A PASSIONATE VOICE
Legendary musician Elton John has long supported the fight against AIDS, working tirelessly for the cause. His latest efforts include an artistic collaboration, the Lalique + Elton John “Music Is Love” collection, pictured first, top left. The series of limited-edition crystal pieces to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) are available at Lalique boutiques nationwide. They include the crystal angel (pictured third, from left), limited to 999 worldwide, and the red crystal heart (pictured fourth, from left) limited to 499 worldwide ($1,800 each); and the clear crystal heart (pictured fifth, from left), ($1,200), limited to 999 worldwide. The masterpiece of the collection is a one-of-a-kind Cire Perdue Angel (pictured second, from left) that will be auctioned off along with four other unique pieces during the singer’s famed Academy Award party next February in Los Angeles.
For more, visit lalique.com.
GLISTENING KITCHEN DESIGN
The Glass House in New Canaan is devoted to keeping alive the legacy of Philip Johnson, a man who dedicated his life to architecture and design. Its Design Store is filled with stylish choices, including plenty for the kitchen. Among our favorites – ideal as we head into the holiday-entertaining season – are the Espera bowls. These 24k gold-plated creations designed by Anna Rabinowicz include the large colander/fruit bowl (pictured sixth, from left, $1,350) and the small fruit/nut bowl ($330).
For more, visit designstore.theglasshouse.org.
AN ODE TO PRESERVATION
Around the country countless garden lovers are striving to preserve and promote their local treasures. “Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens” (The Monacelli Press, $50) is a lavish hardcover book that puts nearly 30 such properties in the spotlight. With stunning photography by Curtice Taylor and text by Caroline Seebohm, the journey through the history of American garden design celebrates the work of dedicated conservationists and private owners with stops at everything from simple 18th-century gardens to lavish Gilded-Age estates.
Those with a keen eye will also spot regional treasures that include Untermyer Park and Gardens in Yonkers, Innisfree Garden in Millbrook and the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.
For more, visit monacellipress.com.