A new chapter for FINCH with our June 24th opening at 555 Warren – we are thrilled to be in such a marquee storefront in one the most architecturally beautiful buildings in Hudson.
With 18 foot ceilings and perfect windows for expressing our unique design esthetic – we continue to grow and expand our offerings of vintage and modern for the home.
…. specifically purchased in Denmark for the opening window display – a set of six Art Deco French-Arab dining chairs with original horse-hide patchwork covers from the 1920s.
…. front and center – a gorgeous 18th century hand-carved Scandinavian bench with updated upholstery and a pair of Alvar Aalto armchairs with linen strapping and cane-wrapped arms.
…. a bit of drama for the opening – an amazing 14-foot Swampscott Dory suspended from the three-store skylight – all handmade by artist Daniel Oates in his Sharon CT studio.
…. the FINCH sign on the move down Warren Street!!!!
With the holiday’s upon us – we set out create the next winter window display at FINCH life curated in Hudson. A wonderful and unexpected meeting in late fall with renowned muralist Kevin Paulsen resulted in a collaboration of design for the window backdrop – a bold and timeless stencil – with the amazing help of local artist, graphics and textile designer Amelia Leon.
The initial process started with an amazing visit to Kevin’s studio in Kingston NY to see his work in progress.
Next step is a collaboration to identify color and theme from Kevin’s stencil design for the FINCH windows – selecting an exaggerated “jax” that also reads like a stylized ornament – on a vertical ombre stripe.
…and then the install begins with a hand-rolled and brushed background by Kevin and Amelia in FINCH’s signature charcoal and white:
..the stencil application phase begin:
…with spectacular Holiday window results:
In search of great local artistry – we found the wonderful glass lighting design and production team at Niche Modern, located in Beacon New York. Glass blowing at its most resplendent.
My visit to the talented team included a tour of the facility and a gathering of the lights for the new install at FINCH life curated – including two new lines from Niche – the Helio Prisma and the Pointelle Grand collections – in some amazing colors.
In the HOT SHOP, Taylor is making an Aurora pendant light – he’s the gaffer preparing the molten glass – spectacular – with Bernie assisting – just before blowing through a metal pipe to form glass into the desired shape.
…meanwhile, Lynn and Alex are preparing the next piece by heating molten glass and then rolling it back and forth to even out the shape…
In the COLD SHOP, Jess is working on Bella Pendants – grinding them to even out and smooth the edges.
..My tour guides, Katie and Lauren.
….and then the install – with FINCH owner Andrew Arrick hanging the Helio Prisma lights over the new holiday table.
…a very cool mid-October night with a great crowd for the art opening of new works by Gene DeBartolo.
We love the tenderness of the work – all created using chinese ink on rice paper – rendering the natural world of animal and bugs. Delicate and beautiful.
Local Hudson artist Sarah Berney and her sidekick Merrilyn ….. actor Paul Ricciardi with Andrew Arrick.
….selecting pieces for the event from a table of art.
Gene’s constant companion, Daisy – striking a pose on the Max Pearson executive office chair with original Knoll fabric, c1970.
..four of my favorite birds from the event.
…seriously – who doesn’t love a cute skunk.
Wonderful opening night in the Rock City, Milan NY studio showing of “Without Plans” by artist, sculpture, designer/maker Daniel Oates – an exhibition of furniture, tools, bronze objects and of course…. the BOAT.
Hosted by the amazing Jim Oliveira and Sara Blumberg…. and thanks to Lee Germeroth for providing some of the great photos of the event.
.. live-edge bench (left) in big leaf maple with taper mortise and tenon joints – incredible claro walnut live-edge coffee tables (right) with steam bent legs – and yes – Danny made the cross-bows, the large is an English Long Bow made of Pacific Northwest Hew and the other two are Flat Bows of Osage Orange wood.
THE BOAT – incredibly as is looks – in person its truly spectacular – all hand-crafted by Danny in his Sharon CT studio. Its a Norwegian Faering similar to those made (essentially without plans) in Bergen region of Norway. Constructed with a technique using riveted lapstrake planking, sculpted by eye to form the initial hull – the keel from black locust and white oak. The sails are hand-stitched canvas in the “spirit rig” style.
