For the Moment | Felix Burrichter Plays House

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(Photo: Kenneth Pietrobono)

This week’s guest blogger is Felix Burrichter, a New York-based architect. Burrichter, who was born in Germany, is also the founder and editor of PIN-UP, an independent biannual magazine launched in the fall of 2006, whose unlikely editorial foundations are architecture and sex. To read all of Felix Burrichter’s previous blog posts, click here.

Buying furniture is a very personal affair — perhaps not as momentous as buying a house, but more significant than, say, buying a cute new summer outfit, and can thus be far more difficult. Given that the 20th International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York kicks off this weekend, I thought it would be fitting to share five of my favorite furniture and design stores or galleries in the city.

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Brian Kish
Brian Kish’s very personal gallery space specializes mostly in furniture designs by Italian architects from the 1930s to the 1970s. With his academic credentials (and international accent) attained at the venerable Courtauld Institute of Art, the pedigreed Kish takes an architecture historian’s approach to his collection and is known to have a hard time letting go of some pieces. His current favorites are a marble table by Ico Parisi (no known relation to Heather) and a pendant lamp by Carlo Scarpa, an architect I admire who also designed the beautiful Brion-Vega cemetery near Treviso, in Italy. Below is a clip from a 1971 TV special with Carlo Scarpa, in which he explains his design for the cemetery to the Italian journalist Maurizio Cascavilla (sorry, no subtitles —but it’s beautiful to watch nonetheless).

Bench from the Perished Collection, by Studio Job.

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