Shop Now: De Vera

PROOF THAT NEW YORK RECYCLES–OLD AND NEW COLLIDE IN EVERYONE’S FAVORITE DÉCOR DESTINATION.

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Clockwise from L to R: Mr. Federico de Vera; 18-kt gold antique monogram pendant with diamond chain by de Vera; early 20th c Japanese lacquer box with Hannya mask design; Gilt copper portrait plaque of William III, c. 1697 by James Roettier; Late 18th c English paper scroll tea caddy with satinwood and mahogany marquetry.

Taking a walk through de Vera’s SoHo boutique is nothing short of a religious experience— and that isn’t solely because of its abundant spiritual relics and antique crucifix jewelry either. Functioning as part-store, part-gallery, the two-story shop touts a potpourri of objects from all over the world, taking New York passerbys on a sensory journey worlds away from its tony downtown address. Run and carefully curated by Federico de Vera, the store first opened in San Francisco, but made a transnational move to Manhattan, where it now has outposts in both SoHo and the Upper West Side. Mr. de Vera is largely credited for the “cabinets of curiosities” trend (which has seen a steady run from the 90s through today) thanks to his background in architectural design and expert eye for harmonizing the modern with the antique. At the shops, he pays incredible attention to detail— down to the precise placement of each object— aiming to strike up a narrative with all those who step inside. In regards to the objects, they’re both de Vera’s curation and creation— he not only scours the global marketplace, but he designs his own pieces and is the mastermind behind the store’s legendary jewelry collection; think art-minded jewels with Victorian cameos, vintage charms, even real coral. Indeed, it’s not the sort of local trove that’d go unnoticed; over ten CITIPHILES including Harper’s Bazaar’s Senior Accessories Editor Amanda Weiner, Anndra Neen jewelry designers Phoebe and Annette Stephens and this week’s contributor Adam Lippes have singled the shop out as their hostess gift and home décor go-to (FYI, Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani and potential POTUS Hillary Clinton are also fans). de Vera attracts the discerning, the visually-attuned and the veteran collectors— in fact, it may be New York’s most precious gem. Here, we sit down with the visionary Mr. de Vera to learn more about his empire and his favorite pieces and trends.

From L to R: First Row: Sardinian coral pendant sculpture by de Vera; Andreas Caderas bronze sculpture box; 17th c Augsburg cabinet with mythological scenes; Detail of stone panel "The Flight of Icarus" on Augsburg cabinet. Second Row: Glass dragonfly by Bruno Amadi over "Utopia Study" 2011 by Darren Waterston; Ancient intaglio necklace in 18-kt gold by de Vera; De Vera Jewelry book; De Vera Objects book.

From L to R: First Row: Sardinian coral pendant sculpture by de Vera; Andreas Caderas bronze sculpture box; 17th c Augsburg cabinet with mythological scenes; Detail of stone panel “The Flight of Icarus” on Augsburg cabinet. Second Row: Glass dragonfly by Bruno Amadi over “Utopia Study” 2011 by Darren Waterston; Ancient intaglio necklace in 18-kt gold by de Vera; De Vera Jewelry book; De Vera Objects book.

DE VERA IS: Spiritual, enlightening, humorous, romantic, dreamy, inspirational, and for some people, exciting. There’s always something here that people will gravitate towards and understand. The shop strikes people in different ways— much like a song that can be interpreted [differently] according to whoever listens to it.

WHAT MAKES THE DV EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT: It’s like being in a personal museum. Every item in the shop is selected for being beautiful, unique and timeless— regardless of its origin, age and material. Here, you’ll find objects and jewelry that you’ll never find in other shops in NYC or any other city [for that matter]. This is why it’s a destination for creative people. Some of the pieces are made by artists who are represented by us exclusively. We design almost all of the jewelry with the addition of original antiques.

EVERY HOME NEEDS: beautiful objects.

TOP DÉCOR TREND: Eclecticism and individuality in homes where one feels that people really live there and have decorated it themselves.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFT: A pair of 24kt gilded porcelain cups or bowls from Paris, or a set of de Vera books.

de Vera, 1 Crosby St.; 212.625.0838; deveraobjects.com CP

 

 

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