Andrew with Danny Oates and Dana Brandwein-Oates – both designers and owners of bdO Home.
..who can resist making a lost wax bronze (left) casting of their favorite dog, Reuben – with bronze stake candle holders (right) made from sand cast bronze.
…fantastic summer morning for the arrival from Stockholm of our vintage mid-century Scandinavian finds – all wrapped up like presents for the ocean shipment to New York – its like Christmas in July!!
An appreciative shout-out to our global freight company Packman a/s in Denmark – who delivers with perfection each time.
.. about two hours of undoing all of the carefully wrapped pieces of furniture – on a very hot July morning. On the right a wonderful pair of Swedish leather club chairs by Otto Shultz from 1915.
Some Stockholm vintage finds – ready for FINCH.
My personal favorite is a pair of Swedish “Lacko” armchairs from the 1960s in stained teak and gorgeous buffalo leather cushions by Ingmar Thillmark.
There is also this very sweet set of four Swedish side chairs with a sexy curved veneer back and Gustavian style legs from the 1940s – in perfect condition.
Not to mention this French Art Deco coffee table that may find its way to Tivoli Farm!!!!
…and this pair of Danish armchairs designed in 1956 by Ole Wanscher.
Studio shot of the Thillmark pair. GORGEOUS!!
In our search for exceptional furniture and objects to enhance our vintage/modern sensibility – Andrew and I spent a surprisingly warm (not the weather) few days in Sweden to attend the Stockholm Furniture Fair in Alvasjo.
We were a bit perplexed by the cold February dates for the event – perhaps JUNE can be a nice option for next year – though not the least disappointed with the amazing food and with the beautifully walkable historic city of Stockholm.
Our favorite chair: the overstuffed “Tired Man” designed by Flemming Lassen in 1935 with his stated purpose to be “as warm and safe as a polar bear cub in the arms of its mother in the middle of the ice cap.” Now available with current production by Lassen Copenhagen. Soon to be available at FINCH.
Flawless lighting display at our favorite Copenhagen design studio &tradition… individual fixtures available at FINCH.
There is also this amazing folding chair designed by college student Kerstin Kjellin Larsson in beech and vegetable tanner leather. She calls is Homie – we thinks its a start of a very successful career.
View of the historic island Gamla staan in central Stockholm….where we ate Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes for Sunday brunch.
A new and exciting Hudson creation by FINCH life curated – and just in time for the holiday’s.
Our first signature candle, “autumn/winter scent 1“ – with burnt clove, cinnamon bark, vanilla and sweet bourbon (of course). All regionally made.
Cast of Characters:
…and the ceramic mold gets sculpted, poured and trimmed by Dana.
…waiting to dry.
..the gorgeous Dana Bandwein ceramic vessel for FINCH
….Oakmont candle pouring and setting.
…the final product.
…the perfect collaborators, Dana Brandwein and Andrew Arrick!
An iconic American filmmaker, writer, director, actor – movies, TV, stand-up comedy stage – late night frequenter, documentary appearer – he’s the pencil mustached impresario just finishing a retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for his tireless work since the 70s.
John spent the afternoon at FINCH signing his newest book “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America” – with a line of grateful fans waiting for a few minutes of his artful charm.
On a cool April morning, Andrew and I made the trek to Connecticut, just east of Mohawk Mountain, to see the Wolffs at work—Guy fashioning his faintly white-washed pottery with subtle, deconstructed decorative motifs (since 1971) in Bantam, Ben producing a line of elemental (but not a bit austere), grayscale pots just 10 miles north in the hamlet of Goshen.
Pots-père and pots-fils both strike the perfect balance between restrained, thoughtful design and earthy, handed character.
….Guy Wolff at the potters wheel, always with a smile and a great story.
….these custom pots are three feet tall – extrordinary
….Ben Wolff in front of his kiln (it was a rather cold spring morning)
..when the weather outside is frightful – head south.
Andrew and I had a great trip to south Florida, equal parts friends, family and fantastic finds for FINCH. Did someone say FINCH Miami Beach???
Setting the scene – Ah…. now that’s better.
Our first extensive Wynwood Art Distric Miami tour of galleries, museums and interesting shops – with a huge nod to pioneer Ralph Pucci’s exquisite furniture showroom.
