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Emily Summers

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Dallas-based designer — and new 1stdibs dealerEmily Summers is known for her refined interiors and creative eye. Throughout her 35 years in business, her work has been defined by a precise integration of architecture, art and interior design. In 2007, Summers was named to the AD100, Architectural Digest’s directory of the world’s top designers and architects, and has been included in this elite group every year since. Summers has over 36 years of involvement with the Dallas Museum of Art, including a current post on the institution's Building Committee, and serves on the advisory council for the University of Texas School of Architecture. She is a founding member and past president of the Dallas Architecture Forum, and also sits on the Architecture and Design Council at the Palm Springs Art Museum. From 2002 to 2006, she served on the federal Advisory Council for Historic Preservation at the appointment of President Bush. This week, the distinguished talent shops 1stdibs.

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1960s Chandelier Attributed to Jean Perzel

1960s Chandelier Attributed to Jean Perzel
Atelier Jean Perzel
Brass, Glass
Huge chandelier with sanded glasses on brass fixture. Possibility of a second one.
Signed Pedro Friedeberg Gilt Hand Chair

By Pedro Friedeberg
Signed Pedro Friedeberg Gilt Hand Chair
Pedro Friedeberg
Signed Pedro Friedeberg gilt hand chair. Seat Height: 16 Inches
St. Tropez Model in White Eyelet Dress, 1961
Mark Shaw
Rag Paper, Giclée Print
Photographed by Mark Shaw in St. Tropez during a photoshoot for the 1961 Life magazine article featuring resort “play clothes.” 22" x 32" image on 24" x 36" paper, Edition of 30 All ...
Pendant Ceiling Light No. 1933 by Max Ingrand for ...
Max Ingrand
Brass, Art Glass
A wonderful original pendant ceiling light designed by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, circa 1960s. Model no 1933, one of the iconic series by Max Ingrand, dated 1961, the light is made f...
Duran Coffee Table with Thick Borosilicate Glass T...
KGBL
Bronze, Glass
The Duran table base is designed to provide a simple yet powerful setting for its spectacular Borosilicate glass top, which has an organic quality not found in any art glass. Each table...
Collection of Ten Early Italian Glass Vases, Venin...
Venini
Beautiful collection of early 20th century Italian glass vases in different forms and colors.
Pair of John Dickinson Style Draped Plaster of Paris Table Lamps

Pair of John Dickinson Style Draped Plaster of Par...
John Dickinson
Plaster
These always wonderful, chic folded or draped sculptural John Dickinson style plaster of Paris lamps add fun, art and dimension and whimsy to any room. They have been newly re-wired wi...
Charming Figural Italian Straw Hat

Charming Figural Italian Straw Hat
Unknown
Simple, childlike and charming Italian straw hat from the 1950's when people actually "dressed up" to go to the beach. A "Mr. Bill" type figure is felt decorated (stapled!) onto a con...
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Ceiling Lights designed by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Flos in 1963 Made in Italy
Ceiling Lights designed by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for...
Flos, Tobia Scarpa
Brass
Two "Fior di Loto" ceiling lights in patinated brass. Each has round perforations that encompass the center allowing the heat to escape and the light to pass through while defusing a si...
Cypress End Table or Stool by J. B. Blunk, 1965

By James Blain Blunk
Cypress End Table or Stool by J. B. Blunk, 1965
James Blain Blunk
Cypress
A very early example of Californian sculptor, ceramicist and furniture maker, J.B. Blunk's work. This stool, table was created in 1965 as part of one of Blunk's first furniture comm...
Vintage Italian Hollywood Regency Tole Gilt End Ta...
Metal, Glass
Vintage Italian Hollywood Regency glass top end table decorated with branches of wheat gracefully bound to a gilt tripod base. Good vintage condition with nice patina. This table ...
1960s "Folded" Acrylic Table

1960s "Folded" Acrylic Table
Neal Small
This table features integrated acrylic triangular elements joined using chrome connectors. And of course the color is wonderful. In excellent condition. Very, very minor surface wear to...
John Dickinson Pair of "Africa" Table Lamps

By John Dickinson
John Dickinson Pair of "Africa" Table Lamps
John Dickinson
A fantastic, all original, pair of these rare lamps designed by John Dickinson. Documented.
"Les Tourterelles" Earrings by Line Vautrin

By Line Vautrin
"Les Tourterelles" Earrings by Line Vautrin
Line Vautrin
"The Turtledoves" A pair of earrings in bronze doré and steel with a "canon de fusil" patina One earring features a male turtledove, and the other a female. Both birds rotate to...
George Nelson Miniature Jewelry Chest

