Springing Forward; Roots in Tow

We are rapidly approaching that time again; that much anticipated moment when we move our clocks ahead one hour and “spring forward”.  Despite losing a much needed hour of sleep, I relish that pivotal moment because it means that I have made it over the hump of another cold, dark winter and spring and summer’s renewal are just weeks away. 

 

 

Spring is riding into town

 

 

The appearance of Green

 

Over the Hump

 

But as I rush to pack away the coats and boots anticipating days of shorts and flip-flops, I give pause and recall the greater appreciation I have for spring and summer because of winter.  It is Old Man Winter with his short frigid days, his bare limbed trees and stormy gray skies that instills within each of us endurance and strength, not to mention the ability to make great strides in difficult times and …immeasurable amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

short frigid days

 

bare limbed trees

 

 

 

stormy skies

 

 

immeasurable amounts of snow

 

 

While youth and its vitality are enchanting and alluring and surely the hope of our collective future, after all, who can resist a cute baby, puppy or kitten?  Respect and esteem for the elders whose many contributions and sacrifices have made it possible for a new generation to flourish, must never be taken for granted nor overlooked.

  

Our cute baby

 

 

our cute puppy

 

We are reminded of that everyday as we scan the Gallery and see our CF Modern benches standing shoulder to shoulder with the icons that paved the way for their success.  We acknowledge the “Greatest Generation” of craftspeople whose skill and ingenuity made it all possible and embrace our Mid Century masterpieces and the new generation they have given birth to.

 

 

CF Modern Style GP 100 Bench

 

 

CF Modern Style GP 101

 

So, as we prepare to move ahead to the longer and more temperate days of spring and summer and the bounty of imaginable opportunities the future will bestow, let’s salute and honor all who came before us and planted the roots that afford us the opportunity to “spring forward” and blossom.

 

Firmly Rooted

 


Springing forward

 

 

Our Future

 

Holiday Greetings from Irwin Feld Design,

Where Mid Century Modern sparkles and shines.

From case pieces to lighting to seating galore,

Artwork and mirrors, accessories and more.

 

 

 Sparkle & Shine

 

 

Case Pieces, Lighting, Artwork & More

 

 

Majestic dining tables restored with love,

Spotlighted by sputnik chandeliers hanging from above.

A pedestal desk with a tripod base,

A sleek floor lamp with a shade of lace.


 

Majestic X Based Dining Table

 

 

 

Sputnik Chandelier

 

Pedestal Desk with a tripod Base

 

 

A Sleek Floor lamp with a shade of lace

 

Credenzas and dressers and beautiful chests,

Five thousand square feet of furnishings welcome our guests.

Versatile buffets with tapered legs and casters,

Timeless design created by masters.

 

Ebonized Entrancemaker credenza

 

 

Versatile Buffet with tapered legs and casters


Now Gibbings! Now Ponti! Now Wormley and Kagan.
On, Frankl! On, Seibel! On Ratkai and Baughman.
With Jere and Probber, Stuart, and Springer,

Longo and Sonneman et al, each one a winner.

 

T.H. Robsjohn gibbings credenza

 

edward wormley for dunbar desk

 

 

cerused table by paul frankl

 

 Ben seibel bookends

 

 daphne by george ratkai

 

 

 tiered urchin sculpture by jere

 

 

 pair of john stuart benches

 

 

dark brite by vincent longo

 

No need for the chimney, our door will do,

A magical kingdom is waiting for you.

With wishes for Holidays joyous and dear,

And health, happiness, peace & prosperity throughout the next year.

 

 

Have a wonderful Mid Century Holiday!

 

We don’t usually take our “show” on the road, but when our very good friend Susan Blumenfeld, one of this year’s co- chairs, asked us to participate in the 43rd Chappaqua Antiques Show that took place this past weekend, we could not refuse.

The Chappaqua Antiques Show, which is sponsored by the New Castle Historical Society, raises important funds to support the Horace Greeley House Museum and its rich calendar of educational activities for school groups and community members.  It is deeply steeped in the history of Chappaqua, a sleepy Westchester suburb and is the Society’s most important event of the year.

The Historical Society is housed in The Horace Greeley House, which was the family’s country home from 1864-1872 and serves the surrounding communities with its programs, exhibits, and extensive research resources.