Three Wynwood murals – the cityscape as canvas.
..the talented Miss Van.
..and some great vintage finds – now available at FINCH life curated.
Yeah – and then we got home to this!!!!!
At least Matilda and Gunnar were happy to see us.
…. A huge thanks to everyone who joined us at FINCH Saturday night – Hudson’s Winter Walk – for the STUDIOSCIVO mug project. Artist Marc Scrivo and his talented team Daniel, Sarah and Jae were on hand with a mobile photography studio taking portraits in the best holiday cheer. Proceeds benefited the Hudson Opera House.
Check out the FINCH life curated Facebook page for a full set of the faces of Hudson (34 people and 2 dogs).
Also watch the amazing video of the mug project NYC street studio at Broadway and 41st.
Marc Scivo and his digital mobile studio with assistant Daniel at FINCH.
..studio assistant Sarah on the pre-set.
…the faces of Hudson – printed “poloroids” waiting to dry.
….part of the winterscape that brings holiday cheer to the Hudson community, Andrew and I set about to construct the coolest bookshelf on the planet (two actually) – an all-white Polar Bear named “Junior” designed by iBride – arriving deconstructed in a rather large box from Paris.
..with white gloves and great instructions provided.
…the final stretch.
Bear #2 needed to be assembled in situ!!!
..and the final product – two bears for the FINCH winter windows.
..winter treelined backdrop by Marc Scrivo of StudioScrivo.
FINCH’s first fall window display hits Hudson.
WINDOW 1 – a moody forest landscape with a cast of characters including a vintage red fox taxidermy mount (squirrel included), faux-semblant trays from iBride of Paris, claro walnut tables made by artist Daniel Oates in his Sharon CT studio and an early 19th century Sheridan wingback chair.
WINDOW 2 – chic simplicity of nature with a vintage iron faux bois garden bench facing a large-scale 19th century painting of cows.
What an absolutely flawless late summer September day in Tivoli NY. Perfect for the barn tour organized each year to raise money for the Winnakee Land Trust – an organization that helps protect farmland and natural habitats from development in northern Dutchess County.
Andrew and I opened our property and barns for the tour this year – with special thanks to Jen Mac Kay for reaching out to us with a perfect balance of charm and dedication to the conservation cause.
Thanks also to Michael Coluccio for the amazing photographs below. Enjoy.
… ok – its August and it seems all we’ve had is rain, rain rain – summer is in need of a bit more… well, summer.
Some rose-colored sunshine is in order – with a display of a few of the roses blooming in late June 2013 at the farm. Mostly climbing roses – and many still in an early stage of development – with years of growing, pruning, bug patrolling, scent sniffing and glorious enjoyment … to go.
r. Ballerina – a lovely hybrid musk with large clusters of single pink and white flowers – and also rather prickly.
r. Leontine Gervais – very hardy wichuraiana hybrid bearing a most beautiful mix of yellow, salmon, and orange – just planted this year on the front porch trellis!!
r. Albertine – another blend of salmon and pink – with a lovely soft double petal that will eventually grow fifteen feet – already shooting up four feet in its first year.
r. Parky – the nursery sent this to replace the one I ordered – was slightly peeved – but uh – what gorgeous white flowers covered the entire bush – just in its 2nd year.
r. New Dawn – a very popular rose – this one the classic pink climber growing against the barn wall in the vegetable garden – going to be enormous.
r. Lavender Lassie – ok, no making fun of the name – and not even lavender in truth – more mauve – but climbing a corner of the kitchen pergola – hit eight feet in its 2nd year.
r. Rosarium Uetersen – this lovely German climber has huge coral-pink flowers – and 100 petals per…..
r. the Katrina found rose – as the name implies – this is a rooting from the actual rose found growing in a ruined New Orleans neighborhood following Katrina – it is spectacular growing over the vegetable garden entrance…… and our wire-haired pointer Mathilda guarding the entrance.
….the eight pictured roses are just a few of the twenty eight now growing at Tivoli Farm – stay tuned for next spring when all the news ones begin their bloom.
