May 20, 2010
We went to the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) again this year at the Javitz center in NYC, which is a huge exhibition of the latest and greatest in the design world. Here are a few standouts:
Tom Dixon- making lights on the spot; Lindsey Adelman light; Ana Linares bookshelves
Molo lights; Dorotheum auction house chair
Lindsey Adelman light with gold leaf; Corvo chair by Bernhardt
May 17, 2010
There is nothing more satisfying than a good find and a good deal. The Brimfield antique show, located in farmland between Boston and New York, mixes high society with hippie woodlanders. It’s one of the few places where you’ll find Gucci bags coming out of porto-potties and all ranks of society eating greasy corn dogs from “Roadkill Cafe”. Observing this vast spectrum of life never gets old and neither does the tri-annual treasure hunt. The only requirements for success are a discerning eye, patience and a good dose of bartering chutzpah.
Laura and I arrived at the show in our old sneakers and sunhats on day 1 at 11am, about 6 hours late by Brimfield standards. Early birds typically arrive at the break of dawn to race for coveted treasures amongst 6,000 vendors in 23 fields. In our oppinion, the most precious finds at Brimfield are those quirky items that evoke a personal connection. This was evident in an elderly man who proudly paraded a huge, battered Texaco sign high above his head. You’d have thought he just won the lotto. Likewise, with tired feet, we left feeling very satisfied with a bag of 18th c. medicine bottles and a 20 lb. iron rabbit in tow.
Vintage Skis, Antique Chinese Chairs
18th C. Medicine Bottles, Vintage Suitcases
17th C. Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk, Hand blocks