My office is located a few doors down from a fabulous antiques store called John Salibello. Salibello has THE MOST MARVELOUS collection of furnishings from the second half of the 20th Century that you have ever seen. He specializes in the more glamorous furnishings from those years…outrageous lighting, sexy seating, lacquered cabinets, marvelous tables with chunky acrylic tops in pale lavender…I think you can visualize the aesthetic. He also has the largest collection of gorgeous glass items you could imagine. AND everything is simple exquisite!
There is not a day that I don’t look into his windows…he actually has two stores on the street…to see what delightful goodies he is displaying. So, it was with much pleasure that I saw a stunning pair of contemporary night tables (or side tables ) perched up front and center in the window of his larger store. Done up in white lacquer and asymmetrical bleached wood with simple tapered brass legs, they where indeed different and quite noteworthy.
I went into the store immediately to get a memo sheet on the night tables and to see who they were attributed to and, of course, find out the price for the pair. Turns out they are Italian from the 1960’s and without any clear notation as to the designer. I actually had a particular client in mind for them so I took all of the information with me.
Now here is the interesting thing. The more I looked at them the more they reminded me of side tables I had seen designed by Juin Ho when attending an event introducing Juin Ho’s new line at Dennis Miller Associates (see post). Ho’s design is definitely different. I am in no way saying the night tables are identical. Ho’s pieces are more of a sophistication-meets-rustic concept, a theme I often see in his design sensibilities.
Juin Ho is one of my most favorite furniture designers and gets great pleasure out of detailing and explaining about where he gets the inspiration for his different collections. His inspirations are usually quite exotic and come from his travels around the world. Furthermore, as you can see here, he has taken his concept for the Pisac Nightstand and developed it into two fabulous larger Pisac Cabinets.
So why am I writing about all of this? I’ve always believed that good design always has it’s basis in history and this whole experience seems to validate that concept for me. Also, great design comes from all around the world…remember Ho is originally from Korea, a far cry from Italy.
If I were to go out on a very short limb, I would say in 20 years if John Salibello is still in business you might just see a pair of Ho’s wonderful end tables sitting pretty in his front window. Oh, and BTW, you can guarantee I will still be on the hunt for all things wild and wonderful at that time!
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!