This picture is part of Anna's ongoing series, named "Untitled".
All pictures in the series are black-and-white, 22”x 30”, macro photographs of living plant elements found in nature.
Pictures in the series are deliberately Untitled, so as not to distract from the image itself.
The art is intended to  invite contemplation

Anna Agoston to Show Exhibition of Photographs at Ovando Christopher Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

An Exhibition of Photographs by Anna Agoston November 6, – November 8, 2015 at Ovando Christopher Street

UNTITLED – A selection of Anna Agoston’s black-and-white macro photographs of living plant elements will be shown at Ovando NY from November 6 to November 8. There will be a reception on November 6, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. The Artist will also be present on November 8, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..

Anna Agoston’s expressive, emotionally-charged photographs capture parts of plants that while often small, seemingly inconsequential, and even

This picture is part of Anna's ongoing series, named "Untitled".  All pictures in the series are black-and-white, 22”x 30”, macro photographs of living plant elements found in nature.  Pictures in the series are deliberately Untitled, so as not to distract from the image itself.  The art is intended to  invite contemplation

This picture is part of Anna’s ongoing series, named “Untitled”.
All pictures in the series are black-and-white, 22”x 30”, macro photographs of living plant elements found in nature.
Pictures in the series are deliberately Untitled, so as not to distract from the image itself.
The art is intended to invite contemplation

unseen are nevertheless superbly unique. In one black and white photograph, a single ginkgo biloba leaf was magnified six times its original size, a departure from reality that reveals the beauty intrinsic to the leaf’s form. The photograph’s angle and composition accentuate the leaf’s sensuous feel. While the leaf’s mid-rib stretches along the image frame, its blade’s borders are free to flutter. Five photographs from the ongoing series, “Untitled,” will be on view, and copies of Anna’s self-published book, Untitled Vol.2, which features 50 photographs from the series’s 222 photographs, will also be on hand.

Born and raised in Paris, France, Anna studied architecture at the Ecole d’Architecture Paris Malaquais before moving to the United States. She earned the M.Arch.II degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where she studied fine art photography, a life-long passion, under Professor Jim Dow of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and photographed her first series, “Dorm.” Since deciding to devote herself to fine art photography in October 2013, Anna has seen her work included in 14 juried group exhibitions in ten states; and she has received three international awards and been published online several times. Her work is now in the permanent collection at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, in Indiana; and her self- published books, Untitled Vol.1 and Untitled Vol.2, are on the shelves of the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), the Fine Art Library at the Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA), and the Hirsch Library at the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX). Anna is also a contributor to the Huffington Post Arts & Culture Blog. She lives and works in Brooklyn Heights.

OVANDO – Founded in 2003, Ovando is celebrated for its modern style that embraces sculptural designs, bright colors and seasonal flowers. Products and services include end-to-end concept, design, and production for fashion shows, weddings, corporate and social events, the daily delivery of flower arrangements, and weekly floral installations for corporate offices, hotels, restaurants and residential buildings. In 2012, Ovando added home fragrance to its portfolio with the launch of Recuerdos de Mexico and Souvenirs de Paris, two-luxury candle collections inspired by Sandra de Ovando’s youth. Ovando has four locations in the New York metropolitan area including a design studio, two Manhattan-based luxury boutiques, and a fabrication and production studio._MG_2674

Ovando:
Ovando West Village is located at 91 Christopher street (between Bleecker & 7th Avenue). For more information, please contact 212.924.7873 or info@ovandony.com, www.ovandony.com

Press Contact:
Anna Agoston, 917-520-6790, aa@annaagoston.com, www.annaagoston.com

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Introducing Chantilly” and Marche aux Fleurs”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ovando To Expands Its Souvenirs de Paris Candle Collection With Chantilly & Marche aux Fleurs

Sandra_WEBNew York, NY—Ovando a full—scale design and production company returns to the olfactory arts with Chantilly and Marche aux Fleurs, the highly anticipated extension of their home fragrance collection, Souvenirs de Paris.

Founder, Sandra de Ovando’s passion for flowers began not only with their aesthetic beauty, but also with their exquisite scents. Souvenirs de Paris is the second chapter in her fragrance dialog and captures the romance and joie de vivre of her young adult life in Paris where her grandmother exposed her to the world and culture of the City of Lights.

The fragrances in Souvenirs de Paris are just that, olfactive souvenirs encapsulating all of de Ovando’s most cherished memories from Paris. The collection takes you on a sensory journey, combining purity and luxury.

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One of Sandra’s all-time favorite treats, Chantilly crème is light in texture and sweet in taste. Delicious, decadent, and desired amongst all Parisians, it’s the most heavenly fragrance of violet blended with fresh tonka beans, topped with notes of pink grapefruit and papyrus leaves, whipped to perfection every time. Indulge in a guilty pleasure.

