Into the Woods
You can bask in the palisander and olive wood veneers of the Weil-Worgelt Study (1930), the meticulously sumptuous Art Deco room now tucked into the Brooklyn Museum's fourth floor.
The style is Sauna Moderne at Mercadito Cantina, 172 Ave. B [11th] 212.388.1750, where cedar is king, along with tacos, and guacamole.
One of our favorite artist/designers, Rainer Facklam, has a line of handcrafted jewelry called MR Jewelry, that includes bangles using ebony and other exotic woods, sterling silver, and pearls. MUG readers get up to 50% off select styles, so you can score one of his stunning pieces for as little as $100. An absolute steal. Call 718.522.6661 or email.
What makes BBQ great and where to get it inspires endless discussions, challenges, and oneupsmanship. Whatever. We always leave happy with the hickory-smoked ribs from Rub, 208 W. 23rd [7th/8th] 212.524.4300.
The Goodman's tightly compressed production of O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms, directed by Robert Falls and starring Brian Dennehy and Carla Gugino, transfers as of April 14th from Chi-town to the St. James.
That's an 'old chestnut', has somehow morphed into a term of mild derision—a story that has been told perhaps once too often. Yet American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree reminds us how glorious an old chestnut is. The American Chestnut Foundation is working to restore the tree to its rightful place on the landscape.
An expensive but addictive aroma bomb of spruce, plus fir, pine, cedarwood, and camphor: Philip B Norwegian Wood hair and body shampoo. $35 for 11.8 oz.
LES artist Stephanie Caplan designed the sleekly beautiful Rivington Menorah using laquered rosewood and chromed aluminum. A limited edition of 100, $350.
A smart design here: the $89 Lap Desk folds out from a closed case into five different positions so you can use it for your laptop, to read, eat, or draw.
Teakworks uses Burmese teak for their Shower Benches and other furniture pieces. A 30" x 14" bench seat is $139. They'll do custom sizes.
When the roads are passable again, consider a trip out of town to the The Wharton Esherick Studio/Museum, in Malvern, PA, near Valley Forge. Esherick was a craftsman's craftsman and his home/studio is his masterpiece, now a National Historic Landmark. Among the most memorable pieces: the free-form spiral oak staircase.
Serious about your cocktails? Squeeze in a 1930s Deco Bar in white mahogany salvaged by Demolition Depot.
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