Ritz Paris Tableware Gets Ready for Auction, #ShareTheMicNow Initiative Takes Off, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.


Looking for the Perfect Finishing Touch for Your Next Client Project? Try Some Tableware From the Ritz Paris

This weekend is set to include a very special—and limited—opportunity for fans of the iconic Ritz Paris hotel. Thanks to Artcurial, individuals will be able to bid on pre-renovation examples of the Ritz’s tableware, glassware, silverware, and other cutlery. (If this concept rings a bell, it might be because an auction of the hotel’s furnishings already took place a couple years ago.) Regardless, highlights of this sale include a Marthe service commissioned by Ceìsar Ritz in 1898 for the opening of the hotel, a Ritz Club service designed by Jean Boggio, and more than 450 lots of Limoges porcelain. “This

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See Inside Tom Joyner’s Elegant Florida Villa

It would not be exaggerating to say that Tom Joyner’s home in Golden Beach, Florida, is his magnum opus. The radio host, who has owned properties everywhere from Beverly Hills to New York, sold all of his other real estate holdings (and his airplane!) when he decided to retire to this exclusive enclave north of Miami. The town, a tiny sliver of land just west of Aventura, is famed for its regal oceanfront estates, which hold bragging rights nearly unheard of elsewhere: private beaches. So, it’s little wonder that Joyner, who calls the area paradise, wanted to make it his permanent residence.

But, with Golden Beach’s length of a mile and a width of only four blocks, real estate is coveted, and turnkey properties for sale are rare. Joyner opted to purchase a Mediterranean-style home that was in need of a facelift but had the advantage of jaw-dropping ocean views

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard to Guest-Judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars

Any drag fan knows that Friday nights are reserved for RuPaul Charles. But for tonight’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on VH1, interior design fans should also tune in. For the show’s first interior design–themed episode, AD100 decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard—who has designed homes for Alessandra Ambrosio, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, and Kourtney Kardashian, and is currently working on a Beverly Hills mansion for Charles himself—will guest-judge and play adviser to the queens in a challenge to design a luxury getaway hotel suite.

Bullard himself is an expert in hotel design: His recent project, the 24-room Prospect Hollywood in Los Angeles, was a winner in AD’s inaugural Hotel Awards this year. And as a longtime friend of Charles, he has been a loyal viewer of Drag Race since it first aired 12 years ago. Bullard spoke with AD about his experience, which he describes as the

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