A torrential downpour on Sunday didn’t keep a diehard crowd away from the Venice home of Washington lobbyists and art collectors Heather and Anthony Podesta, where Henry Urbach was being toasted as the new director of the Glass House, Philip Johnson’s former estate in New Canaan, Connecticut. “Please eat,” the hostess vigorously implored guests including architects Steven Holl, Jeanne Gang, and Juergen Mayer, and MoMA curators Barry Bergdoll and Paola Antonelli, the latter wearing green nail polish matching the color of the city’s canals. “It’s called Mermaid Tears,” Antonelli said of the hue.
There were no mermaids at Archipelago, architect Ole Scheeren’s floating platform near the Arsenale, but magazine editor Jefferson Hack (Dazed & Confused) and fashion icon Carla Sozzani were among the bevy of glamourpusses who showed up Monday night for a screening of an hour-long film about, well, Ole Scheeren. The architect, who left OMA two years ago, now operates Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing and Hong Kong. (Credits for his flick included: Director: Horst Brandenburg, Featured project: Rem Koolhaas and Scheeren’s CCTV building in Beijing, Number of times Koolhaas is mentioned: One.)