Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
These utterly unique pieces of art glass are the creation of Michael Harris, an imaginative British glass blower who moved to Malta in the late 60's in order to start the Mdina Glass Studio. Eventually the great Harris returned to Great Britain and established Isle of Wight Glass. The gold and opalescent piece you see above is an example of Isle of Wight from the 1970's while the blue/green flask is an early 80's Mdina.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
One of the most recognizable names in modern Italian pottery is that of the Bitossi family, now under the moniker "Bitossi by Flavia". The classic Rimini Blu is the most commonly found...that is not to say it is mass produced in any fashion. Their artisans hand craft in the tradition of the original designs created by Aldo Londi. The Bitossi company started in 1921 and has since employed such Italian design royalty as Ettore Sottsass and Fornasetti. Other color variations shown here are rare and quite collectible.
Friday, September 25, 2009
We have a long history with the grande dame of 5th Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman. Our glass is currently providing colorful context to their shoe boutique. Their merchandisers go as far as matching our glass to the clothing collections for added impact. Years ago, we were honored to provide our wares for an amazing window display.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Simon Doonan, the brilliant creative director for Barney's New York, loves his mid-century design...why he even married Jonathan Adler! That is why for the past decade or so, our glass objects have been permanent fixtures of his in-store displays. A fabulous grouping that used to adorn the Madison Avenue cosmetics floor has moved on up to the fine jewelry section. Shoppers often compliment the glass with equal interest as the jewels they display.
NOTE: Barney's even offered us a pop-up shop once upon a time...see post from exactly one year ago today!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Back in Manhattan, I visited the new J. Crew Collection store on the tony corner of 79th and Madison. Months ago prior to opening, Ruth Parsons, visual director of merchandising for the company, came in and selected the above glass items to decorate the new flagship store. The clothes are of course worthy of the First Family, and the environs are downtown artsy for the uptown girl.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Yesterday I had the pleasure of driving out to the bucolic town of Bridgehampton to visit a blue grouping of glass from our shop currently on display at the very chic Maison 24. Proprietor Louis Marra gave me a tour of the beyond colorful place he and his sister Allison Julius opened after years of designing furniture and home furnishings together. Just because high season is wrapping up doesn't mean that the high life halts in the Hamptons...Maison 24 is open year round! The shop is more of a lifestyle store, selling everything from Fornasetti to cool clothing and the latest books and cd's one must have to feel current, trendy, eclectic, and above all fabulous! www.maison24.com
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here is an example of the largest single piece of Marselis we've acquired to date. It's a subtle ox-blood in color. Measuring 12" high and 32" around, it's visual impact is grand. Designed by Nils Thorsen for the Aluminia (read Royal Copenhagen) factory in Denmark.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I'm re-thinking my earlier post where I supposed that this glass sculpture by Licio Zenetti, c. 1960's was a chicken. OK, probably not the case! UPDATE: Finding similar sculptures described as fish leads me to humbly retract and say this may be a fishy.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This perfume bottle has all the tell-tale signs of being by Flavio Poli for Archimede Seguso. The coloration of green and amber sommerso are signature to his style. It stands at just under 10" to the tip of the flame shaped stopper. Stunning in its simplicity.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
This is one of the most gorgeous vases I've seen in ages. Standing at 15" tall, this hand blown Murano piece has great presence. Its turquoise color (my favorite hue bar none) is deeply saturated and the weight is impressive. I'm still researching its origins, but it's proving difficult. I do believe this predates the 50's era because of the classical form, but we shall see. I will update if I uncover the mystery of the hand that made this masterpiece of cased glass.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
What fun to be involved in New York City's Fashion's Night Out event! We were happy to help with the inspiring & genius window designs of Lori Goldstein in her whimsical window dressing for famed jeweler Fred Leighton. You'll notice our shimmering glass mushrooms amid the fantastical bejeweled scene. The display is up for Fashion Week, so be sure to see it in person at Fred Leighton, 773 Madison Avenue.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I'm attributing this odd nippled number to Wiktor Berndt, given his propensity for molded glass and use of relief-work. He was the Chief Designer for Flygsfors, Sweden from 1956-1974.
He also had a thing for the ladies I assume (see clear piece I found elsewhere on the web)!