Umbrella and RHR Home & Design are opening a store for 3 months up the river in Frenchtown NJ.
Mutual friends of Fay and Linda Sciarra, Russell Hutsko and Richard Hoffman, happen to own the prettiest building on Bridge Street and mentioned one of the storefronts was going to be available as of November. An idea was born to comingle creative juices and fabulous inventory in a Paris flea market style collection of antiques, mid century modern furniture, odd and exciting gifts, fashion, jewelry and art. It opens Nov 5 through the end of January, Thurs-Sunday, 11-5pm.
17 Bridge Street
Fun parties every month. First one is Sat. Nov 14th, 5-8pm.
Umbrella recently designed a complete kitchen renovation, and we love how these open shelves turned out. The owner wanted a working kitchen, modern but warm, with an updated NY loft feel.
These shelves are made from galvanized plumbing pipes and gorgeous reclaimed pine wood shelves from our partner, Olde Good Things in NYC. It's a great and budget conscious alternative to the same old hum drum kitchen cabinets.
I've admired Gloria Vanderbilt's art since my mother first showed me her book on collage when I was 10 years old. Somewhere in my consciousness I also remember seeing a photograph of Gloria's Manhattan brownstone where she had completely collaged the floor ceiling and walls with quilts. Today 48 years later, GV has started to collect my art. My mother must be smiling from heaven! Here is my latest large scale reverse painting on glass, also collaged on the front and frame of this vintage church window. It is my homage to GV.
I was lucky enough to be invited to a private party by Gloria Vanderbilt, -- artist, designer, true renaissance woman. At 90 Gloria is still making art, and this was an intimate gathering to exhibit her latest work. The setting was the home of 1st dibs founder Michael Bruno and his moviestar handsome antiques dealer partner, Andrew Jakowec. The art was beautiful, personal, primarily pastel or mixed media, $7,500-$36,000. The focal piece above the fireplace was "Anderson 360", not for sale. Anderson Cooper, is Gloria's famous TV journalist son. He was at the party with a slew of notable artists, writers, and designers. Before I left, I made sure to treat myself to a tour of the 3 story house, rife with fabulous idiosyncratic furniture like Arne Norell leather strappy chairs, white Saarinen chairs with zebra hide seats, a mirror adorned with a collection of horns, and a folk art life size lamb.
One of Umbrella's dealers, Robert Evans, acquired the entire body of work of New Jersey artist, May Bender. Ms. Bender was a prolific contemporary artist who painted in a bold palette, in both figural and abstract styles. We show a rotating collection of her pieces.
Umbrella has a variety of tin creations made from reclaimed ceiling tin salvaged from old urban buildings. Olde Good Things makes the tin panels in dozens of patterns, colors and sizes,...from 8" x 8" to large 48" x 48" squares. It's fun to make groupings of these or cover alot of wall area with the big squares. We recently decorated Princeton Consumer Research's conference room with 3 large quad panels arranged as a triptych.
Other cool tin creations by OGTs are square tables that can be grouped as a versatile coffee table,...or used individually.
Guess who's back? The former owner of The Front Room, Linda Alcroft, has joined Umbrella. A year ago she closed her store, which occupied half of the 2nd floor of The Tomato Factory. She will continue to have a space in Stamford Ct, but her local fans will be thrilled that she's back home. She'll create an on-going vignette with her sophisticated esthetic, penchant for monochromatic palette, and mix of old and new. Another talented antiques dealer, Doris Naylor, will collaborate
There's nothing like using an unexpected found object as an accessory to add imagination to a room. Olde Good Things are masters at providing unusual finds. This old railroad light looks great sitting in the middle of a table, on a console, or illuminated as a mood light. You can almost hear the whistle blow....
Kudos to our dealer, Robert Evans, for creating this super glam table. He acquired the 1970's faux horn, wood and brass base without a top. What did he dream up? He had his upholsterer wrap a 44" round wooden top with cream and brown cowhide and brass tack detailing for a wild center hall table. With a piece of glass on top, it becomes a one-of-a-kind memorable dining table.
You never know what’s going to catch the eye of a famous designer, but Umbrella seems to have a lot of what they’re looking for. This week David Kleinberg purchased RH’s 4 James Mont dining chairs reburbished in smart linen. I love the nailheads up the back. Alittle nasty, but refined. And JH told me a pair of his gilt wood antique mirrors are on the cover of Elle Décor. Steven Gambrel bought them. Mark Cunningham snatched up JH’s pair of mid century X style club chairs in gently used mohair. I predict he’s going to recover them. They were only on 1st dibs for a week! Too bad Kelly Wreastler missed out on GG’s big brass round 1960’s mirror. She called about it,…but someone else bought it before she got back to us.