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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.

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Visit Faux Real and explore historic Clinton Hill. Guild Greene’s building is the original 1890s headquarters and laboratory for Bristol Myers. Fine dining nearby includes Speedy Romeo, Marietta, Locando Vini & Olli and Aita.

Shown above: Holos/Series 23, No.1 (Wood Match) Roman Travertine & Red Slate; Jud Nelson, 1994

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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

Have you ever seen amazing paintings in beautiful homes and wondered who was the artist? Once in a while I get the pleasure of meeting a truly talented artist who leaves me with the desire to see more, to learn more, to examine the world through their unique vision. I’m referring to my recent visit with the painter, John Woodrow Kelley.

Recently I visited his studio and home. And what a special place he has created… full of his personality and his way of seeing the world. Mr Kelley is immersed in the classical age of Greece and Rome, which really resonated with me. During my visit I noticed that he was reading in Italian (yes, in Italian) a book on the locations and use of marble in Italy. His neo-classical style furniture was fascinating (a particular interest of yours truly; I can see my Parzinger and Robsjohn-Gibbings pieces with his art and objects). His paintings – both small and large were eye catching and dazzling in their technical ability and historical references.

And as a special treat he showed me pictures of his wonderful home in the style of a palazzo that he designed and built. It all made sense to me when he told me that he had trained as an architect, since many architectural themes are incorporated into his paintings. Truly a man of many talents.

You can see and read more about Mr. Kelley here.

and here.

Posted by Kevork Babian May 10, 2011 / 2 Comments Filed Under Classical Modernism, Parzinger, Robsjohn-Gibbings

Thanks to Tommi Parzinger, I have been thinking about the use of language and how it relates to furniture. A few weeks ago I was called by a potential client to look at his Parzinger Originals furniture and upon my arrival was surprised to see some very shiny new cabinets based upon Tommi’s designs, however, Mr. Parzinger has been dead for 25 years. The following week in the Home section of the New York Times the architect Daniel Wismer refers to a new Parzinger chaise saying “They have the license from Parzinger, so it is a real piece, not a knock off…”. While it might not be a knock off any more than Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel suits are, it is still a reproduction, and it is misleading not to acknowledge that.

The relationship of language, furniture and commerce is an interesting thing and reproduction, knock off, vintage, period, original and antique all have specific meanings. It is completely possible to have a Louis XV chair that is antique but not period as well as a vintage (but not antique) Louis XV chair that is worth more than one that is period (think Maison Jansen). If not buying for investment and your major concern is style, perhaps none of this matters. Nonetheless, it is important for these terms to be understood, especially since it may affect your shopping.

In the meantime I am going to just relax in my Bruno chair (vintage Knoll) with a bottle of wine on my Mies coffee table (vintage Knoll) drinking from a glass (Josef Hoffmann reproduction, Nue Gallerie) gazing into my dining room with its mahogany table (modern Ruhlmann adaptation) surrounded by a mix of French armchairs (vintage) and American Empire side chairs (period) glittering beneath a Venetian green glass chandelier (antique) which lights up the well arted walls (all original) and think about why this use of language is an issue to me.

By the way, if you want to see a vintage Parzinger Originals chaise, just look at the Townhouse website under seating. That is a real piece.

Posted by Karl Kipfmueller March 14, 2011 / 1 Comments Filed Under In the News, Karl Kipfmueller, Modernism, Parzinger, What Is...

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

…directs fashion photographer Dick Avery to high fashion model Marion (played by the talented Fred Astaire and fashion icon Dovima in the 1957 movie “Funny Face”) I admit I love the European fashions of the 1950s. Everything is fresh and refined with an undercurrent of sexiness to it. The aesthetics of the times were inspired by the modern International style buildings seemingly everywhere. Architects and designers such as Gio Ponti and Tommi Parzinger created objects for the home with the same elongated shapes as high fashion. Tommi Parzinger’s coffee set pictured above reflects the influence that fashion and interiors had on each other. Glass and metal were their choice materials and they created shapes that were meant to be noticed. After all refinement and sexiness never goes out of style.

Posted by Kevork Babian July 11, 2010 / 1 Comments Filed Under Modernism, Movies, Parzinger

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