Given how many people want to get inside the Apthorp, the beautiful if scandal-plagued Upper West Side classic, we're surprised more folks don't try to use Apthorp apartments as design showrooms. Regardless, that's what interior designer Stephen Sills has just done, setting up a recently-renovated three-bedroom as a preview for an upcoming auction of 20th and 21st century design. The auction will be held at the Rago Arts & Auction Center on February 25th and 26th. In the meantime, photographer Will Femia headed uptown to check out the pieces staged at the Apthorp. Take a look in the gallery above.
Here's the designbabble about the pieces on display:
Highlights from the sale include a spectacular carved table from the Arden utopian community, ca. 1900; a three-panel screen by Donald Deskey, with provenance from his son, Michael Deskey; fine furniture from the New Hope, Pennsylvania area including carved wood chairs by Phil Powell, a spectacular bench by George Nakashima, and a large wrought metal wall-hanging by Paul Evans; French furniture by Dominique, Royere and Andre Sornay; and an assortment of decorative smalls from all over the world, such as a rare sterling and enamel tea caddy by Ramsden and Carr, and contemporary glass by Kyohei Fujita. Wanna see for yourself? The Apthorp unit will be open to the public tomorrow and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.. It's viewable by appointment only; call (609) 397-9374 to arrange one.
· Apthorp coverage [Curbed]