Tommi Parzinger

  Tommi Parzinger was a German designer who moved to New York City in the mid 1930’s. Well known for his furniture designs, Parzinger is considered an early proponent of the Hollywood Regency style. His furniture was elegant and sophisticated, marrying his traditional European design background with the modern tastes of the New York decorators and […]

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Arne Jacobsen

  I have always associated Danish designer Arne Jacobsen with his iconic chair designs such as the Egg and Swan chair from the late 1950’s. Considered a leader of modern Danish design, Jacobsen was an architect and product designer known for praticing functional modernism. I had not known that he also was a prolific designer […]

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Zandra Rhodes: a True Original

  As a textile designer and collector I particularly admire the work of Zandra Rhodes. She is a true original – creating her own artwork for fashion, home furnishings, jewelry, rugs, and more – she is an inspiration and a pioneer. Since the beginning of her career Rhodes has made her own rules and created […]

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Memphis

  This vintage scarf is a complete mystery to me – no idea about the designer, manufacturer, etc.  All I know is that the colors and design are wacky – and totally remind me of the work from the Memphis group. I know many people do not like Memphis as an art period or “look” […]

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Vera and Calder

If you follow my blog or know me, you know that I love all things Vera (Neumann). She was one of the most prolific designers and artists whose textiles helped inspire my love of collecting and fabric design. Awhile back I read that Vera was close friends with the artist Alexander Calder. They were such […]

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Giorgio di sant’Angelo

I found this scarf by fashion designer Giorgio di Sant’Angelo at the recent Vintage Fashion Expo in Los Angeles. The colors grabbed me as did the graphic design. I was familiar with the name Sant’Angelo but really knew nothing about the designer or his work.   Sant’Angelo was an American fashion designer born in Italy […]

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The Explorers Vintage Scarf

I found this scarf at a flea market and I have to admit – I was not crazy about the colors or the design. But something about the subject peaked my interest. It is unusual for a scarf or fashion accessory; a grid of well known explorers with their dates of birth and death. Certainly […]

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The Robert Brady Museum – Mexico

This past November I visited the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico which is approximately 2 hours south of Mexico City. Friends took us to visit the Robert Brady Museum which was one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. The museum was the residence of Robert Brady who was an artist and bon vivant, […]

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Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is an amazing museum dedicated to design and decorative art, and its current exhibitions are inspiring and exciting. Recently reopened after a lengthy renovation, the museum is housed in a landmark mansion by Andrew Carnegie in New York City. Visiting this museum was always a great experience but the […]

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