Category Archives: Furniture

Greta Magnusson Grossman @ R20


I stopped by R 20th Century on my way home from work for the opening of the Greta Magnusson Grossman show A Car and Some Shorts.  I feel so lucky to have seen some wonderful original pieces in the past year by some of my very favorite furniture designers. I saw a Finn Juhl retrospective in October in Copenhagen at the Designmuseum Danmark, just saw the Eileen Gray show at the Pompidou in Paris, tonight I saw GMG’s show, and very much looking forward to seeing An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, a show at the MoMA on Le Corbusier opening on June 15.

The Greta Magnusson Grossman show has some original drawings and also original furniture (for sale of course, if you’re willing to part with many thousands of $$). It’s on display through June 29.R20-GretaGrossman GretaGrossmanPortrait GretaGrossman3 GretaGrossman2 GretaGrossman1

Eileen Gray at Centre Pompidou 2013

On my way back from the furniture fair in Milan, I took the overnight train to Paris (less romantic than it sounds) so I could see the Eileen Gray show at Centre Pompidou.  In true nerd-form, I spent hours poring over the items on display. It was a Monday morning at the museum and not very crowded. I took photos of everything I was allowed to photograph. Below are some highlights.

DSC02656The Eileen Gray show poster with Calder in the foreground.

The show started with her experiments in lacquer.


Above and below: some of her more decorative, early pieces.




They were showing many of her collages that were studies for rug designs.























Best of Salone de Mobili 2013 – @Fuori



Above and below are images of a new storage collection from Casamania called “Toshi,” designed by Luca Nichetto.   Toshi  is a collection of sectional storage units inspired by Japanese simplicity of constructions forming the skyline.  I really like the subtle colors and different scales of grids on the surfaces of the cabinets.





Below, ClassiCON’s Eileen Gray design reissues – a good preview of the originals I’d see in Paris a few days later…

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Below, tables and rugs from MOROSO:

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Below, very cool curtains by Petra Blaisse of InsideOutside for Knoll.DSC02363 DSC02375

Below, shelving from Molteni & C.


Jaime Hayon, Konstantin Grcic and the Bouroullec Bros at MAGISDSC02402 traffic01 DSC02398 DSC02397 DSC02399

New sideboard concept from PORRO:

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The new Tadao Ando chair for Carl Hansen & Son.


Roll & Hill had a beautiful display

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Ventura Lambrate 2013

I just returned today from a quick trip to Milan for the Salone, followed by a quick overnight train to Paris to see the Eileen Gray show at the Pompidou. All in all it was an inspiring long weekend trip, and somewhat of a whirlwind.  Here I will post some favorites from Ventura Lambrate, which is a spin off of the main fair, showing younger designers and artists. It’s a nice balance to go between the very established furniture houses at Fuori  and the more conceptual, design driven Lambrate.


I had the pleasure of meeting Sophie and Rolf from Studio Roso. They are sculptors who work at varying scales – here they tried their hand at furniture and came up with some very playful and beautifully crafted pieces.




Showing in the same Ventura Lambrate Warehouse, was this table by Maria Scarpulla:




These chairs were also shown in the same space.  Dali?

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And this bench by ROOMS:

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I also stopped in at 010-020 and saw some smaller scale works:


Woodstock by Jeroen van Leur


New textile collection ISH by Studio Mae Engelgeer:



These Grand cabinets by Mathieu Gustafsson and Niklas Karlssonwere inspired by the detailing of woven rattan and brass clasps seen in vintage handbags, specifically Palmgrens.







Furniture delivery…by crane

Today was a first for me. We craned in a sofa and dining table to a residence because they were too large for the elevator. Stairs weren’t really an option either due to the weight of the blackened steel table (450 lbs!!).  So after a whole lot of coordination, we craned them in through the front windows!


Above: Metallico Dining table from Porro

Above: Ile Club Sofa from Living Divani


Street view:

M A R N I Chairs

Marni presents a collection of 100 chairs made in Colombia by ex-prisoners. This Marni venture aims to reinforce the prisoners resettlement into social and working life. All chairs consist of metal structure and multi-colored PVC threads featured on the backs and armrests. A common seat in Colombian local families, re-interpreted by Marni who modified the woven pattern and created new color variations.

The chairs are linked to the “L’Arte del Ritratto” project through a photo exhibition created in collaboration with the photographer and filmmaker Francesco Jodice. His performances are based on works of categorization: the chairs are used as background for a series of portraits of Marni teams from different departments. “L’Arte del Ritratto” is an homage dedicated to them, destined to last in time, which is also accompanied by a video that reports the shooting experience.


ART BASEL MIAMI highlights

At NADA Art Fair At the Deauville Resort in North Miami Beach.

Seems like something I’d find in my own neighborhood…Bushwick. Seen at NADA


Mr.Brainwash = Mr. Potato Head + Picasso + Storm Troopers. Wha?? The joke is on you.


Ignasi Aballi, Sofia Hulten and Claudio Parmiggiani at  Meesen De Clercq ART BASEL

Caio Fonseca at Paul Kasmin Gallery ART BASEL

Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset for De Alvear Gallery at Art Basel

At Art Basel



Donald Judd Untitled Cadmium Red Woodcut series


West 57th Street Apartment

This project was done for a client of Rogers Marvel Architects. I was responsible for the selection all furnishings and installation of furnishings and art.

In this photo, the sofa is Family Life from Living Divani, the carpet is a custom design from Paola Lenti, the pillows are all custom designed, using Rodarte fabrics from Knoll Luxe, the throw is from Barneys, and the coffee table/pouf is from De Padova through Suite NY.

This is a sofa table I designed and was fabricated by Desu Design.  The frame is stainless steel with red painted interior. All interior shelving partitions and bottom supports are made from 1″ thick plexiglass.  The shelf was designed to hug the back and corner of the Family Life sofa.

A bedroom in the apartment. Bed cover is custom made with fabric by Rodarte, lamp is from Prandina, nightstands are by Dutch company Pastoe and sold in the US by Suite NY. chair is a French design from the 1960s from Regeneration Furniture and the ottoman is by felt artist and designer, Anne Kyyro Quinn.

Progress Photo – West Village Loft

Another progress photo of one of my projects, the West Village Loft.  The smaller sofa was one the client already owned and we reupholstered it in a Fanny Aronsen fabric.  The coffee tables are from B&B Italia and the tray tops come off for added storage. These are perfect for people with babies or toddlers (in this case a baby) because there are no hard edges.  The painting on the wall is by artist Lowell Boyers from the Von Lintel Gallery and is titled Red Boat, White Paint, Still Traveling.

Just waiting on a couple more items and this space will be complete!