When asked about the importance of preserving traditional woodworking, Anthony Morris cites John Ruskin: “Life without industry is guilt. Industry without art is brutality.” While Ruskin was pondering the despondencies of labor in Victorian England, the sentiment remains salient even today in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s there, that Morris, a master woodworker, has set up shop. Some might consider woodworking obsolete in a machine-driven world, but Morris sees his trade as an artistic complement to modern tech—a peaceful cohabitant rather than a tradition surviving in spite.
Hudson Valley is in the air. As Manhattanites infiltrate the sleepy, one-time whaling town and rouse it from its century-long slumber, they’re opting to bring their gallerists and antique dealers with them, resulting in a booming art and antiques scene that’s making a country-wide stir. To celebrate the boom, we day-tripped to the valley for our latest Seminar Series outing. The event treated half a dozen New York interior designers to seven of the region’s top dealers, including five DECASO dealers, as well as a leisurely lunch at the region’s beloved Wm Farmer & Sons. Beginning with a trip down Hudson’s famed Warren Street thoroughfare, the trip enchanted with both history, charm, and, of course, stellar shopping. Ahead, discover the shops that should be on every antique enthusiasts’ Hudson radar, as told by our Trade Director, Marisa Marcantonio.
She may have helped found one of the most iconic furniture brands of the 20th century, but Florence Knoll is not the type of woman to be branded. On the contrary, the Knoll co-founder (who turned 101 this past May) pushed boundaries and evaded typecasts at every turn. As a furniture designer, she developed some of the era’s most enduring designs, pushing designs that partnered efficiency with gracefulness. If Mid-Century Modern were to have a First Lady, Florence Knoll would be it.
If you caught our studio tour and interview with Simon Haas of the Haas Brothers, you know that their L.A. warehouse space is a legitimate fantasy factory. Two disembodied monster claws flank the stairway, after all… The offbeat digs set a captivating scene for our second installment of the DECASO Seminar Series, hosted by the imitable Simon and Nikolai Haas. See all the highlights from the Haas Brothers Studio event, below.