Out and About: Dienst + Dotter Antikviteter

The Dienst + Dotter showroom located at 411 Lafayette Street (next door to the sophisticated celebrity-driven night club, Butter) is one of those showrooms in New York that stands out from the rest. Especially given its location. 

Jack Lenor Larsen, Thomas Woltz

They've been able to retained their loyal following from their original days in Sag Harbor, New York. Last night, the Scandinavian antique dealers hosted a kick off reception for the New York School of Interior Design’s Annual Spring Benefit which will honor visionary, scholar, world traveler, and authority on traditional and contemporary crafts, Jack Lenor Larsen and Thomas Woltz. 

The benefit will take place Wednesday, April 18 at the Metropolitan Club. I was horrendously busy this week, so it was a relief to be at this elegant, yet laid-back event which was so well attended by some of New York's top design talents, editors, and socialites. Even the doyenne of lifestyle television, Martha Stewart, was in attendance. The 70 year old business magnate looked fabulous in a very tasteful and chic black leather pants, while she sauntered around the room in her high heel black suede boots. Nothing seemed to escape her notice, as she came prepared with her digital camera, and even took time to smell the showroom's roses. This was my first time at Dienst + Dotter and I can tell you that I plan on visiting them soon. They have an outstanding collection of furniture that ranges from $500 to $50,000. When you get there, make sure you visit their bathroom as well. Yes. Take note of their 17th century letter which is cocooned inside this breathtaking antique frame, located right above the toilet seat. The bathroom is inviting and is in itself a haven of peace. I've always had a penchant for gorgeous and practical bathrooms, and this one is certainly an inspiration for my future designs.

Martha Stewart
Emma Dienst, Jill Dienst
Photos courtesy Annie Watt
 Martha Stewart

Vyna St Phard, with Mario Buatto
Susan Zises Green, Juan Montoya
Polly Guerin
Laura Rothfuss, David J Stocker
Photos courtesy High End Weekly
 Marilyn White
Photo courtesy Annie Watt 
Penny-farthing, American Star Bicycle from 1885
Photos courtesy High End Weekly
 Dienst + Dotter
Photo courtesy Richard Perry for The New York Times

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