Italian Glass Past 1870-1970

An astonishing collection of vintage and antique glass caught my attention among many marvelous exhibits at the Collective Design Fair.
The pieces are curated by private dealers and consultants Jim Oliveira and Sara Blumberg, who founded Glass Past in New York in 1995. Specialists in Italian glass from 1870 to 1970 their focus is on work from the most important companies; Venini, Barovier and Seguso, but their fine eyes also recognize lesser known manufacturers and designers.

Collective Design 2017

New York shows off one of its creative sides each May with a near month-long celebration and display of all things design, called NYCxDESIGN. It’s become impossible to take it all in, with non-stop programming and trade shows in NYC and Brooklyn, at multiple locations, culminating with ICFF at the Javits Center and Wanted in Chelsea. Early in the month, before overload set in, it’s was a treat to visit the  Collective Design Fair. This fifth edition of the fair, which was founded by architect and interior designer Steven Learner, focused on 20th– and 21st-century design with the exemplary imagination and work from 28 exhibitors. Here’s a glimpse.



In the West Thirties of New York City, dotted around the Garment District, can be found the remnants of fabric stores and trim shops, offering ribbon, buttons, and all kinds of notions and passamenterie for apparel. Remember the oversize fabric rose Sarah Jessica Parker wore in Sex in the City? You can find it at M&J Trimming on Sixth Avenue. The scarlet boa you glimpsed on the street in Chelsea Saturday night? You can find it here. As well as appliques replicating fried eggs with smiling faces, sequined birds of prey awaiting a jacket to be applied to, pointed studs leftover from Punk Rock days and so much more. I’m drawn to the ribbon and rickrack, their arrangement by hue an irresistible eye candy.