Welcome to the 21st century. 1st Dibs, the online destination for antique and vintage furnishings, will launch a new category of furniture on Oct. 21, called 21st Century Design. The department will sell one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces between $5,000-20,000. One of the initial offerings will be a limited edition of Poul Kjaerholm's 1953 Molded Aluminum Tripod Chair ($15,000) in blue, gray, yellow, and black from R 20th Century — who had a booth at the 20th Century Modernism Show in San Francisco last month. It's no surprise really that 1st Dibs is going this route, seeing how well modern designs are selling these days. But the truth is, the website already sold these items; they just didn't have their own category. Are you a fan of 21st century design?
The Bertoia Diamond Chair ($909) is a classic that needs no fiddling with. But a little reinvention never hurt anyone. Or has it? In this case, I think Tracy Deramus deserves some props for Daddy's Fatties Chair ($2,750), which features vintage neckties hand-woven into Harry Bertoia's steel masterpiece. The new design looks more like one of the Campana brothers' showstoppers than a 1952 archetype. I've seen neckties woven before by Alabama Chanin, but this guy employs less country sweetness and more bravado. What do you think?
. . . would you put this set of four 1940s Faux Coral Branches ($8,750) in your home? Coral was very trendy about two years ago, but it still has a hold on some of you. So, I can see swooping these up. On the other hand, it's kind of a high price tag to spend on faux coral (they're made of wood). What do you say?
Beginning today, ABC Carpet and Home, the Manhattan emporium for — you guessed it — rugs, carpet, and home décor, is teaming up with luxury online antique marketplace 1st Dibs to host a special preview for its annual antique rug sale. Through April 29, you can shop at 1st Dibs for more than 300 antique and vintage rugs from ABC Carpet, before the sale begins in-store on April 30. You can expect to save up to 65 percent off original prices and snag a vintage Turkish rug originally priced at $2,499 for $899 or a vintage Tibetan rug originally priced at $1,999 for $999. Sure, these prices aren't exactly within arm's reach for most, but you'll be hard pressed to find an antique Kilim in the bargain bin anywhere. Are any of you looking for a new (old) rug?
. . . would you hang this French Hot Air Balloon Chandelier ($1,900) in your home? I think it's cute and kitschy, but I could really only see it in a girl's bedroom or powder room. It's the kind of thing one might grow out of very quickly. What do you think?
. . . would you buy this 1950s Jacques Adnet Clover Lamp ($6,500)? While I can't picture myself spending over even a grand on a floor lamp, I think this enameled wrought iron piece, with its stitched leather handle and adorable clover-shape base, is as good a splurge as any. It's stunning and completely unique. Have you ever seen a shade like that?
. . . would you frame your bed with this pair of Italian Glazed Pineapple Lamps with Woven Shades ($3,800)? I would! I love their lighthearted, Palm Springs vibe, but on second thought, I don't think they'd "mesh" with my Bay Area aesthetic. What do you think?
. . . would you put these 1960s Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chairs ($28,000) in your living room? I can see these carved wooden chairs looking really compelling in a theatrical urban loft, but I don't need to tell you that they're not for everyone.
I like a dose of whimsy in my home, a little cheek here and there. This 1950s Robert Picault Ceramic Bird Table Lamp (inquire for price) reminds me of the Jonathan Adler Giraffe Lamps; both have shades incorporated into the animal-theme design. It's definitely not your average table lamp, that's for sure! Do you like it? Or is it for the birds?
You can't get away with serving two-buck Chuck and Popov from this magnificent Pedro Sousa Cocktail Cabinet ($22,750). Well, maybe you could, since your guests might be so distracted by the fabulousness of this cabinet they'd miss out on the bottles altogether.
The first of a collection of limited edition cabinets by the young Portuguese designer Pedro Sousa, who graduated from design school in 2002, this case piece is not only a sleekly luxurious and unusual confection, but an investment in fine art. Its base may look like cast iron, but it's actually hand-carved and lacquered wood, and its drawers are made of high quality leather. The exterior of the cabinet is akin to the Batmobile — multi-faceted, slick, and intimidating — but its sunshine-yellow interior pours a spoonful of fun into your domestic mixology.