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson Miniature Jewelry Chest
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Brass, Porcelain, Ash, Walnut
Nelson for Herman Miller, miniature cabinet, model 5212. Fine original example.
Pair Of Paul Evans Side Tables

By Paul Evans
Pair Of Paul Evans Side Tables
Paul Evans
Pair of birds eye maple veneer geometric table bases designed by Paul Evans and retailed by Directional furniture.
Large Sculptural Pair of Ceramic Lamp Bases by Salvatore Parisi
Large Sculptural Pair of Ceramic Lamp Bases by Sal...
Salvatore Parisi
Stoneware
Important pair of hand-sculpted and incised ceramic lamp bases forming abstract and faceted shapes, called « Sea Cliff » model. Stoneware glazed in pure white, shiny blue and green, a...
Charming Edwardian Mouse Gold Cufflinks
Charming Edwardian Mouse Gold Cufflinks
Unknown
18k Gold, Ruby
The mouse head measures 1.1cm wide H: 1.8 cm (0.71 in) W: 3.8 cm (1.5 in) 18ct gold
Nickel Plated and Hand Cut Crystal Sconces

Nickel Plated and Hand Cut Crystal Sconces
Hans Harald Rath
Nickel plated sconces with hand cut crystals. Three candelabra sockets. Max 60 Watts per socket. May be custom ordered in multiples. Brass finish also available.
Shy Beams Floor Lamps

By Bec Brittain
Shy Beams Floor Lamps
Bec Brittain
Brass
The SHY Light (taking its name from the initials of Bec's grandmother) uses the spare beauty of thin LED tubes to define the edges of its shape; in this way the function of the piece is...
Pair of Warren McArthur Railroad Revolving Stools

By Warren McArthur
Pair of Warren McArthur Railroad Revolving Stools
Warren McArthur
Aluminum, Upholstery
A pair of revolving stools from an Illinois Central passenger train from the late 1930's. Remnants of Warren McArthur Corporation One Park Avenue decals on both frames. The stools were ...
Cartier Malmaison Palisander Rosewood Vintage sunglasses
Cartier Malmaison Palisander Rosewood Vintage sung...
Cartier, Cartier
Classic vintage Cartier sunglasses.
Rare Pair of Quotation Mark Bookends by Curtis Jere, 1969
Rare Pair of Quotation Mark Bookends by Curtis Jer...
Curtis Jere
A Rare Pair of Gilded Quotation Mark Bookends by Curtis Jere signed and dated 1969
Prada Light Brown Crocodile Knee High Boots
Prada Light Brown Crocodile Knee High Boots
Unknown, Prada
Light brown crocodile knee high boots with round toe, narrow fit and instep zipper. Made in Italy. Heel 1 ". Size: 40 Italian sizing
Pair of Brutalist Blackened Steel Lamps

Pair of Brutalist Blackened Steel Lamps
Laurel Lamp Company
Steel
Pair of Brutalist Blackened Steel Lamps
Pair of 1970s Belgian Free-Form Bronze Sconces
Willy Daro
Bronze
Pair of 1970's Belgian bronze sconces designed with freeform rectangular panels.
Unique Facet Glass Assemblage Pendant Hanging Lamp by Thaddeus Wolfe
Unique Facet Glass Assemblage Pendant Hanging Lamp...
Thaddeus Wolfe
HL1115. Unique facet assemblage pendant lamp in black and celadon colored handblown, cut and polished glass. Designed and made by Thaddeus Wolfe, USA, 2013.
Bec Brittain Brass Shy 13 Chandelier

By Bec Brittain
Bec Brittain Brass Shy 13 Chandelier
Bec Brittain
The SHY Light (taking its name from the initials of Bec's grandmother) uses the spare beauty of thin LED tubes to define the edges of its shape; in this way the function of the piece is...
1960s Sculptural Brass Table Lamp

1960s Sculptural Brass Table Lamp
Unknown
Wood, Brass
A 1960s sculptural brass table lamp. Shade not included
Monumental Pair of Sculptural Lamps by Fantoni

By Marcello Fantoni
Monumental Pair of Sculptural Lamps by Fantoni
Marcello Fantoni
A monumental pair of sculptural lamps. Conceived as a pair each lamp is a unique artistic creation with it's own design and individual nuances. Spectacular from any angle. Both signed o...
Set of Four Rich Texture Murano, Handblown Glass Sconces or Flush Mounts
Set of Four Rich Texture Murano, Handblown Glass S...
Set of four sconces/ceiling lights made with Murano hand blown and finished glasses. Simple yet rich and worm. Glasses made in the 70's. Each sconce has two candelabra sockets.
French Table Lamp by Henri Mathieu circa 1970

