We had such a great time at the opening of 1stdibs@NYDC in New York City! With 2,000 people in attendance, it was quite a party. We were able to chat with designers, artists, and many fabulous people, including Michael Bruno, creator of 1stdibs.com. Our space at the New York Design Center is beautiful, and we're excited to see our 2nd showroom off to a great start!
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Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
|Jean-Marc Fray, Cynthia Fray and Michael Bruno.|
News Flash! We’ve just opened our 2nd showroom in New York City! In alliance with 1stDibs and the New York Design Center (NYDC), we are now part of the fabulous new “1stdibs@NYDC” - a 33,000 sq ft. antiques market envisioned and created by 1stdibs.com founder, Michael Bruno.
|Our newest address... 200 Lexington Avenue.|
1stdibs has taken over the entire 10th floor of the NYDC building at 200 Lexington Ave. in New York, offering the space to a select few of its member dealers. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting new venture, and can’t wait to show off our latest finds to interior designers and collectors in and around New York.
|Jean-Marc Fray Gallery at 1stdibs@NYDC|
On Feb. 16th, Michael Bruno, Founder and CEO of 1stdibs.com, Jim Druckman, President of NYDC, and Michael Boodro Editor-in-Chief of Elle Décor magazine, held a private Grand Opening for 1stdibs@NYDC with an overwhelming 2000 guests from all angles of the design industry. Needless to say, the event was a smashing success and we had a blast meeting some of our New York clients, making new friends and just beholding this “visual feast” which promises to become THE destination for designers and consumers sourcing antiques, vintage furnishings and decorative arts in New York.
|Jean-Marc is ready for opening night.|
|Cynthia takes five before guests arrive.|
|Grand Opening NYDC.|
|Jean-Noel Fray, Michael Bruno and Nikki Escobar.|
|The French Modernist Club Chairs are a hit.|
|Tres chic guests share a moment at opening night.|
Jean-Noel Fray did a fabulous job putting together our sleek new space which features select pieces of our inventory from France and Murano glass from Italy as well as a stunning collection of works by artist Marlene Louchheim, introduced to us and represented by Deborah Page of Deborah Page
|Jean-Noel Fray - Opening Night NYDC.|
|"Elevations" by Marlene Louchheim.|
|"Fragments #2" by Marlene Louchheim hangs beautifully near Murano glass sconces and Murano vase.|
|"Dreams" by Marlene Louchheim.|
Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques
200 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Monday, February 14, 2011
This winter the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, opened an exhibition exploring the works of Piet Mondrian and De Stijl. Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter and a key contributor to the De Stijl Movement of the early 20th century. He coined the term "Neo-Plasticism" to describe this style characterized by rigid lines and primary colors.
De Stijl, or "The Style," was a group of Dutch artists and well as a journal they published from 1917 until 1931. They sought to express a utopian ideal through abstraction, a fundamental reality rather than emotions. They simplified shape and color to their most basic, clearly defined forms. They worked with planes on a white background, adding only primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Symmetry was avoided; balance and harmony were achieved through opposition.
Neoplasticism did not end with painting, but naturally flowed into furniture, interior design, and architecture. Straight lines and primary colors were used to achieve three-dimensional works of art. The Red Blue Chair was designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1917. Originally painted in the "non-colors" of De Stijl (black, gray, and white), it was repainted in 1923 to match the primary colors being used by Mondrian.
The Schröder House, also designed by Rietveld, was built in Utrecht in 1924 and is the best example of De Stijl architecture. Its facade is composed of intersecting, rectilinear planes in black, gray, and white, with primary colored accents. It has an open floor plan; in place of walls the house has rotating and sliding panels that can partition off space as needed by the residents.
De Stijl influenced fine arts, music, typography, furniture design, fashion, and architecture the world over. It proposed using geometry, asymmetry, and abstraction to express beauty. It had profound impact on the art and architecture to come in the Bauhaus, International Style, and Modern movements, and we can still see its effects today.
|Dress designed by Yves Sant Laurent|
|Piet Mondrian, "composition en rouge, bleu et blanc II", 1937|
© Mondrian / Holtzman trust, coll. Centre Pompidou, RMN
Mondrian / De Stijl
December 1, 2010 - March 11, 2011
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