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Creepy, Curious and Brilliant: The Medical Equipment, Tools and Oddities of Radio-Guy 09/08/2011

Steve Erenberg’s (Radio-Guy) collection is so noteworthy that I cannot include all the pictures that I want to in this post.  He has some of the most interesting pieces I have seen in a long time. Each of his lights, or medical pieces require study to realize the details and understand the original purpose of the piece.  The above photograph is of a 1920s early plastic surgery learning tool.  The face plates can be removed to reveal the underlying skull…I can hear Mr. Potato Head quivering in his detachable boots.  I find this fascinating as well as really beautifully constructed.  The stand is magnificently designed and really makes this appropriate for display on an entry piece or bookshelf.

This piece is spectacular!  It is an old dental cabinet that was constructed in a time period between when such medical/dental cabinets were either made entirely out of wood or later pieces that were made completely out of metal.   My eyeballs hurt this is so beautiful!  I would love this in a studio space for keeping supplies and tools.   The chunky brushed metal hardware also lends itself to a kitchen with brushed nickel lighting, or potrack.

Radio-Guy also started Early-Electrics Lighting.  I love his selection of funky industrial lighting.  The use of this large facto-light diffuser on this industrial pendant light seems over the top.  I find this so interesting because it seems like there are more components than needed for the functionality (and industrial lighting was all about functionality).  But the hardware and beauty of the extra effort taken to affix the diffuser makes this a wonderful industrial light for a home.  Two or three of these over a kitchen island would be spectacular!  The diffuser will make it easy on your eyes to work under as you try to make your Pasta Fagioli taste like your Nona used to make.

Radio-Guy is preserving the moments in between “brilliance”.  All of the medical equipment is beyond obsolete, some seem like missteps in the path to innovation.   But Steve Erenberg is keeping the journey documented by preserving these items.  His amazing collection can be seen on his website or on 1stDibs.

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Pillow Talk! The beautiful pillows of East Meets West Antiques in Los Angeles 08/03/2011

So yes, I said I would be sticking to our more local New York based shops and designers on this blog series, but I lied.  I did not mean to but today I could not resist featuring all things fabulously folk and rustic in Los Angeles’ East Meets West Antiques located on La Brea.

Pillows are the lipstick and mascara for your seating.  You should update your space every few years to reflect your changing taste and current style and the easiest way to do that is with pillows.  A few new throw pillows will update your space and could be the right change you need to improve the look of your home; just like retiring your teal blue eye shadow and dark lip liner 15 years ago was the right decision for the look of your face.  I looove the above pillows with their soft pink stripe- these would be amazing anywhere but I would put them in a little girls room to add femininity without being too frilly.

New pillows and throws are the quickest and often least expensive update for a room.   I say “new” very loosely.  My favorite pillows utilize antique and vintage fabrics.  They have amazing texture and color.  All the pillows I am showing from East Meets West Antiques are made from old fabrics and textiles. It is important to find pillows that work with the seating you are pairing them with.  Don’t be afraid to introduce a new or bright color in a throw pillows.  Mixing and matching several different patterns and sizes makes the visual more interesting.  Introducing a new brightly colored pillow into a space can work in your room if you have or add another element in the room that has a touch of that color.  For example, tie in the new color with a hint of that hue on the cover of a coffee table book or a brushstroke in a painting.  I love the combination of the red stripes with this muted wicker chaise.

 

I could imagine this duo in one of Ralph Lauren’s homes.  This is such a beautiful rustic bentwood rocker paired with a pillow made from a Navajo Weaving.  I love that even though the textile on the pillow was made in the 1930s, the shapes are modern and geometric and the colors bright so it does not look rustic on rustic.  I also enjoy the soft curves of the bentwood next to the jagged pattern of the pillow.

This beautiful flag pillow makes this painted Windsor bench scream rustic Americana!  This is a completely classic look.  I love this in a country home against a milk paint wall in either Driftwood, Soldier Blue, or, for the more adventurous, Salmon.

Now if you wanted a completely different look using that same bench, these pillows would pair perfectly with the painted patina of the 19th C Windsor Bench. This is a fabulous more muted combination that would be amazing in a beach house or on a covered porch.

So give your sofa a face-lift.  It will enliven your space and make you fall in love with your home all over again!