By Henri Mathieu
French Table Lamp by Henri Mathieu circa 1970
Henri Mathieu
Aluminum
Table lamp from the Nickelor collection by Mathieu Lighting. 1970's. Adjustable aluminum foils around a central pivot. Wired for continental Europe use.
Sterling Pair of Brutalist Medallion Lamps in Nickel and Brass
Sterling Pair of Brutalist Medallion Lamps in Nick...
Unknown
Brass, Nickel
An exceptional pair of vintage hand forged lamps. Beautiful nickel Brutalist medallion form, seams soldered in brass with brass accents. Fabulous jewelry for the room. Imagine: Paul...
Edith Heath Studio Hand Thrown Lemon Yellow Potter...
Edith Heath
Pottery
Edith Heath (1911–2005) founded Heath Ceramics, Sausalito California in 1948 after her solo pottery show at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor. Extremely rare, very few examples of her stu...
Vintage Swedish Flat-Weave Carpet

Vintage Swedish Flat-Weave Carpet
Edna Martin
Wool, Linen
Flat-weave carpet, Sweden, circa 1920. Initiated: SH (Svensk Hemslo¨jd).
Pair of Hand-Coiled Gilded Ceramic Flat Back Lamps

By Andrea Koeppel
Pair of Hand-Coiled Gilded Ceramic Flat Back Lamps...
Andrea Koeppel
Ceramic
Pair of hand- coiled gilded ceramic flat back lamps by Andrea Koeppel. Available custom/by commission, measurements include custom lampshades. Models of understated luxury, Koeppel’s...
Rocaille Parcel-Gilt and Copper Glazed Ceramic Mir...
Ceramic
Rocaille parcel-gilt and copper glazed ceramic mirror by Eve Kaplan. Kaplan’s handmade, earthenware pieces are infused with inspiration from 18th century gilded pieces. They have dra...
Buff

Kinuko Imai Hoffman

Buff
Kinuko Imai Hoffman
Acrylic, canvas cloth and twine on canvas
Line Vautrin, "La Main dans les Flots", trinket bowl, France, c. 1950
Line Vautrin, "La Main dans les Flots", trinket bo...
Line Vautrin
Bronze
"The Hand in the Waves" A bronze doré and argenté tray by Line Vautrin
"Guggenheim" Ceramic Sculpture by A.Ba.Co. for New Land

By A.Ba.Co., New Land
"Guggenheim" Ceramic Sculpture by A.Ba.Co. for New...
A.Ba.Co., New Land
Ceramic
"Guggenheim" ceramic sculpture by A.Ba.Co. for New Land. Part of the "Monuments" collection, together with the "Velasca" tower, "Ronchamp" church, "Opera House" building, represent a "...
"Jumbo" Size Bubble Limburg Glass Flush Light

By Glashütte Limburg
"Jumbo" Size Bubble Limburg Glass Flush Light
Glashütte Limburg
Metal, Glass
A rare Mid-Century large size flush bubbled glass ceiling light by the famed, Limburg Company. The textured bubbled glass and silvered back create a wonderful "sparkly" effect. Rewired....
Murano Glass and Brass Picture Frame by Alain Delon 1970s

By Alain Delon
Murano Glass and Brass Picture Frame by Alain Delo...
Alain Delon
Brass, Art Glass
Superb Murano glass and brass picture frame by Alain Delon ca.1970's Alain Delon sticker on the glass. Marked "Made in Italy" on the back.
Georg Jensen Gold Necklace Designed by Bent Gabrielsen
Georg Jensen Gold Necklace Designed by Bent Gabrie...
Georg Jensen
Gold
Rare Vintage Georg Jensen gold necklace. Design no. 115 designed by Bent Gabrielsen Reference : Drucker, J. Georg Jensen, Schiffer, 1997, USA illus. p.154 necklace illustrated in t...
Jacques Quinet, Unique Commode
Jacques Quinet, Unique Commode
A unique "Pique-Sellier" Fauve leatherette and black leather commode by Jacques Quinet (1918-1992) Designed with two swing-out doors, mounted on a metal base with oak framework, circ...
Tommaso Barbi Nesting Tables

