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African Art: Contributions to Art & Culture

masks, fetishes, and tribal symbolism


Photo Credit Charles Sheeler 1919


The appeal of collecting African Art is not a contemporary phenomenon.  Colonialists were attracted to tribal art as trophies and for their ethnological interest.  As far back as the 15th century, individuals were known to collect these mysterious fetishes and ceremonial objects to satisfy their curiosities.

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John Lyle Design

the very best in fireplace accessories (and much more)

Stainless Steel ‘Starburst’ Fire Screen

John Lyle, and his eponymous design firm, have been a Long Island City based atelier for more than 25 years.  He’s got a legendary following of designers that turn to him when a stiff shot of glamour is the order of the day.  The ‘Starburst’ Fire Screen is perhaps the best looking piece of functional sculpture in his collection – perfect for a winter’s evening, and even better as the answer to the summer fireplace conundrum.

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Mondo Collection

a contemporary design showroom with global reach

3-Ruby-Glass-Pendant-size‘Confetti Glass Pendant’ by Andreea Avram Rusu


If you’ve been reading my blog, you may remember me talking about Mondo Collection – the Flatiron district showroom that houses the contemporary home furnishings of no less that 61 artisans and designers – from nearly every corner of the globe.  I’d happened upon them quite by accident while visiting another showroom in their building.  Last week, having heard it was their first year anniversary, I decided to pay them a second visit.  You may also remember I reported I liked the collection.  This week, I’m giving them an even more enthusiastic thumbs up.

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Luxury Re-Purposed

Bruce Tilley ~ Decor NYC

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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.

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20 Years and Counting

Happy Anniversary Thomas O'Brien ~ Aero Studio

The Brimfield Antique show and Flea Market is open for its mid-summer sale this week, which made me think of Thomas O’Brien – master of the flea market find.  Coincidentally O’Brien’s  Aero Studio is having its 20th anniversary this year,  so I decided to head to Soho to see what the store is offering 2  decades after he opened it.

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Picture This

John Esty Fine Custom Framing

50b59d2be4b08dc1885224a4John Esty is the proprietor and resident craftsman at John Esty Fine Custom Framing, and has a reputation for being an exacting perfectionist.  It’s a distinction he’s worked hard to create and maintain,  and he’ll be the first to tell you he likes it that way.  This is not just another frame shop – this is one of New York City’s best framing establishments.  Here’s why.

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It is Easy Being Green

Jamali Garden Supplies

On any weekday at 4:45 a.m., 28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues is undoubtedly the busiest, most wide-awake street in Manhattan. This is the flower district, where those in the know purchase the best blossoms to adorn Gotham and beyond. Why so early? Because the flowers are flown in each evening, trucked to the block, and prepared for the daily sale that begins at 3 a.m. Those who want the very finest arrive prepared to do battle with hundreds of other designers also after the botanical best.