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My most successful DéCoR post was when I compared design at Restoration Hardware with classic antiques we sell each and every month at Kaminski Auctions.

Our May 17th, Twentieth Century Modern Design and Fine Art sale is now on our website at www.kaminskiauctions.com. After reviewing the amazing pieces in the sale, I thought a similar post comparing what is in our May Modern sale, to the offerings from the company Design Within Reach was in order.

Design Within Reach is a company started in 1999 by a man named Rob Forbes who was just looking for simple, well-made furniture with classic lines to furnish his own apartment. He was enamored with the designs of many of the Scandinavian and Italian designers, whose work was only available by special order, and you had to wait months for delivery. Furniture designed by Saarinen, Eames and Bertoia were “out of reach” for most people. A true entrepreneur, he went out and bought 20 containers of product, mailed out a catalog and “waited for the phones to ring”.

At first phenomenally successful, Design Within Reach in July 2004, was valued at $211 million dollars. A downturn in the economy, over zealous expansion plans and lawsuits for design infringement ,brought the company to its knees. Herman Miller bought it in July of 2014 and a complete restructuring took place. With over 30 stores, which they refer to as  “studios”, it is still the number one resource for modern furniture today.

Perhaps the most recognizable pieces of Herman Miller furniture are the Charles and Ray Eames chair and ottoman. Depending on what leather you select the Design Within Reach price starts at $4130.15 and can go as high as $54015.15.

Lot#-2003

Lot#-2003

Lot #-2067Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller chair and ottoman

Lot #-2067

We have three Charles and Ray Eames chairs and ottomans in the sale Lots # 2003,2006 and 2007, with estimates of $1500.00-$2500.00 and $1000.00-$2000.00 depending on condition.

Two Warren Platner for Knoll pieces, a wire based coffee table and a dining table, are described in the Design Within Reach catalog as “if you combined the work of I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen, the result might very well look like the Platner Collection (1962″ ) “.  At Design Within Reach they sell for $1522.00 for the coffee table and $3572.00 for the dining table.  Presented as Lot #2101 for the coffee table, it is estimated at $600.00-$1000.00 and the dining table, Lot #2035 is estimated at $800.00-$1200.00.

Lot # 2011

Lot- #2011

Lot-#2035

Lot-#2035

A pair of “Womb” chairs in “Morocco” wool upholstery from the Finnish architect and industrial designer, Eero Saarinen for Knoll is Lot #2068 estimated at $800.00-$1200.00. The DWR prices starts at $1036.00-$5143.00 depending on fabric, for each chair.

Lot- #2068

Lot- #2068

A Le Corbusier model LC4 chaise lounge, steel with original cowhide upholstery and original leather pillow is Lot # 2065 estimated at $1500.00-$2500.00, the piece new from DWR costs $3495.00-$4335.00 depending on fabric.

Lot- #2065

Lot- #2065

Described as “the consummate modernist chandelier” in the Design Within Reach catalog the iconic Poul HenningsenArtichoke” hanging lamp, in white enameled aluminum and stainless steel, circa 1960s, with original sticker, is estimated at $1500.00-$2000.00. The DWR price new is $9737.00- $17,186.00 for the larger size.

Lot # 2101

Lot # 2101

These are just a sample of what is on offer at the Kaminski Auctions Twentieth Century Modern Design and Fine Art auction this Sunday, May 17th.  Original Twentieth Century iconic design, along with the furniture and lighting, you will find Twentieth Century art from Wayne Thiebaud, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali, Marcel Mouly, and Peter Max, to name a few, and decorative art from Edward MoulthropMurano, Daum, Kosta Boda, Baccarat and many more…

Lot #-2114 Edward Moulthrop Bowl

Lot #-2114 Edward Moulthrop Bowl

Lot-#2019

Lot-#2019 Calder Lithograph

You can view all the items in the sale at www.kaminskiauctions.com. There are a few days left to request a condition report by emailing klachance@kaminskiauctions.com.  Sign up to bid from the comfort of your home with KaminskiLIVE by clicking on the KaminskiLIVE/Sign up tab in the upper right-hand corner of the Home page or call 978-927-2223 to bid by phone or absentee bid. Better yet … come to our gallery at 117 Elliott Street, RT. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts to preveiw the sale, Thursday- Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm and at 8:00am on Sunday, day of sale.

Not to pick on Design Within Reach in is this blog…there are many other pieces of furniture in the auction from BB Italia, Saporiti Italia, Thayer Coggin and Dansk. But thats for another post!

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I was fortunate to spend a lot of time on Nantucket this summer. Nantucket is an island 30 miles out to sea,south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is known for its beautiful beaches, grey shingle houses covered in roses, it’s historic whaling tradition and hand woven “Nantucket” baskets.

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My New Dawn roses in full bloom !

My New Dawn roses in full bloom !

There is a Historic District Commission on the island that dictates every aspect of the design and construction of the houses, and has kept any and all chain stores (with the exception of Ralph Lauren) and fast food franchises from reaching our shores.

Photo by: follow pics.net

Photo by: follow pics.net

Traditionally homes on the island were decorated in nautical or casual chic beachy style. Think white walls, sea grass carpets, and overstuffed upholstered furniture in any shade of blue or sea green or simply slipcovered in white duck.