 

Horace Greeley House

(photo courtesy of the New Castle Historical Society website)

 

 Although Chappaqua may be best known as the town of residence for the Clintons, it is rich in history as well.   The town’s famed early settler, Horace Greeley, who made famous the quote: ”Go west young man”, would have been proud to see us changing the traditional landscape of the show by infusing it with a mega-dose of our Mid Century Glamour.

Our Room with quite a view

 

Mid Mod Glamour with oh so stunning vintage fabric pillows

 

Accessorized to perfection

 

 

Amazing Candlesticks

 

Wegner Sofa...perfection

 

And the show attendees could not have been more pleased as well.  With the notoriety of Mad Men, Mid Century Design has become more widely recognized and sought after, and as a result, we were quite an attraction.   Our particular style of MCM Glamour is quite eclectic and as a result, mixes well with more traditional design, offering many attendees the opportunity to add our pieces to their existing décor. 

 

Divine for any decor

 

 

Sculptural beauty

 

 

Not your Grandfather's Wing Chair

 

 

Sublime: Edward Wormley for Dunbar Desk

 

 

Referred to as a “vast oasis", our booth was quite busy and drew wonderful comments along with many “ooos and aaahs”.  And we were delighted to sell several many pieces as well.

The event may be long over, but the memories remain. 

Please join the celebration as we share:

The Life of the Party: A Fall Celebration

The New England Home Connecticut Magazine Fall Networking Event with photos courtesy of Landino Photo

  

Pink Tulips Always Life Affirming

 

Our very own: Steve & Irwin

 

 

Robin Horton of  Urban Gardens & Caitlin McVarish of Apadana Fine Rugs

 

 

Beth Dempsey of Images & Details & Liz Orgera of Shorely Chic

 

 

Sandra Ferguson of Connie Beale & Liz Hynes of Juliska

 

Kyle Hoepner of New England Home & Carolyn McDonough of Diane James

 

 

Stacy Kunstel of New England Home, Jane speroff of Jane Speroff Interiors & Cynthia Mason of Cynthia Mason Interiors

 

 

 

Our Host with the most

 

 

Ann Morris of Komen CT with Irwin

 

 

Should I be Jealous?

 Betsy Abeles-Kravitz Of New England Home with Irwin

 

 

 True Blue: Ruth Warner, Susan Blumenfeld, Charles Warner & yours Truly

 

 

what a team! Glenn Sadin,  Betsy Abeles-Kravitz,  Kate Koch

of New England home


 

 

Beverly Rivkind of Beverly Rivkind Interior Design and Stacy Kunstel

 

Me with Tamara Stephenson of NestNestNest & Susan Young

 

 A view of the room

Carlos Solano & Steve Cassler

 

Irwin & Amanda Martocchio of Amanda Martocchio Architecture & Design

 

 

Mark Klapper

 

A pink moment: A perfect Nest

 

The best neighbors anyone could ask for:

Erica DiMartino, Victoria Keating and Liz Hynes of Juliska with Kyle Hoepner

 

 

A Special Bench, A Special Price, An important Cause

 

 

Pretty in Pink 4 Life Bench $1800 with all proceeds to benefit Komen CT

Available  for purchase

A Mid Century Masterpiece: A Gift 4 Life

 

It is another Sunday morning in the country.  As I welcome the first light of day, I am reminded that October has come to an end and Halloween has finally arrived. Most of fall’s cavalcade of color is now just a memory and the howling wind is a prophetic reminder of the months ahead.

 

 The last of Fall's Color

 

 

 Reaching for the sky

 

 

 convergence

 

Even as the first frost inches closer, the summer bloom continues to stand bravely and resolute, defying autumn’s ever-encroaching position.

 

 our burning bush aflame with pink roses still in bloom

 

 

 Cat nip holding on

 

 

 our roses: Pink Power

 

As I have said before, these late and continuous blooms are no coincidence but rather a sign of: Pink Power.

On a morning that feels more like Thanksgiving than Halloween, I marvel at nature’s continuous attempts to remind us that although October is over, the continued support of Breast Cancer Awareness is not.  Our vigilance and commitment must continue until everybody is “Pretty in Pink 4 Life”.

So, as we welcome in November, and the kick off of the holiday season, let us remain focused on a cause that is season-less.

Our beautiful “Pretty in Pink 4 Life” Bench remains unsold.  Don’t you know somebody who would love this gift that continues to give? Priced at $1800 with all proceeds to benefit Komen CT.