By Tommaso Barbi
Tommaso Barbi Nesting Tables
Tommaso Barbi
Grasscloth, Reed, Chrome
Woven reed, grass cloth and chrome nesting tables designed by Tommaso Barbi, with original label.
Set of Three Nesting Tables in Coconut Shell
Set of Three Nesting Tables in Coconut Shell
A set of three nesting tables in coconut shell with bass trim.
Dining Table by Carlo Scarpa

By Carlo Scarpa
Dining Table by Carlo Scarpa
Carlo Scarpa
A dining table or desk designed by Carlo Scarpa with solid stainless steel base, brass fittings and glass top.
Pair of Lounge Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Pair of Lounge Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
A pair of walnut framed lounge chairs designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Fully restored and upholstered in Maharam pebble wool fabric.
Teak Bookcases by Peter Hvidt for Soborg

By Peter Hvidt
Teak Bookcases by Peter Hvidt for Soborg
Peter Hvidt
A grouping of modular bookcases designed by Peter Hvidt for Soborg. Each case with mitered edges, finger joints and fully adjustable shelves with hidden hardware. Ten shown in these pho...
Rare Double-Drawer Executive Desk by Silvio Berrone

By Silvio Berrone
Rare Double-Drawer Executive Desk by Silvio Berron...
Silvio Berrone
Designed by Silvio Berrone in 1955-1956, manufactured by V. I. S., Italy, Vitrex glass (V. I. S.-Vetro Italiano di Sicurezza), wood, dark green leather, brass. The architect Silvio Berr...
Pair of Plaster Tree Lamps in the Style of John Dickinson
Pair of Plaster Tree Lamps in the Style of John Di...
John Dickinson
Plaster
A pair of plaster tree form lamps in the style of John Dickinson. A lovely form with original finials. Shades are for display only.
Edmond J. Spence "Continental-American Collection" Cabinet

By Edmond J. Spence, Industria Mueblera Mexico
Edmond J. Spence "Continental-American Collection"...
Edmond J. Spence, Industria Mueblera Mexico
Mahogany
A truly rare cabinet / buffet by Edmond J. Spence for Industria Mueblera with a pair of bi-fold doors concealing four drawers on the left and a single shelf on the right. The cabinet is...
Massive Outdoor Mobile Sculpture by Moira Fair

By Moira Fain
Massive Outdoor Mobile Sculpture by Moira Fair
Moira Fain
Acrylic Paint
Artist Moira Fair took quarter inch thick steel and assembled this oversize mobile for outdoor use. Coated in high quality sealant, that helps prevent from rusting. The painted areas ...
Classic Sofa by Frits Henningsen, 1930s

By Frits Henningsen
Classic Sofa by Frits Henningsen, 1930s
Frits Henningsen
Rare mahogany sofa design and manufacture by Frits Henningsen in 1930s, newer leather upholstery custom upholstery in the back of the sofa.
Pair of Smilow-Thielle Walnut and Woven Rush Chairs

By Smilow-Thielle
Pair of Smilow-Thielle Walnut and Woven Rush Chair...
Smilow-Thielle
Rush, Walnut, Paper
Pair of Smilow-Thielle Walnut and Woven Rush Chairs. Each Sheep skin is $200 net.
Pair of Custom Sculptural Table Lamps in the Style...
Steel, Travertine
Pair of contemporary abstract form lamps of painted steel with travertine marble bases, custom made in 2011 by noted Southern California metalsmith Laverne Carrol after a design by Maur...
Saturne Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Saturne Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Metal, Brass
Taking the planet as inspiration, this desk lamp is a unique source of light, comparable to an eclipse. At the time, it was a revolutionary piece of metal work. Mounted on a brass swive...
Pair of Blue Agates Table Lamps Attributed to Willy Daro
Pair of Blue Agates Table Lamps Attributed to Will...
Willy Daro
Brass, Agate
Pair of blue agate lamps on brass fixtures. Dimensions are given without shade. Shades are not provided.
De Sede DS 600 Non-Stop Sectional Sofa

By Eleanora Peduzzi-Riva, Heinz Ulrich, and Ueli Berger
De Sede DS 600 Non-Stop Sectional Sofa
Eleanora Peduzzi-Riva, Heinz Ulrich, and Ueli Berger
Leather, Upholstery
This fantastic 18-piece DS 600 organic sofa by Ueli bergere, Eleanora Peduzzi-Riva and Heinz Ulrich for De Sede/ Stendig is upholstered in a richly patinated caramel-colored leather and...
Bronze Stools by Anasthasia Millot

By Anasthasia Millot
Bronze Stools by Anasthasia Millot
Anasthasia Millot
Bronze, Upholstery
A pair of stools of a rare elegance by Anasthasia Millot. The thin twisted legs support a seat framed in bronze with a low back for comfort. The seat is covered with muslin fabric
"Lalanne" Claude and Francois-Xavier

