Artist Paints 100-Foot Mural to Celebrate NoMad History

Renowned artist Tristan Eaton, in partnership with The Kaufman Organization, has painted a 100-foot mural celebrating a NoMad icon and the history of the neighborhood during the Gilded Age.

The 97-by-40-foot mural portrays Evelyn Nesbit, known as a 20th Century fashion icon appearing on the covers of Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, and Harper’s Bazaar. Evelyn was highly sought after as a model by the top brands of the day, embodying the Gilded Age with the ascension of fashion photography and setting the standard for female beauty. An upscale unveiling party for the mural was held on May 16 in New York City.

Various images depicting the rich history of the NoMad area, the original Madison Square Garden and New York City during the Gilded Age are interwoven in a collage throughout the mural. The images were curated with the assistance of a New York City historian.

The Kaufman team worked closely with local historical and landmark preservation experts to ensure the mural would accurately and appropriately represent Ms. Nesbit’s story and the history of the NoMad area.

Tristan Eaton has been a leader in the advertising and commercial art spheres and is regularly commissioned by a roster of clients that include Nike, Versace, and even Barack Obama. Eaton’s work can also be seen in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

Pendry Hotels is slated to redesign and reinvigorate one of America’s great country estates in Somerset, NJ, in addition to developing 24 contemporary countryside residences in 2020.

Nestled in the rolling hills of Somerset County, New Jersey, and less than an hour from New York City, the grand, Tudor-style, 33,000-square-foot Natirar Mansion, formerly owned by the late King of Morocco, was originally completed in 1912 as an estate home for heiress Kate Macy Ladd and husband Walter Ladd. Currently consisting of the award-winning Ninety Acres Restaurant & Cooking School, a sustainable farm, the Mansion Ballroom banquet facility, and a private membership club, Pendry Hotels enthusiastically announces the next phase of the Natirar resort development.


The estate will be restored with careful attention to detail and expanded to feature an adjoining hotel with 66 guest rooms and suites, re-emerging as Pendry Natirar in spring of 2020. Pendry Natirar will feature a full-service Spa Pendry including an extensive health & wellness curriculum, fitness center, swimming pool and tennis courts, private membership club, and a variety of classic and unique outdoor activities to be discovered throughout the property—all set among scenic trails and pathways groomed for hiking, biking and horseback riding surrounded by 400 acres of protected land along the north branch of the Raritan River.

“We could not be more honored to be stewards of Natirar,” said Alan J. Fuerstman, founder, chairman and CEO of Montage International. “To be able to take one of the country’s most idyllic country estates and reinvigorate it with new life that makes it accessible to guests, club members and homeowners is an incredible opportunity.”  


Pendry Residences Natirar will bring a bespoke collection of private, whole-ownership Estate and Farm Villa Residences created for luxury, country-style living to the pastoral grounds. Pendry Residences Natirar will give owners their own customized experience, with the ability to immerse themselves in a community focused on sustainable living, wellness and connection to nature.


Set within a private gated enclave named Abby Road, within the 90-acre resort property, the Estate Villa Residences will offer a semi-custom home building experience with abundant living spaces up to 4,000 square feet. With expansive views and options to personalize selections and home configurations, the estates convey the true essence of Natirar living. The Farm Villa Residences, with a working farm as the backdrop, affords the most optimal connection to outdoor living and wellness management with modern design spaces and residential amenities that inspire the ultimate indoor-outdoor experience. Fully integrated into the Natirar 12-acre farm, these modern Farm Villas will provide a unique connection to country living.


“When you think about bringing to Natirar the same quality of lifestyle living experienced at other Montage International residential properties like Laguna Beach, Beverly Hills and Kapalua Bay, to name a few, we are offering a resort residential type of living that doesn’t exist in our area,” said Robert Wojtowicz, Founder & Owner of Natirar.      


Once complete, Pendry Natirar will usher in a new era of the great American country estate—the ideal place for a quick getaway; an extended respite; a romantic escape; a stunningly bespoke wedding or event, or simply an opportunity to rediscover nature in an unparalleled, tranquil country setting accompanied by the utmost in service and hospitality.

Photos courtesy of Pendry Residences Natirar

HGTV’s wildly popular online contest, the Ultimate House Hunt 2018, has come to a close, with the 86 finalists from 13 countries receiving more than 880,000 votes. Houses were divided into several categories, included waterfront homes, amazing kitchens and modern masterpieces.   The winner of the contest overall is an incredible oceanfront villa in Sardinia, but there were several standouts from the other categories. Take the winner of the historic category, for example. The 1834 Robert Smalls House, located in the historic district of Beaufort, South Carolina, has all the quaint charm of the past, with its two-story wide front porches and lush gardens.
The Smalls House is the epitome of a southern plantation home, nestled in a half-acre of land with a long history. Smalls was born a slave in 1839, but in the Civil War, Smalls actually gained his freedom: by impersonating the captain of a Confederate transport ship and sailing straight into the arms of the Union Navy. Though a hero in the North, Smalls was nothing but a traitor in the South, and so Smalls returned to Beaufort post-war. His former home was deemed a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
The Smalls House, surrounded by the Beaufort River, is located next to the city’s business district. The 4,264-square-foot, three-level house includes four bedrooms and three baths. Formal living and dining rooms mirror the traditional feel of the house, with family rooms and chef’s kitchen at the rear of the home. The second level has two bedrooms, as does the first level, which also has an office/music room. A family room with beamed ceilings and French doors opens to the rear garden, with lush plants reflecting detailed design. The 1834 Robert Smalls House was listed for sale at $1.49 million, and is now under contract.