 

 Pretty in Pink 4 Life Bench

photo: courtesy of Landino Photo

 

 

 Charlie: The keeper of Pink Power

 

As our friend Charlie says:

Let’s kick off the holiday season with the gift of life!

As many of you may have noticed, I have been highlighting some of our pink Mid Century Modern pieces the last few days, not only because they are simply beautiful, but also because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.

 

Our "Pink Ribbon" Chair

 

 

Our Hot Pink Curvy Chaise Lounge

 

 

our Pink Magazine Rack

 

 

Many Social Media and blogger design friends of mine including Leslie Carothers, Catherine Avery  Wanda S. Horton, and Cynthia Mason have been doing the same, sharing pictures and writing posts about #ProjectPink and #ThinkPINK with a common goal: To raise Breast Cancer awareness and promote Breast Cancer research.

Dear friends and relatives have both won and lost heroic battles with Breast Cancer and others very close to us are still fighting daily for survival.  With this close personal connection, we are more committed than ever to raising Breast Cancer awareness.  It is the reason we chose to participate in Holiday House, a Designer Show House that will be open for its third holiday season next month in NYC.  Designers will once again join together to raise both awareness and funds for the NYC affiliate of Komen for the Cure.

Next week we will be hosting the New England Home Connecticut Fall Networking Event in our Stamford CT gallery.  With lots of our Connecticut neighbors expected for a fun evening, we thought it would be an amazing opportunity to do something wonderful for Breast Cancer Research.  So, as part of our evening, we will be previewing our custom designed Mid Mod "Pretty in Pink 4 Life" Bench and donating all proceeds of its sale to Komen for the Cure CT

 

our Pretty in pink 4 life bench

is a mystery for now but will be revealed

October 14th

 

 

We are excited to be able to do this for Komen CT and Breast Cancer Awareness Month and hope you will help spread the word.  Although the Bench will be revealed on October 14th in the Gallery, you don’t have to be there to purchase the bench or share information about it.  The  "Pretty in Pink 4 Life" Bench will be on our website the following morning. 

 

With so many wonderful people joining together to achieve a common goal we cannot lose!  We look forward to a day very soon, when we no longer have to view our world through rose-colored glasses, a day when everyone can be “Pretty in Pink 4 Life”.

As the moon set I set the alarm for two am, yet by midnight I was still awake.  I could not shake the events of the past few days and I could not get this phrase out of my head: “More being, less doing.”

 

The moon setting over "our" mountain

 

It is no secret that we love our life in the country. We have managed to rebuild a slow home that we have furnished with vintage and mid century pieces and live an intentionally slower life that we fully embrace.  We even held off bringing internet into our home for over ten years, fearing that it might inhibit the quality of life we enjoy here.  I write about it all the time, the slower pace, the thoughtful lifestyle, paying attention to the little things, making memories, taking the time to smell thethe rebirth of spring, but never had the importance of this lifestyle become clearer to me than this past week.

I attended the memorial service of a friend’s sibling, an extraordinary individual who passed away too soon. Although the situation was tragic, the celebration of his being was stunning and I walked away wishing I had known him in life. His wife’s words resonated in my head as she reflected upon their life together, wishing that there were “more being and less doing”.

More Bee-ing

 

So simply stated, it was profound: More being, less doing. Which brings me back to Friday night.  Setting the alarm and getting up at 2am would probably have not been a priority two or three years ago.  I would have probably set the alarm with good intentions and then shut if off and gone back to sleep.  I now know better.  Given the finite amount of time we are privileged to be here and how quickly it flutters by, every day & every experience is a gift to be savored. The time spent “being” is why we do all the ”doing” in the first place.

Life Flutters by

 

Although I know that inherently, and write as well as talk about it, I often forget to do it.  My children remind me of this all the time and to be honest, I am not always the best at practicing what I preach, but I am going to try each and every day as I chant my new mantra: More being, less doing.

So, Irwin and I took a blanket outdoors after 2am and lay under several more as we faced the Northern sky awaiting a five thousand year old event that did not disappoint.  We spent over three hours gazing at the meteor shower and the enormity of the heavens; just being, not doing.

