Saturday, October 18, 2014

More from 214 Modern Vintage at the 2014 Fall High Point Furniture Market

signed Venini Chandelier

Among the fabulous items seen at the 214 Modern Vintage in High Point is this large Venini Murano Chandelier in Lewis Trimble area. Then there is the huge collection of Walnut Rude Osolnik candlesticks.

While there Lewis continues to feather our nest with great finds from his friends who show there with him. Here is a fanciful mirror picked from our friend  Hilary D. Eklund of Tandem Antiques in Hudson NY... Great large scale to this mirror.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall 2014 Antiques at High Point Furniture Market

architectural dining table by le opere ei giorni @214modern

Lewis is all set up for the opening day of the antique part of the High Point Furniture Market.  Designers have been coming in all day.  The table above by le Opere ei Giorni is a contemporary piece from an Italian designer of furniture.  The base is fiber glass over a wooden boat like structure the top is book matched mahogany with a glass insert.  Le Opere ei Giorni makes limited editions of each of his desighs this being # 1 of a limited series of 10 pieces.

Assorted Murano and pottery pieces 

We have a great collection of assorted Murano, and other glass pieces as well as wonderful pottery pieces in our showroom at 214 Modern Vintage in High Point NC.

Pair of Lucite Lamps flanking Blenko bottle vase and a Huge Murano

Friday, October 10, 2014

Loading up for Fall 2014 High Point Market

We have been working really hard redoing our spot at 214 Modern Vintage for the up coming Fall 2014 High Point Furniture Market .  Last week Lewis loaded up his Van with furniture, pottery, murano glass and pairs of lamps and headed to High Point.  He is back in the shop ready to take more abstract paintings and brutalist pieces as well as Italian and noted designer furnishings from the mid twentieth century to be displayed in his space.

Kraka Vase by Sven Palmqvist for Orrefors 



Groupings of 1940's Murano Glass pieces

Stunning grouping of studio pottery with fantastic crackle glaze

Large Sommerso Murano Glass Vase by Cenedese



Please pick up one of our cards when you visit us.




Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Author in Town

It is amazing how many talented people live in our little area just off the Chesapeake Bay.  I blog about 20th century designers, but also about our area and the interesting people, who live here.  One of our friends, Bradley Stephens is extremely talented.  He is a Renaissance man in almost every aspect.  Brad has been know locally for his artistic abilities.  He writes plays and acts.  Evidently he has been writing books as well.  Recently he has published through Amazon four Novels.  I am currently in the process of working my way through these.  Each one is distinctly different from the other.  The characters are vivid and totally believable.  He structures his plots masterfully keeping the readers interest peaked.  We are so proud of him and of all that he has accomplished.

The first book that he publish is called "The Letter."  This is a mystery revolving around events that occurred years before and how this mystery was solved by a caring woman.  Another is "A Child Called Lazarus."  A child comes back to life possessing unnatural powers, and the effect of these on the characters in the book.   "Bird of Prey" is a thriller and the newest one is "Seagaw Island." 
I have done several other postings on this site about Brad.  You can search for these by entering Brad Stephens in search on this page.  There I talk about his unique eye and his folk art work.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Something other than 20th century design

We do 20th Century Design but we also live in a rural area of Virginia just off the Chesapeake Bay.  Having our business on line and on 1stdibs allows us to have a relaxed life style, that is when Lewis is not driving all across the country searching for all the wonderful pieces that we have in our shop.

This year Lewis helped me plant a mini vegetable garden.  He planted several zucchini plants. We wanted to make sure that we had enough.  How crazy is that!  Mid June the zucchini started to mature.  One day there would be a small zucchini and before we knew it it would triple over night.  I started searching for good recipes.  I have found several that I love, but I think the best by far is a recipe for zucchini muffins.

I took a basic recipe that I found on the web and did my own thing.  Lewis and our neighbor Christine loved them.

Zucchini Muffins

1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1.5 cups grated zucchini (about 2 small to medium-size zucchini’s)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or vanilla paste)
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tsp. baking powder
Cinnamon and sugar for topping

I added .....More of these would be even better.....
1/4 cup minced crystallized ginger...
1/4 chopped walnuts
1/4 golden raisins....
I substituted pumpkin pie spice for the nutmeg.

preheat oven 375

About 20 to 30 Minutes...Watch for when the look done insert a sharp knife or toothpick...

