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Kismet: Carl D’Aquino Pays Tribute to Vincente Minnelli & Tony Duquette at the International Antique Dealers Show

This fall my partner Francine Monaco, Dane Pressner, and I had a great time designing a booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, which ran October 25–31 at the Park Avenue Armory. The booth was something of an hommage to the movies of Vincente Minnelli and the designs of Tony Duquette, who worked on a couple of Minnelli movies as well as many other extraordinary projects. The design was based on a magical garden of Meissen porcelain flowers raining down into French ceramic planters with dramatically lighted swaths of shimmering fabric draped overhead to continue the fantasy. Here are some shots of the installation.

D'Aquino Monaco booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

D’Aquino Monaco‘s booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show was inspired by the movies of Vincente Minnelli and the designs of Tony Duquette.

D'Aquino Monaco booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

The booth featured a large chandelier by Max Ingrand (1908-1969) for Fontana Arte designed for the Italian Pavilion of the Brussels World’s Fair, 1958. It hung over a ca. 1956 “Ditirambo” ebonized mahogany, black-painted metal, and brass dining table by Ignazio Gardella (1905-1999) for Azucena.

D'Aquino Monaco booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

The booth was draped in wide swaths of fabric by Gretchen Bellinger; this one, “Bloom With a View,” features a sea of die-cut organza blossoms on a sheer organza ground.

D'Aquino Monaco booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

A screen of three verre-églomisé panels with a pastoral and harbor scene, 1943, by Paule and Max Ingrand hangs above a  large sideboard with bronze chevron motif, ca. 1964, by Jean Royère (1902-1981).

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Lights Up! Barry Goralnick Debuts a New Lighting Collection for Visual Comfort at High Point

 

Swedish Style: Laura Bohn Shops IKEA

Every so often I make a trip to IKEA, which is like an enormous souk filled with bright and cheerful Scandinavian home furnishings. I’m always amazed at how many things I see there that are attractive not only for economic reasons but also for their design and construction. Here are a few of my favorite items.

VÄRDE base cabinet, birchbirch veneer, white, from IKEA
VÄRDE
base cabinet, in birch veneer and white melamine, is ideal for use as a free-standing kitchen island. It’s available in all sorts of different interior configurations; just add your own stone or quartz counter top.  

IKEA 365+ BRASA Floor reading lamp

BRASA floor reading lamp comes in black or chrome finish, has a really stable flat base, is height adjustable, and has two different light intensities. Perfect!

GÅSER high-pile, beige, from IKEA

GÅSER high-pile rug is really fluffy and vailable in a good taupe color (as well as brown and gray-blue). The biggest size is 5′ 7″ x 7′ 10″; put two together if you need something larger. 

ALVINE RÄFFLA cushion cover, red, blue, natural, from IKEA

ALVINE RÄFFLA pillow comes in a great red/blue/natural combo; it’s well made, the stripes match nicely, and the buttons make the cover easy to remove. Buy at least three. IKEA also has terrific long, skinny pillows.

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