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Great Duo of Design, Benjamin Bradley & David Thiergartner of Bradley Thiergartner 07/14/2011

Benjamin Bradley and David Thiergartner of Bradley Thiergartner are simply amazing.  Their formal spaces ooze elegance and are carefully put together down to the smallest detail.  But what makes them true masters at their craft is the fact that they cater their spaces specifically to each client and the location.  I love this bedroom filled with plaids and stripes.  It is so cozy and perfect for this country home.  The symmetry of the beds and wall art are broken up by their placement of that cozy red armchair with light piping, that beautiful metal storage box and the way they articulated the arms of the bedside lamps.  If I had the opportunity to stay in this room I would take a special trip to the Highlands to acquire the perfect set of tartan pajamas for the occasion.  I wouldn’t want to besmirch the fabulousness of the room by wearing anything else!

Now I just love this space.  Benjamin Bradley and David Thiergartner really know how to mix and utilize fabrics.  The subtle colors of the seat cushion against those various pillows works perfectly together.  That one little tufted pillow is so important in that window seat! Call me crazy, but I am in love with a button on a tufted pillow.   Could you imagine that space without that tiny dark dot of the button in the middle of that window seat? I also appreciate the pairing of the fairly traditional setting with the modern side table, and how the light is perfectly managed in this case by a lack of window treatment.

I love the shiny black floor in this kitchen!  The whole room relates perfectly to the piece of art on the back wall.  Notice the burnt orange color of the leather seats of the dining chairs is repeated in the set of wine glasses in the cabinet and links the punches of color in that playful rug.  That color placement and thoughtful planning brings an oh-so important pop in a space that is principally black and white.

I just had to add this photo as well.  This is what you get when you want a children’s room done properly.  This is fun and quirky for a little girl without making a room look like what people expect a kid’s room to look like.  I love the girly touch of ruffles in the bedding!  This is the kind of room that grows up with the child.

Decorating a child’s room (in this case a little-girl) successfully is not about locating the brightest shade of Pepto-Pink to slop on the walls.  I get upset when I see a child’s room that looks like a hot pink mess in the middle of a subdued elegant house (now yes, if the house is designed in a daring and modern way and filled with bold bright colors and there was a hot pink child’s room in the mix then yes, that might work… but that’s not what I am talking about here people!). Successful decorating is about making it a fun space that when the child is 5,10,14 or 18, she will be able to change and update with touches of her own personality.  At Beekman Lane, we are currently working on a space for a expectant parents.  We are preparing a nursery that houses these same principles.  Making it a space that will last (by adding or subtracting touches) and will take a child from teething to tween-ing.  That is thinking-ahead decorating!

So back to the refined elegance of the work of Bradley Thiergartner! I love this duo and their team.   They decorate in a thoughtful and tailored way that never seems stuffy and above all is always entirely livable.

 

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Sit Down, Take a Load Off; Luxury Seating at Wyeth 06/24/2011

I have a chair addiction.  When I need a fix I take a peek at the collection of pieces at Wyeth.  Wyeth has a showroom in on Spring at Greenwich as well as one in Wainscott.   Now I know I have been featuring one showroom per post, but I could not get past Wyeth’s great collection of seating.  Wyeth has so much more so I may revisit Wyeth for another post to show off more of their amazing collection.

Wyeth is for the serious collector who also has to be seriously wealthy.  Their treasures do not come cheep (nor should they)… but a girl can look, can’t she?

This is my absolute all-time favorite desk chair.  If I had a spare $8,500 for a desk chair this would be mine!  It is a 1940s Barrel-Back Walnut desk chair designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.  I love everything from the tufting on the leather to the castors!

I love furniture designed by Hans Wegner.  His pieces are so lyrical and yet completely functional.  This is a beautiful Hans Wegner Oak “Long Chair” with an adjustable backrest and matching footstool circa 1954.

This is a Danish sofa from the 1950s designed by Edvard and Tove Kindt-Larsen.  What a cute little sofa!  I love this for a sofa in a proper sitting room or as extra seating in a bedroom.  It is not a plop down,  movie-watching sofa, but it is a great structured piece to make a space a bit more formal.  If you have a large formless cozy sofa, this would balance the space with its structured soft curves.

I adore this piece at every angle, especially the back of this sofa.  When there is a piece this beautiful and thoughtfully designed it is meant to be placed in a part of the room where it can be viewed from all angles.  Don’t put baby in a corner.

All of Wyeth’s furniture has pedigree.  If you do have the funds these pieces are an investment, but their name and the fact that they were purchased from Wyeth will let you sleep at night.  And although a purchase will probably force you to live on pancake mix and Ramen for the rest of your days, you will look darn good eating them while lounging on one of these pieces.

Check out the collection when you are downtown and be prepared to be amazed!

