1st Dibs' Real World Showroom at New York Design Center

1st Dibs' Real World Showroom at New York Design Center

Jason Loper
May 22, 2012
  • Location: New York, NY and online
  • Website: 1stdibs.com

Store History

  • Founded: 2001
  • Founded by: Michael Bruno
  • Headquarters: New York, NY

What could be better than virtually browsing the drool-worthy items on 1st Dibs? How about walking amongst the classic vintage pieces in a 33,000 square foot showroom in the New York Design Center? That's exactly what I did last week — and you can, too.

While it's already pretty easy to fall in love with the vintage furniture and accessories available at 1st Dibs, seeing the pieces in person is a real treat. Occupying the entire 10th floor of the New York Design Center, and open to the public 6 days a week, the 1st Dibs space is set up similarly to an antique mall. Dealers each have a booth in which they display their most impressive pieces. As you can see in the photos above, the dealers represent a fairly broad spectrum of items — from furniture to art, from the 1920s through the 1970s. Many of the pieces are marked with 'sold' or 'hold' tags, as they are all available on the 1st Dibs site as well.

Shown Above:
• Pair of European Armchairs
• The front desk at the 1st Dibs showroom
• Gio Ponti chest of drawers
• Mid-century portrait
• Collection Rouge by Roger Capron

• African inspired fabric on mid-century sofas with lucite feet
• Mid-century Italian chaise
• Hold tags appear on quite a few of the items
• Vintage two-seat sofa, perfect for a small space
• Art Deco umbrella stand

In addition to acting as a showroom, 1st Dibs also uses the 10th floor as an event space. Currently being shown in their "white box" space is an exhibit of Liz O'Brien's "Editions". Coming up later this year, 1st Dibs will host an exhibition of Gloria Vanderbilt's paintings.

For more information on 1st Dibs, check out their Marketplace page.

(Images: Jason Loper)

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