Friday, October 27, 2017

For the Chef Daniel Humm, Less Is More. On His Wall, Too.

Show Us Your Walls
By Ted Loos
The chef Daniel Humm at home in Manhattan, where he has an untitled glass work by Daniel Turner and chairs by Franz West, from his “Uncle” series. Credit Emily Andrews for The New York Times
Chefs are known to enjoy the company of others in their field. But Daniel Humm — one of the best chefs working today — takes a different social approach. “Most of my friends are artists,” said Mr. Humm, 41, who wears the toque at Eleven Madison Park, which reopened earlier this month after a renovation by the architect Brad Cloepfil and his firm Allied Works. Like many art collectors, Mr. Humm claims emphatically that he’s not a collector. But in the Upper East Side apartment where he lives, he surrounds himself with works by the likes of Lucio Fontana (a serene grid of dots on a black canvas), Rita Ackermann (a painterly swirl of blue and pink that seems to channel Monet), Daniel Turner (several works) and Franz West (chairs from his “Uncle” series). [More]