Catch Mid-Century Fever at NYC20

The New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair starts Thursday at the tent in Lincoln Center.

Attention all mid-century decorative arts aficionados!


The NEW YORK 20TH CENTURY ART AND DESIGN FAIR is happening this week from April 12-15 at the tent in Lincoln Center. You don't have to be a collector to enjoy viewing items from around the world, but you might be tempted to become one! 

On view will be a highly curated selection of furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, silver, glass, ceramics, photography, textiles, tapestries, prints and vintage clothing and accessories. Many of the items at the fair are new to the market.

Here is part of the press release for the show:

NYC20, as it is known, will feature stunning presentations by 36 carefully selected exhibitors from across the U.S. and Europe who will showcase decorative and fine arts from all design movements of the 20th century including furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, silver, glass, ceramics, photography, textiles, prints, and vintage clothing and accessories. The show will exclusively feature 1stdibs dealers — a first of its kind, best-in-class gathering of the most highly respected dealers in the industry. 1stdibs will help publicize the event to its influential list of prestigious clients and collectors.

Some highlights of the show include:

From Paul Donzella comes a bold sculptural console table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne (see photo).

"I do not exaggerate when I say that this particular table, from 1968, is one of the two or three best pieces I have ever seen," says Donzella. "The market for pieces by the LaVernes has been taking off in a big way and when new markets develop for artists like them, amazing pieces begin to appear from the original owners, pieces that were bought from the artists and then never seen again. This is one such piece. I bought it from the original owner who bought it directly from The LaVerne Gallery back in the late ‘60s."

Titled "Metamorphosis," the table was hammered, torched and sculpted completely by hand.  

Vojtech Blau

Brings out Le Lezard et le Tetard, a bold 1970s tapestry by Alexander Calder (see picture). The artist’s deliberately restrictive palette and bold, simplified forms are exemplified in this wool piece manufactured by Ateliers Pinton in France. The three colors and one repetitive biomorphic motif on the tapestry, woven with Calder’s signature on the lower left, makes it especially unique and impactful.


So why not treat yourself to a fun, interesting and cultural trip to New York City this coming weekend? Maybe you'll fall in love with some amazing mid-century item and become a collector too!

And please remember that if you have any mid-century furniture items (or any century for that matter!) that need to be lovingly restored, please contact me at Oakley Restoration at 860-350-6410. 

You can also e-mail me at Bill@oakleyrestoration.com and "Like Us" on Facebook for great info and special offers at: https://www.facebook.com/OakleyFurnitureRestoration.

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