Dana Arbib recently debuted a stunning collection of glassware, “Vetro Orto,” at TIWA Select‘s new permanent gallery on the suddenly-happening New York corner that divides between SoHo and TriBeCa. The collection of unique lighting objects and vessels mix classicism with modernism, creating a definitive allure of radicalism. In curating the space to highlight Arbib’s amber chandeliers and peridot sconces, TIWA’s Alex Teighi Walker partnered with Alan Eckstein of Somerset House, a Queens-based vintage design gallery. The two combined a range of pieces that span a 200-year history with furniture and pedestals created by designers including Alvar Aalto, Tucker Robbins, and more historical objects, including one particularly-delightful Biedermeier daybed. We celebrated Arbib’s show and the gallery itself with a late lunch by Chris Kronner of Mayday Seafood and Market one early-fall day just after opening. I gathered alongside local friends to celebrate the glassware and enjoy sun-gold tomato tarts, and buttery fresh lobster topped with spoonfuls of vibrant herbs. Our meal was the perfect touch to the Arbib’s work as well as her show’s title, which translates to “the glass vegetable garden.” Her designs allude to the organic shapes, forms, and colors found in a garden root vegetables, gourds, and brassicas.
Leaving TIWA I felt rejuvenated with a sense of inspiration, a rare feeling every New Yorker hopes for—and is pleased to cling onto for some time after.
Dana Arbib’s “Vetro Orto“ is on view at TIWA Select at 86 Walker St floor 5, New York, NY 10013 through October 13, 2023.