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Alice in Wonderland…Down the Rabbit Hole

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Alice in Wonderland was first published in 1865, and this year marks the 150-year anniversary of the celebrated children’s tale. What you may not know, is that the story originated three years earlier on a beautiful summer afternoon. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (also known by the penname Lewis Carroll) and Robinson Duckworth were rowing the Liddell sisters—Alice, Lorina, and Edith—up the River Thames for a picnic. Carroll was always willing to tell a story, and “he sent his heroine ‘straight down a rabbit-hole, to begin with, without the least idea what was to happen afterwards,’ and the narrative of Wonderland emerged over the long afternoon.” Alice, who was ten-years-old at the time, asked for a written copy of the story at the end of the day.

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In 1864 the manuscript, “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground,” was given to Alice. Since then, the story about a seven year old girl who tumbles down a rabbit hole into a world we grew up knowing as Wonderland, with its mad cast of characters, has been adapted numerous times on stage in the theater, film, and on. The book has never been out of print in the 150 years since its birth, and has had an enormous impact on children’s literature.

In honor of this landmark anniversary, The Morgan Library has a new and unique exhibition, “Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland.” For the first time in decades, the original manuscript will be on display next to original drawings, letters, rare editions, vintage photographs, and fascinating objects, many never before exhibited.

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Above, the original manuscript of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Tenniel’s original illustrations.

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The Morgan’s exhibition is truly a wonderland, “a biography of the book ... the story of the story,” Curator Carolyn Vega said. The manuscript sits in the center of the gallery, enclosed in a glass case.

Technology, with what it is today, allows you to see Carroll’s original manuscript converted to a digital version on a touch screen. Despite the fact that Carroll wasn’t known as an artist, there is a nostalgic and whimsical feeling to his hand drawn expressions of Alice and company. Carroll’s sketches served as inspiration for John Tenniel’s drawings that introduced us all to Alice.

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Carroll’s tale of Alice In Wonderland is full of joy, whimsy, innocence and fantasy. Go see this special exhibition and dial back to the days of bedtime stories.

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Come see Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland from 
June 16th – October 11th!
Buy your tickets here…

The Morgan Library
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
Macmillan & Co. (1888)

C'EST INSPIRÊ
Design

Century Furniture and Charlotte launched her second collection of furniture for Century Icons in April of 2014, available in Century showrooms throughout the country. Creating this collection for Century Furniture was one of those opportunities to sit back, close eyes and imagine how we live NOW.

Today we communicate differently, we entertain differently, we even think differently about how we use our space than we did just a few years ago. So you may notice some unexpected details in this collection, and here's to hoping you do….

Through more than 20 years decorating, no matter the project – large or small – it always seems to come down to the same basic elements – livability, practicality and, of course, wanting it to look good.

The great thing about furniture is it moves! You can play with a floor plan, try different alternatives, and even have two or three plans for a room using the same pieces. Flexibility in decorating keeps it fresh – and always evolving.

Having worked with Century and their stellar team to put together Charlotte's first collection, they had the benefit of experience, and have made upholstered pieces that are luxurious, but welcoming and hospitable. The wood finishes are elegant, sophisticated and modern.

It’s a collection for how we live today.

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Charlotte Moss Books
Garden Inspirations

Charlotte turns her eye to the garden as a resource for interiors, entertaining, and good living. This book shows the myriad ways the garden provides inspiration every day —indoors and outdoors. Touring readers through her own garden, she offers insights on how to bring the garden into home life. Garden Inspirations also features additional web content accessed by scanning watermarked pages in the book with the Digimarc Discover App.

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About Charlotte Moss
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Since opening her business in 1985, Charlotte has designed private residences and executive suites all over the United States and the Caribbean. In addition to designing interiors, Charlotte Moss’ career has included retail stores, celebrated for Charlotte’s unique blend of American, European and Classical influences.

