2009 March 26

A Small World After All

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(NEW YORK) Upstairs at West Village restaurant Bobo Wednesday night may have been ASmallMagazine’s Volkswagen-sponsored dinner honoring four design standouts, but to any spectator, it simply seemed a reunion of friends. Sabine Heller embraced honoree Maria Cornejo warmly, Alice Temperley (another honoree of the night) and husband Lars von Bennigsen chatted with third honoree Andy Spade, and the final honoree, interior designer Antony Todd, mingled around the room for cocktails before sitting down to dinner. Pretty young things Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Byrdie Bell, and Poppy Delevigne chatted with Voguettes Meredith Melling-Burke and Valerie Boster, while chic set regulars Cynthia Rowley, Veronica Webb, and Lauren Goodman all were happy to come out to pay tribute to the designers.

“I always try to surprise myself,” Cornejo said of her design process after greeting friends Adi and Ange of ThreeAsFour. “I don’t know if people think I’m surprising, but I try and make it interesting for me--and hopefully somewhere along the way, other people find it interesting.” Though Cornejo’s been recognized many times by everyone from the CFDA to the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards, the humble designer said that recognition was never her goal. “I never do things to get recognized, I do them because I want to do them, and if something like this happens, it’s like a plus. It’s not a given, so it’s great.”

Temperley was similarly pleased with the night. “I’m really really flattered. I’m just here for a few days, and I’m excited to hear about the other people that are being honored as well.” But for Temperley, the good times wouldn’t end with the night: “I have this event and then I’m leaving for Jamaica. Two weeks of doing absolutely nothing!”

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