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Honorary mafioso, Sing Sing inmate, friend to the stars -- mid century modern design master James Mont’s loud and lavish life could put a Hollywood drama to shame. His charismatic nature and opulent yet elegant style made him a favorite among celebrities, while his rebellious streak and penchant for excess earned him a reputation as the mob’s go-to guy. But it was Mont’s unwavering attention to detail, his unapologetic taste for luxury, and his masterful ability to incorporate classic elements into modern pieces that have cemented his legacy as a true pioneer of modern design. 

Born in Istanbul, Mont’s Greek-Turkish family emigrated to the United States in 1922. After settling in Brooklyn, Mont opened a small electrical shop, where he sold hardware as well as lamps of his own design. After his work caught the eye of a local mobster, who acquired a few of his pieces, Mont’s career began to take off. He opened a waterfront lamp shop in Atlantic City and continued to rub shoulders with mafiosos...

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The 28th iteration of the Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale will kick off on Friday, April 24, 2015, presenting guests with a top-notch selection of furniture, fine art, and decorative objects representing all design movements of the 20th century, including early Art Deco pieces, American studio furniture, and mid century modern design. The show is produced by Dolphin Promotions, the company behind the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale -- another highly-anticipated event for collectors of mid century modern furniture, art, and design.

This year’s Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale will feature over forty national and international exhibitors, including Archive (Laguna Beach, CA), specialists in 20th century design; Bridges Over Time (Newburgh, NY), dealers of 19th to 21st century antiques, design, fine art, and garden items...

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Thirteen leading interior designers and design firms have been selected to curate rooms in the second annual Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse. Located in the auction house’s Manhattan headquarters, the Designer Showhouse will be brimming with an array of treasures, including mid century modern furniture, American studio furniture, Abstract Expressionist paintings, 18th and 19th century American antiques, European antiques, Old Master paintings, contemporary art, and much more. The Showhouse will be open to the public April 11-19, 2015, culminating in a dedicated sale on April 20, 2015.

Each space in the Designer Showhouse brings together fine and decorative arts from a variety of categories offered by Sotheby’s. In addition to reflecting each designer’s singular style, the Showhouse exemplifies the vital role that antiques and fine art play in creating dynamic contemporary interiors. According to Cullman & Kravis, the New York-based firm behind the Showhouse’s living room, “Antiques and fine art play a critical role in adding context...

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George Nakashima’s furniture explores the dichotomy between strength and fragility. Carved from magnificent pieces of rich, often rare, wood, his works are spare and elegant -- the result of a formal education in architecture as well as extensive exposure to European Modernism, Eastern religious philosophy, and Japanese craft traditions.

Nakashima’s profound reverence for wood dates back to his childhood in Spokane, Washington. It was there, amongst the towering forests of the Olympic Peninsula, that he developed an abiding admiration for the inherent beauty of wood.

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