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Donna Karan

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Donna Karan has been an influential force in the fashion industry since founding her eponymous label in 1985. A true revolutionary, she forever changed the way women dressed, conceiving soft, body sculpting monochromatic clothes that enabled a woman to look sexy and empowered. A philanthropist, yogi and globe-trekker, Karan set out to merge commerce and charity with the launch of luxury lifestyle brand Urban Zen. “I have spent decades dressing people. Now I want to address them," Karan says. Urban Zen offers global artisan treasures as well as Karan-designed apparel, accessories and home décor while supporting the Urban Zen Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of culture, integrative healthcare and education. We asked Karan to share her singular eye and select a collection of her favorite items from 1stdibs.

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How to Draw a Circle, 2014

Joseph Havel

How to Draw a Circle, 2014
Joseph Havel
Joseph Havel How to Draw a Circle, 2014 Oil stick and graphite on paper 30 x 22 1/2
Set of Four French Mossy Cast Stone Planters

Set of Four French Mossy Cast Stone Planters
Cast Stone
This set of four tapered cast stone planters could fool even the most practiced eye into believing they were carved from stone. Each a little different in size, they appear to be two pa...
Monumental Chinese Wood and Metal Organic Sculpture

Monumental Chinese Wood and Metal Organic Sculptur...
Unknown
Iron, Wood
The ancient Chinese wood is from centuries ago. It stands on an iron base that is more contemporary. It is sculptural and organic modern with an ancient twist at the same time. Their i...
Pair of 19th Century Wooden Doors

Pair of 19th Century Wooden Doors
Wood
An exquisite pair of Italian 19th century painted wooden doors. They would be perfect installed on a rail.
19th Century English Seed Merchant's Hanging Cabinet
19th Century English Seed Merchant's Hanging Cabin...
An original wall-mounted cabinet from an English seed merchant's shop. This cabinet is in excellent condition and has been hand-scraped to reveal the original paint. It features 29 dr...
Sandstone Buddha Sculpture, circa 1800
Sandstone
A nicely carved Burmese sandstone Buddha sitting in the Bhumisparsa mudra position (calling earth to witness), Burma, circa 1800. BH308.
19th Century French Hand-Carved Limestone Trough Fountain Basin or Lavabo
19th Century French Hand-Carved Limestone Trough F...
Limestone
This beautifully weathered 19th century hand-carved limestone trough was originally used on a farm to feed animals. An extremely heavy and sturdy piece of stone, this vessel would be id...
Double-Sided French Bank Table

Double-Sided French Bank Table
Glass, Iron
Double-sided circa 1920 glass and iron privacy table from a French bank with beautifully curved sides and six polished iron legs with low stretchers.
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Monumental Faux Clock

Monumental Faux Clock
Iron, Wood
Zinc oxidized wooden clock with cast iron surround and cast iron hands and numbers.
Monumental Morung Carving with Eight Mithun Head Decoration
Monumental Morung Carving with Eight Mithun Head D...
Wood
Still one of the world’s most isolated societies, the Naga were once enthusiastic headhunters subjected to ‘civilizing missions’ by the British Empire throughout the 19th century. The N...
Concrete Garden Pots

Concrete Garden Pots
Concrete
Wonderful size and patina, with three feet and formed handles.
Early Peter Beard Gelatin Silver Print, Signed

By Peter Beard
Early Peter Beard Gelatin Silver Print, Signed
Peter Beard
Paper
Scenic photograph with handwritten notes on the front. Provenance: Peter Beard Yelitza Károlyi. Yelitza Károlyi was a model working in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, and befri...
Eric Gushee Emergence Series #6 Black Woven Metal Sculpture

By Eric Gushee
Eric Gushee Emergence Series #6 Black Woven Metal ...
Eric Gushee
Metal
Eric Gushee Emergence Series #6 Black Woven Metal Sculpture. 2015 From the exhibition: Product of the Moment at Pavilion. Asymmetrical woven metal sculpture for the wall. Eric Gushe...
Pair of Large Foundry Crucibles

Pair of Large Foundry Crucibles
Metal
Originally used in France for ore smelting, these large, beautifully patinated crucibles feature a rare and wonderful white calcification over most of their exteriors.
Vintage Industrial Hospital Cabinet Restored

Vintage Industrial Hospital Cabinet Restored
Tall display cabinet with top and bottom transparent storage. Completely restored to a bare metal style finish. Removable glass shelves, drawers and bottom cabinet space, set on rolling...
Steel Roll Front Bookcase

Steel Roll Front Bookcase
Steel
Rare 1910 French steel tambour cabinet by Strasbourg Forge, beautifully detailed with molding on top edge, interior shelves are adjustable and removable. Steel roll front with brass han...
Eric Gushee "Situation #2" Stainless Steel Woven Metal Sculpture, 2015
Eric Gushee "Situation #2" Stainless Steel Woven M...
Eric Gushee
Metal
Eric Gushee "Situation #2"Stainless Steel Woven Metal Sculpture with Silver Plated Crimps. 2015 From the exhibition: Product of the Moment at Pavilion. A delicate appearing woven ste...
"Black Lemon" Aquatint by Donald Sultan

