NYC 20: HOT NEW MID-20TH-CENTURY EVENT BY 1STDIBS.COM!

I shouldn’t really do this, write about an event after it is over. It’s probably a no-no in “blogdom,” but ’tis the season in New York City, which means the art and charity events’ cup for this young lady is filled to the brim! One of the best times I had recently was

at Lincoln Center under an unbelievable tent at the NEW YORK 20TH CENTURY ART AND DESIGN FAIR.

This strictly marvelous exhibition included the crème de la crème  20TH Century Modern dealers who are featured on 1STDIBS.COM. For me, it was like walking into a candy store, but no candy, just furniture!  Okay, you’re allowed to act like a kid sometimes, right?  My little i-phone was hot to the touch with all of the photos I was taking.  Plus, everyone I know from the industry was either showing there or walking around like me taking in the wonderfulness of the event.

Mid-20th-Century Style is hot, hot, hot these days. It has just the right mix of sexiness, glamour and allure to intrigue our  21st Century sensibilities and a modern cache that is unbeatable…think the TV show MAD MEN and you are right there!

It’s always exciting to feel that buzz when all the powers that be meet in perfect harmony, and such it was at NYC20. By the by, the splendid modern tapestry pictured above was created by Sonia Delauney and is called  “Helice.”  VOJTECH BLAU is the gallery to run to for more sumptuous antique and modern tapestries.

AND THE IMPRESSIVE ARRAY CONTINUES…

 

 

DRAGONETTE LIMITED is one of my favorite LA haunts. They had a scrumptious coffee/tea set…don’t remember by who… sitting just so pretty on a William Haines’ sofa and calling out to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONZELLA, one of the best dealers in the city for 20th Century treasures, featured simply the most beautiful pair of Murano sconces in pale iridescent lavender by Vitosi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOBEL MODERN had a stunning Karl Springer coffee table made of polished chrome and black glass in an intriguing amoeba shape. According to Evan Lobel , the owner of the gallery, this table is iconic Springer. It is really spectacular!

 

 

 

LIZ O’BRIEN had an unusual  Karl Springer glass and bronze metal table with a backgammon board inlaid in the middle.  How wonderful would that be in a den? But I’m not sure I’d let anyone play on it!

 

 


 

 

STEVE NEWMAN FINE ARTS had the most sumptuous collection of ceramics and glass and bronze statues from the 1930’s – 1940’s, and this chic macassar ebony credenza. His pieces are from a slightly earlier 20th Century design era, but you do know that I am the number one advocate of mix and match when it comes to furnishings!

 

 

 

 DOWNTOWN, a hot LA shop with roots also in NYC, had this outrageous 1940’s Arturo Pani  5′ diameter table with the original eglomisé glass in it. It was such a treasure …so, so classic in its design. What a cool piece for a Hollywood-retro living room!

 

 

 

 

PALUMBO ANDERSSEN is located in NYC and they have the dibs on anything and everything Tommy Parzinger, a marvelous designer of anything and everything 20th-mid-century. In particular his cabinets and lighting fixtures are outstanding. AND PALUMBO ANDERSSEN has the licensing to re-issue his furnishings, so you can get the look  customized to fit into your space. How great is that?

 


CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY, LTD. hails from Palm Springs, CA, the undisputed capital for Mid-Century Modern furnishings.  He had on display a magnificent back lit glass and brass mirror from Max Ingrand...another superhero from the period. I saw several other Ingrand pieces at the show, but this one was really outstanding.

 

 

Okay, folks, this is really only the tip of the iceberg.  If you were fortunate to have gone to the event I am sure you would agree.  If not, look for it next year around this time so you do not miss it!  Here’s a little dessert before I say ta-ta:

 

      

 

CIAO, CIAO ‘TIL NEXT TIME!