Helena Rubenstein's glow-in-the-dark Lucite sleigh bed (c. 1935) at Roger Prigent/1st Dibs
Do you even remember what shopping was like before 1st Dibs? Still, we miss the random encounter with a bold antique that suddenly crosses your path. Now you can have it both ways. The online powerhouse 1st Dibs, which connects shoppers to 1,000 art and antiques dealers around the country (as well as Canada, Paris and London), just opened a loft-like pavilion at the New York Design Center (200 Lexington). No longer confined to cyberspace, design devotee can now cruise the merch of some 50-plus dealers spread out across 33,000 square feet. The selection is tightly edited by Michael Bruno and only the boldest, most beautiful objets make the cut. This is a collection of art, antiques and furnishings with a point of view. What’s different is that you get a real sense of a dealer’s style walking around their room-size booths. We fell in love with special exhibition curated by Roger Prigent of Malmaison. Does anyone not love the over-the-top, glow-in-the-dark Lucite sleigh bed that once belonged to makeup diva Helena Rubenstein? Mr. Prigent's large shell mirror by Renzo Mongiardino is killer too. Love the lavender walls, sparkling Jansen chandelier and Palm tables by Serge Roche (1898-1988). The mood was very romantic and somehow exotic.FOUR STARS The monochromatic black assemblages by Philadelphia artist Maria Nevelson are just the kind of random encounter that will keep you coming back for more. “She’s the granddaughter of Louise Nevelson,” explained dealer Eve Kelly Herman of Highland Park. Who knew? Check out the steampunk style furnishings at Get Back Inc. What did you find?
Large shell mirror by Renzo Mongiardino and Jansen commode at Roger Prigent/1st Dibs
Bronze lobster wall clock, circa 1900 (Ophir Gallery)
Opalescent Murano glass chandelier, circa 1970/ Stellar Union booth
Josef Frank floral cabinet, 1940s/See Hostler Burrows booth
Italian chairs, 1940s
tell us where to find this Jansen mirror-top dining table