Architect holds book signing event at Caravan Curated Home
NEW CANAAN — The Caravan Curated Home doesn’t have a strict, defined sense of interior design style and that’s exactly why it brings attention, and interesting guests, to the downtown shop.
Vanessa Bikindou founded Caravan a year ago and has had various guests come for exhibits.
“I was introduced to Greg Tankersley by a good friend of mine, Susan Harwitt, and I really enjoyed his architectural style,” she said the evening of Dec. 14 at an event honoring Tankersley.
Her eclectic collection has led her to explore different styles, like that of Tankersley, and promote them at Caravan.
Tankersley, an Alabama native and Auburn University alumnus, has been with New York architecture and design firm Bobby McAlpine since 1985. Tankersley spent the evening chatting with attendees and signing a copy of the firm’s newly published book, “Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine.”
Kathleen Millard, the general manager at Elm Street Books, who attended the event said enjoyed meeting the author.
Where to buy
You can purchase a signed copy of “Poetry of Place” at Elm Street Books at 35 Elm St. for $55-plus tax.
“Greg’s book is a beautiful book for the holidays especially with the pictures and architectural style,” she said. His being here for the signing makes it nice to get a copy.”
Tankersley architectural style is versatile but his focus relies on a more Romantic category.
“We do that style more often than a pure classical or modern style but we’ve done really all kinds. We’re finishing up a project in New Canaan and planning for some things in Fairfield County,” Tankersley said.
Bikindou, who is from Paris, meshes various European styles with American luxury. “There’s decor from many travels and influence from all over. I get to combine different styles through mediums like appliances and furniture.”
Anne-Marie Knightley admired the various teacups and appliances throughout the shop. “Vanessa’s whole sense of aesthetic is so creative,” she said. “I bought a table of mid-century style after I saw it and realized I couldn’t live without it!”
Tankersley was all smiles as attendees asked him various questions and commented on his work. “Vanessa is such a gracious person and anything she puts together is beautifully executed.” He was accompanied by his wife, Mary Rubin Jurkiewicz.
Ilene Anders, a college student, has been working at Caravan Curated since September. With an avid interest in interior design, Anders has an appreciation for the store and its eclectic mix of objects which range from appliances to photographs.
“It’s really cool to have this design shop in town,” Anders said. “It’s a very cultured spot and there’s not a distinctly specific style. There’s something here for everyone and there is a lot of contingency.”
Susan Engel, a New Canaan resident who frequents the shop, did not hide her admiration for the various styles on display.
“I love this shop and the range of things they have from furniture to accessories, it’s always a changing environment,” Engel said.
“Vanessa always has the most interesting guests and exhibits and there’s always a strong presence of European and American culture,” she added.
Zoe Lugo, a Puerto Rican handbag designer, came from Miami for the weekend to make the event. “I’m always coming between Miami and New York City and being a good friend of Vanessa, I wanted to make sure I could come to this event,” she said.
“It’s always good to see art and to appreciate it, there’s so many beautiful things around,” Lugo said as she gazed at the various trinkets in front of her.