"Lalanne" Claude and Francois-Xavier
This is a superb example of this scarce book which was published by Reed Krakoff for an exhibition sponsored by "Coach", which was shown in London and New York of the work of Claude and...
Unique Procelain Vase by the Haas Brothers

By The Haas Brothers
Unique Procelain Vase by the Haas Brothers
The Haas Brothers
SM5330 Unique, hand-thrown Accretion vase with porcelain slip in Angelyne glaze. Designed and made by the Haas Brothers, Los Angeles, CA, 2014.
Iconic "21" Club "Set of Three" Tablecloths

Iconic "21" Club "Set of Three" Tablecloths
From the famed iconic "21" Club in New York City when the Upper East Side "Ladies" would "Lunch" are these "set of three" tablecloths. 100% cotton, in their famed red & white detailed d...
Roger Capron - Exceptional Raku Work - Vallauris France - dated 1997
Roger Capron - Exceptional Raku Work - Vallauris F...
Roger Capron
Ceramic
A tribute to the Folk Art by Roger Capron. A Wonderfully executed motive on an old and traditional cooking pot, called "pignate", in south of France. This very particular work was exe...
A Unique Welded Copper Vessel by Harry Bertoia
A Unique Welded Copper Vessel by Harry Bertoia
Harry Bertoia
Bertoia created a number of large scale fountain commissions, each formed by welding of successive copper tubes into an overall organic sculptural work. The present example was created ...
Height Almost 34'

Valton Tyler

Height Almost 34'
Valton Tyler
Rag Paper, Aquatint
In The New York Times Arts in America column, Edward M. Gomez wrote of Valton Tyler, "visionary seems the right word for describing his vivid, unusual and technically refined paintings,...
Boris Jean Lacroix French Art Deco Nickeled Brass and Glass Slab Table Lamp
Boris Jean Lacroix French Art Deco Nickeled Brass ...
Jean Boris Lacroix
Brass, Glass, Nickel
With a large glass slab which is smooth on one side and sand-blasted on the other supported by a nickeled brass Stand and with parchment paper shade. With sockets for two bulbs and with...
Large Ceramic Table Lamp Base Signed by Les Deux Potiers

By Les Deux Potiers
Large Ceramic Table Lamp Base Signed by Les Deux P...
Les Deux Potiers
Ceramic, Clay
Important hand-thrown and modeled lamp base, white clay with deep shades of blue slip and over-glazes, with an engraved decoration. The piece is signed by the french artists : 2 Pot...
Pair of "Luna" Chairs by Pierre Guariche

By Pierre Guariche
Pair of "Luna" Chairs by Pierre Guariche
Pierre Guariche
An original pair of "Luna" armchairs by Pierre Guariche from his planetary series for Meurop, Belgium, 1967. Guariche achieved this globular form by utilizing the new synthetic material...
Petalas 1960s Brazilian Jacaranda Coffee Table by ...
Jorge Zalszupin
Jacaranda
Very rare 1960s octagonal Brazilian jacaranda coffee table Petalas, a masterpiece designed by Jorge Zalszupin, one of the most famous Mid-Century Brazilian architects and designers.
Pair of Angelo Brotto Table Lamps

By Angelo Brotto
Pair of Angelo Brotto Table Lamps
Angelo Brotto
Brass, Blown Glass
A pair of tables lamps, made of a heavy block of glass and a brass stem. Angelo Brotto, Italy, circa 1980. Approximate dimensions of glass blocks : LENGTH : 26 cm. HEIGHT : 16 c...
Bodil Kjaer Rosewood Writing Desk
Bodil Kjaer Rosewood Writing Desk
Bodil Kjaer
Steel, Rosewood
Bodil Kjaer Rosewood Writing Desk w/Chromium Plated Steel Frame
Studio PFR (Gio Ponti, Antonio Fornaroli, Alberto ...
Metal, Wood
Rare desk with six (6) cantilevered drawers (two lockable) by Studio PFR (Gio Ponti, Antonio Fornaroli, Alberto Rosselli).
Carlo Mollino Floor Lamp

By Carlo Mollino, Galleria Colombari
Carlo Mollino Floor Lamp
Carlo Mollino, Galleria Colombari
Brass, Marble, Parchment Paper
This adjustable floor lamp designed by Carlo Mollino in 1947. Parchment shade supported by brass arm on polished marble base. The lamp is able to swivel 360 degrees by adjusting the but...