Monday night the Storefront for Art and Architecture threw a benefit party at the new home of the Paul Taylor Dance Company on the lower Lower East Side. Arguably the city’s most experimental architecture venue, Storefront can count some of the city’s major architecture names as supporters, or at least as party goers, including Steven Holl, Brad Cloepfil, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, and Bjarke Ingels. Younger designers like Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO-IL, and John Hartmann of Freecell were also in attendence. AN Editor-in-Chief and Storefront board member William Menking and fellow Archigrammer Dennis Crompton honored Michael Webb, Storefront board member Belmont Freeman cut a rug, and Charles Renfro urged on bidders in the silent auction, which includes works by artists, designers, and photographers ranging from John Baldessari to Iwan Baan. Even with all the people watching, dancing, drinking, and snacking, one person stood out: Storefront’s dynamo director Eva Franch Gilabert, ablaze in a fuschia mermaid dress. Has the architect’s black uniform finally been banished?
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