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.
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.
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.
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).
A collection of ceramic vases by Axel Salto (1889-1961) for Royal Copenhagen was displayed between another draped Gretchen Bellinger fabric, this one a silk dupioni weave with lurex metallic yarns in the warp, called “Look and Glisten.”
Lanterns of hand-blown textured glass panels, ca. 1954, by Flavio Poli (1900-1984) for Seguso Vetri d’Arte (Murano), hung among the Gretchen Bellinger draperies, created a dramatic lighting effect.