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This is the most beautiful and desirable place for Sandra de Ovando. It’s where she first discovered her obsession for flowers. With playful notes of osmanthus blended with buoyant gardenia, magnolia and musk, finished with hints of pink pepper and plum, the Marche aux Fleurs’ unique aromas and complex textures painted a romantic portrait, making Sandra’s trips to the market an olfactive journey with she treasured. Immerse yourself in fresh flowers and whimsical gardens.

In 2012, Ovando added home fragrance to their portfolio with the launch of Recuerdos de Mexico and Souvenirs de Paris, two-luxury candle collections inspired by Sandra de Ovando’s youth. Award-winning master perfumer, Jérôme Epinette of Robertet, and Sandra de Ovando exquisitely created each fragrance to take you on a journey through time past. Each 10oz candle is made in the USA and is hand-poured in small batches. The masterfully designed frosted glass is specifically created for peaceful illuminance. Individual candles from the Souvenirs de Paris collection retail for $60.00 and are available at Barneys New York, Space NK, Ovando boutiques and www.OvandoNY.com

Founded in 2003, Ovando is celebrated for its modern style that embraces sculptural designs, bright colors and seasonal flowers. Products and services include end-to-end concept, design, and production for fashion shows, weddings, corporate and social events, the daily delivery of flower arrangements, and weekly floral installations for corporate offices, hotels, restaurants and residential buildings. Ovando—NY’s premiere design and production company—has four locations in the New York metropolitan area including a design studio, two Manhattan-based luxury boutiques, and a fabrication & production studio. For more information visit www.OvandoNY.com.

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Tulip Design & Fabrication

We had the opportunity to work with an amazing organization, the Lupus Foundation of America, last month. We designed a giant tulip bouquet for the San Diego Walk to End Lupus Now.

The event, held in San Diego, California, at Liberty Station, Point Loma, raised more than $66,000 for the 1.5 million Americans living with lupus.

Working from our client’s inspiration board, our design team went to work creating drawings and renderings for our clients to review. Once the design was approved by our client, our master fabricator and his team started building and welding the structure for this massive tulip bouquet. Utilizing wire and foam, our team created a system to house more than 10,000 tulips.

Once the structure was created, we shipped the project along with our team to California to install this stunning design for the Lupus Foundation. Thousands of walkers were able to visit and embrace the bouquet after their walk!

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Stunning Spring Wedding at the Boathouse

Designing a wedding for a happy couple is truly one of the best parts of our job. It is an absolute honor to be chosen to be part of such an important day. Each couple we work with has their very own personality and tastes and creating something special and specific to them is always a blast.

We created simple and modern bouquets for our bride and her bridesmaid using peonies, spray roses and garden roses. We tied this design into the reception as well creating gorgeous peony and rose centerpieces and made sure all the decor elements from the table clothes and the votives to the chuppah told the couple’s story.

We love creating and designing chuppahs! In this design we manipulated white cherry blossom and added in light globes to create a gorgeous and romantic ambiance.

Photos by: Brett Matthews Photography
Venue: The Loab Boathouse Central Park

Deals of Distinction Overview

Ovando & Deals of Distinction

We love being part of such an amazing organization that fosters relationships and productive and open communication among business leaders and the Executives’ Association of New York City is that and so much more.

As a long time member of this influential business executives group we were delighted to be a premier sponsor for the inaugural 2015 Deals of Distinction, an awards program that recognizes the top deal-makers and connectors in the region, held by SmartCEO.

We feel privileged to have been asked to elevate the event decor and honored to be able to showcase our unique design for this special awards program.

Our team installed gorgeous hanging lanterns and transformed the room at Capitale beautifully.

 

Many details and specific tools are needed to create and transform a space. Check out our team behind-the-scene photos.

 

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The Debate Over DIY Wedding Flowers

Wedding season creeps upon on. We’re thrilled, as you can imagine.

What is less encouraging, however, is when we’re approached by brides-to-be, just weeks before their wedding, with disheartening anecdotes about their attempts at DIY wedding flowers. We agree that do-it-yourself floral designs have their time and place  and, above all, we want our brides to feel that their visions have truly been incorporated. As industry professionals, however, it would be remiss of us not to share our expert insights beforehand.DIYwedding_ovando

One of the biggest challenges that our brides must often overcome is letting go of their attachments to specific flowers.  We know it can be heartbreaking to do but, the truth is, a bride will be more heartbroken if her wedding flowers don’t look perfect. While some flowers can be found all year long, these same flowers may not look good all year round… or perhaps not at a a less-than-extravagant cost. Without a doubt, we recommend laying aside any preconceived floral choices and using seasonal flowers instead.

