.co.uk

Another work of art by Philip Treacy. Visit Philip at www.PhilipTreacy.co.uk

If this beautiful woman seems familiar, its with good reason, she is Lady Kitty Spencer, Diana’s niece wearing a Philip Treacy original design.

If this beautiful woman seems familiar, its with good reason, she is Lady Kitty Spencer, Diana’s niece wearing a Philip Treacy original design.

Rachel Trevor Morgan. Discover her world of hats at  www.RachelTrevorMorgan.com

Rachel Trevor Morgan. Discover her world of hats at www.RachelTrevorMorgan.com

Eric Javits remains one of my favorite hat designers. His designs are classic and timeless, easily becoming family heirlooms that defy trends and time itself.

Eric Javits remains one of my favorite hat designers. His designs are classic and timeless, easily becoming family heirlooms that defy trends and time itself.

Ralph Lauren always conjures a story, a sense of drama that adds to the richness of life. Here a black and white stripe hat that captures and holds the eye.

Ralph Lauren always conjures a story, a sense of drama that adds to the richness of life. Here a black and white stripe hat that captures and holds the eye.

Perfect for your spring garden parties. This apple green straw hat is by Guy Morse-Brown.

Perfect for your spring garden parties. This apple green straw hat is by Guy Morse-Brown.

I love ending with this dramatic red hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, design star to Britain’s Royal Family.

I love ending with this dramatic red hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, design star to Britain’s Royal Family.

Miss Pooh, The Cat that Saved My Life

I first met, Miss Pooh, on a beautiful spring day in 2006. I was busy planting flowers when a lovely calico cat wandered into my garden, carefully maintaining her distance, but keeping me company for the rest of the afternoon. In the coming days she became a regular visitor, particularly after I began offering her delicious treats! After I had earned her trust she finally, and with great caution, allowed me to touch her soft hair, gently rubbing her forehead and neck. This dance continued in the coming weeks until she followed me into our home and began exploring the rooms and inspecting the quality and texture of rugs, furniture, and window treatments. Once we were approved as suitable members of her staff the deal was sealed and she never left the home she shared with my wife, Leslie Tishman, and I until her passing, at age 18,  on Nov. 12, 2018. The twelve years we shared together were filled with joy, love, and thousands of Vogue poses, flirtations, snuggles by the fire, and wonderful afternoon naps together on weekends. Pooh became the structure of each day. Time was measured by her cadence, her needs, and her unending desire to explore and discover the wonders of life.

When Miss Pooh first entered our lives friends commented how wonderful it was that we had rescued an abandoned cat, but over the years I came to understand that it was truly the opposite. She had rescued me. She taught me to laugh and play on the floor when the stress of deadlines and demanding projects felt overwhelming. She made me feel strong and invincible by letting me know I was her hero, her champion. Most importantly she taught me the meaning of pure love. Consistent, non-judgmental, the kind of love that touches your heart and soul and never dissipates. I came to understand the bond between humans and their pets, and I felt my heart opening and bonding with her in a way that defied logic and reason. 

The past few weeks have been filled with tears and a longing to hold her that is simply unbearable at times, but slowly we’re healing and remembering all the gifts she gave us over a dozen years and that is bringing us joy, even in despair. We know we’ll have other cats in our lives, but none will ever diminish the special place that Miss Pooh holds in our affections. 

Miss Pooh was a Glamour Puss, Queen of the Garden, High Commander of the Cobblestone Alley behind our Carriage House, and Above All The Center of Our Universe. Her love will Resonate in our Lives Forever.

Miss Pooh was a Glamour Puss, Queen of the Garden, High Commander of the Cobblestone Alley behind our Carriage House, and Above All The Center of Our Universe. Her love will Resonate in our Lives Forever.

We purchased this beautiful embroidery coverlet on the Greek Island of Santorini. It was not complete, however, till it was carefully inspected by Miss Pooh and claimed as her favorite spot in the master bedroom. I loved the contrast of her tortoise coloration and the crisp blue and white.

We purchased this beautiful embroidery coverlet on the Greek Island of Santorini. It was not complete, however, till it was carefully inspected by Miss Pooh and claimed as her favorite spot in the master bedroom. I loved the contrast of her tortoise coloration and the crisp blue and white.

Miss Pooh was always my muse when designing furniture, lighting, and fashions. She discovered that she fit perfectly inside my Hermes orange boxes and made me laugh as I toiled away at my desk. She had a remarkable ability to know just when I needed a laugh!

Miss Pooh was always my muse when designing furniture, lighting, and fashions. She discovered that she fit perfectly inside my Hermes orange boxes and made me laugh as I toiled away at my desk. She had a remarkable ability to know just when I needed a laugh!

Miss Pooh loved to climb. She often sat on the roof of our carriage house where she had a majestic view of her domain. This is my favorite photo of her and is being immortalized by a local artist. Farewell my beautiful girl.

Miss Pooh loved to climb. She often sat on the roof of our carriage house where she had a majestic view of her domain. This is my favorite photo of her and is being immortalized by a local artist. Farewell my beautiful girl.

Wanderlust, Travel, Culture and Design

Wanderlust, the passion to travel and explore, to learn about other cultures, and to interpret our adventures through design. From the ‘Grand Tour’ of the Age of Enlightenment to our worlds of global connectivity, Travel has shaped and enriched the creativity of the world’s best designers. Join Five internationally celebrated designers as we discuss the unsurpassed joys of travel and the need to appreciate and understand other cultures.