Friday, May 9, 2014

The excitment is building....May Brimfield 2014

Hurray, it is almost time to go shop and experience all the fun at the Spring Brimfield Shows.  For several years I have gone to and exhibited at the various Brimfield fields of Antique Dealers.  I have also gone just to buy.  You never know what treasures are out there waiting for you to scoop them up.  No matter what type of items you love to collect you are likely to be able to find them at the Brimfield Antique Show.

Today my son, Chris Trimble is packing for the trip.  He shows at the Meadows on the main road that goes though the show.  He takes up his 18th century antiques, and his large collection of Indian arrow heads.  Chris a history buff himself ever since first studying history as a child living in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Some how he found that living where history was made, actually helped history come alive for him.

I loved to search out good art in the fields there. I was brought up in Norfolk, Va. among art as my parents owned and ran the first art gallery it that town.  Both my parents were painter's and my Dad had a great love for art.  He was a self educated art authority.  The Gallery, Auslew, specialized in American paintings from the Hudson River School though the early 20th century. I spent much time as a young child in the Gallery especially in it's early stages.  I remember doing paintings in the back room when I accompanied my Mother there on school holidays.  Art just was in my blood.

Lewis, my youngest son discovered Modern design while studying Art at Virginia Tech.  He spent many hours in the Architecture library going though books on the various Architects and realizing that they were responsible for most of the early innovations in the designs of modern furniture.  He developed a great eye for both the design and the lines in very good modern furnishings and accessories.  So this is what he searches for.

We have a friend and customer whose family go every year to the shows in search of fine old books, and the great foods that you will find in the food courts.  Lewis wants to eat as many Lobster rolls as he can.  Chris loves the pilgrim sandwiches.  I loved the fresh Blue Berry Pie, and Lemon Aid.  There is definately something for everyone.

Friday, April 18, 2014

George Nakashima
 While visiting a friend I noticed a small unique table it was beautifully constructed out of a natural burled  wood.  I commented on the piece and she proudly announced that it was by Nakashima.  I admit that I had only heard the name but never the less I was duly impressed, both by the obvious pride that she had and more so by the piece itself.

Nakashima was born in 1905.  He studied Architecture at the University of Washington, where he received a bachelor degree.  From there he went to MIT where he earned a Masters Degree in Architecture.  After finishing his degree he travel via a tramp steamer, spending about a year in France, North African and landing in Japan.  There in found work with, Antonin Raymond, who had worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on the Imperial Hotel.  While there he was able to travel through out Japan studying the Architecture and design.  His first experience in furniture design came when he working with Raymond on a project in India designing some of the furniture.

He returned to states in 1940 and started to make furniture and teach woodworking.  When war broke out people of Japanese descent were intern into A Camp in Hunt Idaho, where he met Gentaro Hikogawa, who was trained in the tradition of Japanese woodwork and carpentry.  He learned patience and the use of traditional hand tools to strive for perfection in all his work.

George Nakashima, Arlyn Table, 1988, redwood, American black walnut, East Indian laurel, madrone burl. Est. $300,000 – $500,000; sold for $822,400. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby

In 1943 Antonin Raymond came to his aid and arranged for his release from the camp.  Nakashima went to Raymond's farm in New Hope, PA, here he explored the natural qualities of wood exploiting the natural knots, burls and grain of the wood itself.  He is know for his large polished slab wood tables with large butterfly joints and natural edges.

Nakashima Table with butterfly joints

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It's Spring and Lewis is Heading to High Point

It just seems like yesterday that we were getting ready for the Furniture Market in High Point.  Lewis will be at 214 Modern Vintage, 214 E Kivett street, High Point NC.  We have 150 square feet more space to fill so Lewis is busy figuring out what new thing from the shop to take down to the show room.  There is so much new here to choose from.  He will be taking the chandelier that hung during Tony Bennett's and Lady Gaga's performance at President Obama's second inauguration.

He will be taking an old Italian trestle console from an old convent in Tuscany.  Another couple of totally unusual pieces are a pair of carved hand chairs. He is packing up this week and keeps adding more and more pieces as he goes.


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