PERFECTLY CLEAR: SPECTACULAR VASES WORTH THE INVESTMENT

by Marisa Marcantonio

Few things are as jaw droppingly-beautiful as the Wiener Werkstatte creations gathered in the shop at New York City's jewelbox of a museum, the Neue Gallery.  I have long coveted the Moser cut crystal vases they have there; they are perfection. I noticed they recently expanded their vase assortment, so with the abundance of spring flowers, you have  a reason to splurge.

  Photos courtesy of the Neue Gallery

Smooth, softly curved lines in the Bell-Shaped Bohemian-made blown glass Vase Joseph Hofmann designed in 1915 look as fresh today as they did then. Simplicity goes a long way.

Moser crystal makes me swoon.  The Hoffman-designed Facet-Cut Vase they produce is shown in Rose and also comes in cobalt, pale emerald, and dark violet. 

If height is what your after, the Hoffman-designed Facet Cut Vase with a splayed base is the answer. Felekşan Onar for Neue Galerie creates this mouth-blown glass piece exactly the way it was  made way back when.

The emerald green orb of mouth-blown, hand-cut and polished glass by Feleksan Onar for Neue NOW was introduced last year and inspired by Josef Hoffmann

Choose from emerald or cobalt blue with the Hoffman Facet-Cut Glass Vase by Felekşan Onar for Neue Galerie design that was created by the Weiner Werskstatte master in 1910.

SHOP MADELEINE WEINRIB'S IKAT ACCESSORIES AT THE NEUE GALLERY STORE FOR THE BRUCKE EXHIBITION

by Marisa Marcantonio

Sometimes you just want to take in a museum without having it overwhelm. When on the Upper East Side, you can choose the Met or another gem. Few museums are as small and jewel- like as the Neue Gallery, New York's unique museum of German and Austrian Art. Not only do they have a standout book store and gift shop filled with great glass and silver, they have two fabulous restaurants-- Cafe Sabarsky overlooking Central Park and Cafe Fledermaus downstairs.
The reason for all this fanfare is this. A stunning limited edition collection of Ikat pillows and throws was made by Madeleine Weinrib for the Neue Gallery Shop. Done for the current Brucke exhibit, the multi- colored antique textiles came from her collection and are available for the run of the show. Visit, eat, shop, and make sure to see BRÜCKE: THE BIRTH OF EXPRESSIONISM IN DRESDEN AND BERLIN, 1905-1913, which runs till June 29, 2009. Make a day of it, at 1048 Fifth Avenue at 86th Street.



Glorious reds, yellows and teal make this velvet pillow lush and graphic.

Photos Courtesy of Madeline Weinrib
A Suzani Throw with signature circle pattern.


A vintage red medallion suzani pillow of white embroidery.


An applique suzani pillow that has a handmade, sweet touch.