We are proud to be one of fifteen Warren Street shops displaying the irrepressible art of Lee Musselman – a longtime figural assemblage sculptor in Provincetown MA and Hudson NY. As David Dew Bruner describes his art…. “unsettling, surreal, camp.” Quite right.
… a moss covered spring grove in Hudson – a perfect setting of contemplation – an expression of the intersection of vintage and modern, between the tangible earth and what we create from it.
North Window: cast iron faux bois garden bench c1930 with highly weathered wood slat back. “Confetti” painting in multi-yellow by artist Jim Oliveira. Apple blossoms courtesy of Chuck Mead Orchard (post pruning).
South Window: pair of cast iron fern pattern garden armchairs around an industrial wrought iron table with patchwork wood top and basket-form metal base. Series of four “Color Pile” technique paintings by Jim Oliveira – part of twelve made expressly for FINCH life curated.
Center Window: vintage Eames rocker with patchwork surface by Jim Oliveira.
Additional information about Jim Oliveira can be found at http://jimoliveirastudio.com/
FINCH is proud to introduce Jim Oliveira to the Hudson art scene. A personal friend and an amazing artist who is also a leading Italian art glass expert with his wonderful partner Sara Blumberg. We are also so incredibly pleased to have them nearby – with Jim’s studio recently moving to Milan NY just east of Red Hook (if you see the “Fork In the Road” sculpture on route 199 – you’re there) from their long-time home in a repurposed New Hampshire bowling alley……
Andrew and I spent a cool March day with Jim and Sara in the Milan studio to discuss his art and select pieces for the upcoming FINCH store opening. We wanted it all of course – and you can view his work at 613 Warren in Hudson NY.
….the welcoming artist
….Andrew and Sara in front of a dazzling red!!!
…this is one is a series of twelve color pile paintings Jim made expressly for FINCH.
…Jim’s Color Pile technique artwork in production for the FINCH store opening.
..we were both particularly taken with “Yves Klein” blue – a rather rich and stunning hand mixed ultramarine.
…the vintage 50s Eames rocker as piece of art – will take center stage in the FINCH windows – wouldn’t you?
…Jim’s material is a combination of acrylic gloss medium hand-mixed with ink and raw pigment.
February 10, 2103. Moving to the farm was not a difficult decision – change of life focus and hope for a better balance from the daily hustle that is NYC. We did love our time in Williamsburg – admittedly we felt slightly older than the 20s crowd in the local scene. Youth does have some charm.
What we will miss the most is our open loft we designed and furnished from what was a large artist studio. Grey resin floors, robins egg blue refrigerator, seven massive windows of light, blackened steel finishes, poured concrete kitchen island, white leather 50s swivel chair purchased on eBay for fifty buck turned into a the coolest seat in the house upholstered in purple corduroy. Well – and – there was that Elle Décor photo shoot of our loft in the December 2007 issue – Holla!!
Some images of what we left behind in Brooklyn are below – additional images are found with this LINK.
…the artist loft on the day we viewed for the first time
…50s swivel chair transformed with purple corduroy.
…robin’s egg blue refrigerator and the sheen of the grey resin floors.
…up close of the poured concrete kitchen island.
..guest room posing as a library.
December 28, 2012 – and we are finally doing it – the Brooklyn boys are amoving to the country. Ok – northern Dutchess County in the picturesque Hudson Valley – Tivoli NY to be precise, not exactly solitude and endless prairies of golden waves of grain – but……. something big in our lives, certainly.
Don’t get me wrong – I really dig the city energy and I do sorta like working ten hours a day – gives me a sense of accomplishment – but maybe a different focus is required – not getting any younger. Besides – I have some ideas.
For Andrew – the love of my life for sixteen years and counting – the city’s double edged. Yes it’s glamourous – and we live in a gorgeous artists loft in Williamsburg Brooklyn. He’s worked for some of the best fashion brands, Yves Saint Laurent, Celine, Carolina Herrara and Vera Wang – but its also an industry with a lot of pretty on the outside – and a bit of crazy on the inside….. I could never do it – not sure how he’s lasted. Besides, Andrew’s a suburban kid at heart – he likes to get into his station wagon and drive to a grocery store the size of a football field. The city was never going to keep him – and he’s got ideas
….so we’re doing it.
Tivoli Farm – here we come.