Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bedecked & Bejewled

We noticed a midtown jewel yesterday on the way to the subway--the Chanin Building. Built in 1927-1929 for businessman Irwin Chanin, it is one of New York's most decorated Art Deco buildings. Designed by Chanin and Rene Chambellan, the lobby boasts abstract bronze grilles that are said to represent the "intellectual and physical life." What struck us was the movement in these pieces, and the classic motifs of the time that were seen everywhere from building facades to the lapels of the era's most fashionable.

TKF Art Deco pave rhinestone clip c. 1935

Vintage 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby sea urchin pin brooch by Tiffany & Co.

Peacock tail motif dress clip c. 1935

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