This year the show house is located in the Villard Houses, a Stanford White historic landmark built in 1884 located on Madison Avenue directly behind St. Patrick's Cathedral.
I have one pet peeve to voice before I start my tour of the show house. Doing a post on the show house has always had one major deterrent. Tacked up on every wall is the ubiquitous graphic of a camera with the red circle and slashing line designating no photography. I hate having to go around like a snooping Inspector Clouseau stashing my iphone in my pocket and then having to fumble around with it as I break the rules and snap illegal images. Having been chosen to design a room in the past it was never made clear why the no photography rule. I know we were flattered to have anyone interested enough in our space to want to take a picture. I've asked subsequent participants and the only things we could come up with were thieves scouting out what they wanted to steal and publishers not wanting to use images that someone else might publish without their knowledge or permission. With the advent of the iphone and the blogging culture it's hard to prevent us sneaky paparazzi from snapping a few glamour shots of rooms we've fallen in love with. My approach is to find the rooms where the designer is present and then ask for permission. I've never been turned down. We designers and show house participants are mostly publicity sluts and will allow any picture taking anyone wants to do. When the designer isn't there I either wait until the room's docent has walked out or I badger the poor docent into begrudgingly giving me permission to sneak a few quick snaps. In the cases where I can't shake the docent or I get caught and am embarrassingly asked to put my camera away my easy alternative is to go to the internet and grab a photo from there. Where there's a will there's a way.
Here are some of my favorite spaces for 2014. Most of the photos are mine. If I had to steal a shot or two I thank the internet for filling in the gaps.
Andrew Moore, photographer
Represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC