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Archive for the 'Just Found' Category

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...


through the holidays
@ Guild Greene Gallery
281 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718 398 6792

Holiday Hours: 12/22, 23 & 24 noon to 6pm; or by appointment.

Barware, jewelry, objects, handmade toys and ornaments, newly restored mid-century modern furniture.


Featuring a pair of Verner Panton cone chairs with orange mohair seats.


A Corbu chaise with a chrome tri-leg glass top coffee table, Alvar Aalto dishes, a Bruce Fox tri-leg aluminum bowl, a Kay Bogeson Penguin.


A Milo Baughman swivel chair, a modern French daybed, a Bernhard Rohm acid etched coffee table.

Gazing at this vintage 1950’s George Nelson desk, I am transported to Palm Springs, California with visions of the iconic Kaufmann house that Richard Neutra designed and built in 1946.

Department store magnate, George Kaufmann Sr., asked his son, a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright, to recommend an architect more modern than Wright to design his Palm Springs, CA estate. Kaufmann Sr. ultimately selected California modernist, Richard Neutra, who built him a masterpiece of modernism.

Neutra’s vision is evident in the design of the building and in his choice of materials: wood, aluminum and lots and lots of glass. The Nelson desk utilizes the same combination of materials in a similar modern context. Just as Neutra incorporates a cantilevered roof supported by light metal columns, Nelson purposes the metal desk legs to support the top of the desk in order to mimic the floating effect Neutra perfected.

Neutra loved wood and employed it in all of his buildings with delicate refinement. Nelson does the same with his wood desk drawers – a simple solution that juxtaposes shape, color and material. Best of all is Nelson’s use of the new material, formica, for the desk top. The smooth, bright formica echoes Neutra’s inspired technique of incorporating shimmering sea shells (capiz) into plaster walls.

Nelson and Neutra – two brilliant originals of American modernist design speaking the language of the era.

Posted by Kevork Babian August 21, 2013 / No Comments Filed Under Just Found, Modernism, What Is...

I find things by poking around. I am genetically programmed for this task and it makes me happy. Recently I was asked if I wanted to look through items being emptied from a large house. I dropped everything and rushed over. After some searching, I found something rare that made my heart pound.

Spied – an intriguing label found while poking around.

One item that jumped out at me was the logo on a box full of wallpapers. The graphic double capital “W” was so handsome that it immediately said to me something special was inside. There were brand new rolls of wallpaper silkscreened in the 1960s by Woodson Papers, the premiere mid-century modern manufacturer of silkscreened wallpapers, founded by Woodson Taulbee. As I understand it, Woodson Taulbee was interior designer Billy Baldwin’s one true love. Billy Baldwin designed Woodson Taulbee’s apartment and it became an enduring icon of interior design when it was featured on the cover of his 1972 book, Billy Baldwin Decorates.

It is easy to see that the patterns speak the language of the art movements of the day: Andy Warhol’s colors and patterns, David Hicks’ cross grids and Billy Baldwin’s famous chocolate brown backgrounds contrasted with silver foil patterns.

These Woodson Papers are prime examples of 1960s decorative art at its peak. I imagine them in rooms of streamlined Knoll furniture, or with Edward Wormley’s colorful furniture for Dunbar. Robsjohn-Gibbings could have featured them in his decorative schemes behind a chest or framed as part of a door by Tommi Parzinger. Framing and placing these silkscreen wallpapers on a wall makes them art – a very Warholesque idea of appropriation. It is thrilling to see creative ideas survive as good as new after fifty or more years.

Billy Baldwin “B” spied on another box of wallpaper.
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View our collection of vintage wallpaper.

Posted by Kevork Babian February 15, 2013 / 9 Comments Filed Under Classical Modernism, Edward Wormley, Just Found, Knoll, Parzinger, Robsjohn-Gibbings, Vintage Wallpaper

Vintage bras, vintage panties, vintage gloves, vintage legs, LEGS! LOOK AT THOSE LEGS! They were sexy and remarkable for their age. The elegant curve gave it all away. All of a sudden my breathing changed. As the French ladies of fashion say… ze legs go last so you show them to their best advantage.

There was something familiar about them. They were the only thing showing underneath piles and piles of every conceivable undergarment wrapped in plastic. I couldn’t stop myself from gently uncovering a little at a time…was I hoping for too much from my first glimpse?

Exposed except for the plastic encasing the body like a condom, I thought,  “what was this?” Then it hit me. It was  protection for the softest silk velvet in the sexiest magenta colored upholstery that I have ever seen. Yes, the chaise had been wrapped in plastic for 40 years. I had to have it.

Inquiring about it after the completion my purchase, I was told that it came from the daughter of the maid of a famous movie star who committed suicide. Marilyn? Could it be? A phone call later explained: “Monroe was a friend of mine” said Parzinger’s elderly partner. “The floor manager dealt with her furniture choices. It’s possible it was hers, I simply don’t know.” If only she could speak, the stories she could tell.

“Happy birthday, Mr. President.”

Posted by Kevork Babian September 1, 2010 / 2 Comments Filed Under Classical Modernism, Just Found, Parzinger, townhouse.bz chronicles

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