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Master of Texture and Patina, Interior Designer, Cheryl Tague 06/10/2011

The first interior designer we are featuring on our blog series is someone whose work I have admired for quite some time, Cheryl Tague. Cheryl’s color choices, though often muted, are anything but banal. Every small detail is purposefully chosen.  Her talent is finding spectacular fabrics and pieces and employing them in a way that embraces each items natural beauty and patina while making the space utterly livable.

I love (of course) the Black Forest mounted antlers hung above the bed.  That soft yellow plaid of the duvet with the stronger texture of the brown pillows is a beautiful combination.  I am in loooove with that thick brown striped throw, which seems to have the thickness of an old carriage blanket, on top of the dark wood of the beautiful bench at the foot of the bed.  What a cozy escape!

Look at this funky little rustic stool.  The subtle color differences in the woods of the wall, railing and stool layers this area so beautifully.  Cheryl doesn’t try to knock you out with gimmicky pops of color or bizarre shapes to grab your attention.  The furniture and finish choices win you over in their simplicity.

In my opinion Cheryl Tague is one of the best at showcasing different textures throughout a space.  This photo shows her wood choices, wallpaper and washes all working together to make a seamless transition between rooms.  She almost has a Swedish sensibility in the subtlety of her palettes.

I love this photo from a project in Chicago.  What a light and airy space. This collection of handsome matte tableware is skillfully displayed on this quietly blue kitchen dresser.

This bedroom is just so masterfully done.   The way the natural linen falls under that spectacular patterned cloth is perfection.  I love the deep indigos in the woven rug on the dark floor.   This room is pure magic to me.

Cheryl Tague’s design firm is based out of Pelham, NY and is soon to open her own shop, Core Home.

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Beekman Lane adores the delightfully quirky Elizabeth Street Gallery! 06/08/2011

But really who wouldn’t adore this gallery?  Elizabeth Street Gallery is an amazing space filled with decorative objects many of them in tremendous scale.  The pieces are whimsical and would be the focal point of your room (if you had a room big enough to house some of these pieces).

This 19th Century Tin Horse looks so realistic I want to hop up there and ride sidesaddle with a rose in my hair.  How funky would this be as a focal point in an entryway or in a kitchen of someone who loves to decorate with the unexpected!

I am dying over this American Oak table circa 1910!!!!  There are four attached stools and wrapped steel top.  This could be an unforgettable kitchen island (there are concealed cutting boards!!!!!) or used as a partner’s desk in a home office or studio.  We at Beekman Lane have been drooling over this!

This is a table made out of an  1890’s chemical drum lid.  What is so amazing about this is the ability to spot an interesting form in a random object and have it transformed into a functional piece.  Loooove it!

OK, this is my absolute favorite piece.  When I rounded a corner and saw this I felt like I needed a brown paper bag to prevent me from passing out!  This is a real working early 20th C shooting gallery from Coney Island. I would build a house around this piece.   This exact piece is available for rental only but  there is an option of having their studio make a recreation of it for you!  How quirky and bizarre….my heart skips a beat!

Elizabeth Street Gallery is a sanctuary for the peculiar and sometimes misunderstood objects from our collective past.  Step into this temple to the absurd, and you will not forget it!  Elizabeth Street Gallery is located at 209 Elizabeth Street.

If you go, make a reservation for PublicPublic is a fantastic (and beautifully designed) restaurant located right across the street from the gallery.  Go get your antique on, then go grab a glass of wine off of their extensive wine list and chow down—what a perfect day!

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The Flawless Eye of Designer and Dealer Steven Sclaroff 06/04/2011

(1950s Dutch Painted Steel Desk Lamp with Adjustable Shade in Yellow and Black)

Steven Sclaroff’s showroom at 44 White Street in Lower Manhattan is an absolutely awe-inspiring space filled with treasures.

(19th Century Tall oak filing cabinet with forty-five drawers)

I love the patina of this Oak Filing Cabinet! How wonderful would this be in a home office, or even a living room.  I would want it for my dream craft space.  It would be spectacular in a country home for the passionate gardener.  Can’t you see this  beautiful piece next to a dry sink to store all of your supplies in style?

(Leech Chart Printed by Jung-Koch-Quentell, Lehrmittelverlag, Hagemann, Dusseldorf)

If you have been in our showroom, BEEKMAN LANE, you will know that we love vintage anatomy charts.  We adore this German anatomy map of a Leech!  These charts are such beautiful pieces of art, and who knew a Leech could be so intriguing?

Steven Sclaroff is also a wonderfully imaginative interior designer whose work includes the private home of Kate and Andy Spade.  Steven Sclaroff has too many special pieces in his showroom to show in the post but his collection is presented by category on his website as well as some features of his design work under the “press” section.

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