Photos courtesy of

Inspired by the quintessential characteristics of New York City neighborhoods, architects and designers are beginning to preserve the historic charm of the City in new high-rises. Here are some neighborhoods with new developments that emulate New York City’s historic typology:


The 365 Bond merges Carroll Gardens’ historic residential charm with Gowanus’ industrial past. The property emulates residential Brooklyn’s essential neighborhood characteristics.

Photo courtesy of Hill West Architects

East Harlem

Designed by Hill West Architects and Whitehall Interiors, 1399 Park features pre-war architecture alongside contemporary design. With numerous overhangs and cantilevers, the property brings new life into the area while paying homage to its past.

Photo courtesy of Hill West Architects


Original 19th century elements like the red brick façade, sloped roof, arched doorways and dormer windows are at the heart of NoLita’s Residences at Prince.

Photo courtesy of MARCH

Downtown Brooklyn

Using a one-of-a-kind zinc façade and white and pale gray terra-cotta rain screen, City Point’s Downtown Brooklyn residential tower, 7 DeKalb Avenue, ties Downtown Brooklyn’s past with its thriving future.

Photo courtesy of COOKFOX Architects

Clinton Hill

GKV Architect has introduced a new look for Clinton Hill with its latest project, Waverly Brooklyn. This boutique luxury building features an exposed brick concrete façade and provides a contemporary alternative to neighboring townhomes.

Dutch Kills

The Smyth, a 41-unit luxury condo project, was designed to honor the area’s industrial ties with dark-iron casement windows, decorative metal details and reclaimed wood floors.

Photo courtesy of Shanghai Homely Cultural Transmission Co

Long Island City

The Jackson taps into the neighborhood’s artistic culture and industrial roots. The 56-unit luxury condo’s lobby features a one-of-a-kind glass mosaic art wall designed by Tom Fruin.

Photo courtesy of Brick Visual


With a façade that features a limestone and custom oyster gray brick base, Citizen360 pays homage to the area’s pre-war buildings.

Photo courtesy of Redundant Pixel

Upper West Side

Anbau’s luxury condominium 207W79 connects a pre-war aesthetic with modern amenities. The 19-unit condo evokes the characteristics of the timeless Manhattan neighborhood.

Photo courtesy of Moso Studios

Hell’s Kitchen

525 West 52nd Street, the two-tower luxury rental development located in Hell’s Kitchen, was designed by Handel Architects. Featuring a classic brick façade and industrially-inspired interiors, the development pays respect to the factories that once defined the eclectic area.

Photo courtesy of Moso Studio


71 Reade Street is a modern take on a classic Tribeca building. While the 18-unit condominium was inspired by its surrounding neighborhood, it also features a contemporary style. The residential entrance sits in a black metal base made of refurbished cast iron columns and the garage door mimics a historic wooden carriage door.

Photo courtesy of Hill West Architects

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Edition of Homes & Estates Magazine.

With major art events, exhibitions and museum openings planned across the globe, 2017 is shaping up to be an important year for art.

By Samantha Myers

From the 57th Venice Biennale, to a traveling exhibition allowing viewers to experience infinity, all the way to the shores of Cape Town for the opening of Africa’s first contemporary art museum of its kind, these are the most talked about events in the art world. Perhaps a few of these happenings will coincide with trips already planned … or even inspire a vacation of its own.

Museum Exhibitions

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

The Broad Museum
Los Angeles, California
October 2017 to January 2018

The most talked about art show of 2017 is Yayoi Kusama’s traveling exhibition Infinity Mirrors, where the 88-year-old, Japanese-born artist (b. 1929) displays her series of mirror-lined chambers and kaleidoscopic environments alongside other key works. The show also brings the North American debut of All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016), a whimsical room featuring yellow, dotted pumpkins. A single-installation version of Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, has been on view at The Broad since 2015 and features endless LED flickering lights in total darkness, conceiving an extension of space and a disorientating experience for viewers. If you can’t catch the impressive exhibition at The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Feb. 26 to May 14), or The Seattle Art Museum (June 30 to Sept. 10), then head to The Broad this October.

Photo courtesy of Broad Museum

Museum Openings

Cape Town, South Africa
Opening September 22, 2017 (Grand Public Opening Weekend: Sept. 22 to Sept. 25, free for everyone)

Widely considered as the most significant museum to be built on the African continent in more than 100 years, Zeitz MOCAA will sit on Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and occupy a historic grain silo complex originally built in 1921. Previously the tallest building in Cape Town for half a century, this grain silo played a vital role in the country’s agricultural economy. Developers of Zeitz MOCAA hope to honor it as an historic landmark all while physically and conceptually reinventing it as a non-for-profit cultural institution dedicated to serve the public and epitomize civic significance. Zeitz MOCAA is a collaborative achievement between Jochen Zeitz and the V&A Waterfront, as well as Executive Director and Chief Curator Mark Coetzee, and Heatherwick Studio. The 100,000-square-foot museum will cover nine floors and feature 80 galleries with a mission to collect, preserve, research and exhibit cutting-edge Contemporary art from Africa and beyond.

Photo courtesy Heatherwick Studio



Photos courtesy of B. Glow,  Giulio Squillacciotti and National Gallery of Victoria

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