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The remarkable book by Michelle Nussbaumer will change your view of travel. Four lucky members of the audience will win a free copy. Michelle will be doing a book signing following the panel.

The remarkable book by Michelle Nussbaumer will change your view of travel. Four lucky members of the audience will win a free copy. Michelle will be doing a book signing following the panel.

Michelle is a force of nature and a design tastemaker. Don’t miss her legendary shop, Ceylon et Cie in Dallas or her collections that include wallpaper with Gracie Studio, Mexican glassware, Delft Tabletop, a Gwyneth Paltrow Goop pop-up shop, wallpapers with Newlon Collection, here own line of textiles and her upcoming fabric collection for Vervain. Learn more at www.CeylonetCie.com

Michelle is a force of nature and a design tastemaker. Don’t miss her legendary shop, Ceylon et Cie in Dallas or her collections that include wallpaper with Gracie Studio, Mexican glassware, Delft Tabletop, a Gwyneth Paltrow Goop pop-up shop, wallpapers with Newlon Collection, here own line of textiles and her upcoming fabric collection for Vervain. Learn more at www.CeylonetCie.com

Kellis Ellis is internationally celebrated as a designer, artist, speaker, television personality and author of the best selling “Do I Look Skinny In This House?” Kelli’s publications include BBC, SKY, LUXE, Elle Decor, Domino, O Magazine, and Traditional Home. Her TV credits include TLC’s Clean Sweep, HGTV’s Takeover My Makeover, Celebrity Holiday Homes, House Hunters Renovation. Kelli hosts her own show, Design Therapy on The Design Network. Don’t miss her art collection at Left Bank Art and her brilliant new furniture collection for Sunpan. Visit www.KelliEllis.com

Kellis Ellis is internationally celebrated as a designer, artist, speaker, television personality and author of the best selling “Do I Look Skinny In This House?” Kelli’s publications include BBC, SKY, LUXE, Elle Decor, Domino, O Magazine, and Traditional Home. Her TV credits include TLC’s Clean Sweep, HGTV’s Takeover My Makeover, Celebrity Holiday Homes, House Hunters Renovation. Kelli hosts her own show, Design Therapy on The Design Network. Don’t miss her art collection at Left Bank Art and her brilliant new furniture collection for Sunpan. Visit www.KelliEllis.com

David is a Gentleman of many many hats! A designer of rooms, furniture, wallpaper, in fact the Prince of Wallpaper, a social media influencer, a leader of IDS and IFDA, television star of George to the Rescue, and celebrated opera singer with performances at Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, and Carnegie Hall! Learn more about David at www.CasaSanti.com

David is a Gentleman of many many hats! A designer of rooms, furniture, wallpaper, in fact the Prince of Wallpaper, a social media influencer, a leader of IDS and IFDA, television star of George to the Rescue, and celebrated opera singer with performances at Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, and Carnegie Hall! Learn more about David at www.CasaSanti.com

Mr. Tartan Scot himself, a Southern Gentleman with Deep Scottish Roots who grew up in the Far East. Learn more about Scott at www.SMWHome.com You’re fall in love with his beautifully tailored interiors, fabrics, and furniture. And don’t miss his rugs at Nourison if you’re in High Point. Scott’s fabrics are a personal favorite.

Mr. Tartan Scot himself, a Southern Gentleman with Deep Scottish Roots who grew up in the Far East. Learn more about Scott at www.SMWHome.com You’re fall in love with his beautifully tailored interiors, fabrics, and furniture. And don’t miss his rugs at Nourison if you’re in High Point. Scott’s fabrics are a personal favorite.

I’m honored to moderate this star-studded group of designers. Wanderlust has been in my blood since childhood. For more details on this topic please see my feature article at http://www.highpointmarket.org/tips-and-insights/wanderlust and if you’re ready for your own adventure please join me for “Design Secrets of Tuscany”. https://www.garyinman.com/blog-feed/2018/1/1/design-olives-italian-design-in-the-heart-of-tuscany. Bon Voyage!

I’m honored to moderate this star-studded group of designers. Wanderlust has been in my blood since childhood. For more details on this topic please see my feature article at http://www.highpointmarket.org/tips-and-insights/wanderlust and if you’re ready for your own adventure please join me for “Design Secrets of Tuscany”. https://www.garyinman.com/blog-feed/2018/1/1/design-olives-italian-design-in-the-heart-of-tuscany. Bon Voyage!

Exploring Some Suite Spots Of Style

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Exploring Some Suite Spots Of Style

Designers share their top picks and resources on guided tours of the Suites at Market Square

If you’ve ever wanted an award-winning designer to guide you through some of their favorite showrooms, you won’t want to miss the Suite Spot Tours in Suites at Market Square. Showing you can’t-miss products from some of their most trusted vendors, each tour leader creates an experience that guests describe as one of the most rewarding hours they’ve spent at Market.

Gary Inman

Award-winning designer Gary Inman has given Suite Spot Tours for the past three Markets. Most recently, his stops included Weston FarmsPandora de Balthazar, and Robin Baron.

“Robin’s one of my favorite sources in the Suites at Market Square, I love her fresh take on furniture, hardware, and luxury rugs,” says Inman. “After more than fifty High Point Markets, I find the Suites/Salon at Market Square and Interhall to be the best places to see the leading edge of design. I always begin with these two areas and that sets the tone for my entire Market.”

Read the original article here: http://www.highpointmarket.org/products-and-trends/exploring-suite-spots-of-style