The other significant challenge is that brides often have a certain idea in mind as to what their wedding flowers should look like. Executing this wedding wonderland, however, is not as easy as one might think. Brides: this is your one day! Spare yourself the stress. We adore hosting our monthly floral design classes and hope that our students walk away with a better sense of what goes into floral arranging. But as any of of class participants might also tell you: creating a breathtaking floral arrangement can be a truly challenging endeavor. Consulting a professional is important.

 

DIYwedding_ovando2While we understand the desire to fully inject yourself into your very special day, there are certainly a few realities to consider as well. In the end, all we want is to make your day unforgettable.

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Love from O Magazine

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It’s true: we are hopelessly in love with O magazine. So you can imagine our delight when O magazine publicly proclaimed their love for our Valentine Irresistible luxury gift set in their February issue.

The fresh cut rose arrangement is paired with Ovando’s Rosa Mexicana candle, composed in our signature sleek glasses vase, for a gift that is fabulously beautiful and fragrant.

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It’s so wonderful to share a little love on Valentine’s Day…and, in the words of O, “Say it with flowers.”

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The 2012 BOFFO Showhouse

Can you imagine coming home each night to the colors and textures of nature, or, by contrast, to a bedroom that holds a virtual bed? This year’s BOFFO Showhouse brought together artists and designers with the precise purpose of redefining possibilities on interior space, as fashioned according to four distinct themes: Nature, Future, Work and Play.

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Each theme was conjured in the physical space of a bi-level apartment in the Madison Jackson building of the Lower East Side and, certainly, each 1300 square foot allotment pushed beyond the notion of contemporary living and interior design. Apartments instead offered a glimpse into what could be:

FUTURE: reveals a distant evolution of domestic lifestyle.

WORK: focuses on productivity both mentally and physically.

PLAY: allows for rules of behavior to be mitigated and rules of play to be reinforced.

NATURE: brings sensations of the exterior world to the interior world.

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Ovando collaborated with brilliant designers to create a Nature room that introduced a tropical forest-like atmosphere. BOFFO guests stepped into a world where furry chairs, wooden tables, and Ovando’s floating trees offered a sense of mystical escape.

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And while this year’s showcase ended on June 4th, the sentiments evoked will endure for some time longer. A tremendous thanks to BOFFO and artist, Andrew Yes for inviting Ovando to participate.

Photos by Ovando and Evan Joseph Images.

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Vendor Spotlight: Ron Ben Israel Cakes

Happy Wednesday lovelies! In anticipation of the post-long-weekend blues, we’ve prepared an extra sweet vendor spotlight to give you just the jolt you may have been needing. And by “sweet,” we mean Ron Ben Israel Cakes sweet! What could possibly be more delicious and exquisite all at the same time? We at Ovando have been tremendous fans of Ron Ben Israel’s work for ages now, which is why we had such a phenomenal time chitchatting away last week about all of our individual inspirations, one of them being one another’s work! Ron was kind enough to give us the inside scoop on his love of cakes and all things culinary, including his work with the Food Network hit, “Sweet Genius!”  See what Ron had to say about the magical world of cake design…

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Ovando:  While many people know of Ron Ben Israel Cakes, perhaps less people know about your former lives as first a set design and then a dancer. Your prowess in the arts has certainly spanned many enchanted chapters. What is it about cake design that first captured you and has since maintained its intrigue?

Ron Ben Israel: I was always fascinated with the magic of desserts in the kitchen; I loved watching egg whites being whipped into a meringue, fruit juices becoming a jelly, and cake batter rising in the oven. I found out early on that guests remember the dessert much more that the main course, and it became another avenue for me to “perform”. So even though I practiced different disciplines over the years, I would always return to the kitchen and to baking.

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Ovando: Something we at Ovando have always loved about Ron Ben Israel cakes is the expansive range of your work. From the elegant to the fantastical to the wonderfully chic, each of your collections keeps us on our toes. As the cake designer yourself, what are your favorite kinds of projects to work on? Is there 1 cake design in particular that you love more than all the rest?

Ron Ben Israel: I actually don’t think too much about the range of cakes I’ve done, nor do I struggle with coming up with new ideas. For me, it all starts with practicing techniques. I just can’t stand sloppiness, and when I execute any part of a cake I feel that there is an order in the world. Working on cakes is like exercising for me – a repetitive practice in which we strive for neat execution. When I look at my work through that perspective, there isn’t a particular project I like more than others. But I have to confess that the more difficult and challenging a design is, the more satisfaction I get.

