Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier, 83, has been making modern masterpieces for more than 50 years — and shows no signs of slowing down. His renowned buildings, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Getty Center in LA, are about to get a sizzling sibling. Meier’s newest project is the transformation of the 9-acre Surf Club in Surfside, Fla. First opened as a private enclave in 1930, it became a glam go-to where Liz Taylor and Frank Sinatra were regulars. Tasked with expanding and rethinking the entire site, Meier created a soaring, high-rise hotel, operated by the Four Seasons, as well as two new residential towers. Now, the fabled designer shares his treasures with Alexa. They’re well worth the hunt.
“For the last 50 years, I’ve been making collage books — I have around 110 completed now. I buy the blank, hard-bound books at an art store in Paris, and they ship them to me. There are 36 pages — I like the scale and quality of them and the fact they’re all the same.”
“I’m a creature of habit. I go very often to Elio’s restaurant on Second Avenue, and I always order the same thing every single time: baked clams as my appetizer, and then veal scaloppine.”
“I’ve worked with Cray-Pas for years. They’re much better than crayons, as you can do more — smudge the surface or mix them together — in ways that you can’t with crayons. I use them in some of the collages I make.”
“I love zinnias — all different colors. They grow very close together, so they almost form a field or a bouquet. And they last a long time. They’re in my garden in East Hampton.”
“So many things by [Austrian minimalist] Josef Hoffmann I admire greatly. I have two large silver candlesticks [by him], about 18 inches high, with a prismatic base. They’re not just beautiful objects, either — I use them all the time.”
“I designed a watch many, many years ago. I still wear it all the time. I like the simplicity. It’s not a huge watch — just plain and very contemporary, and it cost $100.”