Silver Gelatin Photographic Collage by Mary Miss
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Bruce Tilley’s furniture consignment shop Decor NYC (I wrote a piece about him a few weeks back.) I was in Chelsea last Friday, so I stopped in to see what new inventory had arrived. While browsing I found Bruce in his office with Pamela Auchincloss, who he’s enlisted to extend his concept of “Re-purposed Luxury” to the world of fine art. Trading in pieces of fine art by selling them on consignment? I found myself intrigued, so I pulled up a chair.
Bruce Tilley, owner and curator of Decor NYC, has a storied history when it comes to furniture. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, he began collecting art deco pieces in high school. His early love of home furnishings ultimately lead him to a position as President of Licensing for the home division at Alexander Julian, a job he held for 2 decades. Fast forward to last December when he fulfilled a life-long dream by opening a consignment shop which focuses its attention on high-end “gently used” furniture, lighting, accessories and art. It’s been a wildly successful half-year. I’d like to share why.