What’s NEW What’s NEXT 2015

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The New York Design Center, aka 200 Lex, hosted their seventh annual What’s NEW What’s NEXT last week – a building-wide Open House to give the countless showrooms the opportunity to show new product. An enormously successful and well-attended event that I went to early in the day to get a sneak preview.

I found that for me What Is NEXT, is NOT always What Is NEW.  I selected specific products that spoke to me as both interesting and enduring…


Glenn Gets Galvanized (and a visit from Tom Luciano)

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Even at the one-year-anniversary-of-my-still-very old-house in Connecticut I continue to gear-up with more gear.

As you can see here, galvanized metal figures prominently in my weekends. Galvanized metal is an ‘old-school’ material, predating plastic, evoking ‘times gone by’ (and some of the products are still even made in America.)

The photo was taken on the front steps of my Greek Revival farmhouse documenting my new shiny and practical treasures by my long time friend – Tom Luciano – who among other things is a talented photographer.

Tom spent the weekend with me in Connecticut – I have much to share….


Icebergs as Inspiration


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Stephen Antonson is well known among the design cognoscenti for his lean, elegant, chalky white plaster light fixtures and objects inspired by Isamu Noguchi, French 1940’s lighting, and Diego Giacometti .

Initially inspired by Frederic Edwin Church’s paintings of icebergs, it was five years ago that Antonson began collecting vintage images of icebergs – intrigued by their monumental scale and ephemeral qualities, and the fact that the icebergs in many of the photos have disappeared.

What started as an ‘interest in icebergs’ became a fascination, and then became an obsession leading Antonson to create his new broad ranging ‘Shackleton Collection’…


Behind the Scenes: Powder Room

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A bold wallpaper called
‘Antinous’ designed by the Viennese designer Dagobert Peche in 1922 is the dominant element in this Central Park West Powder Room, and is available through the shop at The Neue Galerie.

The patinated bronze washstand was fabricated by Klaxto Vederstein with honed Uba Tuba stone top, while the ‘Aero Retro‘ lavatory fittings in satin nickel sink are from Waterworks.

The custom ‘Cay Lanterns’ with two candles and antiqued mirror backs are from The Urban Electric Co. The Arts & Crafts suspended ceiling light was found on eBay.

The custom mirror is patinated copper clad over a wood frame from Bark Frameworks. The photograph seen in reflection is by Emmet Gowin – represented in NYC by Pace/MacGill Gallery.


Christopher Spitzmiller: Handcrafted Lighting Made in NYC

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Elegance – Quality – Beauty – Sophistication

What’s not to like about Christopher Spitzmiller lamps?? 


I am on a continuous search for distinctive lighting for all of my design projects, and tend to avoid manufactured lamps, with the exception of Christopher Spitzmiller.

Crafted by hand and with heart, the lamps have been wonderful additions to a number of my projects (as evidenced in the image of a bedside table above.)

Who is Christopher Spitzmiller? What is it about his products that are so special? And what’s next? I decided to investigate…