Even if you're an experienced flea market shopper, it's easy to be attracted to the obviously flashy, iconic, or trendy items, and overlook a gem that might not read out of context. We all love a brass bar cart or a molded-plastic Eames chair, but the conundrum got us thinking about how to find a hidden gem in a sea of them. For just that reason we asked interior design royalty and "serial redoer" Celerie Kemble (see her Cenral Park high-rise apartment in Lonny) to pick out her favorite pieces from the landmark Big Flea NYC.
The two-day, Paris-style antiques market, which features over 600 dealers from the U.S. and Europe across 140,000 square feet on the piers of Manhattan, pops up in New York this weekend. Get a peek of the best under-the-radar pieces from the interiors maven before the fair opens tomorrow. Not in NYC? No worries. You can pick up any of her favorites online, below.
1950s, United Kingdom
What Celerie Loves: "Nothing dresses a bar like gorgeous bar tools. I love the heft of these."
Bottega Venetta vintage tortoise bead tassel evening clutch
Early 1990s, Italy
What Celerie Loves: "This tortoise Bottega Veneta clutch reminds me of something Mrs. Vreeland would have carried."
Yellow Gold Bangle
Benchmark of Palm Beach
Mathieu Mategot Wire Furniture Suite
What Celerie Loves: "I love a feminine form on a mid-century piece. These bent iron chairs have an ice-cream shop whimsicality."
Vintage Christian Dior Platform Heels
What Celerie Loves: "Vintage Christian Dior sandals with a happy striped band make me want to pack for Capri."
Green Painted Outdoor Table and Bench
New York City
Old Good Things
What Celerie Loves: "Picnic tables and benches just make me happy. This makes for the perfect breakfast or craft table outside."
What Celerie Loves: "I’ve always felt the 70s were my time. These two vintage dresses I can wear from summer to fall and from work to a cocktail party."
Alto Tura Brass-and-Red-Lacquer Goat Skin Decanter
What Celerie Loves: "I can’t resist mid-century Italian bar ware and there’s nothing more delicious than this crimson parchment pitcher."
Hermes Geometric Desk Clock
What Celerie Loves: "A vintage Hermes clock with a red face. Need I say more; perhaps it will even stop you from looking at your phone to check the time."
Architectural Iron Lamps
What Celerie Loves: "I use lighting for character in almost every project and these lamps add an element most rooms need: insouciance."
Large Enamel Diamond Gold Dragonfly Brooch
Benchmark of Palm Beach
What Celerie Loves: "I’ve been converting broaches into pendant necklaces and this is a perfect contender."
Plastic Shelf Unit
What Celerie Loves: "This curvaceous parchment covered bookshelf makes the perfect sculptural frame for a collection of books. This would work well beneath a wall mounted television or standing on its own."