By Donald Sultan
"Black Lemon" Aquatint by Donald Sultan
Donald Sultan
Donald Sultan (b. 1951) Black Lemon aquatint, 1987, on wove paper, initialed, titled and dated in pencil, numbered 62/75, published by Parasol Press, Ltd., New York, generally in ve...
Pair of 19th Century Chinese Limestone Drum Stools...
Limestone
Pair of northern Chinese Limestone Drum shaped column bases. Hand carved, these graceful Ming form objects are conservatively dated to the early 19th century and are engraved with Chi...
French Industrial Bench

French Industrial Bench
Small park bench with wood plank seat and back on an iron frame base, France, circa 1900.
Edward S. Curtis - Sigesh (Apache Maiden) from the North American Indian Project
Edward S. Curtis - Sigesh (Apache Maiden) from the...
Edward S. Curtis
A large format Photogravure by Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) printed on (Dutch) Holland Van Gelder, a hand-made paper; sheet size is 18 x 22 inches. Image measures 16 x 12 inches....
Japanese Military Campaign Document Box. Circa 1770

Japanese Military Campaign Document Box. Circa 177...
Japanese military Campaign traveling document box with fitted compartmentalized interior drawers, original wrought iron mounts, side handles, and decorative Japanese writing, Late 18th ...
Ethiopian Chair

Ethiopian Chair
Unknown
Wood
Carved from a single piece of dense, heavy wood with wonderful motifs.
Ethiopian Chair

Ethiopian Chair
Unknown
Wood
Carved from a single piece of heavy wood and with very modern looking sculptural form.
Ancient African Gong

Ancient African Gong
Metal
Ancient African gong. Makes a magical wall decor with beautiful patina.
Mogens Koch Bookcase for Rud. Rasmussens

By Mogens Koch
Mogens Koch Bookcase for Rud. Rasmussens
Mogens Koch
Highly functional ash bookcases designed by Mogens Koch. Bookcase is comprised of six units that can be adjusted various configurations. Each case has dovetailed joinery and measures 30...
Console or Table "Diva"

Console or Table "Diva"
Walnut, Stainless Steel, Steel
Console or table "Diva" deluxe decadent Italian design. Solid stainless steel legs support 19th century solid Italian walnut top.
Female Nude Sketch Wall Decoration,Signed 1974

Female Nude Sketch Wall Decoration,Signed 1974
Paper
Beautiful nude sketch of the female form signed and dated by the artist, 11-12-74. New mat in a vintage frame.
Large Black and White Oil on Canvas Abstract Paint...
Franz Kline
Canvas, Oil Paint
Handsome black and white oil on canvas abstract paintings by Philadelphia artist, Guillermo Calles. They both measure 46" H x 36" W. These pieces have wonderful texture and composition....
Vintage English Industrial Pigeon Hole Cabinet

Vintage English Industrial Pigeon Hole Cabinet
Metal
Good size English vintage Industrial 24 pigeon hole cabinet. The back has beautiful red paint, so it could be in the centre of a room.
19th Century Chinese Pair of Monumental Beijing Do...
Elm
Pair of traditional elmwood Beijing benches with mortise and tenon joinery, in-set legs and plain apron.
Organic Tree Trunk Chair

By Nature
Organic Tree Trunk Chair
Nature
Wood
Splinter-free, with natural grains of appearance of deep reddish brown coloration. Clear coat wax was used to enhance natural shine and smoothness. Rendered in organic modern style, han...
Early 20th Century Image of a Jicarilla Maiden by Edward Curtis

By Edward S. Curtis
Early 20th Century Image of a Jicarilla Maiden by ...
Edward S. Curtis
This haunting image of a Jicarilla Maiden (Apache) is plate 22 from portfolio 1 of Edward S. Curtis' magnum opus work, "The North American Indian Project." A thirty year endeavor, the...
Two Antique Neoclassic Bronze Showcases

Two Antique Neoclassic Bronze Showcases
Bronze, Glass
Two antique neoclassic bronze showcases each one with dark brown patina, tall and narrow rectangular form with mirrored back and two glass doors. The interior is fitted with the origina...
Bench Baroque Sweden

Bench Baroque Sweden
A bench made during the Baroque period in Sweden ca 1650-1750. All original wood and finish. Wavy sides on out-curved legs. Wood in antique but good condition. Lovely patina.
1907 Stripped Steel Dental Cabinet with Mirrored B...
Metal
Top of the line stripped and lacquered dental cabinet. The crown (or top) is ornate, along with magnificent cabriole legs, rounded corners with mini columns, and hinges on the door that...
Antique Double Metal Industrial Doors

Antique Double Metal Industrial Doors
Metal
Antique double metal industrial doors. They came from old stable. Locks are in working condition. more available
Pair (2) French Art Deco garden urns

Pair (2) French Art Deco garden urns
Cast Stone
Pair (2) of cast stone French Art Deco garden urns or planters, Diameter measurement is for the urn base,
Early 20th Century Image of Geronimo by Edward S. Curtis

By Edward S. Curtis
Early 20th Century Image of Geronimo by Edward S. ...
Edward S. Curtis
This haunting image of Geronimo (the infamous a Chiricahua Apache leader) is plate 2 from portfolio 1 of Edward S. Curtis' magnum opus work, "The North American Indian Project." A thi...