Having launched her career on Wall Street, Charlotte has a keen sense for the shifting sands of change, amid all her decorating prowess. Widening her reach in recent years, Charlotte Moss, LLC now brings her signature Flair for Living to consumers worldwide with collections available under license. She has designed fabric and trim for Fabricut, carpeting, sisals and soon-to-be scenic mural wallpapers for Stark Carpet, and china for Pickard. Most recently, Charlotte has used her experience culled from twenty-five years of decorating couture homes to design a collection of furniture and upholstery with Century Furniture. Charlotte’s collection of framed decorative art for Soicher-Marin, which launched at the High Point Market, is based in-part on her own photography.

Charlotte is a sought-after speaker, lecturing widely on all the arts of living. Recent lecture titles include:

  • “Where Ideas Come From”
  • “A Flair for Living”
  • “Having a Visual Life”
  • “Living Well: The Key to an Enduring Style”
  • “Age Defying Decorating”
  • “What Sparks Your Creativity?”
  • “Show Me the Content: Design Blogging Today”
  • “Design Muse: Great Women of Style”

She has written nine books to date. Her most recent title, Garden Inspirations was published by Rizzoli in April of 2015. In addition to writing books, she frequently contributes to The Wall Street Journal.

Charlotte’s work has been published in shelter magazines worldwide and she has received numerous awards, including The Timeless Design Award, given by the Royal Oak Foundation, Elle Décor’s VISION AWARD and Traditional Home magazine’s list of the worlds’ Top 20 interior designers. Last May, Charlotte was honored with the Circle of Excellence Award from the International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) for the field of interior design.

Charlotte considers her most important work to be her community service and philanthropy. She serves on the Boards of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, The Bone Marrow Foundation, The Elsie de Wolfe Foundation and the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design, where she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Charlotte sits on the Acquisitions Committee at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. On May 16, 2013, Charlotte was honored by the Bone Marrow Foundation with the Brandon Tartikoff Award at the ‘Be A Lifeline’ benefit gala.

Events
Upcoming Events

Charlotte will be participating in the East Hampton Library's 11th Annual Authors Night. Please come out to this great event that benefits the East Hampton Library. All proceeds go directly to the library with over 100 authors taking part and more than 1,000 in attendance.

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Location TBD
East Hampton Village
August 8, 2015
5 p.m.

More details to follow...

For information about the event or past events please go to www.authorsnight.org

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The November 2013 House Beautiful Issue

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In the fall of 2013, Charlotte guest edited the House Beautiful November issue.  In working with Newell Turner and House Beautiful Executive Editor Shax Riegler, she developed content ranging from product coverage to design features. The theme of the November entertaining issue was “The Arts of Living,” which included special sections on home fragrance, books, music, wine and more.

“Everyone loves the special, curated and one-of-a-kind feeling of a pop-up boutique and this series will have a similar effect—it is a fun, new way to collaborate with great talent, each with a unique personality and point of view, to give our readers something special and unexpected,” Riegler said.

Editor in Chief, Newell Turner noted that, “these issues will truly be collector’s editions, with the great American design that is House Beautiful’s hallmark and the distinctive imprint of the guest editor. We have some extraordinary projects in the works and we can’t wait to share them.”

“When Newell and Shax proposed this idea, I immediately and instinctively seized the theme of volupté—sensuality—for the home,” Moss said. “As designers, we go far beyond how rooms look and feel: we create atmosphere and that means creating beauty that affects all of our senses. I’m focusing on the arts of living, being surrounded by beauty, enveloped in fragrance, listening to good music, reading good books, enjoying good food and wine with friends. Basically, what we DO at home, how we LIVE.”
Additional “pop-up” guest editors will be announced in the coming months.

 

10/24/2013

The 2013 Bone Marrow Foundation Be a Lifeline Gala

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The 2013 gala was hosted by Sam Champion and Josh Elliott of ABC’s Good Morning America. They honored three very special individuals who have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children and adults with cancer, Seun Adebiyi, Dr. Sergio Giralt and Charlotte. In addition to helping so many others going through the transplant process, Charlotte has been incredible in building and broadening the Foundation’s community and will be receiving the Brandon Tartikoff Award. The monies raised directly support the Foundation’s patient programs. The Bone Marrow Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, educational information, and emotional support programs.

For more information and other ways to give, please go to bonemarrow.org