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We have all seen Edward Hopper’s paintings but his small, exquisite portrait of painter Guy Pene duBois made me appreciate his work even more.

After spending an afternoon at the TEFAF show in New York’s Park Avenue Armory it again drove home what is missing from so much of the contemporary art that I see, beauty. TEFAF is an Art Fair based in the Netherlands. They came to New York this October in an attempt to interest a new generation of collectors. There was art, furniture, objects and jewelry ranging from antiquities to modern covering Asian, African and the western world. There were pieces that stopped me in my tracks, including the Edward Hopper painting above. continued…

Posted by Karl Kipfmueller October 30, 2016 / No Comments Filed Under In the News, Reviews, townhouse.bz chronicles

Susan Rowland continues to contribute to her longtime community, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn…

Learn more about Theater Three Collaborative‘s work and upcoming productions.

Posted by Marla Dekker May 16, 2016 / No Comments Filed Under Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art, townhouse.bz chronicles, What Is...

We love this whimsical wallpaper, Feinbergs Horses. It is as witty and similar to the 1950’s pen and ink style that we associate with Ludwig Bemelman’s beloved Madeline illustrations.

The hand silk screened repeat of the wallpaper is very large and the image below only shows a portion of it.

Imagine how wonderful this would look framed and hung on a wall.

Check out our vintage wallpaper for sale.

Posted by Marla Dekker March 14, 2016 / No Comments Filed Under Just Found, Modernism, Vintage Wallpaper, What Is...

The Susan Rowland show is down from Guild Greene and can be viewed by appointment. Please call 718.398.6792 or contact us by email.

Posted by Marla Dekker October 31, 2015 / No Comments Filed Under Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art

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Mountains Forming by Isamu Noguchi, 1982 – 83, hot-dipped galvanized steel.

Are you wistful that summer is coming to an end and you are left craving moments with nature?

Come see the Noguchi sculptures just installed at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A collaboration between the Noguchi Museum and BBG, the show features 18 Noguchi sculptures. It is expertly curated by Dakin Hart of the Noguchi Museum.

Dakin’s siting of the sculptures in the garden creates an exquisite interplay between each that highlights qualities of the other that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Indeed, the sculptures appear as if they were always meant to be there.

ThisEarthThisPassage440x440This Earth, This Passage by Isamu Noguchi, 1962 (cast 1963), bronze. continued…

Posted by Marla Dekker September 10, 2015 / No Comments Filed Under In the News, Isamu Noguchi, Modernism, Sculpture, townhouse.bz Art

15 new works on paper by Kamilla Talbot curated by townhouse.bz at our mid-century modern salon show.

Opening
Saturday, August 22th, 6pm to 9pm
@ Guild Greene Gallery
281 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Showing through Labor Day, 2015
Fridays: 4pm to 8pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 12:30 to 7:30pm

or by appointment: 347.517.0711
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Posted by Marla Dekker August 16, 2015 / 2 Comments Filed Under Kamilla Talbot, townhouse.bz Art

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It’s not often that we are able to photograph a piece of furniture prior to restoration. We were able to do that with this lovely Milo Baughman slipper chair.

This chair was in our inventory and not listed on our web site. Our client wanted to purchase a pair of comfortable chairs and considered many options. In the end, she chose this Baughman chair and paired it with a vintage rattan chair and a Danish modern stool. It was a confident choice, the pieces echoed each other in their curvilinear forms and contrasted each other in materials.

The upholstery was chosen from the townhouse.bz collection by our client. We enjoy helping our clients select pieces that work for their homes.

Posted by Marla Dekker July 2, 2015 / No Comments Filed Under Before + After, Mid-Century Modern, Milo Baughman, Modernism

The Apollo 5 space suit back from the moon and delivered to Jud Nelson’s studio to be worn by Astronaut Allan Bean as the model for Nelson’s sculpture, Man In Space.

It was during the final inspection of Hefty 2-Ply, Jud Nelson’s monumental, hyper-realist sculpture commissioned by the Walker Art Center, that the idea first came up. Nelson told Martin Friedman, the Director of the Walker, that he wanted to carve a weightless man. Two months later, Friedman called Nelson and said, “I’ve got the weightless commission for you. Give President Ford a call, he wants a Man In Space sculpture for his Presidential Library/Museum”. Ten minutes later, Nelson’s sculpture commission for Man In Space was being negotiated with President Ford. continued…

Posted by Marla Dekker April 2, 2015 / 4 Comments Filed Under In the News, Jud Nelson, townhouse.bz Art


Edward Wormley, second from left pictured with George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames, Jens Risom; Playboy magazine, July 1961.

Traveling by Amtrak from Boston to New York one snowy evening in 1995, I came upon an article about the auction of Edward Wormley’s estate. It was a pivotal moment for me. Returning from an auction where I had been seriously outbid on a Herter Brothers chest (now residing in the Metropolitan Museum), it occurred to me that it was time to set my sights on other furniture periods and designers.


The surreal Wormley shell console, above, circa 1950. Hand carved, it is often featured in contemporary interiors.
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Posted by Kevork Babian March 10, 2015 / 2 Comments Filed Under Chinoiserie, Classical Modernism, Edward Wormley, Modernism, townhouse.bz chronicles

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