Photo: nauticalcottageblog.com

Photo: nauticalcottageblog.com

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Photo: living.msn.com

More formal homes along Main Street and in the downtown area, reflected the islands whaling tradition and were decorated in 19th century antiques with mahogany furniture, gilded mirrors and oriental carpets.

Photo: bummersaheadyay.blogspot.com

Photo: bummersaheadyay.blogspot.com

Thanks to the Historic District Commission all the homes look the same on the outside, but oh how things have changed on the inside! The young families building on the island now, have embraced the 20th Century and modern design trend that is popular today and have redefined island chic.

I was fortunate to be invited to tour a fabulous new house designed by the architectural firm BPC Architecture, and decorated as a collaborative project with Jennifer Palumbo doing the soft furnishings, Joel Olson designing the bathrooms, stone, tile and lighting and built by Joe Gamberoni of Cross Rip Builders. The original house was torn down and a wonderfully traditional shingle home was built in its place.

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Apart from the grey shingles and white trim nothing is traditional about this house. The minute I entered the front door the design features in this house” wow” you. I was so impressed with the clean white linear elements of the walls and glass staircases.  As you enter the front door a fabulous curved wall creates the foyer and distinguishes the living room from the entrance.

A fantastic light fixture in the entry.  The free standing curved wall creates the divide between the living room and foyer.

A fantastic light fixture in the entry and the free standing curved wall creates the divide between the living room and foyer.

Glass, wood and chrome staircase.

The glass, wood and chrome staircase.

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The more formal living area.

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The fireplace serves as a room divide as well.

A floating fireplace serves as the divide between the kitchen, family room and more formal living area. The light fixtures are modern white spheres or wonderful glass globes with a simple bulb that complement the modern clean lines of the house design.

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The bedroom furniture is built into the walls and closets, so no need for dressers or armoires.  Platform beds with upholstered headboards and side tables that float from the walls are an integral part of the clean crisp design.

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Everything is white, glass and chrome or natural wood with just pops of color in each room. The August issue of N magazine of Nantucket featured a similarly modern new home built on Squam road, by a London couple that summers on the island.  The article titled “Starting Fresh” shows some amazing interior and exterior shots of the new pool, pool house, and glass stairways that connect the different areas of the home. The original house on the property was owned by the infamous former CEO of Tyco International.

It is hard to believe these modern design concepts have reached the shores of this old whaling island, but as you can see it has!  One can see from opening any decorating magazine that modern and 20th century design is the fashion just now.

In response to this trend Kaminski  Auctions now holds 3-4 modern auctions a year .  This weekend on Sunday September 22, 2013 Kaminski will hold its fall 20th Century and Decorative Arts sale starting at 10:00am. Curated by our new 20th century specialist Kathryn Wilkins formerly of Treadway-Toomey Galleries in Cincinnati, Ohio. If you are a modern enthusiast check out this fabulous sale at our website http://www.kaminskiauctions.com today!

Your foyer is the entry into your home and your world. A well decorated foyer can speak volumes about who you are, and what you are interested in. It is a reflection of your home, your style,and the welcoming point for friends and guests. It is the first impression you make on anyone, so make a great first impression and decorate your foyer as you would any room in your home. It’s fun to make an impact! Be sure to consider scale, paint color, furniture and decorative objects to style your foyer.

House Beautiful Magazine Fantastic Designer Foyers by Jonathan Berger

Traditionally a foyer holds your coat closet, and maybe a place to hang a hat or an umbrella stand. It is a often a furnished with a small table, and mirror for a last minute look as you rush out the door, and or a bench to sit and put on shoes. You can also incorporate wonderful old antiques for storage or just interest in your foyer.

Fantastic Designer Foyers House Beautiful by Jonathan Adler

Having a theme for your foyer can be a reflection of your personal tastes and interests.  A nautical theme reflects a families interest in sailing or boating, equestrian prints say “we are into horses”, contemporary art shows your interest in modern artwork… etc. Whatever your interest its fun to decorate the foyer as a window into your home and your life .

The foyer is also a great place to showcase a collection . Such as these wonderful black and white photographs artfully displayed with stacks of photography themed books.

Marilyn Hutchings via Luann Lang from Entryways on Pinterest

There is always a great selection of mirrors and side tables at our monthly estate auctions, but its those one of a kind pieces, that really add the decorating sparkle.  Our auctions are all about finding those wonderful pieces, and buying at auction is such a fun way to acquire them.

From Pinterst via House Beautiful Magazine

Be to sure to shop our website monthly at http://www.kaminskiauctions.com  to find wonderful blue and white chinese ginger jars, like those pictured here or wonderful original contemporary artwork ,like these Dennis Akervik Coehlo’s featured in our October 20th Century Decorative Arts Sale.

Dennis Akervik Coehlo (American, b. 1968), “Sunset over Provincetown”, oil on canvas

If sailing is your thing, or you live by the ocean, be sure to check out our Ocean Liner Memorabilia and Nautical sale on October 21st for amazing nautical themed finds!!

Raffaele Corsini (Turkish), “Southerner of Greenock, Captain James Grant Entering Smyrna 1864”, oil on board

Model of Nantucket Lightship

Decorate your foyer to set just the right tone for the rest of your home at Kaminski Auctions!