NYCxDesign with Modenus

Well, I hope you all had a great weekend because I sure did! It started Friday when I was walking our dogs, Artemis and Gypsy, through Central Park. It was a super hot morning and the smell of the Central Park Zoo was leading the dogs, and me, down the path. It was then that my cell phone alerted me that a text had come through. Lo and behold it was an invitation from my good friend Veronika.…

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Veronika Miller and her daughter Flo Von Pellet are the dynamic duo behind Modenus - The Design Directory as well as Design Hounds. These two design superstars organized a series of talks and panels for NYCxDesign at Wanted Design in conjunction with Design Milk. The talk was described as… "Past + Present = Future. Reinvent the wheel? No. Improve it? Sure. How does the past inform the future and how can we apply and improve upon what art, design & architecture have already discovered over the past 75 years. Please join us for a lively discussion on how we pull and modernize trends and treasures of the past to create new environments, products and style directions. This talk is part of the Design Milk x Modenus Talks series at WantedDesign, presented by Wilsonart." Veronika invited me to speak on the panel.

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Of course it was a resounding YES. I joined a panel of experts including Mat Sanders from CONSORT Design (who I actually knew, but forgot I knew), Christian Boscherini who is the Marketing Director at SMEG (you know the amazing retro refrigerators) and Jason Miller, a Co Founder at Roll and Hill. The panel and discussion was super well attended and if I may speak for all of us, we had a great time! Plus, I had the pleasure of re-connecting with Mat and I'll be sourcing vintage finds for him and the CONSORT Design team in both Los Angeles and New York City! Woo-hoo! After the talk, my daughters and I enjoyed the whole show and exhibition, then we took a long walk on the High Line. It was a great weekend!

Brimfield Re Cap...

I know, I know. You're going to say, "gee thanks. Another two weeks went by and we didn't get an update." I hear ya. I really do. But let me tell you, Brimfield had me B U S Y. Seriously. It was an amazing whirlwind of a show with some high winds to boot.…

No Shopping Carts! Ha ha ha. Check my Instagram for more…

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Just check the pics to see a glimpse of what Brimfield was like, a packed tent, loads of sales and a pretty much empty vehicle on the way home. I really can't say thank you enough to all of the fine folks who stopped by and shopped with me. From picture frames to oil paintings, statues to sculptures, table top accessories to the tables themselves - it was a truly fantastic May Brimfield.

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Seeing old friends and colleagues, meeting new dealers and making new friends, enjoying dinners out and treating myself to a donut and coffee were a few of the fun times. Most of my colleagues are also Brimfield veterans and have been attending / setting up for far longer than I, but we all share something in common - our love of being in the middle of a field (preferably under a tent) surrounded by interesting and rare merchandise while simultaneously hunting for treasure and selling our own stuff at the same time. To say that we all need to be in a few places at the same time would be an understatement. All of the pieces I purchased at Brimfield, I flipped on the field as I really couldn't keep much merchandise on the table (and I'm not talking about the super high winds).

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Of course, I'll be back in July and September so if you missed May, never fear because you have two other opportunities to experience this incredible phenomenon.

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Shop Till You Drop!

Remember last week when I told you that I really like to refer to myself as a picker? Well this week exemplified that and then some. The weekend saw me at the Chelsea Flea Market where a couple of cool abstract paintings that I purchased flipped so quickly I didn't even have time to take a photo of them!

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But the things I did grab images of… well, without further delay may I present to you: a wonderful antique Dutch ripple picture frame, along with a PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts School) painting of a nude woman, a painting / sketch of a nude man, a trio of wonderful single lamps among them a signed and dated Curtis Jere 1976 monumental brass lamp, a gorgeous clear glass with gold speckle Murano lamp, a set of three stacking tables by David Keirnan (not pictured, sorry) an incredible Mexican abstract painting (again, not pictured) a superb pair of faux painted fully finished Henredon two drawer end tables / nightstands (hmmm, not pictured too), a George F. Of gold gilt picture frame with a gorgeous charcoal drawing (yay, it's pictured), a pair of abstract terra-cotta sculptures along with a glazed stoneware vessel, a pair of gambling style mixed media works and an exquisitely carved 19th Century desk chair.

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See what I mean??? Shopping was incredible!

What It Means to be a Picker

Some folks might cringe at the thought of being called a picker. Not me. I love it. To me it means freedom. Buy and then sell to another dealer. Move on to the next thing. As more and more merchandise passes through my hands, I have more and more opportunities to learn about something new! So let's start now…

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This totally cool ceramic and incised lamp is still a mystery to me. But a friend and colleague of mine has an incredible memory. He remembers reading somewhere that the potter, as yet unnamed, hails from Newark, New Jersey and is known for this style usually depicting images of shoppers. Cool, right?

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I couldn't resist this great antique naive painting. Very cool European style scene with snow capped mountains, a bay, a castle, sailboats and a guy standing on the shore with an eight foot long spear. Uh. Okay?

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Probably tourist trade from Paris, but I just love the expressiveness and the energy in this work.

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Just because.