Presenting the Past

Starting September 16, R & Company, a New York–based gallery that maintains a collection of vintage furniture, will present an exhibition curated by the interior designer Steven Volpe, founder of San Francisco’s Steven Volpe Design firm and Hedge Gallery. Called (dec)curation, the showcase highlights 55 items from R & Company’s extensive collection, from tables and seating designs to light fixtures. Adhering to Volpe’s broad-minded, modern-meets-antique style, designs from various eras will be paired together and arranged in fresh, unexpected configurations. “My goal is to reevaluate what it means to live now and to expand the definition of what a house could be,” he says. Each design in the exhibition will be available for purchase, and prices range from $200 to more than $100,000. Standout creations include a Brazilian caviona wood daybed from 1954 by Joaquim Tenreiro, cloud-like white gel-coated plastic tables and seats from Wendell Castle’s 1970s White Edition collection, an iron-and-leather armchair from 1951 by Brazil’s Lina Bo Bardi, and contemporary multicolored spherical light fixtures by Christian Wassmann. The gallery space also features hanging art pieces by glass artist Jeff Zimmerman. (

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