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Ovando: Every RBI creation is impossibly beautiful, so much so that the idea of cutting into it seems impossibly painful to fathom. Is it ever hard for you to watch the first slice?!

Ron Ben Israel: On the contrary! It’s the best moment for me. I like to work in a perishable medium. The beauty of cakes is temporary and fleeting. The cutting of the cake is an integral part of the process: it’s the happy culmination! And after the celebrants made the first cut, I enjoy thinking about all the guests partaking in my sweet efforts.
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Ovando: How did you get involved with the French Culinary Institute? Tell us more about what the “master classes” involve.

Ron Ben Israel: I was invited to few culinary schools to demonstrate my approach to cake design; it’s customary for chefs to donate their time and give back to the community of developing chefs. My association with The International Culinary Center (founded as The French Culinary Institute) grew out of these demonstrations. After years of teaching in their pastry classroom, I practically trained talented students that have continued to establish their own businesses. I’ve even initiated a specialized program at ICC for cakes and only cakes, which is highly sought after. I realized that the more I teach the more ideas flow, and I’m the one who actually learns the most. Additionally, the student body is the best source for interns and future employees in my shop.

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Ovando: As the “Manolo Blahnik” of wedding cakes, what would your advice be to an aspiring “wedding cake master?”

Ron Ben Israel: Oh, please. Don’t fool yourself. Calling oneself an “artist” and striving to be a “master” are sure ways to stagnate. I’m proud to call myself a “baker” or a “cake maker.” My advice is simply to keep practicing and honing the technique while remaining open for inspiration.

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Ovando: Your show on the Food Network, “Sweet Genius” has been such a tremendous success! Tell us about the first episode you filmed: did you have a blast? Did you have stage fright?!

Ron Ben Israel: There was no time for stage fright, as I needed to learn very quickly so many different things. Where to stand, what to say, how to communicate with the chef contestants. So much happens on the set that the viewer doesn’t actually see. There are about 60 people working on a single episode every day, so it’s very exciting to see how all the pieces in the puzzle fit together. Filming the show has been an intense experience, and every episode is a brand new challenge.

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Ovando: Tell us a bit more about your process when working with brides to create a dream cake.

Ron Ben Israel: For me, it’s all about inspiration. I ask the bride to bring to the initial appointment anything related to the wedding reception. I’m curious to get to know the clients’ personalities and taste sensibilities. Learning about their event’s location, time of the year, choices of menu, flowers and decor, outfits, invitation, and even courtship will influence the cake design we’ll come up with. Of course, I also have to take into consideration the budget allowed for the cake – therefore I present few options to choose from.

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Ovando: Being that a wedding cake should marry nicely (no pun intended!) with the design of the wedding itself, there are surely many décor aspects that you must consider. Is there one aspect that generally influences your design most greatly?

Ron Ben Israel: Of all the other vendors and creative contributors, the one I absolutely have to consider above all is the floral designer. I often would match our sugar flowers on the cake to the real blossoms, so of course our communication has to be clear. But beyond getting inspired by the flowers, I need to know about all the other design elements in the reception space – table cloths, napkins, containers, chair covers – so many wonderful ideas come my way via the florist.

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Ovando: What most inspires your work? And your life outside of the kitchen?

Ron Ben Israel: I keep repeating this to myself, my staff, and my students – it’s all about inspiration. In life and in work I try to open all my senses and to avail myself to everything around us.

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Ovando: What’s your favorite dessert?

Ron Ben Israel: That’s a tough one… I adore baked meringue of any kind, so a classic Pavlova would be it.

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Ovando: As tremendous fans of your work for many years now, we are so thrilled to be partnering with RBI to create a masterful floral foodie experience (We can’t wait to show off the Ovando inspired and RBI-crafted cake that is currently in the works!) Which flowers serve as your favorite cake accessories? Why? Any other favorite accessories that blend well?

Ron Ben Israel: Well, the appreciation is mutual! I’ve been collecting the Ovando brochures and photos for years, filing them in a folder called “Ideas for cakes.” I live close to the West Village store and often stop by to admire the displays. I enjoy so much getting influenced by the Ovando look – bold colors, interesting movement of stems, and original groupings of blossoms. The designs I see by Ovando are so far removed from static and dull, they motivate me to “respond” with a unique cake design!

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Ovando: Any other thoughts you’d like to leave us with?

Ron Ben Israel: Just that I feel so lucky to be doing what I love, and to meet such fine artisans such as Sandra along the way!

 

Tremendous thanks, Ron, for sharing your work with Ovando’s readers. We can’t wait to have you back on our blog with an Ovando-inspired RBI cake!

Photos courtesy of Ron Ben Israel Cakes