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Modern Look Book
Modern Look Book is your entry into the world of vintage, antique, modern and contemporary finds presented in today's top interior design projects. The Modern Look Book concept was developed by Heather Karlie Vieira of 20th Century by HKFA as a place to share some of her favorite finds as they go from early morning flea market score to the interiors of some of the world's top designers. Additionally, Heather wanted to share the talents of her friends and colleagues - artists, designers, entrepreneurs - and promote their work. Modern Look Book blends vintage with contemporary, antique with modern and shares the spotlight for all.
Wasn't I talking about a snow storm last week? Yes. I think so. And guess what? We had snow again this Saturday in New York City. Luckily this time, it was late in the day. By the time the snow had started, I was already at the American Museum of Natural History with my family, one of our favorite museums. We stayed busy in both the Hall of Human Origins as well as the Hall of Ocean Life. We headed home through the snowflakes and enjoyed a wonderful dinner of fresh pierogies from the farmer's market. A great meal after a great day.
So, let's get to the shopping at the flea market. The regular crowd was there, dealers and vendors, and we were all ready to find something special. The early morning Saturday shopping yielded an incredible pair of 19th Century American portrait paintings in period gold gilt Sully style picture frames. This pair most likely came out of New Jersey. After doing a little research, I found a few portraits done by John S. Blunt which really caught my attention. One in particular was a portrait of Mrs. Miller from Newton, NJ. For a moment, I thought that Mrs. Miller was a younger version of the woman in my painting. And with the pair quite possibly hailing from New Jersey, it was making a bit of sense. Looking at the two portraits side by side on my computer, I wasn't totally sure if the noses were the same. So, the jury is still out. But the research has just begun. Stay tuned to find out more. And with that, let's move onto Sunday. The buying on Sunday was great with a few small items - a modern glass vase, an acrylic artist's palette and a brass bird - and then there was the painting. This great Modernist French 1950's oil on canvas has a wonderful cubist / abstract style and is in the original period frame. On verso, there are a couple of French gallery labels and I always say that you can tell a lot about a painting by looking at the back. I'll be posting the Agostini, the French, modernist 1950's painting, on 1stdibs this week. I'll post the pair of portraits after I do a bit more research. Click here to visit my 1stdibs storefront and be sure to check back to read more about what's new, what's mine and what should be yours! Oh, and before I forget, I want to tell you about two projects I'm working on right now. One is called Jean Georges Bois and it is a new line of jewelry. The other is called Fishtown Pop Up and it is a new gallery and retail space in Philadelphia.
We headed home through the snowflakes and enjoyed a wonderful dinner of fresh pierogies from the farmer's market. A great meal after a great day.
January 16, 2017
I'm super happy with both projects and I'll be sure to post links soon (I'm still working on the websites). Picasso is quoted as saying, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." So friends, let's work!
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20th Century by HKFA was the next step from my New York City based antique picture frame sourcing business, Heather Karlie Fine Art. After a few years of sourcing, buying and selling antique, period and modernist style frames, I began to deal in furniture, furnishings, lighting, art, sculpture… And so 20th Century by HKFA was born. Click here to see more!
Heather Karlie Fine Art started off in a 341 square foot apartment in New York's West Village. Early morning sourcing at the Chelsea flea market yielded armfuls of antique, period and modernist picture frames. A quick email or two, appointments made on the Upper East Side and a subway ride were all part of my routine. I was sourcing for the top galleries in NYC. Click here to read more!
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315 East 91st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
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