Craig Van Den Brulle
Type of Place: Furniture
When you pass the window of the Craig Van Den Brulle showroom in NoLita, the immediate thought is that this is some sort of futurist art gallery. But you would be mistaken. While there are some modern pieces, most are antiques with French and American roots and lots of flash from chrome and glass. Like the set of six 1960s Paul Evans Chrome Cityscape Dining Chairs with a chrome mesh fabric that roll around on coasters. Or how about a signed Pedro Friedeberg Gilt Hand Chair that looks like it should be out of the movie Goldfinger. In the window sits a Reimann Chair in polished stainless steel (also available in bronze) designed by Craig Van Den Brulle himself that is a true modern American masterpiece, just be sure to wear silk if you're planning to sit in it. The shop is also a source for magnificent lighting and chandeliers. A German chandelier made of nickel and glass globes dates back to the '60s, a pair of Italian sconces made of interlocking glass blocks has the appearance of ice cubes, while a Carl Fagerlund crystal chandelier dates back to the 1940s. There are dressers and cabinets in all shapes and sizes, along with a nice assortment of coffee tables. A Paul Evans signed Brass Skyscraper Cabinet has the look of art deco, but dates back to the 1970s. Most, if not all, of the items in this shop are in mint condition. And by now you're probably wondering, what are the prices? Let's just say, if you have to ask, you probably shouldn't be shopping here. But it is nice to dream!