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Liz O'Brien Editions Debut

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A few weeks ago, decorative arts dealer Liz O'Brien hosted an evening soirée in her edgy and expansive east side storefront to promote the debut of her new furniture line Editions.

Invitation to the Editions Debut

Invitation to the Editions Debut

For more than 20 years Liz O'Brien has been seeking out unique and fascinating pieces from the 1940's - 1970's, and the unveiling of her new collection was a polished ode to those years of incredible design. Bright fall hues adorned a selection of sofas, chairs and ottomans, in addition to some glossy occasion tables I absolutely adored. Here's a selection of images from the opening. Let me know what you think!

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Welcome to the opening! The design on this table is actually real fabric sealed under a glossy coating.

1 Welcome to the opening! The design on this table is actually real fabric sealed under a glossy coating.

These Albert tables are so versatile and mod; they remind me of Sol LeWitt's open cubes.

2 These Albert tables are so versatile and mod; they remind me of Sol LeWitt's open cubes.

Liz's eye for timeless, retro fabrics is remarkable.

3 Liz's eye for timeless, retro fabrics is remarkable.

The color scheme in the store was a stunning balance of deep hues and bright spots.

4 The color scheme in the store was a stunning balance of deep hues and bright spots.

These candle holders remind me of the quarts pieces Yvette found antiquing in New Jersey.

5 These candle holders remind me of the quarts pieces Yvette found antiquing in New Jersey.

The trim on this sofa is so inviting; the feet are hand carved in gilt wood.

6 The trim on this sofa is so inviting; the feet are hand carved in gilt wood.

Gorgeous fuchsia hydrangeas were displayed throughout the showroom.

7 Gorgeous fuchsia hydrangeas were displayed throughout the showroom.

Isn't this little couch so sensual? The curves and hand-carved wood are almost regal in that mauve-y hue.

8 Isn't this little couch so sensual? The curves and hand-carved wood are almost regal in that mauve-y hue.

Velvet is so luxe with this.

9 Velvet is so luxe with this.

Liz's new digs work just as well for a bustling reception as a showroom and gallery.

10 Liz's new digs work just as well for a bustling reception as a showroom and gallery.

Will ikat ever go out of style?

11 Will ikat ever go out of style?

All the fabrics were so precisely drawn across the pieces in this collection.

12 All the fabrics were so precisely drawn across the pieces in this collection.

A guest checks out those glossy Albert tables.

13 A guest checks out those glossy Albert tables.

These Albert Hadley hurricane lanterns really glow on the table's golden fabric.

14 These Albert Hadley hurricane lanterns really glow on the table's golden fabric.

A simple dining chair can be so sophisticated by itself with a high level of design like this.

15 A simple dining chair can be so sophisticated by itself with a high level of design like this.

The matte texture of this lamp base keeps the glossy shine balanced.

16 The matte texture of this lamp base keeps the glossy shine balanced.

Martha arrives! That's her and Liz with another guest.

17 Martha arrives! That's her and Liz with another guest.

Martha with Jill Deinst and Stephen Sills.

18 Martha with Jill Deinst and Stephen Sills.

Martha absolutely loved this Jayne Lounge chair in the emerald green velvet.

19 Martha absolutely loved this Jayne Lounge chair in the emerald green velvet.

Decorating and Home Editor Rebecca Robertson and her friend Michael Glynn, architect.

20 Decorating and Home Editor Rebecca Robertson and her friend Michael Glynn, architect.

Eggplant and violet are kept earthy with a hint of green.

21 Eggplant and violet are kept earthy with a hint of green.

This neo-baroque fabulous violet sofa is such a burst of  lively color against that gemstone wall art.

22 This neo-baroque fabulous violet sofa is such a burst of lively color against that gemstone wall art.

Contemporary without being stark.

23 Contemporary without being stark.

Such carefully carved and finished feet.

24 Such carefully carved and finished feet.

The clean lines of this Billy armchair and ottoman add to the purple arrangement.

25 The clean lines of this Billy armchair and ottoman add to the purple arrangement.

The greys and ivories in this fabric mix beautifully.

26 The greys and ivories in this fabric mix beautifully.

More rich blossoms.

27 More rich blossoms.

This chair display was so fun and classic.

28 This chair display was so fun and classic.

The brightly colored chairs pop against a navy background, while the wood details keep everything grounded.

29 The brightly colored chairs pop against a navy background, while the wood details keep everything grounded.

Look at the marbling on this wood! Isn't it incredible?

30 Look at the marbling on this wood! Isn't it incredible?

A sleeker grouping of tables and chairs.

31 A sleeker grouping of tables and chairs.

These geological designs bridged the gap between the organic and modern in Liz's new collection. I love her bold and vintage-inspired design.

32 These geological designs bridged the gap between the organic and modern in Liz's new collection. I love her bold and vintage-inspired design.

Don't mind if I do!

33 Don't mind if I do!

It's impossible not to have fun in a room full of happy guests and exquisite furniture.

34 It's impossible not to have fun in a room full of happy guests and exquisite furniture.

Thanks for stopping by!

35 Thanks for stopping by!

Liz is known for introducing works of genius by masters like Samuel Marx, William Haines, and Karl Springer at her old 5th Avenue store, which she left to plant roots in this building full of well-established design colleagues.  I love how Liz works autumnal colors and vintage designs into a bright, modern collection of pieces. Enjoy these photographs of Liz's storefront and interior as captured by 1st Dibs.

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Liz's collections truly reflect this statement. Her personal style is truly revealed through every piece she represents.

1 Liz's collections truly reflect this statement. Her personal style is truly revealed through every piece she represents.

The new store exterior; this image captures the positive energy that reverberates from her collections.

2 The new store exterior; this image captures the positive energy that reverberates from her collections.

The punch of purples in this room speaks to Liz's bold flavor. I love the crisp white shelving and the subtle animal print on that coffee table.

3 The punch of purples in this room speaks to Liz's bold flavor. I love the crisp white shelving and the subtle animal print on that coffee table.

More distinctive patterns and an example of symmetry at its best. The clean lines on the two blue chairs are statement-making.

4 More distinctive patterns and an example of symmetry at its best. The clean lines on the two blue chairs are statement-making.

Artfully arranged sculptures work with the wood grains on an incredible shelving unit.

5 Artfully arranged sculptures work with the wood grains on an incredible shelving unit.

How invigorating is all this orange next to that sultry tri-fold screen? These brights are just irreverent enough to spunk up, but not overpower, its cool dusky tones.

6 How invigorating is all this orange next to that sultry tri-fold screen? These brights are just irreverent enough to spunk up, but not overpower, its cool dusky tones.

Quirky blue gourd vases glamorize a clean wooden table. In turn, its hard edges allow all the curves in this image to really shine.

7 Quirky blue gourd vases glamorize a clean wooden table. In turn, its hard edges allow all the curves in this image to really shine.

I am immediately drawn to the bright chairs, and in particular the unique upper edging on their pillows, in this space. Liz is a master at giving details their spotlight.

8 I am immediately drawn to the bright chairs, and in particular the unique upper edging on their pillows, in this space. Liz is a master at giving details their spotlight.

Come see Liz in her store. The new Editions line makes a perfect complement to the showstopping selection she's known for.

9 Come see Liz in her store. The new Editions line makes a perfect complement to the showstopping selection she's known for.

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Comments (1)

  • Hi Kevin, thank you for introducing us to Liz O'Brien new furniture line Editions. I checked her website and 1st Dibs. Beautiful furniture and accessories collection.
    P.S I wanted to comment on your amazing previous posts but, the comment bar is not opened.
    Regards

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