NYC20: Online Antiques Marketplace 1stdibs Hosts its First Design Fair

NEW YORK—1stdibs began as online marketplace where anyone with a healthy budget could buy antique, vintage and midcentury furniture and decorative arts, as well as collectible clothing and jewelry, from more than 1,000 dealers. The site offers one-stop shopping, a place where inventories from New York to London and Paris can be explored from the comfort of your sofa. Last year, 1stdibs opened its first physical location, a showroom in the New York Design Center, and this weekend it is staging its first design fair. New York 20th Century Design Fair (NYC20) is showcasing 20th century furniture, lighting, and decorative and fine art from about 40 1stdibs dealers. On Saturday, Bryant Gumbel was among the design enthusiasts wandering around the show, taking advantage of the opportunity to see the rare furnishings in person and interact with the experts and dealers.

NYC20 is at the Tent at Lincoln Center from April 12 to April 15, 2012.

All photos by Arts Observer

Above, Downtown booth featuring set of four Arturo Pani chairs, circa 1960s (fiberglass).

Set of 28 vintage and contemporary jack bookends at Christopher Anthony.

Sideboard and lamp at R 20th Century.

One of two unique “Sink Walls” by LOT-EK at Mark McDonald.

The swiveling room divider is composed of kitchen sinks with orange undersides.

Table, 1985 (lacquered wood based with leather surface) by Alessandro Mendini and chairs, circa 1990 (set of eight, wood with metal base) by Ron Arad at Sally Rosen.

From left, Parzinger Original custom five-door studded cabinet and chaise lounge at Palumbo Anderssen.

Foreground, LAR chair by Charles and Ray Eames, circa 1960s (set of four, upholstered fiberglass lounge chairs on a wire from base) at 1stdibs booth.

At right, Bill Curry “Cattail Lamp” for Design Line at Reform Gallery.

Concave mirrored table lamps by Roberto Giulio at Donzella 20th Century Gallery.

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