Happy Feet: Bruce Bierman at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show

As always, this year’s annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show was a big success. The fair’s charity sponsor, The Hope for Depression Research Foundation, founded by Audrey Gruss, introduced a compelling new feature, the Hope Designer Showcase. My firm, Bruce Bierman Design, and four others—Scott Snyder, Jim Aman & John Meeks, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Campion Platt—were asked to create vignettes demonstrating how the show’s fabulous inventory of fine art and furniture could be integrated into the real lifestyles of today. For our vignette, we designed an amusing lady’s dressing room with the title “Happiness is…,” a nod to the benefiting charity. We wanted visitors to chuckle. This was about hope for depression, and laughter is the best medicine. Coincidentally, I had asked a couple of women designers what would make them happy, and they both said new shoes. So we created a dressing room in which all the accessories were women’s shoes. Saks Fifth Avenue was kind enough to lend us more than 100 pairs.

Bruce Bierman Hope for Depression vignette at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show

For the Hope Designer Showcase at the ninth annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show, Bruce Bierman Design created a lady’s dressing room centered around high-fashion footwear. The shoes were scattered about the floor of the vignette, which featured a beautiful live model trying them on and changing outfits also provided by Saks and the Eye of the Needle. 

Bruce Bierman Hope for Depression vignette at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show

The dressing room was in a sleek Art Deco or Modernist style. We used wonderful furniture and art from Valerio Antiques of Coral Gables; Borghi Fine Art of Engelwood, N.J.; and The Silver Fund of San Francisco. Along with the overflowing boxes of shoes were fresh flowers provided by Tropical Impressions, deep carpeting by Stark, and a beautiful Art Deco chandelier from A.B. Levy Antiques of Palm Beach.