Perseid Meteor Shower

 

Irwin celebrated a milestone birthday this past Friday and he and I learned a phrase that had somehow escaped us thus far: Double Nickels.  Turning fifty-five, which we all know is the new forty-five, Irwin was welcomed into the “Double Nickels Club”, an honor we had no idea even existed.

the birthday boy

 

We had just come to the realization that we were no longer “the kids”, and now, without a moment to digest our pre-geriatric status, Irwin was a confirmed “Double Nickels Club “ member and as if that were not enough to process, I will be following in his footsteps in six months. 

Life really does creep up on us.   We work and raise families, always pushing towards the next vacation, the next summer, the next level of success, the next milestone, when all the while life is moving forward.  Unlike the endless summers of our youth, the days quicken and the years pass and while you may have been considered the “kids” just a handful of years ago, you are now referring to your children as the kids and receiving Long Term Care mailings from AARP, to which you have been a card carrying member for a nickel’s worth of years.

But is this really such a bad thing?  While we might be longer in the tooth, we have attained years of life experience.  Being born smack dab in the middle of the ‘Boomer” Generation( 1955: A “double nickels” year), we have had the best of both worlds.  While we were taught the old fashioned way, with paper and pencil, were forced to do research with books in the library rather than on line and witnessed monumental historic events, we were still young enough to learn computers after Fortran and move from the Space Age into the fast paced virtual world we live in today.

That is probably why we love MCM furnishings so much.  It is not only because we are from the same period, which we are, but also because we share so many similar attributes.  Both of us were born in celebration of the new post-war era.  We were designed/raised with old world know-how and the belief that anything was possible. 

  

1950'sAtomic Steel & rope lamp

 

1950's Bat Winged Chair

 

1950's cerused oak console

Fran by lu Jarvis

As pre-Sesame Streeters,  who grew up with The Beatles, The Jetsons, TV dinners and Lost in Space, we were not married to anything that came before us, and were open to almost anything new.  Although we were born only ten years after the end of WWII it seemed like ancient history even when we were still toddlers.  And because we had lived through so many turbulent events, we learned how to reinvent/re-purpose ourselves to suit ever-changing lifestyles.

The Jetsons

 

 

TV Dinner

 

 

Lost in Space

 

We might be slightly marked like the Double Struck 1955 Lincoln Penny, but as in the case of the penny, it only increases our value.  Our imperfections, like those of our MCM counterparts serve as reminders that we are resilient survivors whose practicality and function are always in style.

 

double struck penny

 

Irwin & I were born in an amazing year- the one where the Dodgers beat the Yankees in the world series, Germany became a member of NATO, seat belt legislation was first introduced, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus AND...Disneyland opened!

1955 World Series

 Rosa Parks Arrested


 

 

1955 Pontiac Star Chief -the car I grew up with AND was NEVER equipped with seat belts

  

Disneyland Opened

 

So, cheers to  “Double Nickel “ club membership!  We wouldn’t want it any other way!

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity in and around the gallery, all involving the merging and melding of real life and twitter friends. This amazing experience culminated with our first Gallery “Tweet-Up +Spring Celebration” last Monday, May 17th.

The gallery gathering was attended by clients, local media friends, personal friends, as well as Twitter and Facebook friends.   Although my camera fainted and was indisposed aptly on a Mid Century chaise for the evening and I have few photos to share with you, the memories and friendships forged will last a lifetime.

After hearing a year of “tweet-tweet” from both friends and family, it was lovely to see EVERYBODY engaged in lively conversation.  No great surprise to me; I knew that the melding would be seamless because I have gotten to know my Social Media friends quite well over the past year and knew that we shared many things in common both professionally as well as personally.  Why this was such a shock to real life friends and family is quite baffling. 

Many people we know personally have used on line dating, whether it be Match.com, Eharmony.com or JDate.com to find their soul mates for life, love and marriage!   Why then is it so difficult to understand that collaborating and forging friendships via Social Media sites such as Twitter be any less authentic or satisfying?  Whatever the reason ( and I’m sure the name and the icon do not help the urge to utter a stray chirp), our “Tweet-Up” transcended all of the social media hype and rested gracefully on the shoulders of friendship and design, as it should be.

Despite the occasional sharing of a Twitpic or a mention of Foursquare, which I was inadvertently signed up for, the evening was spent sharing experiences as well as friendships and was a delight to host as well as attend.

So without further ado and thanks to @maybellinete for sharing some of her photos- here is a “taste” of the evening.

IFD Petit Fours- a little rough around the edges but delic!

