categories + archives: vintage

object of desire – jean dunand vase

jeandunandvase

This signed Jean Dunand vase in red lacquer on metal found at ArtCurial in Paris is this weeks object of desire. Dunand (1877-1942) is considered to be one of the best metal workers and THE best lacquer artist of the Art … Continue reading

giorgio morandi – still life abstracts

Giorgio_Morandi_Zwirner

Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) painted some of my favorite and most stunning still life compositions of the 20th century. For an artist who never travelled outside of Europe, and rarely strayed far from his hometown of Bologna, Morandi’s art now has … Continue reading

vintage viennese design with class: otto prutscher

viennese-design-prutscher-macassar cabinet

When I think of vintage Viennese design, I immediately think of Josef Hoffman and the Jugenstil and Secessionist Movements that flourished in Vienna during the opening years of the twentieth century. To me – while certainly an era of creative … Continue reading

reconsidering 1930s design style

1930s-design-style-glass-bowl

I recently suggested to a young couple in their early 30s to consider accessorizing the apartment I designed for them with a 1930s design style. They looked puzzled and I realized that we had a very different view of what … Continue reading

american mid century furniture – two faces to consider

american midcentury furniture wendell castle

Recently a client called to ask my thoughts on American mid century furniture. I paused and then had to ask them if they were thinking of the popular greats like Charles and Ray Eames, Warren Platner, and Milo Baughman, or … Continue reading

leleu furniture – the postwar years

leleu furniture console maison gerard

Leleu furniture has been at the pinnacle of good taste since the 1920s when it became synonymous with the exquisite sophistication of the Art Deco movement. The atelier was founded by Jules Leleu (1883-1961), a French provincial furniture designer who … Continue reading

the cool mid century ceramics of harrison mcIntosh

Harrison McIntosh ceramic vase

Right now is a good time to be collecting mid century ceramics: auctions are filled with American studio pottery, and museums and galleries are hosting exhibitions.  Finally people are starting to take notice of the incredible talent and creativity of … Continue reading