what maison21 is referring to, is his recent featured role in the "sex and the city" movie.
what? you didn't see maison21 on screen?
well, perhaps m21 exaggerated just a bit- he wasn't actually featured in the movie, but a fabulous piece of decor he once owned was...
if you've seen the movie (and this isn't a spoiler, so it's safe to read on), there is a scene where carrie bradshaw (sjp) is in the office of her vogue editor (candice bergen), and in that office, on one of the purty dorothy draper chests, there is a stunning brass bust of an antelope with long murano glass horns. and that is the maison21 connection! that chic bust was once part of m21's very own decor! but as often happens, after loving it for a while (and he DID love it), m21 decided that it was time to switch the bust out for something new, and he auctioned it off on ebay. the sculpture was sold to a new york decorator, the very talented olivia song (check out her fab work on her website here). the sculpture didn't work for the client olivia intended it for, so she in turn traded it to one of new york city's finest vintage modern dealers, todd merrill, for something even more fabulous! (did you follow all that?) and maison21 is assuming that sometime after that, mr. merrill rented the sculpture out to the "sex and the city" production.
Image by Craig Blankenhorn/New Line Cinema ©2008 New Line Cinema from Traditional Home (via the silver screen surroundings blog)now, admittedly, maison21 doesn't really know if this is the same bust, as he hasn't confirmed his story with the other parties, but as he's never seen another bust exactly like it, and actually remembers it very well 'cuz it was so freakin' stunning, so m21 is pretty confident in saying that he (or rather something he once owned, twice removed), played a prominent role in sex and the city, the movie! (compare the photos and judge for yourself).
btw, maison21 enjoyed the movie, and recommends it to any girl or gay man (who made up the entire audience at the arclight sunday matinee maison21 attended- not a straight dude in sight!). m21 started crying about 10 minutes in, and kept it up for the next 2 hours! (it wasn't that much of a tear jerker, it's just that m21 is a HUGE cry baby. he cries at anything- a cute baby, a hallmark commercial, a simpson's thanksgiving episode, a puppy- really, anything...). criticisms aimed at the movie are somewhat justified- it's a little too long (2 1/2 hours), the conspicuous consumption and materialism seem dated (the "it bag" is soooo 90's). maison21 also thought that they should have left carrie bradshaw's apartment alone- the redesign wasn't needed- i mean really, who would ever give up a t.h. robsjohn-gibbings chaise and coffee table? (well, maison21 guesses he would got rid of both, if he found something he liked more at the time, so i guess that negates that criticism). overall,the movie is a fun ride, and it's great to spend time with the girls again.
so if you haven't seen the satc movie yet, maison21 says go! and be sure to keep your eyeballs peeled for m21's former piece o' pretty in it's co-starring role!
update 6/12/08- it has been confirmed! maison21's former sculpture (thrice removed) was indeed the same sculpture sharing the screen with sarah jessica parker in the sex and the city movie. omg- m21 and sjp are total bff's 4ever!