 

Maybelline Te aka @maybellinete, Tracy Hiner aka @tracyhiner & Liz Orgera aka @shorelychic

 

Beth Dempsey aka @ImagesnDetails and Liz Orgera

 

Catherine Avery aka @averydesign with husband Bob and Gloria Battista Collins aka @gbcstyle

 

Liz Orgera and Roberta Thomas Mancuso

 

Catherine & Bob Avery, Richard Marti Jr. aka @ramartijr & his wife Laini

Mona & Mark Klapper

 

 

 Tracy Hiner & Maybelline Te

 

 

 

Irwin & Tracy Hiner

 

Tracy Hiner in the Baughman Love Chair: What's not to love?

 

 

 

yours Truly & mona Klein Klapper

 

 

Susan Blumenfeld, Ruth Warner & Mona klein klapper

 

If for some reason you missed our first tweet-up, no worries, we will be having another event in the fall to herald the opening of....well, we're keeping that a secret for now, but you can stop by the gallery anytime and say hi!

 

Last Wednesday night we had the pleasure of premiering Irwin’s interpretation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Spring Awakening, a Broadway inspired Tabletop Show to benefit the Summer Theatre of New Canaan.  Charles Pavarini III and Randall Tarasuk assembled an amazing collection of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey designers who displayed settings that rivaled any Broadway opening night.  We were humbled and honored to be included in such an auspicious group.

Immediately upon entering the spacious room at Le Beau Chateau, Irwin knew exactly what he wanted to do.  The space and the show (a musical that never made it past previews in 1966) buoyed his imagination and the magnificent Stroheim fabric became the inspiration and the foundation of the scene he began to build.   Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a very NYC story; elegant and sophisticated, with a sense of humor that Irwin made sure to reflect in his interpretation.

So please, make yourselves comfortable and turn off all cell phones as we raise the curtain on Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The scene begins with George Ratkai’s oil on canvas entitled Man & Woman symbolizing Holly & “Fred” the main characters of the show, who in reality, need no names.  Below them is an Edward Wormely for Dunbar Bench and a Lucite and chrome cigarette table

They find themselves on Fifty Seventh Street, just around the corner from Fifth Avenue where they are greeted by a Frederick Weinberg horse cart offering up bubbly along with the sweet smell of spring’s flowers in Central Park.

The MCM floor lamp graces a custom handmade shade reminiscent of a Hepburn chapeau.

The beauty of NYC surrounds them and Norman Mercer’s incredible Lucite sculptures atop the mirrored pedestals represent New York’s majestic skyline reflected magnificently by our scrolled mirrors.

 

 

The massive Tiffany doors stand erect, beautifully built and faux finished by our wonderfully talented friend Fabrizio, of F & F Faux Finish Painting and are accented by our brilliant glass rod sconces placed strategically as handles.

The Baughman Love Chair is covered in hot pink and is …well, it just is and does not require any further commentary; you can just let your imagination go wild.  It is marvelously comfortable covered with splendid pillows, a copy of the work and a vintage piece of Marcy Feld Jewelry.  It is paired with a white Sculptura floor lamp and the "Atomic Scientist" lithograph by John Brunsdon, along with a Pace end table.

The inspiration for the setting, the striking Stroheim fabric covers the unique barstools which Irwin has re-sculpted to mimic the shape of a woman’s body and appear as incarnations of Holly sans the sunglasses: The peaked corners are our homage to Cat.

The “Tiffany” table is our custom designed MCM inspired piece that Tiffany’s purchased several of for the fifth Avenue store and is flanked by our sexy Grosfeld House chairs covered in dazzling Donghia fabric.  The entire scene is set upon the exquisite Yardo Silk Rug courtesy of Kooches.

And the tabletop?

It is brimming with painstaking details from the layered Juliska “fountain” topped with our little MCM rooster to the coffee bean filled cups.  Breakfast treats, including Tiffany box inspired petit fours adorn this magnificent mercury mirrored table with baguette edges and iron base.

 The table, trimmed with Tiffany blue ribbon, is set with glorious Juliska crystal and our personal Bernardaud Limoges china designed by Josef Hoffmann.  The cereal bowls are filled with pewter coco puffs and Juliska napkin encircled by our “Engaging” napkin rings designed by Irwin. 

 The details are unending and may require several viewings so please feel free to enjoy the visual feast and remember no flash photography is allowed during the performance.

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