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.


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.